Hip-Hop Is Breaking Barriers
Back in the day, South Africa had the likes of Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie and Lady Smith Black Mambazo putting our nation on the map and receiving global recognition through their music. While the music may not be rooted in the same struggles of yesteryears superstars, Hip-Hop itself is historically rooted in a struggle and it would be naive not to acknowledge that artists such as Cassper Nyovest and AKA are starting to put South Africa on the map.
We’ve had local hip-hop artists featured on international flagship shows like Sway In the Morning and Tim Westwood, and most recently, Cassper Nyovest was a guest on the world’s most dangerous morning show, The Breakfast Club. In true Breakfast Club fashion we had Envy ignorantly associating Cassper with afrobeat, Angela Yee interrogating Cassper on the ladies in his life, and Charlemagne being upfront about Paris Hilton having herpes.
Here are 5 things we learned from the interview.
Cassper Nyovest invited Kanye West’s creative to his #FillUpTheDome show
In the interview, Cassper leans away from claiming that Kanye West stole his floating stage set, rather mentioning that Kanye did it after him. He further explains that they had invited Virgil Abloh (who was Kanye West’s creative director) to the #FillUpTheDome show and a year later Kanye had a floating stage at his Life Of Pablo concerts. It was only after Sway tweeted an image of Cassper’s floating stage – which purported that he stole the idea from Kanye – where Cassper got involved to clear the air.
His partnership with AG Mobile contributed to the smartphone brand growing their turnover to half a billion rands
While the SA smartphone company has now been liquidated because of various reasons, their partnership with Cassper Nyovest contributed to the brand growing their turnover from R180 million in 2014 to over half a billion rands in 2015. With the deal having reached its end, Cassper now uses an iPhone which can be seen next to him on the table during the interview.
Kalawa Jazmee did not secure his success
Twitter was abuzz recently with fans claiming that the independent Cassper had help from Oskido’s Kalawa Jazmee citing the footnotes on his Tsholofelo album listing on Apple music. While Cassper hit back at the allegations with a thread of tweets which explained that he only had a digital distribution deal with Kalawa Jazmee, Charlemagne probed Cassper on this in the interview impelling him to alleviate the confusion on-air.
The AKA beef is lukewarm
The AKA and Cassper beef reached boiling point around two years ago. While the beef simmered down it seems it will never be forgotten with the two artists vying for the throne of local hip-hop. Angela Yee brought the subject up in the interview and Cassper hastily shut it down with a bit of shade saying that “I can’t be here talking about somebody who’s never worked to be here”.
Cassper Nyovest smells good
Earlier this year when Cassper met Paris Hilton in Ibiza he claimed that the celebrity showed him love and told him he smelled good. Cassper then went on to post a video with Paris Hilton to prove the statement. In the Breakfast Club interview, Charlemagne further corroborates this telling Cassper that he smells good and asking him what cologne he uses. Cassper did not share his secret on-air promising Charlemagne that he would show him the bottle after the show.
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