Talib Kweli calls for an end to SA hip-hop ‘beef’

2014-10-05 06:00

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Hip-hop legend Talib Kweli has called on local artists AKA and Cassper Nyovest to put aside their “beef” and “unite for hip-hop in South Africa”.

AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Jordan Forbes, reportedly assaulted his rival’s manager at a nightclub in August. On the same night, Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo, had a gun pointed at him – allegedly by one of AKA’s friends.

Fresh from recording a verse on Nyovest’s hit Doc Shebeleza, Brooklyn wordsmith Talib Kweli took a few minutes out of his set at Nasrec’s Expo Centre on Friday night to address the issue.

It was his 39th birthday and he wowed the crowd with an hour-long set.

“I was with my man Cassper yesterday in Soweto and today I’m with my man AKA.

I saw him perform here earlier. I understand AKA and Cassper have a problem, I have nothing to do with that, but put that beef to the side and unite for hip-hop in South Africa,” Kweli said.

His plea drew a huge cheer from the crowd at the Joburg venue.

Kweli is enjoying working with South African artists – after rapping his verse on the highly anticipated Doc Shebeleza remix, he announced that he’d also recorded a track with HHP.

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