AKA reveals what REALLY started the Cassper beef

AKA, Cassper Nyovest (Instagram)
AKA, Cassper Nyovest (Instagram)

Johannesburg - It's been one of the longest and most fiercest public feuds in South African hip-hop history, but what exactly started the feud between Cassper Nyovest and AKA?

The beef has seen both rappers release diss tracks aimed at each other in recent week, first AKA (listen to it here) and then Cassper (listen to his response here).

AKA sat down for a tell-all interview with MTV on Friday evening, where he revealed that the roots of the beef between him and Cassper are a little, well, "lame."

"He was coming up, I think it was around the Gusheshe time, and I've always looked out for new artists. We had even started to work on music together. One day I think he had put his video out or something, and the next day he went off about 'I don't have the support, no one is really holding me down, and I'm going to put this song out and show everybody.' I think we kind of fell out, maybe because of things he said on Twitter as people do," AKA explains.

"I think it really escalated from there because, you know, once the lines were drawn he would say things and I would say things and the people around us would too, and it just gathered steam until the point where it's been two years," AKA adds.

But that doesn't mean there will be an end to the feud anytime soon.

"Hip hop is all about flexing so it's no surprise that in an art form based on competition and ego and confidence, that two egos won't get along."

"When it comes to Cassper, maybe I've become a bit of a victim of my own success, but at the same when it's time to go head-to-head, I don't back down. I don't back down from a challenge. I don't view it as a distraction. I view it as 'it is what it is'," he adds.

Part two airs tomorrow, 3 October, MTV base, channel 322. 

Make sure you don't miss it!