It’s not every day that an international superstar gives our local talent their flowers, but it seems there is one South African rapper who continues to body every verse that he is on without fail and that is Nasty C, real name Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo.
Two months ago, the rapper was featured on the popular US YouTube channel called On the Radar Radio, an online radio platform that has featured acts such as breakout stars Ice Spice and SixSaidIt.
His freestyle to the song Super Gremlin by US rapper Kodak Black ironically went under the radar for two months as it was released in November last year. However, it eventually caught the eye of international superstar Chris Brown recently. Brown only saw it fit to give Nasty C his flowers in the grandest way. This past weekend, the Loyal hitmaker posted a snippet with Nasty C’s stellar verse on his Instagram story to his 130 million followers. This massive co-sign has been circulating the internet, and even made Nasty C a trending topic on Twitter, where fans have been showing the rapper some love.
That Nasty C and Chris Brown collab would be a solid co-sign for the boy ????— Bhuda Tingah (@Zingah_LOTJ) January 22, 2023
One user even said Nasty C was a force without the co-sign:
Nasty C is too talented to need Chris Brown’s recognition. Nasty C has made it himself.— Inno (@inno_whoo) January 23, 2023
Nasty C didn’t take the shoutout for granted and posted the freestyle to his own Instagram page:
He even caught the attention of local artists in other genres, as amapiano sensation Lady Du also gave the rapper his flowers and tweeted about how proud she was.
“South Africa, it’s time. Kim and Kendall posted Waffle’s Tanzania on their status. Chris Brown posted Nasty C. I woke up this morning and Toni Braxton posted Retha, the youngest amapiano artist! The doors are opening. Let’s unite! We need to be on those Billboard charts,” she wrote.
Nasty C got his first breakout hit in 2015 with his fiery song called Juice Back. This track allowed him to have features with industry giants, such as French Montana, A$ap Ferg and Emtee.
Nasty C has become one of South Africa’s most decorated hip-hop acts, with tours and international features under his belt. Not many local rappers get the opportunity to do, and it's not for nothing either. Nasty C has an innate ability to piece together words perfectly with any beat he hops on, and this has become his biggest superpower.
His On the Radar Radio freestyle is a perfect example of Nasty C’s incomparable abilities:
“First, I got slept on then I got a bag, now your boy gets sat on,” he says in the freestyle as one of his first lines, as he goes on to body the rest of the verse with seamless puns and effortless flow.
Nasty C is easily one of South Africa’s greatest rappers of all time, with a local and international blend in his music that appeals to different audiences. Whether you love Nasty C or not, it’s clear that his career is going to be long and fruitful, so while he gets his flowers from international acts, let us not forget to give him his flowers here as well.