10 March 2017

Nasty C - “Awards are just a cherry on top”

Nasty C speaks awards and tribute movie to his mother

Rapper Nasty C real name Nsikayesizwe David Ngcobo says winning awards for him is just a cherry on top as he has bigger goals than awards.

Nasty C recently took four awards at the 2017 Metro FM Music Award (MMA) and said he is excited and proud of himself because he had put so much work on the album "Bad Hair Extensions".

The 20-year-old rapper found himself in the midst of backlash after his record company Mabala Noise was rumoured to have bought the awards for their artists. Mabala Noise has since refuted the claims saying all their artists are well deserved of the accolades. A number of Mabala Noise artists walked away with awards at MMAs which raised an eyebrow to many. Artists under the label that walked away with awards include Riky Rick, Du Boiz, L'Vovo and Nasty C.

Speaking to BET Africa on Tuesday, Nasty C said, all those who suspect foul play at the MMA do so because their focus is on awards and not the bigger picture. "I appreciate awards but for me that is not my ultimate goal. I have bigger goals that I'm chasing. People are focused on the awards as if it is the measure of success."

"The first award I ever won was at the SA Hip Hop award and that told me that people are watching me but it didn't push me to work hard, I push myself to better, awards are merely the cherry on top," he said

Nasty C was raised by his father after his mother died in a car accident when he was only 11 months old due to a car accident. The rapper has paid tribute to his late mother with a short film which will premiere on Thursday in three cities, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

"The movie is called "Veliswa" which is my late mother's name. This is to thank her for watching over me even when she was never around. The movie will incorporate three music videos from my album but altogether it's just me trying to pay my respect to her with what I do," he explained.

The young rapper said his short journey so far in the music industry has been filled with ups and downs but mostly exciting. He said even though it seems like he has achieved so much since launching in the industry he still has much to do.

"As an artist my goal is not just awards but like any other artist is to become the biggest in the world. My focus is the world not just my country," he told BET Africa.

Thulile Gama