Nasty C

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Nasty C
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Background information
Birth nameNsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo[1]
Born (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 22)
Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa[2]
OriginDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
GenresHip hop
Years active2013–present
  • Venomous Productions (former)
  • Free World Music (former)
  • Mabala Noise (former)
  • Universal Music (Current)
  • Tall Racks
Associated acts

Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo (born 11 February 1997), better known by his stage name Nasty C, is a South African rapper, songwriter and record producer. He is one of the country's most prominent performers, and he is widely regarded as one of the country's best young rappers.

Born in Diepkloof, a large zone of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa,[3] where he then relocated, at a very early age, to Durban where he was raised by his father. His mother died when he was only 11 months old in a fatal car crash. He is most known for the single "Way It Go" by DJ Switch featuring Tumi and Youngsta, as well as the well-received remix to his single "Juice Back", which features Davido and Cassper Nyovest.

He was the youngest recipient for an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, namely the Best Freshman Award.[4][5]

In July 2018 he released his second studio album, titled Strings & Bling. Nasty C was named one of the best rappers in South Africa and Africa in 2018 by TINA Magazine.[6]

Early life[edit]

David Ngcobo originates from Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. He started rapping at the age of nine, having been influenced by his older brother who was a producer at the time.[7] He eventually mastered the process of music production and began adding his vocals on the beats he was making, later signing to Durban-based artist management company,Free World Music.[8]


Nasty C released his first mixtape One Kid a Thousand Coffins on 24 May 2012.[9] His second project titled L.A.M.E (Extended Play Version) – EP was released on 4 April 2014. L.A.M.E. is an acronym for "Levitating Above My Enemies".[10] On 10 February 2015 he would go on to release his highly successful mixtape, titled Price City. Off the tape was his major single "Juice Back" which later spawned a remix featuring Davido and Cassper Nyovest, produced by Gemini Major.[11]

On 9 January 2016, he was featured on Anatii and Cassper Nyovest's collaborative single "Jump".[12][13] The official music video for the remix to the single "Juice Back" was released on 17 January 2016. He appeared on SWAY in the Morning and freestyled over 6lack's Prblms instrumental.[11] On 15 February 2018, he announced that he has officially signed to Universal Music Group and had departed from Mabala Noise.[14]

Career: Early 2010's[edit]

The stage name 'Nasty C' was given to him by the first producer he ever worked with.[7] His dream of meeting one of his major influences became a reality when he met AKA, and opened for him during the nationwide album launch for AKA's debut studio album Altar Ego. Nasty C highlights that performing alongside AKA at a Durban festival was one of the best experiences of his life.[8]

Bad Hair[edit]

Early 2016 he released Hell Naw[15] as the first single off his debut album "Bad Hair" which was set to be released later on. Hell Naw peaked at number 4 on the music charts in South Africa the song also peaked at number 1 on The Beat 99.9 FM African Top 10 chart in Nigeria.[16] After he signed to Mabala Noise Entertainment he finally released Bad Hair, a highly anticipated project on music streaming platform Audiomack. He later explained that this was due to a sample he couldn't clear from one song in time before the release.[17] In December 2016 he released an extended version of Bad Hair, titled Bad Hair Extensions with notable singles like "Allow" featuring the American rapper, French Montana.[18]

Strings And Bling[edit]

On 6 July 2018, Nasty C released his second studio album Strings and Bling.[19] The album's release was preceded by three singles "Jungle", "King" and "Legendary". Strings And Bling features guest appearances from American rapper A$AP Ferg, Rowlene and Kaien Cruz.[20][21] The album is praised for its remarkable production provided by Gemini Major and record producer Tweezy, the young rapper's lyricism is also praised on tracks such as Another One Down. While also being criticized for being too long and having too much filler, the album is praised as one of the best rap albums of 2018 in South Africa.


Studio albums

Concert tours[edit]


  • Ivyson Tour (2017)
  • Ivyson Tour (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Recipient Result
South African Hip Hop Awards 2015 Best Freshman[22] Himself Won
South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Lyricist Of The Year[24] Himself Nominated
16th Metro FM Music Awards Best New Artist[25] Bad Hair Extensions Won
Best Male Album[25] Bad Hair Extensions Won
Best Hip Hop Album[25] Bad Hair Extensions Won
Song of the Year[25] Hell Naw Won

BET Awards Best International Act: Africa[26] Himself Nominated


  1. ^ "Nasty C". Mabala Noise. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Nasty C Biography". Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ MTV (2018-08-13), South African Rapper Nasty C on Why He Gives Out His Phone Number to Fans | TRL, retrieved 2018-08-15
  4. ^ "2015 SOUTH AFRICAN HIP HOP AWARD WINNERS He is married to Lamii". MTV Base. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  5. ^ Klein, Alyssa. "And The 2015 South African Hip-Hop Awards Winners Are..." OkayAfrica. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Best Rapper In South Africa Now: Top 10 South African Rappers 2018". TINA Magazine. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  7. ^ a b "10 Things You Didn't Know About Nasty C". Youth Village. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  8. ^ a b [he was inspired by his brother and his favorite artist "AKA" "News : Introducing… Nasty C!"] Check |url= value (help). MTV Base. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  9. ^ "One Kid a Thousand Coffins by Nasty_C on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  10. ^ "Nasty_C, Nasty_C New Releases: C L.A.M.E EP (Extended Play Version) on Beatport". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  11. ^ a b "Davido & Cassper Nyovest Remix 18-Year-Old Rapper Nasty C's 'Juice Back'". Okayafrica. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  12. ^ "MUSIC: Cassper Nyovest x Anatii – JUMP ft. Nasty C". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  13. ^ "Jump (feat. Nasty C) – Single by Anatii & Cassper Nyovest on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  14. ^ "Confirmed: Nasty C signed to Universal Music Group". FlexyJamz. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  15. ^ "Nasty C - Hell Naw". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  16. ^ "Twitter".
  17. ^ "Here's why Nasty C made his album free". channel24. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Nasty C will film new music video in LA with French Montana". channel24. Retrieved 27 August 2017."Nasty C Reveals 'BAD HAIR EXTENSIONS' Tracklist That Features French Montana". Hype Magazine. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Strings And Bling by Nasty C on Apple Music - iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  20. ^ KEKANA, CHRIZELDA. "Strings and Bling is here & we're obsessed! Here are 5 reasons why!". TimesLive. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Nasty C's 'Strings And Bling' Is Out And People Love It". TheHuffingtonPost. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  22. ^ "2015 SAHHA WINNERS". SA Hip Hop Awards. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  23. ^ "2018 HitNaija Updates". Nasty C Becomes Record Label Owner, Signs Rowlene. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Sahha 3 nominated 2016". SA Hip Hop Awards. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  25. ^ a b c d "FULL LIST: Metro FM Award winners 2017". Channel 24. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  26. ^ "BET Awards 2017 | Best International Act – Africa | Nominees". Retrieved 2018-02-28.

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