Nasty C, fondly known as the Coolest Kid in Africa releases two new singles titled King and Jungle ahead of his highly anticipated second album, “Strings and Bling”.
Produced by American beatsmith, Cody Rhones, ‘Jungle’ is a trap-happy song and a meditation on Nasty C’s experience of the concrete jungle that is Johannesburg.
“The jungle is our community where anything and everything happens,” said Nasty C. “It’s where people live recklessly. There are no rules because you can do whatever you want. The jungle is also Jo’burg. A lot more stuff happens there than what happened when I used to be in Durban. Those two meanings are intertwined.”
While ‘Jungle’ sees a more aggressive Nasty C re-enter the music scene, it’s the “fake-woke” who are skating on thin ice on ‘King.’ The song, produced by South Africa’s Tweezy, is a tongue-in-cheek look at misguided youth who refer to themselves as “young kings.”
King features American rapper, A$AP Ferg, who recorded his verse during a visit to South Africa. “It’s not like I’m calling myself king,” explained Nasty C. “It’s about these kids who talk too much and I’m mocking the term ‘king’ because of how those guys call each other that.” On ‘King,’ Nasty C raps about visiting places like Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana and waxes lyrical about feeding women jollof rice. Travelling has given the 21-year-old a wealth of experience to pour into his new music and he is thrilled to share it all in Strings And Bling.
Strings And Bling is Nasty C’s first release through Universal Music Group Africa and the team in Nigeria shared their excitement about the opportunities for this talented artist within the market.
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