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, 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. In July 2018 he released his second studio album, titled Strings & Bling. Nasty C was named the best rapper in South Africa and the best African rapper of 2018 by TINA Magazine
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. 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.
Nasty C released his first mixtape One Kid a Thousand Coffins on 24 May 2013. 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”. 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.
On 9 January 2016, he was featured on Anatii and Cassper Nyovest’s collaborative single “Jump”. 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. On 15 February 2018, he announced that he has officially signed to Universal Music Group and had departed from Mabala Noise.
Career: Early 2010’s
The stage name ‘Nasty C’ was given to him by the first producer he ever worked with. 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.
Early 2016 he released Hell Naw 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. 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. 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.
Strings And Bling
On 6 July 2018, Nasty C released his second studio album Strings and Bling.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. 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.