There was a time when Nasty C and AKA were really tight, when the Levelsrapper admired a 16-year-old Nasty C enough to give him an opening set at one of his gigs.
But things quickly changed, and within two years the Juice Back rapper was mixing tracks with AKA’s biggest rival, Cassper Nyovest.
In an interview with Live Mag recently, Nasty C opened up about his relationship with AKA, and reflects on how the Levels rapper let him down.
“In 2013, there was a show in Pietermaritzburg where I was supposed to open for AKA. Just before that there was a little dinner gathering with the whole squad, Nasty C explains.
“AKA was, like, on the other side of the table and he just got up and made an announcement. He was like, ‘Yo, after my second album (2014’s Levels) I’m gonna open my own G.O.O.D Music, and you know who my Pusha T’s gonna be, right?’ Then he pointed across the table to me, so he was gonna sign me,” he adds.
In his excitement, Nasty C told all his friends the good news.
“So you can imagine at 16, I’m a major fan so I was never gonna forget that. But as time passed, I realised he was just saying that,” Nasty C says.
Nasty quickly shook it all off and got to work, releasing the massive hit, Juice Back and winning the SA Hip Hop Award for Best Newcomer.
And after working with Cassper on both the Juice Back Remix and Anatii’s Jump, Nasty C says Cassper has kind of filled a void left by AKA.
“I’d say yeah, he did. In the sense that Cassper sort of did things that AKA said he’d do,” he says.