Born in South Africa, Nasty C began rapping at the age of nine with inspiration from his older brother. What is even more surprising is that he dropped his first album at fifteen titled “One Kid, A Thousand Coffins.” His most recent album “Zulu Man with Some Power”, addresses the racial injustices in wake of police brutality protests in the United States and in his hometown. The song “They Don’t” featuring one of his inspirations, T.I., truly speaks on this message. Nasty C sends an influential message to the diaspora to encourage them to stand up for their people who are being slain by police officers. He states “they don’t want to see my people living good and at ease. They want to lock them all up and get rid of the keys, we aint never free.” Nasty C is understanding of the environment in the States since he has moved to New York recently, as new signee on Def Jam Records.
Although Nasty C does not tend to carry the sound of South Africa in his music, he still advocates for equality for his people in Johannesburg and in the States. Due to his mother dying in a car accident at the age of 11, he looked to his father for assistance in every aspect of his life. However, he serves as an inspiration to his hometown simply because his music speaks on making something out of nothing and taking a different route. On “Zulu Man with Some Power,” Nasty C also speaks on the divide that exists in the hip hop game in South Africa. He wishes for more unity among artists, but the problem is that a majority of hip hop artists tend to gravitate toward cliques.