Nasty C is one of the most talented music artists in South Africa, where he serves it hot as a songwriter, singer, rapper, and music producer. He is one of the country’s biggest exports in the hip-hop music industry and has remained relevant in his craft since he came on board in 2012. His songs are loved not only in South Africa but also beyond the shores, as his international collaborations have given him the right exposure across the African continent.
The 24-year-old rapper is known to write, compose, and produce most of his songs by himself – something that is quite rare in the industry today. He also creates his beats by himself. His most popular songs include Juice Back, Way It Go, Strings, and Bling. He is also an award-winning rapper who has scored some big wins on several podiums. The most interesting part of his achievements is that he started from an early age and is still going strong and getting better in the game.
Profile Summary of Nasty C
- Name: Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo
- Stage name: Nasty C
- Date of birth: February 11, 1997
- Age: 24 years old
- Place of birth: Diepkloof, Soweto, Johannesburg
- Nationality: South African
- Gender: Male
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, rapper, producer
- Relationship status: Active
Nasty C Was Born In 1997 to a Zulu Father and Xhosa Mother
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, popularly known as Nasty C, was born in Diepkloof, Soweto, on the 11th of February, 1997, which makes him 24 years old. Being born to South African parents makes Nasty C a South African, but his ethnicity is Zulu. Nonetheless, the maternal part of his family can be traced to the Xhosa ethnic group. This means the rapper has ties in the two major ethnic groups in South Africa.
Not much is known about his parents, but he was named after his father, David Ngcobo, but his mother’s name – and other facts about her – is not known, probably because he left the picture long before he grew up. He was born as the second child of his family; the rapper has an elder brother named Siyabonga Ngcobo, who would later play a very important role in the fame he has come to enjoy.
His Mother Died In A Car Crash When He Was Only Eleven Months Old
The award-winning rapper has his share of roadblocks and sad moments as he lost his mother before celebrating his first birthday. She died in a fatal auto crash when he was only 11 months old. After her death, infant Nasty C and his older brother, Siyabonga, moved to live with their father, David, in Illovo town located in KwaZulu-Natal.
The fact the Nasty C had to moved to his father’s place after the death of his mother suggests his parents were either divorced or separated and therefore not living together. No records confirm this suggestion; neither has the rapper mentioned it in any known interview.
His Father Did Not Support His Music Career At First
His musical fame journey started at a very young age as his talents and potential were very obvious. He started rapping at the age of nine and has not stopped. However, he did not have a free pass to stardom as his initial efforts were met with resistance from his father, David Ngcobo, who felt music would lead his son nowhere.
Nasty C also faced discouragement from people who shaded him, claiming he sounded very fake. However, one person who believed in him and his talents is his older brother. He currently serves as Nasty C’s manager and plays a vital role in his career development.
His Brother Has Been His Number One Fan From The Beginning
Nasty C’s older brother is Siyabonga Ngcobo, and he is a music producer. He may not be as famous as the hip-hop star, but he has helped him achieve superstardom. In fact, he has been credited by a section of the media as the one responsible for moving Nasty C’s music career from obscurity to the limelight it enjoys today.
Siyabonga was already into music and worked as a producer while Nasty C was still a child. So, he was a major influence on his younger brother and his love for hip-hop. He would later take his little brother under his wings and teach him the basics of music production and rap. The rapper initially started uploading his songs on the music streaming app Spotify to get his song out there for people to hear them. Soon enough, his songs began to gain attention and feature prominently on several playlists.
Today, Nasty C is an award-winning artist, a famous rapper, and a talented songwriter. He won the Best Freshman music award in 2015, becoming the youngest South African artist to do so.
Nasty C Made His Mark On The International Scene At Age 18
The Strings and Blings hitmaker moved away from developing his music career with the local kwaito sound and attempted the unpopular route of patterning his music after several international artists such as rapper T.I, Future, and Lil Wayne. This was a risky move, seeing that not many South African artists were bold enough to go there. The bold move shows his belief in his talent; he also looked up to artists like AKA, who was already doing what he intended to do.
In 2013, Nasty C dropped his first mixtape, One Kid a Thousand Coffins, to much acclaim, and not long after, he was invited by Nigerian Afrobeats superstar, Davido, to be part of the Coolest Kid in Africa project in 2015. Today, the breezy rapper has three studio albums, namely, Bad Hair (2016), Strings And Bling (2018), and Zulu Man with Some Power (2020).
Nasty C has also collaborated with international acts such as Post Malone, T.I, Runtown, Davido, French Montana, among others. He recently linked up with American multi-national record label, Def Jam Recordings, the same umbrella housing A-list US rappers such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Beiber, Nas, 2 Chain, Ja Rule, among others.