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Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo (born 11 February 1997), known professionally as Nasty C, is a South African rapper, songwriter and record producer. He gained public recognition after releasing his mixtape, Price City (2015) which produced the successful single, "Juice Back".

Nasty C
Birth nameNsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo[1]
Born (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 22)
Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
OriginDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Rapper
  • Producer
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active2013–present
Associated acts

After releasing two mixtapes and one EP, Ngcobo released his critically acclaimed debut album Bad Hair (2016), and Strings and Bling (2018) which was associated and supported by his first tour, The Ivyson Tour.[2][3]

He was the youngest recipient for an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, namely the Best Freshman Award.[4][5]

Life and careerEdit

1997–2015: Early life and initial mixtapesEdit

Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo was born on 11 February 1997 in Diepkloof, a borough of Soweto, Johannesburg. After the passing of his mother who was involved in a fatal car crash while he was 11 months, he relocated to Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal to be raised by his father, David Maviyo Ngcobo, who is a human resources manager.[6] He has an older brother, Siyabonga Ngcobo, who influenced him to rap as he learnt the basics of producing music from him while he was nine. Ngcobo attended Strelitzia Secondary School in Lotus Park, Durban where he completed his 12th grade.[7]

At the age of fifteen, Ngcobo released his debut mixtape One Kid, a Thousand Coffins on 14 May 2012.[8] He then released his debut EP L.A.M.E (Levitating Above My Enemies) on 4 April 2014.[9] The following year on 10 February, he released his second mixtape Price City which produced the successful single "Juice Back" that raised his prominence.[10] "Juice Back" later spawned a Gemini Major-produced remix featuring singer Davido and rapper Cassper Nyovest on 20 November 2015.[11]

2016–2017: Bad HairEdit

On 11 February 2016. Ngcobo released his single "Hell Naw" which was later revealed it was going to be the lead single from his upcoming debut album.[12] On 23 September, Ngcobo then released his debut album, Bad Hair under Mabala Noise Entertainment. For the album's artwork, he got his fans on Twitter to email him their portraits showing their bad hair periods, he then combined all the portraits in an artistic manner assembling his face.[13] Bad Hair reached number-one on the iTunes local charts and was the most streamed album in South Africa within its 24 hours.[14] Ngcobo released a 14-minute film featuring three songs from Bad Hair directed by Kyle Lewis. The short-film which included tracks "Don't Do It'", "Good Girls and Snapchat Hoes" and "Phases" featuring Rowlene, was commercially featured in several countries including France, Germany, UK and the US, which was infrequent for an African video.[15]

On 2 December 2016, Ngcobo released the extended version for Bad Hair named Bad Hair Extensions.[16] Bad Hair Extension featured new four songs including the lead single Allow featuring American rapper French Montana. In winning many accolades for both 2016 and 2017, Ngcobo received his biggest nomination which was for the 2017 BET Award for Best International Act: Africa where he lost to Wizkid.[17] He was also nominated for the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards.[18] Ngcobo was ranked number-three on the 2017 MTV Base: SA's Hottest MCs.[19]

2018: Strings and BlingEdit

On 1 June 2018, Ngcobo pre-released two singles, "Jungle" and "King" featuring American rapper A$AP Ferg, from his second album, Strings and Bling.[20] Strings and Bling was then released on 6 July 2018 both digital and physical.[21][22] TimesLIVE named Strings and Bling as one of the best hip hop albums in South Africa, and was also included in the list of hip hop albums on Tina Magazine.[23][24] The album's other singles include "SMA" featuring Rowlene, and the promotional single "Gravy".

In 20 August 2018, Ngcobo established his own record label, Tall Racks Records.[25] His long-term associated singer Rowlene was the first act to sign under the label, alongside himself. Ngcobo began the The Ivyson Tour on 6 October 2018, at the Melrose Arch in Durban. The tour with five consecutive shows (four in South Africa and one in Namibia) was a success with filled up attendance.[26] As for 2019, Ngcobo was named the ambassador of the male grooming company, Axe South Africa.[27]

2019: Zulu Man With Some PowersEdit

Ngcobo made the third installment of his concert tour, The Ivyson Tour, which kicked-off on 20 September 2019, in Cape Town, Western Cape.[28][29] On 27 September 2019, he released "God Flow" featuring rapper Crowned Yung, the lead single of his upcoming third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Powers.[30][31]


Studio albums


Headlining toursEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Recipient Result
South African Hip Hop Awards 2015 Best Freshman[32] Himself Won
South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Lyricist Of The Year[34] Himself Nominated
16th Metro FM Music Awards Best New Artist[35] Bad Hair Extensions Won
Best Male Album[35] Bad Hair Extensions Won
Best Hip Hop Album[35] Bad Hair Extensions Won
Song of the Year[35] Hell Naw Won
BET Awards Best International Act: Africa[36] Himself Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nasty C". Mabala Noise. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Nasty C's Bad Hair turns out good - the review". TRUE Africa.
  3. ^ "Album Review – Nasty C's "Strings & Bling"". The Plug.
  4. ^ "2015 SOUTH AFRICAN HIP HOP AWARD WINNERS He is married to Lamii". MTV Base. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  5. ^ Klein, Alyssa. "And The 2015 South African Hip-Hop Awards Winners Are..." OkayAfrica. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  6. ^ "This is how Nasty C got his name". Channel24.
  7. ^ "Nasty C goes big at 20". Roodepoort Northsider.
  8. ^ "One Kid a Thousand Coffins by Nasty_C on Apple Music". Apple Music.
  9. ^ "Nasty_C, Nasty_C New Releases: C L.A.M.E EP (Extended Play Version) on Beatport". Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Nasty C drops hot video". East Coast Radio.
  11. ^ "Davido & Cassper Nyovest Remix 18-Year-Old Rapper Nasty C's 'Juice Back'". Okayafrica. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Jam of the Day: Nasty C – Hell Naw". People Magazine.
  13. ^ "Nasty C Debuts The "Bad Hair" Album Cover". SA Hip Hop Mag.
  14. ^ "Nasty C's Bad Hair Tops iTunes Album Chart, Despite Being Free". Quench SA.
  15. ^ "Apple Music praises Nasty C's 'epic' Bad Hair video". EastCoastRadio.
  16. ^ "Nasty C - Bad Hair Extensions (File, AAC, Album)". Discogs.
  18. ^ "Babes Wodumo, Nasty C nominated for #MTVEMA". DStv.
  19. ^ "MTV Base drops off South Africa's #HottestMCs list". The South African.
  20. ^ "Nasty C is back with new music featuring A$AP Ferg". Destiny Man.
  21. ^ KEKANA, CHRIZELDA. "Strings and Bling is here & we're obsessed! Here are 5 reasons why!". TimesLive. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Nasty C's 'Strings And Bling' Is Out And People Love It". TheHuffingtonPost. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Strings and Blings is here & we're obsessed! Here are 5 reasons why!". TimesLIVE.
  24. ^ "Best Rapper In South Africa Now: Top 10 South African Rappers 2018". TINA Magazine. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Nasty C Announces His New 'Tall Racks Records' Label & First Artist Signed". Hype Magazine.
  26. ^ "Nasty C announces Ivyson Tour dates". Political Analysis South Africa.
  27. ^ "Nasty C On His Axe Ambassadorship". People Magazine.
  28. ^ "Nasty C Announces Dates for Third Installment of Ivyson Tour". OkayAfrica.
  29. ^ "Nasty C 'The Ivyson Tour' - Cape Town". Shelflife.
  30. ^ "God Flow featuring Crowned Yung by Nasty C". Apple Music.
  31. ^ "Everything We Know About Nasty C's New Album". ZAlebs.
  32. ^ "2015 SAHHA WINNERS". SA Hip Hop Awards. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  33. ^ "2018 HitNaija Updates". Nasty C Becomes Record Label Owner, Signs Rowlene. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  34. ^ "Sahha 3 nominated 2016". SA Hip Hop Awards. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  35. ^ a b c d "FULL LIST: Metro FM Award winners 2017". Channel 24. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  36. ^ "BET Awards 2017 | Best International Act – Africa | Nominees". Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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