@IndivisualMax put me in touch with this cat Cassper.
A couple of weeks ago, my homie Indivisual Max put on one helluva show at everybody’s favourite bar, Kitchener’s in Braamfontein. It was there that I got to experience probably the livest show put on by a performer this year. That’s right Cassper Nyovest came on and blew the fuckin’ speakers with his gig. He had the entire joint jumpin’ and singing along to his tracks.
Even though he didn’t have the trademark Tong-Po ponytail he still managed to kung-fu the shit outta the joint.
Between studio sessions and training sessions at the dojo, Cassper [the nice guy that he is] managed to give us some of his time to let us into who this dude Cassper Nyovest is.
And then there was the interview:
“South Africa is actually just a big ass hood.” – Cassper Nyovest
“I’ve never lost an award I was nominated for.” – Cassper Nyovest
The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:
Where did you get the name Cassper Nyovest from?
Cassper Nyovest comes from a freestyle that I kicked back when I was still a backpack rapper in highschool. I said,
“My name is Cassper, but there ain’t no such thing as a friendly ghost.”
Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest!
So that’s where Cassper comes from. Nyovest is a word I made up. I made up the word because I was a Pharrel fan and in every song he used to say ‘Yezzur’, so I wanted my own Yezzur. So that’s how that came about. It was like ‘Nyoverz’ but then it became Nyovest.
What does the Caspper Nyovest reflect of the man Refiloe Maele Phoolo?
I guess the fact that I’m friendly and ummm untouchable … I guess. I don’t know [he laughs] I don’t know. I think it just reflects my personality, the fact that I’m friendly, that I like people unlike other ghosts. Yeah, I think that’s it.
Since ‘Gusheshe’ and ‘Doc Shebeleza’ dropped you’ve pretty much become a household name, what with the mad radio play, but you’ve been in the game for days already. You got signed to Impact for like two years then you dropped the label?
New Age Shebeleza.
Doc, Doc Shebeleza
After 2 years man, I didn’t even drop the label, it was more like I got dropped. The label dropped me. Thasman didn’t see any return on investment and so what really happened was that they were like, “Uh, yo … you need to go home. We’ll see about next year.”
But you know when you know it’s over between you and somebody sooo … we kinda started our own thing in Maftown. It wasn’t even a matter of we were taking this risk where we were dropping the label … ummmm … it was more like we were being dropped and we weren’t even fighting back. We weren’t trying to fuck with that.
After that you holla’d at a pantsula and HHP responded. How was it working with him in studio and touring with him?
Working with Jabba was pretty cool. At first it was like nerve-wracking because he’s one of those people that if he believes in you he kinda just gasses you up. He’s like, ‘Yo man, you the best.’ [laughs]. So its like he expects so much from you but actually he just encourages you to do better. Being in studio with him was actually crazy because, like I said, he really treats you like what you’re gonna be and not like what you are. He’s like a visionary. So it was crazy. Working with him was an amazing experience.
Touring with him was eye-opening. It was a lesson. It would’ve taken me ten years to learn what I learnt touring with Jabba because I went to places I would’ve never went to with my music before then and you know, you figure out that South Africa is actually just a big ass hood. It’s not Sandton. Because we live in Sandton and we think that’s South Africa we actually forget that there’s actually a world out there.
What has been your dopest show so far?
I think my dopest show so far would probably have to be Kendrick where we kinda got a standing ovation. It was a crowd of close to 15 000 people. We were the only South African act to get that over all, you know?
Yeah I think my best show so far was Kendrick, but ummm, that’s probably because of the audience. It was pretty huge; but if I don’t consider that one… I recently had a show in P.E. where we sold out the show before 12 o’clock and it was like a sing-a-long fest. That show was called the Campus Reboot. That’s two of my dopest shows so far.
Did you get a chance to meet Kendrick? Did he have anything to say about your music? Who do you think would win in a fresstyle between you and KDot?
I didn’t get to meet Kendrick cause I wasn’t on the official tour with them. I was actually a surprise act. I think Khuli and Reason got to meet him.
I don’t think I would win in a freestyle between me and him. He’s really dope and I don’t really freestyle any more so I’d probably lose and I’d be intimidated because he’s Kendrick so I’d probably lose.
Did you know you were that popular down in P.E.?
I didn’t know I was that popular in P.E. I didn’t even really think anybody knew me out there. I thought I’d get there and it would be probably be a pap show. I thought we’d start building from there.
You busy in the studio cooking up any exciting tings that you’ll be dropping on the masses soon?
Yeah I’m in the studio working on stuff. I’m working on an album trying to put it out as soon as I can.
What’s your favourite rhyme? Of your own and someone elses.
I think when Jay-Z said,
“I’m not a business man, I’m a business, man.”
That’s probably one of my favourite rhymes that comes to mind. And mine would probably be, right now, on the Steve Kekana remix when I said,
“ I’ve never lost an award I was nominated for.”
What’re you bumping in your speakers?
I’m bumping Kid Ink, cause my friend is bumping Kid Ink. A lot of Uhuru, J-Cole, Travis Scott and a lot of my own shit.
Then The guide was like, “Peace. Thank you.”
And Cassper was like, “Ghost! I’m out.”
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