21 has brought Nasty C just great things only.
Growing up in the township of Illovo in KwaZulu-Natal, Nasty learnt the basics of creating music from his sibling, Siyabonga Ngcobo, and a friend called Whisper when he was nine years of age.
“If I wasn’t as confident as I am, I would’ve quit a long time ago,” Nasty C, whose real name is Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, admits. “I had a lot of people bashing me, telling me I sound like I’m from the [United] States. They used to say I was fake.”
He’s also been criticised for rapping in English and not in the vernacular but rather Nasty is unashamed. He’s always had his sights on the worldwide music scene and he did what it takes to ensure he’s on the right track. Before signing for Universal, Nasty worked with US rapper French Montana – who features on his track Allow – and in addition R&B singer and actor Omari Hardwick, with whom he recorded two singles with in 2016.
When chilling out, his friends call him Junior and his family calls him Nsika. He and Siyabonga (31) were raised by their HR manager father, David Ngcobo (53), after their mom passed on in a car accident when Nasty was 11 months old. “My dad is very proud of me and of what I’ve accomplished at such a young age,” Nasty shares. “He’s happy I followed my dream even though he was against it in the beginning.”
The name we all know him for came from Nasty’s antics as a child. A major fan of rappers Lil Wayne and TI, he would rap their songs complete with all the swear words – which is how he got his name. “Whisper used to call me Nasty Cat because of it and I just dropped the last bit to make it Nasty C.”
Also, things haven’t been the same for the rapper since. “One of the things I really wish I could experience again is being in a taxi,” he said. He’s too famous for that now – he just gets swamped by fans.