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Nasty C was born on February 11, 1997, in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Diepkloof. His mother passed away in a car accident when he was 11 months old, and he went to Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, to be raised by his father, David Maviyo Ngcobo, a human resources manager. Siyabonga Ngcobo, his older brother, who taught him the basics of music creation when he was just nine years old, gave him the inspiration to begin rapping.


Ngcobo completed his high school education at Strelitzia Secondary School in Lotus Park, Durban, and then turned his attention to his work rather than continuing his education.


Nasty C, then just fourteen years old, released his debut mixtape, One Kid, A Thousand Coffins, on May 14, 2012. He also released his debut EP, L.A.M.E. (Levitating Above My Enemies), on April 4, 2014. Later, on February 10 of the following year, he released Price City, his second mixtape, which featured the well-known song “Juice Back.” He gained fame as a result of this.

A remix of “Juice Back” by Gemini Major, featuring Davido and rapper Cassper Nyovest, was made available on November 20, 2015.

On February 11, 2016, Nasty C made the lead single from his upcoming debut album, “Hell Naw,” available to the public. On September 23 of the same year, he released “Bad Hair,” his second debut album, via Mabala Noise Entertainment. His “Bad Hair” album became the most streamed album in South Africa in its first 24 hours and peaked at number one on the local iTunes charts after he asked his Twitter followers to send him pictures of themselves when they had bad hair days for the album’s cover art.

Kyle Lewis directed a 14-minute short film including three tracks from “Bad Hair” that was released by Nasty C. Rowlene appeared in the short film performing the songs “Don’t Do It,” “Good Girls and Snapchat Hoes,” and “Phase.” The fact that it was commercially promoted in several countries, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, was unusual for an African video.

Four brand-new songs, including the lead single “Allow,” featuring American rapper French Montana, were added to “Bad Hair Extensions,” an enlarged edition of “Bad Hair,” which was released on December 2nd and won multiple honors that year.

His nomination for the 2017 BET Award for “Best International Act: Africa,” which he lost to Wizkid, was his biggest nomination. Additionally, he was nominated at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, and Nasty C placed third in the 2016 MTV Base: SA’s Hottest MCs. And in the same competition in 2017, he was ranked once more, this time in fourth place.

Nesty C inked contracts with Universal Music South Africa, Universal Music Africa, and UMG Live Africa on February 16. He also signed deals with those companies for artist booking. Both of his singles, “Jungle” and “King,” off his second album, “Strings and Bling,” which were pre-released, featured American rapper A$AP Ferg.

“Strings and Bling is a testament to the skill, craft, and passion that he brings to his game every single time,” said Ezegozie Eze, general manager of Universal Music Group Nigeria, in a press release with Premium Times in June 2018. “We are thrilled to bring this excellent body of work to the market.” Then, on July 6, 2018, Strings and Bling was made physically and online available. It was also ranked among the finest hip-hop albums by Tina magazine and given a rating of one of the best hip-hop albums in South Africa by TimesLIVE. “SMA” with Rowlene and “Gravy,” a promotional song, are the other singles from the album.

On October 6, 2018, Nasty C once more introduced The Ivyson Tour at Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch. A full house was present for each show throughout the five-show tour, which included four performances in South Africa and one in Namibia. At the end of 2018, he was ranked third for a third consecutive year in MTV Base: SA’s Hottest MCs.

An organization that specializes in male grooming called Axe South Africa chose Nasty C to represent the brand in 2019. The song “SMA (Vol. 1)” he co-wrote with Rowlene is up for the 2019 Dstv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Award for Favorite Song Of The Year. On November 24, he also got two AFRIMA honors: Best African Collaboration and Best African Rapper/Lyricist. He also took the #1 spot on MTV Base: SA’s Hottest MCs for 2019, making it his fourth year in a row.

Nancy C made his third concert tour on September 27, 2019, as part of The Ivyson Tour in Cape Town, South Africa. During this tour, he released “God Flow,” a song with rapper Crowned Yung, and made an announcement about his upcoming third studio album. International musicians are featured in Zulu Man With Some Power.

Nasty C founded his own record label, Tall Racks Records, in August 2020. He and vocalist Rowlene, with whom he has worked for a long time, were the first artists to sign with the company. Additionally, it was said that Nasty C and Def Jam Records had entered into a joint venture in March 2020, with the release of his single “There They Go” serving as his debut under the label.

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Work/Recipient Result
2015 South African Hip Hop Awards 2015 Best Freshman Himself Won
2016 South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Lyricist of the Year Himself Nominated
2017 16th Metro FM Music Awards Best New Artist Bad hair extensions Won
Best Male Album  Bad hair extensions Won
The Best Hip Hop Album Bad hair extensions Won
Song of the Year Hell Naw Won
BET Awards Best International Act: Africa Himself Nominated
2021 SAMAs 27 The Best Hip Hop Album Zulu Man With Some Power Won
MTV Africa Music Awards 2021 Best Hip hop artist