African music collaboration is on the rise. Just take “All Eyes on me” from AKA for instance, the single was a smash hit, tearing music charts and even scooping awards. We see many South African artists striving for collaboration with their fellow African counterparts.
Amidst this transformation, hip hop is still a game of huge egos. For instance, Cassper argues that South African hip hop has more crossover potential than that of Nigeria. The rapper was in Nigeria headlining the weekly event, Industry Night.
In an exclusive interview with Pulse, Cassper states, “I don’t know about Nigerian hip hop that much. I don’t know if it will ever be as big as South African because the Nigerian hip hop that is big, is mostly indigenous.”
To make his take on Nigerian hip hop more vivid, he adds, “Like Olamide and Phyno, that’s the hip hop that’s big in Nigeria, and for that to translate into South Africa is difficult because we’re still struggling to understand pidgin English, so when you go deeper into Igbo and Yoruba, it’s like we can’t even hear anything.” Speaking of Phyno, he was featured on ‘Rands and Nairas’ remix by Dj Dimple.
He thinks SA rappers are better at Hip Hop because they are more westerners and ‘they think of themselves as Americans’.
On the contrary, he was not shy though to acknowledge that there are dope Nigerian rappers mentioning the likes of M.I and Ice Prince. He declared M.I Abaga as the greatest rapper on African continent. The South African superstar believes Nigerians are superior when at composing Afro beats and producing dance music.
You can watch the excerpt where Cassper believes that Nigerian hip hop is more authentic than South African one below.
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