South African Hip Hop artist Cassper Nyovest has shown admiration for Wizkid’s international wave, and hopes the same fate can be extended to South African Hip Hop.
Wizkid inspires me so much man. I know we doin 2 different genres of music bt I dream of a day where SA Hip Hop travels the world like that.
— Abuti Fill Up (@CassperNyovest) July 10, 2017
Nyovest dropped out of high school in 2006, left home and moved to Johannesburg. The following year, still at the age of 16, he was signed by the Motswako label “Impact Sounds”. After two years without a release, he left to start a label of his own to no avail — he moved back home.
Months later, Motswako rapper HHP spotted Nyovest at a performance. HHP was impressed and featured him on “Wamo Tseba Mtho” on his album Dumela. Nyovest embarked on international tours with HHP where he gained exposure as an artist. He has also shared stages with international acts such as Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Talib Kweli and Wiz Khalifa.
In the year 2014, Nyovest was involved in a highly publicised “beef” with fellow South African artist AKA (rapper), this led to both artists recording diss tracks about each other.