By Pina Peters
South African Biggest Rapper, Cassper Nyovest has made some really huge claims, and was quoted as saying “South African Hip-hop is bigger than Nigerian Hip-hop.”
In an exclusive interview with Pulse, Cassper states that the indigenous nature of Nigerian Hip-hop makes it quite limited.
“I don’t know about Nigerian Hip-hop that much. I don’t know if it will ever be as big as South African Hip-hop because the Nigerian hip-hop that is big, is mostly indigenous.” Cassper said.
“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.
“It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because Hip-hop can relate more to people in Nigeria because of Olamide and Phyno, but it stops them from crossing over.” He further stated.
Cassper further acknowledges that although South African Hip-hop has more crossover potential than that of Nigeria, the West African country still possesses the greatest rapper on the continent – M.I Abaga.
“There are still guys like M.I, and Ice Prince that are dope rappers. I think M.I is probably the best rapper in Africa. M.I is the best rapper on the continent. So if we could have more of M.Is, probably we could relate more