Without much competition, Cassper Nyovest is unarguably dominating the African rap scene at the moment. We could even go as far as saying he’s one of the most prominent in South Africans today. Cassper’s been in South African entertainment since 2004 and started adding credits to gain international attention in 2009.
With his consistency, we can understand why his popularity continues to grow. He has collaborations with Talib Kweli, The Game and Casey Veggies behind him and one can’t help but be curious about what he’s planned next.
Understandably, his presence on social media and his frequency in news headlines might make him seem very familiar but you’d be surprised at just how much you don’t know about this legend in the making.
1. Humble Beginnings
Cassper, whose birth name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, was born in South Africa in Mafikeng (in the North West Province) on the 16th of December, 1990. He grew up in Montshiwa and attended high school at the Sol Plaatje Secondary School. In school, he played basketball, cricket and football but he began rapping when he was 12 years old in grade 6.
2. The Reasons Behind the Names
His critically acclaimed first album, Tsholofelo, which took him ten years to complete, is named after his sister who gave him the money he needed (R50) to get into a taxi to Johannesburg to achieve his dream. His second album is named after himself. Most recently, his latest album, Thuto, was named in dedication to his elder sister, Thuto Phoolo, whose birthday coincided with the album’s release date.
3. He Gets His Drive and Inspiration From His Brother
Cassper has stated that his music career as a rapper was inspired by his brother, Khotso Phoolo, who was also a rapper. Khotso passed away in 2003.
4. Cassper Has Dated Some Of South Africa’s Most Beautiful Women
His relationships have always had a place in the spotlight and since he broke onto the music scene, Cassper has consistently dated some of South Africa’s most popular and most beautiful women. No one can accuse him of not having good taste. His relationship with Swazi actress – Amanda Du Pont took centre stage on several gossip blogs and social media. While their split ended on less than favourable terms – the pair are now said to be friends.
Cassper’s next high profile relationship was with Boity Thulo – who he had had a crush on since school. Their romance seemed like it was in it for the long-run but unfortunately, the pair called it quits in 2016
5. Cassper The Record Breaker
Cassper became the first South African artist to ever fill up Ticketpro Dome (20,000 capacity), a feat he achieved in 2015. And in 2016, he again became the first South African artist to fill up Orlando Stadium (40,000 capacity). Who knows, maybe this year it will be FNB Stadium.
6. His weight Has Fluctuated Over The Years
When Cassper Nyovest won the hearts of South Africans, he was a bit on the bigger side. The ‘chubby’ rapper won the hearts of many with his relatable appearance. Prior to this, he described his adolescent self as skinny, shy and awkward. However, Cassper is now in the best shape of his life after spending the much of 2016 getting to tip top shape.
Those are the things we believe you all should know about South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest today… Don’t forget to keep with the latest news about hip-hop and entertainment on Hiphopafrica.net