Nasty C’s Reflections On ‘God Flow’

On the bass-heavy single, the rapper spars lyrically with fellow Durbanite, crownedYung, confidently displaying his song-writing nous. “It’s really about being a God in whatever you feel like," the SAMA Award-winning rapper says of God Flow. "When I made the song at that particular time, that’s how I felt. When I said ‘God Flow' for the first time, it kind of made me feel I could really take this song far."

Nasty C Speaks About His Success

In his Song Stories, Nasty C also speaks about his success and the tales behind his recent album, Strings and Bling. After rising to fame with 2015's energetic Juice Back, Nasty C landed Davido and Cassper Nyovest on the track's remix. In 2016, he followed that up with the hit single Hell Naw, from his debut album, Bad Hair.

As a mainstay of the South African hip hop scene, Nasty C has come far, becoming Apple Music's most streamed South African artist of the past four years, appearing on the Billboard Charts as a feature on Major Lazer's Particula and having every song from his multi-platinum album Strings and Bling achieve gold status or more.

About Apple Music's Stories

Apple Music's “Song Stories” is a new short video series that dives deep into the creative process, inspirations and challenges faced by some of the country’s leading artists - Amanda Black, Elaine, Ami Faku, Nasty C and Sha Sha. The Apple Music Song Stories offer a glimpse into what it takes to be the artists they are today and include them sharing specific tales behind their latest tracks. With more than 60 million songs, Apple Music offers a free three-month trial with no commitment and is ad-free. Apple Music is available on iPhone and iPad and also can be downloaded from Google Play for Android devices.

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In your own terms, how would you describe yourself? Who is Elaine?

Elaine is a 20 year old second year Law student, originally from Pretoria. I am very peaceful and calm person, loves music, movies are my absolute fave. I could identify as a bit of a loner, a people's person, very soft, very warm.. That pretty much describes me in a nutshell.

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What made you decide on going towards the direction of music?

I have always loved music actually, from the tender age of six- when I was still knee-high. Which is when I started singing, started singing infront of audiences on stages and live concerts. And I really started falling in love with music, and how it made me feel. And I promised myself that "one day I'll release something", a few years later I finally found that time, and now we're here!

Who would you say you draw inspiration from, when it comes to your work?

It's a no brainer, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, and Goapele Mohlabane.

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Are you considering jumping into other genres at the moment?

Firstly the sound I am currently doing has a lot to be associated with RnB, Trap Soul and Alternative, I think that is the type of sound I really love. All these give me the platform to be creative, giving me so much room to explore and find myself. And I definitely think they are all beautiful sounds. So, with going to other genres, I definitely think I might, I am a very versatile person, so yes!

Do you write your own songs?

Yes, yes I do. I write all my songs. My pen and paper, my own thoughts, my own experiences, and turn them into songs. I think with song writing for me it's sort of like a God given talent, because when I write it literally takes me 5 minutes to write a song. And I think where I draw inspiration from, is definitely from my experiences, the experiences of women, the experiences of loved ones. This is how I sort of deal with everything that I go through. So, it is a very personal point of view.

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What do you think sets you apart from other artists?

Well, first of all I am currently doing everything by myself. I consider myself as an independent artist, not that it makes me better or stand out from the rest, which I am sure a lot of artists out there handle their own, just like me. But having all of this privilege of having to handle things myself gives me leverage to have more creative freedom and direction, in terms of where I want to go and how I want to get there. But everything happens from my perspective and how I feel I can change or inspire someone else. I am very open and honest and I think that comes across in my music and in my lyrical content. I am perfectionist, everything is supposed to be up to date, on time, and everything has to have an intention, (as she hides her face and giggles).

What else are you working on at the moment?

From November until April 2020 I will be gigging, so stay tuned to my socials @Lainey_Mukz and see what I'll be up to, it's pretty exciting! And I am working on a few projects for the year 2020, I think being the Apple Music Artist Spotlight for this month, really inspired me to push and make more music. And it feels amazing knowing that you can do things by yourself and it's not only a win for myself, it's a win for everybody else.

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Thank you to everyone that’s listened. Comment your fav song below 💗💗💕

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So how are you dealing with all the attention right now? Because you're big time, and the only way is up!

It all comes down to my background, I am a very spiritual person, and I believe that everything that is meant to come your way will come your way. I try not to pay attention to any negative energy because in a way it will disturb my peace and derail the process of my purpose right now. The one thing I do not want to do is become someone I am not, I am just not willing to let anyone or anything sort of take away my peace of mind. So, right now I am focusing on the positive. I am grateful that people are receiving me and my craft with warm arms.

Which festivals are you looking forward to be part of in future?

Afropunk, Coachella, Wireless Festival, Broccoli City Festival, quite a lot and I see myself opening up for a lot of other artists in the future. Especially Beyonce, I wouldn't know how to act, that would be a dream come true.

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If your music was edible, what would it taste like?

I think it would be a whole lot of different flavours. At the beginning of the EP, it would taste like Red Velvet Cake, something nice, something sweet, something soft as you cut through it. And as we go through the EP, I think it would be like something spicy but still mouth watering. Because the lyrics tend to get a bit spicy as we go through the EP. So a bit of everything nice.

What advice would you give someone looking up to you?

I would say that you need to believe in whatever it is that you believe in, everyone has different kinds of beliefs. But believe that time will take its course. Believe that everybody on earth has their time and you should never feel demotivated, or upset when you see someone else achieving something that you see yourself doing, it's just a matter of time and you need to put in your shift, put in your amount of work and let the universe and the powers that be do the rest for you. When you've reached that level in your life where you are certain about yourself, everything else is written in the stars!

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music apps

SoundCloud

If you are tired of listening to mainstream and/or commercial music, give SoundCloud a try. Not only are some mainstream songs available for listening, but the platform is dominated by upcoming and underground artists/musicians. You also get a chance to listen to songs by not-so-well-known artists before they become a big hit!

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: Free.

Apple Music

With a vast library of over 30 million songs, Apple Music offers music streaming to subscribers. You have the option to create playlists and discover new songs under the 'For You' section that compiles recommendations from what you listen to. You can even stream featured content uploaded by artists and explore curated playlists at will!

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: R59.99 for one member | R89.99 for up to six members.

YouTube

Offering more than just music videos, this app gives you access to remixes, covers, full albums and classic recordings. You don't actually have to create a personalised playlist, you can search for artists, songs, videos or albums and the app will automatically generate a continuous streaming station for you, personalised through your preferences.

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: Free.

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Tidal

Offering the capability to stream high-fidelity music, Tidal has gained its spot as one of the top music streaming apps due to the incredible sound quality. Featuring a library with over 25 million songs, you can even watch over 75 000 ad-free videos. What's more, you also get curated lists, music identification and music-discovering tools.

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: R139.99.

Spotify

Thanks to its recognisable interface, Facebook integration and over 30 million songs, Spotify has also earned itself a spot in this list of top music streaming apps. Not only is it great online but you also get access to some music, which is available for offline listening. The app now has a browse function that allows you to find cool playlists!

Compatibility: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Cost: R139.99.

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Prime Music

Prime Music, which falls under the Amazon Prime umbrella, allows you to stream music you have bought from Amazon. You can also stream music stored on your phone or tablet. If you are a Prime subscriber, you get access to over a million songs and playlists, all ad-free. You can also download your favourite songs or albums and listen offline!

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: R139.99.

Google Play Music

With over 30 million songs, ad-free songs of different genres and artists to stream from, subscribers absolutely love Google Play Music. Allowing you to create your own radio station with all your favourite songs and artists, the app is definitely winning in the music-streaming department. The app also features a constantly-improving recommendations option based on your listening habits.

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: Free.

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TuneIn Radio

Giving you access to over 100 000 international radio stations, what more could you possibly ask for music streaming wise? You get access to everything from music and talk shows to sports, news radio and podcasts! Who needs a radio anyway when you have your smartphone or smart device? The best part is that you can even listen to local radio stations!

Compatibility: Android and iOS.

Cost: Free.

Microsoft Groove

Microsoft rebranded Xbox Music to Microsoft Groove with the release of Windows 10. With the app, you get access to over 30 million songs, ad-free, options for custom radio stations, offline listening and cross-device syncing. Not only that, you can also download MP3s onto your OneDrive folder for listening offline or off the grid!

Compatibility: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Cost: Free.

Rhapsody

Rhapsody recently refreshed its interface as one of the longest-running, online music streaming providers. The app allows you to create or listen to custom radio stations of your favourite artists. You can also access a number of live radio stations through the new Rhapsody unRadio for a certain fee per month. The app/service is compatible with smart devices, speakers and game consoles.

Compatibility: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Cost: R139.99.

Please note that costs may change over time.

By Cleopatra Shava