Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo on 16 December 1990, Cassper Nyovest is one of the biggest hip hop artists from South Africa. He’s set to touch down the 254 for a performance on May 26th at Ngong Racecourse so here a few facts about the South African star to help you get to know him a little better.
1. He dropped out of school in 2006, at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip hop.
2. He started off as Jabba’s (HHP) hypeman which gained him lots of exposure as an artist.
3. His Fill Up concerts (Dome, Orlando and FNB Stadiums) have made him a force to reckon with in African Hip Hop. He was the first South African artist to fill up the Dome with 20,000 people, unheard of for a local act. His Orlando stadium concert attracted 40,000 people. His FNB Stadium concert (Dec 2nd 2017) was flocked by 68,000 fans further cementing Cassper’s influence on South African Hip Hop.
Cassper Nyovest at the FNB Stadium concert, Dec 2017.
4. He has three albums under his belt, Tsholofelo, Refiloe and Thuto (named after one of his sisters who moved in with him during the time he was working on the album).
5. He is the only Hip Hop act nominated in this year’s BET Awards. The Best International Act will be televised for the very first time in BET history.
6. In 2015, he partnered up with AG Mobile to release a phone that was inspired and partly designed by him named AG Hashtag.
7. Being chubbier younger, girls nicknamed Cassper “J.Lo.” take a random guess why…
8. He’s signed to his own independent label and media company, Family Tree, established in 2014.
9. Cassper has been nominated for various awards both at home and internationally. His first taste of victory came in 2013 when he won four awards at the second edition of the South Africa Hip Hop Awards. At the South African Hip Hop Awards last year, Nyovest dominated the show by scooping 6 awards; Album of the Year‚ Hustler of the Year‚ Best Male‚ Best Video and Most Valuable Performer. He also received a Milestone Award for his Fill Up Orlando Stadium concert.
10. In 2014, Nyovest was involved in a highly publicized beef with fellow South African rapper AKA. They both recorded diss tracks to each other.
Cassper and AKA during happier times.