Finally got to chat with not “one of” but THEE hottest artist out right now!! The guy who brought you Gusheshe, Doc Shebeleza & most recently Phumakim.. Yup, Nyovest, Nyovest, Nyovest, Nyovessst!!
The Multi-Award winning Artist whose always ‘that happy chap’ with a humble personality,got to tell us more about Tsholofelo, His beliefs & some facts and ‘figures’.. Cassper Nyovest Surprisingly dropped Tsholofelo (18th July for 67 hours)& his debut album was already #1 on iTunes.. Which later went onto being the #1 Album on iTunes ALL GENRES not just Hip-Hop..
ViMontego: Okay, firstly.. What does ‘Cassper Nyovest’ mean ?
Cassper Nyovest: It doesn’t really have a meaning, in fact it doesn’t have a meaning at all, it’s just my stage name. I chose the name Cassper because I am every friendly and I think I’m cute. Nyovest is a word I made up and it stuck to me because of Facebook. I had to put a surname when I started my profile and i just became Cassper Nyovest.
ViMontego: In terms of Hype and fame.. What differentiates Cassper from most rappers ?
Cassper Nyovest: I have been famous or rather popular all my life due to dance and mischievous events so it can’t really get to my head. Being famous is like being popular at a big school.
ViMontego: Describe The Tsholofelo Album In 5 Words
Cassper Nyovest: What you been waiting for.
ViMontego: Some people wait for deals and what not but you’re like a hero to most rappers for having achieved so much with just a free single .. What do you think is important for a person/rapper to reach their own goals ?
Cassper Nyovest: Prayer.
ViMontego: What would you say is your biggest achievement thus far is (except winning Jika Majika as you’ve been quoted before)?
Cassper Nyovest: Hahaha… I won 4 awards at the South African Hip Hop Awards last year so commercially that’s my biggest achievement. According to me , being where I am as an independent artist is history and that my biggest achievement. I have managed to make over a million rand through free music and that’s pretty dam cool.
ViMontego: On Phumakimi you said “Life has been a bliss since the mainstream caught on..” .. Do you ever regret not going mainstream a long time ago or you think everything worked out perfectly now?
Cassper Nyovest: No , my journey has been perfect. It has been nothing but reasonable and inspiring.
ViMontego: We know you just landed a fitness endorsement deal.. What will the “Chubby Sexy Guy” part on your bio be replaced with ?
Cassper Nyovest: Lol… Nothing will change as yet. I will forever rep what I am so for now, I am a Sexy Chubby Guy. I don’t wanna necessarily lose weight but rather get healthy and that’s it.
ViMontego: Do you have a girlfriend .. & at what age would you like to get married ?
Cassper Nyovest: I’m single but I believe I will settle one day. We’ll see
ViMontego: What has been your most overwhelming fan encounter experience ?
Cassper Nyovest: When Brain Baloyi pulled up beside me, hooted and greeted me at the robot, that was pretty cool but being mobbed is always overwhelming.
ViMontego: How true are the rumours that you stopped in Grade 11 at High School & You were ontop of ur class. Why did you decide to drop out, just when u about to finish school (if that was true) ?
Cassper Nyovest: Very true. I dropped out to chase my dream which is what I am still doing.
ViMontego: How true is it that you charge 20K for a verse ?
Cassper Nyovest: Haha… Not true at all.. It’s actually 23 k a verse…
ViMontego: If you were to quit rapping now, what occupation would you take ?
Cassper Nyovest: I wouldn’t ever do that.
ViMontego: If you were given a right to write a book of “Hip Hop Laws”, which 3 laws would you create ??
·1 – Do you
·2 – Do you
·3 – Whatever you do, Do you.
ViMontego: Why did you never signed with HHP ??
Cassper Nyovest: I was never signed to HHP. We had a working relationship which was beneficial to the both of us and he took me under the wing to show me what I would have learned in 10 year in 15 months.
ViMontego: What’s your favorite movie ?
Cassper Nyovest: Love don’t cost a thing.
ViMontego: What kinda features does Tsholofelo have ?
Cassper Nyovest: Crazy ones!!! Hahaha… Well Ifani, HHP , Pro , Bucie , Riky Rick, Okmalumkoolkat , Anatii, Kyle Deutschmann, Young Skalez and Masterkraft. It’s a handful.
ViMontego: Nomzamo Mbatha(Thandeka) or Jessica Nkosi (Qondi) ?
Cassper Nyovest: Amanda Du Pont!!!!!!
ViMontego: What Motto do you live by ?
Cassper Nyovest: You can do anything under the sun,if you believe it.
ViMontego: You often mention & thank God a lot on your facebook page .. Are you religious ? What’s your fav. Bible verse ?
Cassper Nyovest: I try to be.. I believe in Jesus Christ and he has been good to me. My favorite verse or rather one I can quote that has been stuck in my head since I was a kid is Proverbs 9:10 which reads, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”
ViMontego: What’s the best advise you’ve ever received from another rapper ?
Cassper Nyovest: Tuks Senganga basically gave me the blueprint of what I’m doing now. He gave me this blueprint year ago.
ViMontego: Who do you feel you are forever indebted to for being who & where you are right now ?
Cassper Nyovest: Jesus Christ. I owe him all the glory.
(Pic: Cassper Nyovest was performing in PTA Moloko and the venue was so packed that he had to perform standing on the bar counter and the people outside had to stand on cars to see him perform.. & he was later accompanied by 4 body guards to leave.)
‘Somebody’ once said ‘nobody likes humble rappers’ but Cassper’s colossal fan base would definitely disagree with that statement as they cherish Cassper as/for the role model he is right now to most..
Quick Cassper Side Note ..
*His Real Name Is Refiloe Maele Phoolo.
*Cassper Nyovest has 79,760 twitter followers.
*Cassper Nyovest has 137,003 facebook likes/fans.
*He was born 16th December 1990.
*He owns the master copy of his debut album.
– Gusheshe has been downloaded 76 936 times.
– Gusheshe video is sitting on 170,639 views.
– Doc Shebeleza has been downloaded 353 693 times.
– Doc Shebeleza video is sitting on 244,196 views.
– Phumakim has been taken off for free downloads since its available on iTunes but it was well over 300 000 downloads & set a record for having 15 000 downloads within the first minute it dropped.
– When his debut album ‘Tsholofelo’ dropped on iTunes(as a surprise to fans) it debuted as #1 Hip Hop Album on iTunes within an hour.. It later went straight to the #1 spot in iTunes in ALL GENRES!!
Shouts to Cassper for Fux’in with some KoolHeadz! 🙂
Please Do Cop’ Tsholofelo, tomorrow the hard copies drop
Twitter & Instagram : @CassperNyovest
Facebook : Cassper Nyovest