In the past one year, Cassper had not taken a break. In May 2017, the rapper dropped “Thuto,” his third studio album which was a follow-up to 2015’s “Refiloe.”
The album went gold on the first day, physical copies sold-out from all the stores. In a few months, it hit platinum status.
“It kinda showed people a different side of me, a side that I have always had, but people didn’t know I could write and rap like that,” Cassper says. “It was very personal, mellow, and very musical, with less club joints…it’s 7 months later and people are still finding new favourite songs from it.” Cassper spoke about the album with pride and believes that the project is a classic. He says “Thuto” would “be there forever.”
Cassper does feel the pressure to live up to their ideals, ensuring he maintains a positive influence on their lives. “I just try and do what’s right in my heart and keep it going. These kids believe in you, and they expect you to be perfect and not make mistakes,” he says. “The day that you make a mistake, then it’s like the whole time you are faking your character, and now you just told us who you are. The pressure is hectic, you have to think about not doing something wrong.”
Apart from his issues with DJ Maphorisa, he’s also clashed publicly with fellow rapper and rival, AKA. “I’m in a beef every week,” He laughs. “I don’t need to do anything. I just need to be in my body.” But while in the past this affected his music and his basic desire to be loved, he has grown through it and gained the understanding that it isn’t personal. “People don’t hate me bruh, they hate the position I am in,” he explains. “It’s just like being president. You are the most important citizen in the country, there’s no way you can be liked by everybody.
“Mandela was an amazing human being, and those who love him remember him for that,” he says. “But I hear people talking smack about him. If Mandela has haters, then who are you? I didn’t save a whole nation from Apartheid. I’m not as great as Mandela or Jesus Christ. I’m just Cassper Nyovest, and I can’t be liked by everyone.”
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