South African rapper Cassper Nyovest says he does not think he and his arch-rival, AKA can ever be friends again.
He said it is better things are left the way they are currently because there can never be two kings in the South African music industry.
Cassper Nyovest and AKA has for some years now been embroiled in one of the fiercest beefs on the African continent. Their beef, according to reports, started in 2014 and they have released songs to take jabs at each other.
Touching on the beef in an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM with Andy Dosty, the ‘Malome’ hit rapper said they were once good friends.
“We were friends, we had a little conversation one time, I said something that he didn’t like. I guess I just said ‘I wanted to be the best that ever did it, I said I wanted to be the greatest, I said I wanted to beat everybody and I was studying everyone and I was a fan of everybody’s music but I wanted to be the best’,” Cassper Nyovest said.
“It was downhill from there back and forth – who was better, who was selling more…then it became songs, then it became real beef with guns, police cases,” he added.
The rapper further added that, “I remember two years ago, I just took a decision [that] I don’t want my name to always be placed with someone else’s name so I’m just going to do my thing and make sure that my numbers are so high that I could never be compared to anybody.”
In October 2016, it was widely reported that Cassper Nyovest and AKA had reconciled after they hugged in a nightclub in Johannesburg.
But Cassper said people got it all wrong: “There was never a reunion…he came one time to the club [and] people took a picture while he was talking to me. It was up and down after that.”
The rapper explained that “It will never ever work. There can never be two kings, I don’t think he will ever want to get along with me…for me, I think it’s cool that we exist in the same space, we are doing our own thing but I just want to concentrate on my numbers.”
Cassper Nyovest has chalked up some impressive successes. He is famous for filling up the 20,000-seater Dome (20,000) in Johannesburg, 40,000-seater Orlando Stadium in Soweto (sold about 30,000 tickets), last year he did 68,000 at the 94,000-seater FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
“I want to be compared to the greatest of all time. I don’t want to be compared to one person just because we don’t get along,” the rapper said.