US journalist, rapper and radio presenter, Sway Calloway, visited Mzansi recently and says Kwesta, Stogie T and Nasty C are some of his favourite South African musicians on the hip-hop scene.
Sway Calloway, American hip-hop journalist, rapper and radio presenter, was in Mzansi for the Castle Light Unlocked Experience Festival and discussed the SA hip-hop scene.
Sway also hosted a live 'cypher' (an informal gathering of rappers in a circle who 'jam' musically together) on stage and featured J Molley, A-Reece, The Big Hash and Moozlie.
During an interview with Metro FM's Fresh Breakfast hosts, Sway talked about all things SA hip-hop.
ZAlebs reported that Sway was asked who he felt has the best freestyle on the show, and he named musos who wouldn't surprise music fans.
Sway said he liked the way Kwesta infuses SA sounds and languages in his music. He also said Kwesta and Stogie T have opened doors.
"That's why I think Kwesta is important. I can hear an American style in America really well. Therefore, when I come to South Africa, I wanna feel like I'm learning something from the sound and the dialect… so Kwesta, to me, opened the doors to many sounds.
"And then Stogie T opened doors to sounds. 'Cause whenever an artist comes to the show, I do some research and I listen to some of their older projects."
Sway added that Nasty C represents the sounds of the new generation.
"Get behind that kid. He's the one that can really cross all geographical boundaries. He's the one that can initially blow up big in the States."
Briefly.co.za gathered that when pressed to choose his ultimate favourite, Stogie T was his man.
"Hands down, I think Stogie T had the hottest verse from anybody that came here. But Nasty C probably shocked me the most.
"I thought all the verses were great, but if you gonna ask me who I thought stood out or in those particular times, showed up the best, Stogie T came, he said something like 'I'll put your certified hyenas in an elephant grave.' I was like, 'Did he just disrespect me?' We just had a cool conversation."
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