Cassper Nyovest is without a doubt one of the most prominent South African artists of today. While Cassper has been a staple in South African entertainment since 2004, he began to gain international attention in 2009.
With further releases like Doc Shebeleza, Tsibip, and Phumakim, we can understand why his popularity continues to grow. With collaborations with Talib Kweli, the Game and Casey Veggies behind him, one cannot help but be curious about what he’s planned next.
Understandably, his presence on social media and his frequency in news headlines might make him seem very familiar but you’d be surprised at just how much you don’t know about this legend in the making.
Here are some things you might actually not know about the star:
Cassper, whose birth name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, was born in Mafikeng (North West Province’s capital city) on the 16th of December, 1990. He grew up in Montshiwa and attended high school at the Sol Plaatje Secondary School. In school, he played basketball, cricket and football but he began rapping when he was 12 years old in grade 6. And below are some of the facts many don’t know about him:
2. His weight Has Fluctuated Over The Years
When Cassper Nyovest won the hearts of South Africans, he was a little on the bigger side. The ‘chubby’ rapper won the hearts of many with his relatable appearance. Prior to this, he described his adolescent self as skinny, shy and awkward. However, Cassper is now in the best shape of his life after spending the much of 2016 getting to tip top shape.
3. The Truth Behind the Names
His critically acclaimed first album, Tsholofelo – which took him ten years to complete, is named after his sister who gave him the money he needed (R50) to get into a taxi to Johannesburg to achieve his dream. His second album, Refiloe, is named after himself. Wonder which of his siblings he’ll name his next album after.
4. He Has Bounced From Group to Group
Before becoming the solo success that he is today, Cassper was a member of the Childhood Gangsters (CHG) in 2004, after which he moved on to a group called Slow Motion. Slow Motion had 8 members which included Aashish Gangaram – a producer at Feel d’Dream Entertainment.
5. His Brother Is His Inspiration
Cassper has stated that his music career as a rapper was inspired by his brother Khotso Phoolo, who was also a rapper. Khotso passed away in 2003.
6. He Was Once Signed to Impact Soundz
At 17, Cassper Nyovest signed on to Impact Soundz which had artists like Morafe and Tuks Senganga. At the time, Impact Soundz was one of the strongest music labels around. However, after two years, Cassper and Impact Soundz parted ways as a result of creative differences. Cassper is now signed to Family Tree – his very own record label.
7. He Has Dated Some Of South Africa’s Most Beautiful Women
His relationships have always had a place in the spotlight and since he broke onto the music scene, Cassper has consistently dated some of South Africa’s most popular and most beautiful women. No one can accuse him of not having good taste. His relationship with Swazi actress – Amanda Du Pont took center stage on several gossip blogs and social media. While their split ended on less than favorable terms, the pair are now said to be friends.
Cassper’s next high profile relationship was with Boity Thulo – who he had had a crush on since school. Their romance seemed like it was in it for the long run but unfortunately, the pair called it quits in 2016.
8. Loyalty Is Key To Him
Cassper’s entire management team is comprised of his childhood friends and people he has known for more than a decade. This is to reward those who stayed by his side as he struggled to make a name for himself in the music industry. He is well regarded for his loyalty to his family and friends.
9. He Is A Faithful Man Cassper is a devoted Christian.
He thanks his parents, who were teachers, for raising him in a strict Christian home. He believes he wouldn’t be where he is today without his faith.
10. He’s A Record Breaker
Cassper became the first South African artist to ever fill up Ticketpro Dome (20,000 capacity), a feat he achieved in 2015. And in 2016, he again became the first South African artist to fill up Orlando Stadium (40,000 capacity). Who knows, maybe this year it will be FNB Stadium