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South African Artist AKA Candidly Speaks on Beef with Cassper Nyovest, Repercussions for Calling out the Government in Music + Freestyles Live

Hailing from South Africa, AKA has topped his home country’s charts with his latest release “Levels” and boasts over 1 million twitter followers. Opening his Sway in the Morning interview speaking on how he started making music for people from SA, he elaborates on how that lead to success across the continent of Africa and brought him to America.

Boldly stating that he will no longer open for international acts, AKA explains that the exposure only helps to a certain extent arguing that he is putting out music for his own country and should be able to play headlining shows of his own. Going forward he speaks on the infrastructure of the South African music business saying “we need a Sway in the Morning.” He speaks on the various media outlets making their way to South Africa but says they’re just not on the level of what they are in America.

Battling for the No.1 spot in South Africa with Cassper Nyovest who was a recent guest on Sway in the Morning, AKA candidly speaks on their beef. Being that they had been friends for so long he recalls the disagreement coming from something personal as he explains that they are both very similar people.

Continuing on he breaks down some slang words and explains why he openly uses the work n***a but holds back on using the South African equivalent. When asked about social issues in music he explains that he only comments on what he sees and that it’s a slippery slope to speak on the government in music in South Africa.

Watch above along with AKA’s freestyle and let us know what you think on Twitter @SwaysUniverse.


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