Cassper Nyovest has paid a heartfelt tribute to a friend who put him up at her flat for one year.
In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Cassper recalled how he couldn’t pay rent and ended up being evicted from his flat about 10 years ago.
He wrote, “About 10 years ago I was evicted from my flat cause I couldn’t pay rent and I was busy crying telling my friend what was happening in my life & she immediately says, ‘No man speesh, as she would call me, don’t cry my brother, come move in with me until you find your feet.'”
He said his friend, whom he called Nissy P Prada, did this without her father’s knowledge and they had to keep it a secret for a year.
‘Believed in my dream’
Nissy helped him “out of the goodness of her heart because she loved me and believed in my dream,” Cassper wrote.
Mufasa went on, “We became so close that people thought we were dating. Not once has she ever reminded me of what she did for me but when I hear her name, I feel like crying cause she saved my life and my career.”
He then revealed the reason for his warm tribute – it was Nissy’s birthday: “I love you for life. Happy birthday to my sister! My goon! NISSY P Prada!!! You getting old bro!!! 30 isn’t child’s play!!! Hahah mwah.”
Nissy in Cassper’s lyrics
Cassper has also referenced Nissy in some of his tracks, including in Cold Hearted ft. Tshego from his 2014 album Tsholofelo.
In this track, he reminisces how he used to “squat at Nissy’s place,” which makes it easier for him to help others in need.
He rapped: “I thought I’d spend my money on plane tickets and [girls] / You know? The rap life, I had it all planned out / Instead I’m going broke feeding orphans now / That’s why I’m blessed and I know it, it’s a blessing to help / Besides, I went through it myself / I used to squat at Nissy’s place.”
The two friends still have each other’s back. Mufasa was recently dragged for suggesting South African artists don’t get as much support as Nigerian artists.
Fans slammed him for being “ungrateful,” but Nissy was among those defending him.
She tweeted, “If you listen to Afrobeats you’ll understand what Cassper meant. Those guys collaborate like crazy. New artists get support from the big artists. Their movement is big cause they work together to grow the genre.”