Here’s Why Rashid Kay Called AKA’s Fela In Versace & Nasty C’s Steve Biko “Indirectly Educational”. In hip hop there’s usually more opinions than facts and rarely do rappers question each other on the content of their music, that is to an exception of Rashid Kay.
The co-founder of South African Hip Hop Awards Rashid posed his sentiments on Twitter regarding the singles by Nasty C (Steve Biko) and AKA’s Fela In Versace.
Kay stated that the songs carry the names of the most celebrated people in African history, but the rappers didn’t say anything in relation to these heroes in their music. Instead it motivated people to search about these people, more especially the young children. He said both songs were “indirectly Educational”.
“The lyrics on “Fela In Versace” by AKA have nothing to do with Fela Kuti. “Steve Biko” by Nasty C have nothing to do with Steve Biko.If you didn’t know these people, you will google them and learn more about them. So these songs are indirectly educational, or am I reaching?” He asked.
Below is how fans answered him;
— GroovyP (@pH_rawX) September 7, 2020
But how many kids that discovered who Doc Shebeleza was? See?
— RASHID KAY™ (@rashid_kay) September 7, 2020
You're reaching but I get your point… I think if you're going to use names like Biko Hani etc you must pay the dues by making songs that at least stand for what they stood for… When Blaklez says he's "Rap Steve Biko" he isn't just using the name for publicity
— Sir Joseph Hlubi🇿🇦 (@HlubiJoseph) September 7, 2020
You're not…I understand…
The thing is, Steve Biko was a freedom fighter…his name holds some weight…so anyone who sees it anywhere, expects a chat on freedom and everything that corresponds with it…
— Mabuti (@itsmabuti) September 7, 2020
I know a track by Zulu Mobb (I think) about Zulu Girls but on the intro a chick with a Cape Coloured accent is speaking
— Mphura Wase Monti (@MphuraEL) September 8, 2020
The best people to explain why those names are in their songs is AKA and Nasty C
— Melbry Mabunda (@bundas71) September 7, 2020
You're not reaching. Personally, I don't think juxtaposing freedom fighters with lyrics about a wildly opulent lifestyle is far fetched or necessarily derogatory. Everyone, including artists, has the own interpretation of what freedom means to them.
— SwaeNeedsLove (@swaeneedslove) September 7, 2020