During their stay in Kenya, American singer, songwriter, and record producer, Ty Dolla $ign and South African rapper and songwriter Nasty C took time off the stage to hold a masterclass with select local artists courtesy of the Jameson Connects 2017 experience.
Jameson Connects was looking to impact the local music industry beyond just a concert, through providing an avenue for local artists to interact with the international acts and learn from each other.
Ty told the class that he was open to working on collaborations with Kenyan artists leaving the door open for a really great idea to grow its own legs.
He advised artists to always stay grounded and true to themselves saying that happiness with your product is the most important aspect of creativity.
Nasty C spoke about music being a form of expression and artists shouldn’t allow other people to dictate their choice of expression. “I personally rap in English as it helps me deliver the feeling I’d like to express best. Always choose the form of expression that delivers your message.”
Local artists who attended the masterclass included: Kagwe Mungai, Fena Gitu, Octopizzo, Wangeci, Camp Mulla, Steph Kapela, Barak Jacuuzi, Elani, and East African Wave members.
Best known for his singles “Paranoid”, “Or Nah”, and “Blasé”, as well as his writing contributions to “Loyal”, “Post to Be”, and “FourFiveSeconds”, Ty Dolla $ign has multiple critically acclaimed hits and has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists – Future, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, The Weekend, Travis Scott among many others.
Nasty C is an award-winning rapper from Durban, South Africa who has also collaborated with some of the industry’s biggest artists including French Montana, Dj Maphorisa and Major Lazer. He’s riding high with his current hit – Particular.