The feud with AKA gave me sleepless nights, says Cassper Nyovest
The beef between rappers AKA and Cassper Nyovest may have cooled but at the height of the drama it was causing Cassper sleepless nights.
In a recent interview on Jacaranda FM, Cassper revealed that the beef between himself and his rival caused him a lot of distress.
"In the beginning it used to mess me up. I remember when my feud with my previous enemy was really hectic and at its peak. I remember having sleepless nights. I was still in a relationship then and so I used to talk to my girl and I couldn't sleep because it got to me that much," he said.
Cassper said that the negative energy at the time started to affect him and so he decided to rather keep quiet.
"I thought people's opinions validate me. It's like, the more people talk negatively about you, (the more) you start thinking you've fallen off or whatever. I've learnt to realise that the greater you are, the more people talk negatively about you. Right now I've chosen to keep quiet and carry on doing what I'm doing. The only time I will start worrying is when I start selling less or making less money, then there is something wrong. But as long as I'm still doing well, it means that the people who were supporting me at the beginning are still behind me," he said.
Cassper said that he is in a good space right now but he is appreciative to the feud for bringing him and his family closer.
"It's pushed me closer to my family because now I can cry on the phone to my mom and I don't have to tell anybody, and my sister lives with me now. It's been a great journey and I appreciate it," he said.
Inspired by Ali
Still, he's not about to go and make friends. In fact, he doesn't care much for rappers and beef anymore.
"I don't care about anyone anymore. The thing for me is: it's not revenge. When something happens to people who are known not to like me, I don't celebrate it. I used to celebrate it like they deserved it, but now I feel sorry for them because I kind of know how that feels. I really don't care about that anymore. It's about being positive and living a positive life," he said.
He revealed that his new outlook was strengthened by observing the example of the late Muhammad Ali.
"I just asked myself: 'Why am I fighting with rappers?' There are so many people that have done great things in this world and they will be remembered forever for the good they've done...they inspire me and I don't look up to rappers," he said.