Behind The Story: Cassper Nyovest
Available on Showmax
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MTV Base’s 2015 exclusive documentary, Behind The Story: Cassper Nyovest, on Showmax is a long and unnecessary interview cut into two parts.
Media personality and failed rapper Sizwe Dhlomo interviews rapper Cassper Nyovest at an empty Dome in the north of Joburg ahead of his attempt to fill this arena with people.
It starts off with all his accolades being thrown in your face, which must be a delight for a Cassper fan.
After this they cut to the two gentlemen sitting on couches in the empty arena, and Dhlomo gets Cassper to unpack his early life as we are shown images and story clippings. This is kind of like 2004 music documentary Fade to Black, but is nowhere near as cool as when Jay-Z did it for his first show at the Madison Square Garden. All that really happens is these guys cooling on these couches. Not much to look at.
They retrace his journey back to the days when he worked closely with the late HHP and his beat conductor Thabiso “Thasman” Tsotetsi. A fair amount of the interview time is spent discussing HHP’s influence on him, which I felt was worthwhile and executed respectably.
They place a particular emphasis on Nyovest’s come-up which is an essential thing in hip-hop culture. I was bothered by the amount of time they spent discussing his attraction to high-profile women.
What about a little more of the struggles he went through to become who he is? More importantly, the raps. I would like to know how he constructs his songs; show me a studio session where one of his smash hits came to life.
All you can expect is a vapid story that doesn’t provide much more than trivial titbits. So ... I didn’t watch the second part.