Costa Titch gets caught in a web of cultural appropriation accusations
New kid on the hip hop block Costa Titch has landed in hot water after being accused of cultural appropriation.
Costa, who recently released his debut album “Made In Africa”, has been the talk of the hip hop community, scoring features from Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Riky Rick and YoungstaCPT.
His star seems to be rising with DJ Speedsta hailing his debut album as the best hip hop of the year. However, many people have been cautious about his persona and have asked if he is a culture vulture.
When the initial concerns surfaced Stogie T and Cassper defended him with the “By Any Means” posting: “I am not a fan of Costa Titch but trust me, Ain’t nobody going to tell us he stealing culture. You mahfahkahs let people jack actual songs from artists without saying shit and you mad at young boy for living his dream. Nah! I ain’t for that!”
I am not a fan of Costa Titch but trust me Ain’t nobody going to tell us he stealing culture. You mahfahkahs let people jack actual songs from artists without saying shit and you mad at young boy for living his dream. Nah! I ain’t for that!— STOGIE T (@TumiMolekane) October 13, 2020
And the “Friday Night“ rapper saying: ”I can vouch for Costa being a real one. As much as the conversation is important, I don't think Costa should be the face of cultural appropriation.
“He just a young kid who loves our culture and they having fun. The politics kill things before they start. Let the young man shine.“
I can vouch for Costa being a real one. As much as the conversation is important, I don't think Costa should be the face of cultural appropriation. He just a young kid who loves our culture and they having fun. The politics kill things before they start. Let the young man shine. https://t.co/fXY1zOhvCZ— R.M Phoolo (@casspernyovest) October 13, 2020
A video has surfaced in which Costa talks about why he uses vernac in his music and his writing process.
He says he gave his friends lyrics to translate for him. Although he understands what his friends are saying when they have a conversation in Zulu in front of him, he didn’t study the language or grow up with it.
He also admitted that he wrote a song using Google translate.
Costa said he was baffled by local artists who don’t use vernac in their music.
“There’s a lot of African artists that I’m friends with that can speak Zulu, Swati, all these things fluently, but they rap in English,” he said.
He pointed out that to be successful in South Africa you have to appeal to the masses.
Costa Titch talking about his boys translating lyrics for him & sometimes using Google translate because you can't blow up locally with no vernac bars: https://t.co/TjueWgEaYo pic.twitter.com/43LAbckBYP— Uncle Su² ☀️ (@Sungizzle) October 14, 2020
Tweeps didn’t take kindly to his comments and used this interview as proof that he is a culture vulture.
It's Costa coming out as a cultural appropriations for me😂😂😭😭 https://t.co/4D3oi57YOn— Petty La Belle (@Zipho_Kunene) October 14, 2020
A mess. Dude just openly admitted to culture appropriation https://t.co/40wkZjatCh— 🐺Lobo Solitario 🐺 (@NAKEDI_NKD) October 14, 2020
i hope all those that we’re defending him are EMBARRASSED because this is really embarrahzing https://t.co/olxdOJlw6n— the makeup shapeshifter (@SlimGirlSupreme) October 14, 2020
Where's that girlie with the big English who said he grew up within the black community and he is not "unacknowledging" so it's not appropriate? Lmfao 🙃 https://t.co/EdqfbvB2yZ— Hoeverbs 31 Woman (@namhlablack) October 14, 2020
Ya nvm, niggas were lying on here. This is 100% culture appropriation https://t.co/fmJ3I6atAk— Bra Q (@Qaks_Mehlwana) October 14, 2020
This man used google translate to make vernac songs😂😭😭😭what kinda appropriation is this https://t.co/gipfwbpvX4— Benjamin🇿🇼 (@TaniBenjamin) October 14, 2020
“When I do vernac lyrics, it sounds believable” he’s clearly admitting that he’s scamming us. https://t.co/lfjuhnClKn— Slow Poke (@CyberGuarana) October 15, 2020