AKA on Black Coffee 'beef': I'm a different person to what I was back then

AKA says he has put his 'beef' with Black Coffee behind him.
AKA says he has put his 'beef' with Black Coffee behind him.
Image: @blaq_smith/ AKA Instagram

AKA has put his “beef” with Black Coffee behind him, telling TshisaLIVE he is different to who he was a few years ago and praising the DJ for his impact on SA music.

AKA was included on Black Coffee's Music is King concert line-up earlier this month, with the DJ praising the star as “one of the most amazing live artists on this continent”.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE at the YFM LYFE 2019 concert in Pretoria recently, AKA said he was impressed by Black Coffee's compliment and joked that he was one of the best live acts in the world.

He touched on his relationship with Black Coffee and said he was a different person to the one who got into fiery exchanges with the DJ in the past.

“With me and Black Coffee there has always been like this ... I don't know what you want to call it ... I think it is growth. I am a different person now than I was then. Back in the days.”

The Fela in Versace hitmaker said he was humbled to work with the DJ.

“It is humbling for him to pull me up and share some of his fire. I have my own little fire burning over here. For him to take some of the wood from his fire and put it on my fire is pretty cool.”

Speaking to Phat Joe on East Coast Radio in 2017, Black Coffee said the feud between him and AKA started after he made an appearance at the annual Channel O Music Awards and the rapper tweeted, “Give Black Coffee a hand”.

The DJ was touched and reached out to the rapper, who said his tweet had been taken out of context.

But the peace didn't last long.

“Two weeks later he (AKA) did a song, where he mentioned that he is so dope that even Black Coffee claps for him,” Black Coffee said.

This led to some spicy exchanges on social media, before it all came to a head when Black Coffee klapped one of AKA's team members in September 2016.

AKA blasted Black Coffee on social media, labelling his actions “ignorant, distasteful and immature”.


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