Nasaan

Nasaan

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Watch Nasaan go all out in the New Wave cypher with his complex rhyme schemes and delivery.

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Nasaan flows with a surprise band in Round 2 of The New Wave competition. Watch the vid below. 

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Nasaan takes his rhymes to the next level in Round 3 of The New Wave competition. Hit the vid for his performance. 

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