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Riky Rick whose real name is Rikhado Makhado was born on 20th July 1987 in KwaMashu KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Multi-talented entertainer most well known as a rapper, but also skilled as an actor, writer, and producer. He produces his own unique sound by harmonizing a blend of South African hip hop and kwaito. Also known for his love of fashion and is a big supporter of the local fashion scene. Riky started out recording music with his friends and soon decided to take up music as a career.

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The rapper, fashion pundit, producer and all round trailblazer continues to challenge normative views of what a rapper is, especially within the realms of South Africa, should sound and dress like, and consistently choose’s to venture off left when everyone else goes right. Spending most of his childhood in Austria, the rapper developed a love and keen interest for sneakers. Thus, ushering in his fanaticism for fashion. Over the years, Riky’s self expression through his clothing continues to provoke the status quo and embodies a unique sense of style along with a sense of self-assuredness. Due to his eccentric and idiosyncratic outfit choices, Riky is no stranger to negative backlash. Riky was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother. His parents separated and later divorced when he was a baby. His father moved to Johannesburg. His mother was an academic who studied in South Africa and United Kingdom to become an advocate. He is one of eight children all boys, he has a total of seven brothers, four brothers from his mother’s side and three brothers from his father’s side.

Riky’s first sight of music began at a recording studio session with Bongani Fassie the son of the late Brenda Fassie, Riky quickly got inspired to make his own music. He later released his f irst single with rap icon Da L.E.S but no one can refuse he’s follow up single“Amantombazane” was a very catchy song with incredible visuals. It showed us a peak of his normalcy as the video was shot with a bunch of friends which now go by “BoyzNBucks”, But it wasn’t until the remix of the track that we as the audience saw that he could stand firm amongst other rappers and still stand out and then we knew that Riky was here to stay. “Nafukwa” which was he’s 3rd single made him one of the best newcomers. “Boss Zonke” got us turnt in clubs and peaked at number 3 in the South African Hip Hop Top Ten List as “Boss Zonke” was a smash hit the fans needed to see he’s authentic side and as Riky always being at the top of he’s game he surprised fans with he’s fifth single “Sondela” which was delicated to his real love Bianca Naidoo this gave us glimpse of he’s personal life.

Family Values dropped and on the cover was Malik Makhado a real bundle of joy for the proud Father, The album sold Platinum. June 24th Riky Rick took us back to the club with “Sidlukotini” the song got a lot of support as it relates to everyone. “Scooby Snacks EP” got released and only one artist made the featuring list. That was Frank Casino the EP includes songs like “Oh Lord” “Bandz Over Fans” and “Family featuring Frank Casino, You can tell a lot about an artist that believes in family and Riky Rick is undoubtedly one of those grounded artists. “Buy It Out” was released 15th September 2017 a video was not produced but in October 2017 Riky did not disappoint as he’s “Stay Shining EP” launched under his label Cotton Club Records and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, The EP featured the song “Stay Shining” featuring Cassper Nyovest and Professor, The EP featured Major League Djs and producer Alie Keys. The follow up single featured Nigerians finest Davido and Gemini Major “Murdah” video was very eccentric and cool.

In 2019 Riky has big plans as he is launching “Cotten Fest” festival. He also teamed up with Russian Bear to create a limited edition bottle to validate Russian Bear to the masses of South Africa, And now Riky has been named the new face of Vaseline Men. Gucci personally invited him to Fall/Winter 2017 in Italy and ever since he has been wearing Gucci head to toe, Could there be an alliance between these two major brands?


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