King of swag eyes big break

Sunday World - - Life -

In­ter­view by

So­maya Stock­en­stroom

Ac­co­lades ga­lore – and still rap­per Riky Rick feels his big break hasn’t come.

Fans were tear­ful when he an­nounced ear­lier this year that he was tak­ing a break from the mu­sic in­dus­try.

But he has come back with a banger, MaCoins, just in time for the fes­tive sea­son.

He was also an­nounced as one of the new judges on MNet’s The Voice SA next to Lira and host Anele Mdoda.

And the queens of fash­ions right­fully crowned him with the Most Stylish Male award at the Feather Awards on Thurs­day.

Au­di­tions for the singing con­test kick off next week­end and the rap­per says his role is to un­earth and de­sign SA’s new hero.

“My game plan is a se­cret for now … I will re­veal how­ever, that I think to get the best out of the tal­ent you have to push them hard, but have fun as well.”

He is con­fi­dent that he has the right mix of el­e­ments to bring out the best in the con­tes­tants and ad­mits that he can him­self hit a few high notes.

“I’m no Luther Van­dross, but I can hit some notes when the weather is good,” says Riky Rick.

He was born Rikhado Makhado in KwaMashu, Dur­ban and grew up in Aus­tria. He tells us that he is not only a rap­per but is also skilled as an ac­tor, writer and pro­ducer.

He ex­plains that he was record­ing his own mu­sic with his friends and soon de­cided to take up rap­ping as a ca­reer.

“Mu­sic has al­ways been part of my life, but I re­ally got into it at var­sity. I think when I mixed kwaito and hip-hop things started go­ing re­ally well, but I still feel like that big break is still on the way,” he says.

Even big­ger than the re­spect he re­ceives in rap cir­cles is the re­spect he’s given for his fash­ion sense, style and in­flu­ence.

He con­tin­ues to chal­lenge the sta­tus quo of what a rap­per should look and dress like. He sur­prises all with his quirky choices, of­ten ini­tially ridiculed, only to be later fol­lowed.

His choice of at­tire is never pre­dictable as he has sported skirts to tai­lored suits, boldly de­signed shoes and ec­cen­tric masks.

Riky Rick cred­its his love for op­u­lent fash­ion to his up­bring­ing abroad, be­ing ex­posed to lux­ury brands – but never be­ing able to af­ford ev­ery­thing he de­sired. He was how­ever a sneaker head and kept up to date with trends and is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing lo­cal.

“Con­fi­dence is the key to fash­ion. Without con­fi­dence, I wouldn’t even try half the out­fits I’ve rocked. Lo­cally, I’m with Rich Mnisi, Wanda Lephoto and many oth­ers.”

The 31-year-old fam­ily man hints that he may launch his own line of cloth­ing soon.

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