Watch | Riky Rick’s Most Memorable Moments
Each life, there are only a few essential creative minds that really shape their generation. Needless to say, Riky Rick, whose first name was Rikhado Makhado, was one of them.
On Wednesday, Makhado’s family confirmed that the young artist had died by suicide.
The remarkable artist will be remembered by his fans not only for his electrifying and uplifting sets of music, but for his big heart, his kindness and his overwhelming consideration and care for upcoming talent. He embodied brotherhood.
His legacy will live on through some of the acts he helped shape, such as rapper Emtee (first name Mthembeni Ndevu), who said Makhado was a big inspiration for his fashion sense and Frank Casino, whose raw talent speaks volumes about how incredible Makhado is. ear for music.
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Never out of the limelight, Makhado had an early introduction to the world of music and was able to develop his talent in KwaMashu township in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Growing up with the assurance of his artistic spirit, his talent soon helped shape an entire subculture.
Here’s a look back at some of the most defining moments in the life of the man also known as Boss Zonke:
1. August 2014: Riky Rick’s Big Explosion
The music industry changed forever with the official introduction of Makhado, the Master of Energy. After working in the industry for many years, he exploded with a song called Nafukwa. It was a hook that had just enough attitude to thrill anyone and feel indestructible. His rise to fame was almost divine following the Nafukwa buzz.
Makhado released the Boss Zonke music video and finally gave South Africa a new fashion icon to adore. Through his ability to combine rap music and fashion style with an authentic African identity, he fully solidified himself as a new-age rapper, where fashion was part of the music and the brand really mattered.
While not new to the game, this would be the rapper’s first time being nominated for seven awards at the SA Hip Hop Awards.
Makhado walked away with two gongs – Album of the Year for Family Values as well as Best Male Artist. This set them on the right path to becoming one of the biggest South African hip-hop groups that would represent our country worldwide.
4. June 2016: Riky Rick releases Sidlukotini
Sidlukotini’s release saw him receive an abundance of love and appreciation from his fans. Until then, “moshpitting” was mainly seen through American rap groups such as Travis Scott.
Moshpitting is a dance usually at live concerts, it consists of audience members jumping and banging their heads in time to the music, in a circle. Finally, the audience had a South African song to moshpit on.
The legacy of this song lives on through musical acts such as Yex4 hitmaker Blxckie (Sihle Sithole) whose musical prowess gives it the same flair.
Makhado delivered his controversial speech at the Metro FM Music Awards, after winning Best Single. He took the stage and shocked the audience.
In this speech, he criticized the label he was signed to, Mabala Noise, for the awards won by its artists. The label was rumored to have paid R10 million to sponsor the awards.
Makhado has become the talk of the town. Although it was outrageous, Makhado’s passion for giving back to other artists was evident. He wanted to give everyone a chance to make a name for themselves.
The MaXhosa knitwear brand, the luxury and artisanal leather goods brand Okapi and Makhado have collaborated for their Capsule collection of luxury ostrich leather bags, belts and clutches. The collection was absolutely stunning, but the visual campaign was the best part. As the king of street fashion, the visuals screamed Riky Rick, reminiscent of the street culture that made him famous.
7. February 2019: An unforgettable festival
Then Boss Zonke brought us the Cotton Fest. With three stages to choose from, the festival became a cultural reset, opening up new vistas for acts to come.
The festival was also monumental because it brought together the avant-garde and the mainstream in a way that seemed almost effortless and unprecedented on this grand scale.
True to its nature, it brought together a plethora of subcultures and peoples.
Puma has announced its collaboration with Makhado for exclusive Cotton Fest products. This collab was definitely meant for culture, with two perfect brands lining up to give people what they wanted. This merchandise was definitely the right legacy for Makhado, truly bringing together what we’ve known and loved over all these years.
Makhado’s life was all about living his purpose, with so many nods and accomplishments in the industry in his short life. His legacy will live on through the young minds and hearts he never tired of uplifting and inspiring.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye to another hip-hop icon who will be missed for many lifetimes. He is survived by his wife Bianca Naidoo and two children. May the Master of Energy’s legacy never die.