If the common youth on the street was asked who made some high-tide type waves in the South African music landscape this past year, I struggle to see how the name Riky Rick would not make its way into that convo. 2014 was definitely the year where some highly fruitful ground work was laid by the rapper originally named Rikhado Makhado, and he slowly made the transition from simply being another run of the mill hip hop artist on the come up, to what some might consider a household name.
Now personally, prior to the reinvigoration of his career, I easily would’ve categorised myself as a Riky Rick detractor. The biggest blemish in his now budding career that violently haunts my mind is that nauseating bubblegum rap Da Les and him tried to pass off as real music in the form of ‘Barbershop’. Man! I just kind of feel like barbers worldwide would feel some type of way about being associated with such garbage.
Like a whole protest movement against the song could’ve been started the way it insulted our intelligence as music listeners. But anyway, fast-forward to 2015 and look at your boy Riky now! He’s released a highly-anticipated album on the heel of great reception towards some of SA’s biggest and most relevant bangers. Singles that include ‘Amantombazane’, ‘Nafukwa’, and ‘Boss Zonke’ undoubtedly had music lovers in a crazed state as another formidable hip hop figure was slowly taking shape before them.
And even though I loved all the singles and had done a complete 360 in my appreciation for Riky’s music, I was still uncertain whether or not he could expressively share who he is beyond Boss Zonke, and create a well put together opus magna.
Read the full review from KoolOut.co.za here