Riky Rick

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Riky Rick
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Background information
Birth name Rikhado Makhado
Also known as Boss Zonke, King Kotini
Born (1987-07-20)July 20, 1987
KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Origin Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Died February 23, 2022(2022-02-23) (aged 34)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Genres Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active 2009 - 2022
Associated acts

Riky Rick (born Rikhado Makhado 20 July 1987) is a South African rapper, songwriter and record producer. It was songs such as Barbershop featuring Da L.E.S. that first got him noticed. Riky Rick gained mainstream fame with the release of Amantombozane and this was solidified by Boss Zonke. The song, Boss Zonke, was popular to near anthem status and the way was paved for his debut album, Family Values.

16th Metro FM Music Awards Speech

Riky Rick caused controversy at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards after winning an award for Best Hit Single for his song Sidlukotini (2016). His speech insinuated that radio stations took brides from record labels and artist in order to play their music on air.

His sharp speech was particularly viewed as critical of the host, Metro FM, and that award ceremony which was dominated by artist from one record label namely Mabala Noise which Riky Rick belonged to at the time. Riky Rick continued his tirade on Twitter saying ""If niggaz can pay for these f**king awards then my nigga I dont want them..." - RIKY RICK 2016".

The speech and the resulting fallout brought Mabala Noise under heavy scrutiny and a mass exodus of artists ensued including the departure of co-founder DJ Bongz and wonder kid Nasty C. Among artists who were critical of the ceremony and Mabala Noise were Dr Malinga who claimed that artist were not as much to blame but record label bosses.


  1. Red Live, What Happened to Mabala Noise Entertainment, 20 November 2018
  2. Channel24, Awards not politically influenced - Mabala Noise, 20 November 2018
  3. Channel24, FULL LIST: Metro FM Award winners 2017 20 November 2018

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