Sidlukotini hitmaker rapper Riky Rick has revealed that he’s venturing into kwaito as an offering to fallen kwaito legend Mandoza who was laid to rest recently.
According to rapper Riky Rick, fans should expect his new music this summer, but it’s not the usual hip-hop song. This time around‚ he’s doing a purely kwaito hit.
The rapper took to Twitter recently to explain that his new music will be a tribute‚ with regards to the death of Mandoza‚ who was unanimously labelled a ‘kwaito legend’.
Speaking in an interview earlier this year‚ Riky Rick insisted that the industry is in a place where kwaito has become a part of hip-hop. He asserted that kwaito is now embedded in hip-hop in the country. Widely known for having a sound that’s heavily influenced by kwaito, Rick insisted that kwaito and hip-hop have become one genre in the country at the moment.
“What’s going on now is that kwaito and hip-hop have become the same thing‚ which means now it’s hip-hop and house‚ and other genres‚” he said.
“The house cats [sic] are always the ones that rock the clubs and bring the excitement. While the hip-hop cats [sic] are the ones that bring in the swag‚ the lingo‚ the glitz and glam – that’s what we bring.”
This might actually be true because while over the years‚ interest in kwaito music has taken a nosedive‚ the number of local hip-hop acts widened recently with rappers‚ including Cassper Nyovest and K.O‚ now going with sounds from 1990s kwaito samples.
Fallen kwaito star Mandoza put up a show to his excited fans during the Thank You SABC concert on September 10. Little did they know it was the last show. Looking weak and frail, Mandoza was supported by family, friends, politicians and colleagues as he took to the stage.
Eight days later, Mzansi was thrown into mourning for the the death of one of the country’s biggest musical icons.