Hip hop artist Riky Rick lands today’s #MCM (man crush Monday) because he stays winning – from style to his music and always getting that paper. He is the Venda kid from KwaMashu, who keeps showing us that you cannot keep a good man down.
Riky Rick is on the May cover of GQ Style Volume 11, out on Monday, May 8, where he speaks about his style evolution. Riky also gives credit to those who have helped him understand that it is okay to be different, such as Mome Nale, Scoop Makhathini, Stilo Magolide and OkMalumeKoolKat.
The hip hop artist is not afraid of having his style speak for itself and is not ashamed to admit that he is a lover of the finer things in life, Sidlu’Kotini vibes.
Earlier this year Riky, also known as King Kotini was living it up at the Gucci Fashion Show in Milan, Italy. The rapper was there as an exclusive guest of creative director Alessandro Michele for the fall/winter 2017/2018 Women and Men’s Fashion Show, held at the Gucci headquarters.
It has not been an easy year for the artist so far, as his contract with record label Mabala Noise recently came to a peaceful end after weeks of controversy.
Not too long ago me and my group of friends were considered weirdos because of our sense of style. We were laughed at by the commercial crowd for the way we cut our hair and the way we wore "weird" clothes. People like @theonlyscoopmakhathini @mrs_mome @bhubesii_kobayashi @okmalumkoolkat @u_sanele @stilomagolide @mkayfrash @thegooddokta @phikomdi1 and many others took me in and taught me its okay to be different. They gave me an opportunity to be a part of redefining COOL. Not from an office in Bryanston but from a sneaker store in Melville. Without them in my life I wouldn't be the person I am today. Without them I would've been lost. I say that to say this. Any kid out there who thinks they do not have a voice that represents them or feels like society is not ready for the ideas they have, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are a million kids just like you out there. Find them, Get together and change the culture for those who will come after you. This cover is not tick on my resume but it is a smoke signal for you guys to run through the gates before they figure out a way to lock you out again. Dont get caught in the ego wars. Identify the people who believe in what you believe and teach them what you may have learnt on the road to success. Thank you @gqsouthafrica for giving this Venda kid from KwaMashu a chance to SHINE and tell his story. I am forever grateful. #StayShining #CottonEatersNeverDie 📸: @sachawaldman / ISSUE DROPS MONDAY 8th MAY NATIONWIDE / please go get it and actually read the story inside 👊🏾