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About

Riky Rick, born Rikhado Makhado, was a South African rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. He was one of the most popular figures in the South African entertainment industry. He was in the music industry since 2008 but got his big break in 2014 with his song Nafukawa. He has also gained some great endorsement deals with companies such as Vaseline and Russian Bear.

Personal Life

Where was Riky Rick from?

Riky Rick whose real name was Rikhado Muziwendlovu Chifaro Makhado was born on 20 July 1987 in Kwa Mashu, Natal in South Africa. 

His father was a Venda and his mother a Zulu thus Riky Rick was Venda though he admitted that he was not fluent in the language. 

Riky Rick had seven siblings, four of whom came from his mother’s side and three from his father. 

His parents did not live together as his dad moved to Johannesburg when he was young and left him with his mother. 

Unfortunately, Riky Rick lost his father at a young age, an occurrence he said led him into depression. 

Riky Rick's Death

Riky Rick l Source: Instagram

Riky Rick died on 23 February 2022. Although the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, reports indicate that he died by suicide

He allegedly hanged himself in his home in Johannesburg after a long battle with depression. 

At the time of his death, Riky Rick’s age was 34. He is survived by his wife Bianca Naidoo and two children - Maik Daniel and Jordan Makhado. 

Riky Rick’s Quotes

As tributes poured in after news of Riky Rick’s death emerged, fans recalled their best Riky Rick moments. 

As you’d expect, his music touched many but also his wisdom and perspective on life as seen by some of his Twitter posts. Here are some of his most-touching quotes:

“If you know where you came from, there are no limitations to where you can go”

“It costs zero to show somebody love.”

“Life only starts getting better when you realize you are in competition with yourself.”

“You are doing well. You are looking better than you ever have. You have people that love you. You are appreciated. No matter what anybody says, you got this, keep going.”

“Appreciate what you have, while you have it.”

Riky Rick's Schooling

Though not much is known about his early education, Riky Rick did his primary and secondary education in Kwa Mashu. 

For his tertiary education, he attended Hilton College before he studies media and film production at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. 

Riky Rick's Career

Riky Rick l Source: Instagram

This is one of the richest parts of Riky Rick's biography. Riky Rick got into music when he was young and started learning musical instruments and music. 

His first studio session was with Bongani Fassie. Whilst working under him, he released his first-ever song ‘Barbershop’ in which he collaborated with rapper Da L.E.S.

Riky Rick rose to prominence in 2014 with the release of his hit single ‘Nafukwa’. He followed this up with the release of 'Amantombazane' remix which he did with industry giants like Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, Maggz amongst others. This cemented Riky Rick’s status in the hip-hop industry. 

Source: InstagramThe following year, Riky Rick dropped his first music album ‘Family Values. It received over 50,000 hits and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA).

He then released ‘Sondela’ and ‘Boss Zonke’ which were both received well. The latter topped the charts as it ranked top 3 in the SA Hip Hop Top Ten List. 

In 2017, Riky released two EPs; Scooby Snacks which featured only one artist Frank Casino and Stay Shinning which features Cassper Nyovest, Major League DJz and Alie Keys.

Riky Rick's Business

Cotton Fest l Source: InstagramRiky Rick was known for his fashion sense and he infused this into his music with the introduction of the Cotton Fest Tradition in 2018, an event that celebrated music and fashion and brought together celebrities and musicians.   

Riky Rick wearing Cotton Fest merchandise l Source: InstagramRiky Rick founded his record label Cotton Club Studios, formerly Makhado Makhado Agency in partnership with Sony after he left Mabala Noise. His EP Stay Shining was released under Cotton Club Studios.

Source: InstagramRiky Rick was also the owner of Legends Barber which grooms South African men with quality haircuts and other grooming services. 

Riky Rick's Fashion

Source: InstagramRiky Rick fashion’s style endeared him to many that he even got to work with brands like Puma and MaXhosa and Mokapi on a capsule collection. 

As if that's not enough, Riky Rick’s swag landed him a personal invitation to a Gucci event in Milan, Italy in 2017. 

Source: InstagramRiky Rick also had a clothing brand under his Cotton Fest event.

As for Riky Rick’s hairstyle, he often spotted a high fade with a neatly groomed beard.

Riky Rick's Relationships

Riky Rick and his wife Bianca Naidoo l Source: InstagramRiky Rick was married to his wife Bianca Naidoo. The two met at Sandton and reportedly dated for two years before they got married in 2013 in a private wedding ceremony.

Riky and his son Maik Daniel l Source: InstagramRiky Ricky had two children, a son Maik Daniel who was born in 2014 and a daughter Jordan Makhado born in 2013.   

Riky Rick's Controversy

Awards speech

In 2017, Riky Rick was the talk of the town after his Metro Awards speech in which he blamed radio stations for only playing artists who would pay them thus making it difficult for young, up-and-coming musicians to make the cut into the industry.

In subsequent interviews afterwards, the late singer admitted that his comments were out of place and delivered at the wrong time. 

However, he did not apologise and only said that the situation ought to be corrected. 

Cotton Fest 

Riky Ricky was forced to explain why Jabari ‘Bari’ Shelton, a convicted sex offender was on his guest list during the 2019 Cotton Fest edition after fans raised an issue over his invitation. 

Whilst Riky admitted to having invited Bari, he denied claims he worked with him on a clothing line. He also stated that he did not in any way condone sexual abuse and acknowledged the concerns of his fans. 

Riky Rick further reiterated his belief in helping other people despite the mistakes they've made.

Riky Rick's house and cars

Riky Rick's Car

Riky Rick loved cars. His collection included a Mercedez Benz AMG GTS Coupe priced at R2 million, a Porsche worth R1.5 million, and a Ferrari estimated to cost R5 million.

Source: MotorTrend

Source: TechCrunch

Source: Supercars.net

Riky Rick's House

Riky Rick owned a house in Johannesburg where he lived with his family.

Riky Rick's Net Worth

Riky Rick’s net worth of $2 - 3.5 million was generated through various sources - music, businesses (Cotton Club Studios, Legends Barbershop) and endorsements.

Awards & Recognition

Source: Instagram2021: Won Best Collaboration & MVP/Hustler of the Year at the South African Hip Hop Award. He was also nominated for the Artist of the Decade Award.

2020: Nominated for Best Male Awards at the KZN Entertainment Awards 

2016: Nominated at the MTV Africa Music Awards in the Best Hip Hop category

2015: Won MTV Africa Music Awards for his song Nafukwa.

Riky Rick was nominated for the Channel O' Music Awards.

Social Media

Riky Rick Instagram: @RikyRickWorld 

Riky Rick Twitter: @RikyRickWorld

Riky Rick Facebook: Riky Rick Makhado

Q&A

What was Riky Rick's real name? 

Riky Rick’s real name was Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado.

How old was Riky Rick?

At the time of his death, Riky Rick was 34 years old.

Where was Riky Rick born?

Riky Rick was born on 20 July 1987 in Kwa Mashu, Natal in South Africa

What happened to Riky Rick?

Riky Rick died on 23 February 2022. Although the cause of his death has not been confirmed, reports indicate that the rapper died by suicide in his home in Johannesburg.

Who is Riky Rick's son?

Riky Rick’s son is Maik Daniel Makhado who was born in 2014

What happened to Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick?

Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick’s beef was sparked by Riky’s comment on Cassper’s twar with a fellow artist AKA. Riky called for an end of their beef and said that it drained him. Cassper didn’t take this kindly and called out Riky for being a hypocrite. Later on, Cassper admitted that he didn’t have an issue with Riky and said it was all about egos.






Also known as:
King Kotini
Real name:
Rikhado Muziwendlovu Chifaro Makhado
Occupation:
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Music Producer
Death:
23 February 2022
Birthday:
20 July 1987
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Cancer
Birth place:
Kwa Mashu, Natal
Height:
5’11 or 180 cm
Children:
Maik Daniel, Jordan Makhado
Net Worth:
$2 - $3.5 million

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Image of Riky Rick's biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
King Kotini
Real name:
Rikhado Muziwendlovu Chifaro Makhado
Occupation:
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Music Producer
Death:
23 February 2022
Birthday:
20 July 1987
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Cancer
Birth place:
Kwa Mashu, Natal
Height:
5’11 or 180 cm
Children:
Maik Daniel, Jordan Makhado
Net Worth:
$2 - $3.5 million

About

Riky Rick, born Rikhado Makhado, was a South African rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. He was one of the most popular figures in the South African entertainment industry. He was in the music industry since 2008 but got his big break in 2014 with his song Nafukawa. He has also gained some great endorsement deals with companies such as Vaseline and Russian Bear.

Personal Life

Where was Riky Rick from?

Riky Rick whose real name was Rikhado Muziwendlovu Chifaro Makhado was born on 20 July 1987 in Kwa Mashu, Natal in South Africa. 

His father was a Venda and his mother a Zulu thus Riky Rick was Venda though he admitted that he was not fluent in the language. 

Riky Rick had seven siblings, four of whom came from his mother’s side and three from his father. 

His parents did not live together as his dad moved to Johannesburg when he was young and left him with his mother. 

Unfortunately, Riky Rick lost his father at a young age, an occurrence he said led him into depression. 

Riky Rick's Death

Riky Rick l Source: Instagram

Riky Rick died on 23 February 2022. Although the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, reports indicate that he died by suicide

He allegedly hanged himself in his home in Johannesburg after a long battle with depression. 

At the time of his death, Riky Rick’s age was 34. He is survived by his wife Bianca Naidoo and two children - Maik Daniel and Jordan Makhado. 

Riky Rick’s Quotes

As tributes poured in after news of Riky Rick’s death emerged, fans recalled their best Riky Rick moments. 

As you’d expect, his music touched many but also his wisdom and perspective on life as seen by some of his Twitter posts. Here are some of his most-touching quotes:

“If you know where you came from, there are no limitations to where you can go”

“It costs zero to show somebody love.”

“Life only starts getting better when you realize you are in competition with yourself.”

“You are doing well. You are looking better than you ever have. You have people that love you. You are appreciated. No matter what anybody says, you got this, keep going.”

“Appreciate what you have, while you have it.”

Riky Rick's Schooling

Though not much is known about his early education, Riky Rick did his primary and secondary education in Kwa Mashu. 

For his tertiary education, he attended Hilton College before he studies media and film production at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. 

Riky Rick's Career

Riky Rick l Source: Instagram

This is one of the richest parts of Riky Rick's biography. Riky Rick got into music when he was young and started learning musical instruments and music. 

His first studio session was with Bongani Fassie. Whilst working under him, he released his first-ever song ‘Barbershop’ in which he collaborated with rapper Da L.E.S.

Riky Rick rose to prominence in 2014 with the release of his hit single ‘Nafukwa’. He followed this up with the release of 'Amantombazane' remix which he did with industry giants like Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, Maggz amongst others. This cemented Riky Rick’s status in the hip-hop industry. 

Source: InstagramThe following year, Riky Rick dropped his first music album ‘Family Values. It received over 50,000 hits and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA).

He then released ‘Sondela’ and ‘Boss Zonke’ which were both received well. The latter topped the charts as it ranked top 3 in the SA Hip Hop Top Ten List. 

In 2017, Riky released two EPs; Scooby Snacks which featured only one artist Frank Casino and Stay Shinning which features Cassper Nyovest, Major League DJz and Alie Keys.

Riky Rick's Business

Cotton Fest l Source: InstagramRiky Rick was known for his fashion sense and he infused this into his music with the introduction of the Cotton Fest Tradition in 2018, an event that celebrated music and fashion and brought together celebrities and musicians.   

Riky Rick wearing Cotton Fest merchandise l Source: InstagramRiky Rick founded his record label Cotton Club Studios, formerly Makhado Makhado Agency in partnership with Sony after he left Mabala Noise. His EP Stay Shining was released under Cotton Club Studios.

Source: InstagramRiky Rick was also the owner of Legends Barber which grooms South African men with quality haircuts and other grooming services. 

Riky Rick's Fashion

Source: InstagramRiky Rick fashion’s style endeared him to many that he even got to work with brands like Puma and MaXhosa and Mokapi on a capsule collection. 

As if that's not enough, Riky Rick’s swag landed him a personal invitation to a Gucci event in Milan, Italy in 2017. 

Source: InstagramRiky Rick also had a clothing brand under his Cotton Fest event.

As for Riky Rick’s hairstyle, he often spotted a high fade with a neatly groomed beard.

Riky Rick's Relationships

Riky Rick and his wife Bianca Naidoo l Source: InstagramRiky Rick was married to his wife Bianca Naidoo. The two met at Sandton and reportedly dated for two years before they got married in 2013 in a private wedding ceremony.

Riky and his son Maik Daniel l Source: InstagramRiky Ricky had two children, a son Maik Daniel who was born in 2014 and a daughter Jordan Makhado born in 2013.   

Riky Rick's Controversy

Awards speech

In 2017, Riky Rick was the talk of the town after his Metro Awards speech in which he blamed radio stations for only playing artists who would pay them thus making it difficult for young, up-and-coming musicians to make the cut into the industry.

In subsequent interviews afterwards, the late singer admitted that his comments were out of place and delivered at the wrong time. 

However, he did not apologise and only said that the situation ought to be corrected. 

Cotton Fest 

Riky Ricky was forced to explain why Jabari ‘Bari’ Shelton, a convicted sex offender was on his guest list during the 2019 Cotton Fest edition after fans raised an issue over his invitation. 

Whilst Riky admitted to having invited Bari, he denied claims he worked with him on a clothing line. He also stated that he did not in any way condone sexual abuse and acknowledged the concerns of his fans. 

Riky Rick further reiterated his belief in helping other people despite the mistakes they've made.

Riky Rick's house and cars

Riky Rick's Car

Riky Rick loved cars. His collection included a Mercedez Benz AMG GTS Coupe priced at R2 million, a Porsche worth R1.5 million, and a Ferrari estimated to cost R5 million.

Source: MotorTrend

Source: TechCrunch

Source: Supercars.net

Riky Rick's House

Riky Rick owned a house in Johannesburg where he lived with his family.

Riky Rick's Net Worth

Riky Rick’s net worth of $2 - 3.5 million was generated through various sources - music, businesses (Cotton Club Studios, Legends Barbershop) and endorsements.

Awards & Recognition

Source: Instagram2021: Won Best Collaboration & MVP/Hustler of the Year at the South African Hip Hop Award. He was also nominated for the Artist of the Decade Award.

2020: Nominated for Best Male Awards at the KZN Entertainment Awards 

2016: Nominated at the MTV Africa Music Awards in the Best Hip Hop category

2015: Won MTV Africa Music Awards for his song Nafukwa.

Riky Rick was nominated for the Channel O' Music Awards.

Social Media

Riky Rick Instagram: @RikyRickWorld 

Riky Rick Twitter: @RikyRickWorld

Riky Rick Facebook: Riky Rick Makhado

Q&A

What was Riky Rick's real name? 

Riky Rick’s real name was Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado.

How old was Riky Rick?

At the time of his death, Riky Rick was 34 years old.

Where was Riky Rick born?

Riky Rick was born on 20 July 1987 in Kwa Mashu, Natal in South Africa

What happened to Riky Rick?

Riky Rick died on 23 February 2022. Although the cause of his death has not been confirmed, reports indicate that the rapper died by suicide in his home in Johannesburg.

Who is Riky Rick's son?

Riky Rick’s son is Maik Daniel Makhado who was born in 2014

What happened to Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick?

Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick’s beef was sparked by Riky’s comment on Cassper’s twar with a fellow artist AKA. Riky called for an end of their beef and said that it drained him. Cassper didn’t take this kindly and called out Riky for being a hypocrite. Later on, Cassper admitted that he didn’t have an issue with Riky and said it was all about egos.