South African Rapper, Rikhado Makhado better know by his stage name Riky Rick graced CheckoutAfrica with an Instagram takeover. Here’s what we learnt from the “Sidlukotini” rapper.

Q: For those who may not know. Who is Riky Rick?

A: Basically, I’m a rapper, musician, producer from Johannesburg, CottonEater Worldwide. Dipping and dabbing in everything. One elbow on the left, one elbow on the right you know.

Q:You grew up in KwaMashu township, Durban. How does your hometown influence or inspire you now?

A: I’m from a place called KwaMashu, in Durban. If you know Durban, you know it’s the most vibrant city in South Africa, that’s where the Gqom and the new kwaito music is coming from, coming with the vibes the whole time. That’s where we’re coming with the energy. Durban is coming with the vibes. We basically said let’s take Durban kwaito, that was coming with the high-tempo, sprinkle a little bit of Hip-Hop and some old school kwaito and we’ll come with an original sound. So check up on your kwaito and then you’ll know about Durban.

Q: For those who may be new to Riky Rick, how would you describe your sound?

A: I would describe my sound as pretty much a new twist, but I’m coming with South African vibes. You see, South African sound is very specific, and if you know South Africa very well you know what comes out of South Africa. But I’m trying to put a new twist. I’ve been focusing on a lot of Hip-Hop and then Trap came in a bit but I really started making Kwaito music and this year going forward I really want to spread Kwaito music to the rest of the world, so that’ll be my tempo.

Q: How do you feel about the influence of African sounds in mainstream music now?

A: I feel like African music has always influenced the world you know, but right a-lot of people are getting props. It’s obviously getting to more peoples ears, so it’s a good thing. But I just want to actually take in the music instead of stealing the vibes. The problem with Africa is that we don’t know that we have so much influence, and once we realise that actually, we have always had influence then we’ll actually start really supporting our own to the max. We have to really own the platforms and keep pushing so they know that we’re not just waiting for the hand-outs, African music can be strong by itself.

Q: You are certainly a style icon. Who would you say is your biggest style inspiration?

A: My style inspiration? I be following all the kids on Instagram who are pretty much doing their thing, so I’m basically following them. And then I get to get tips and influence from them and it’s a beautiful thing. You see, you don’t have to be in London or you don’t have to be in Paris to get fashion anymore, you can be anywhere in the world. You can be in the middle of Kenya or you can be in Mali and you can still be getting fashion influence. So at the end of the day, just keep your eyes open and keep watching everything that happens around you and then you’ll be able to see what you like and use it. That’s also what I would tell to my 16-year-old self. I would tell him to keep his eyes open. Accept the world. Go travel more. Look at everything and connect the dots. That’s the advice I’d give my 16-year-old self.

It’s a beautiful thing. Make sure you follow me on my platform too https://www.instagram.com/rikyrickworld/. Shout out to CheckoutAfrica for having me. One Love. Africa for Life.