Riky Rick

Riky Rick
Rikhado Makhado

(1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 34)
KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Alma materHilton College
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
  • Singer
Musical career
LabelsMakhado Makhado Agency

Rikhado Makhado, known professionally as Riky Rick, is a South African rapper, songwriter, singer, composer, actor, entrepreneur, fashion designer and the founder and owner of record label "Cotton Club Records".[1]

Makhado rose to fame when he released his single "Nafukwa", in 2014. He was also a member of Boyz N Bucks.[2]

In November 2018, Makhado announced his first concert called "Cotton Fest", which he headlined on February 2, 2019.[3]

Early life

Riky Rick was born Rikhado Makhado and was raised in KwaMashu township near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.[4][5][6]


Riky Rick's first side of music began at a recording studio session with Bongani Fassie. It was by Bongani's side that Rick was inspired to make his own music.[7] That is when he released his first single "Barbershop" featuring Da L.E.S.[8] He then rose to fame by the release of his hit single "Nafukwa" which was a big success.[9] He then released "Amantombazane" which was followed by "Amantombazane (Remix)" featuring fellow South African recording artists OkMalumkoolKat, Maggz, Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, Kid X, Nadia Nakai and DJ Dimplez.[10]

He released[when?] his major debut single "Boss Zonke" in 2015 which peaked at number 3 on the SA Hip Hop Top Ten List. That is when he released his fifth hit single "Sondela" which was dedicated to his real love, featuring South African singer from Mpumalanga, Zano.[11] On 26 June 2016, he released the single "Sidlukotini".[12]

Riky Rick released the Scooby Snacks EP that features only one artist, Frank Casino. It includes the tracks "Oh Lord", "Bandz Over Fans" and "Family" (featuring Frank Casino).[13] He released "Buy It Out" on 15 September 2017.[14]

On July 2, 2021, he released a single "Forever" with Frank Casino.[15]

Personal life

Rick suffered from an alcohol and drug addiction for a long time.[16]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected information
Title Album details Certification
Family Values[17] RISA: Platinum[18]


List of extended plays, with selected information
Title Album details Certification
Scooby Snacks EP
  • Released: 25 May 2017
  • Label:
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Stay Shining EP
  • Released: 3 November 2017
  • Label: Sound African Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download


  • Comeback Kid (2011)
  • Fear The Hunter(With Trinity) (2018)

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Results Ref.
2020 KZN Entertainment Awards Best Male Award Nominated


  1. ^ "Riky Rick Launches Cotton Club Record". SA Hip Hop Mag.
  3. ^ "Riky Rick Presents Cotton Fest 2019". Joburg.
  4. ^ "ALUMNI OF THE WEEK # 131 Riky Rick | AFDA Film School". www.afda.co.za.
  5. ^ "Riky Rick, one of the most esteemed South African hip hop artists is born | South African History Online". www.sahistory.org.za.
  6. ^ "Listen: Rapper Riky Rick's rise to stardom". ECR.
  7. ^ "Introducing Ricky Rick". DRUM. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Barbershop". channel O. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Nafukwa". Okayafrica. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Amantombozane". Okayafrica. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Sondela". Blacknation. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Riky Rick – Sidlukotini Music Video". 360musicnghq.co. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Riky Rick Releases Three New Songs Called Scooby Snacks". Hiphopza.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Riky Rick – Buy It Out". 360musicnghq.co. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  15. ^ Mametela, Tshepiso (1 July 2021). "Mzansi Rappers Frank Casino, Riky Rick Tag Team on New Drop 'Forever'". Briefly.
  16. ^ "Riky Rick gets personal". channel24. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  17. ^ "ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Riky Rick – Family Values | YoMzansi™ BLOG |". YoMzansi™ BLOG | HIGHEST GRADE SOURCE of SA Entertainment News. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  18. ^ "South Africa certifications". Recording Industry of South Africa. Retrieved 29 July 2021.