Dreaming of Gucci since 13
Ricardo Makhado aka Riky Rick is a talented South African rap artist known for his eccentric style which is never missed. He discusses his biggest influence in music being is Kid Cudi, how powerful music sounds can be even when we don’t understand the language and dreaming of Gucci since 13 years old, which has become his ultimate fashion drug.
You just did a show in Budapest and you’ve got fans there as well. How does it feel to know you have fans enjoying your music in another country?
Yeah I mean there are no borders when it comes to music. I was shit scared about that performance in Budapest but you get so surprised when I play and a song and they know it, number one, they dance to it, number two and number three they actually try and say the words. They hardly speak any English or anything. Music is really universal it’s all about the sound.
It’s all about making a catchy tune. Everyone is singing this Despacito song and no one probably knows what this means. It’s like the biggest song in the world and probably like 90% of the people don’t understand.
Is there one person that’s inspired your music?
“My biggest influence was always Kid Cudi. In terms of like trying to find melodies, not really like 100% sonically but Kid Cudi was at the stage where I was learning to make music. I was listening to him a lot, trying to find melodies and sort of taught me that you can be a songwriter but you can also be a very good melody maker, like find the melodies in the music.”
– RIKY RICK
What’s your favourite song you’ve done so far?
My favourite song has never come out.
Oh, so you haven’t released your favourite song? Why not?
I’m a music snob in some way. I know the difference between my job and what I like, you know? The music that I listen to is probably like the complete polar opposite of who I am as Riky Rick you know?
And what kind of music is that?
It’s much more chilled. I listen to very slow music. Like right now the only thing I’m listening to is Sampha that’s like my rotation for like the past three months.
Would you ever try making that kind of music?
I think because I don’t know how to play an instrument it’s really tough you know? I admire people who know how to play instruments and like work a keyboard or a guitar. I really admire that.
Where do you get your inspiration from in terms of fashion?
Erm, I wouldn’t even know. Just Instagram. It used to be like when we first discovered that fashion was online, we used to have to go on the online blogs. But now like all the blogs are on Instagram. I don’t get too inspired at home, in South Africa the fashion style is still very mild. So you don’t just walk out your house and see people instantly. People don’t dress up, people are always in the car not just walking in the street. It’s hard for you to get inspired by people on the street, street fashion like you say.
What can we expect from you in the future in terms of your music?
I’m working on a new album so that’s where I’m at right now. I’m getting in the zone to release a new album, I just did a label deal with Sony and we’re working on getting that new music out. It’s gonna be amazing.