Former Mabala Noise rapper, Riky Rick is the trendy star gracing the South African edition of the GQ Style Mag’s latest issue. Over time, Riky has created a niche for himself as a stylish rapper. His rare combos stand him out on red carpets and at events.
He inspired kids with his story of redefining cool by sticking to what many termed weird till he became celebrated. Before the mag hits shelves across South Africa tomorrow, learn a thing or two from his inspirational story.
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 ??