Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ricky Rick

Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ricky Rick

Mzansi and the entertainment music industry has been plunged into mourning following the sad untimely death of Ricky Rick. The award-winning hip-hop artist committed suicide at his estate home in the north of Joburg on Wednesday morning.

Here is a look at some of the things you probably didn’t know about South Africa’s very own muso Ricky Rick.

Name/ Age

Ricky Rick, real name, Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado was born July 20, 1987. He was just 35 years.

Ricky Rick Career

Ricky Rick was a jack of all trades. Besides being a rapper, he was a songwriter, singer, composer, actor, entrepreneur and fashion designer.

Cassper Nyovest trends after swapping his profile picture with one of Riky Rick

Ricky started his music career at a young age. When he started music, he used to work and record with Bongani Fassie, the son of the late popular songstress Brenda Fassie. Through Bongani, Ricky started to develop his own desired sounds. He rose to fame in 2014 when he released his single “Nafukwa.” His debut studio album “Family Values” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

He is well known for his songs Boss Zonke, Sondela, Amantombazane,  Sidlukotini, Home, Stay Shinning, Murdah to name just a few.

Ricky Rick’s Recording Company

Ricky Rick had his own recording company. He was the founder and owner of the record label Cotton Club Studios.

Through his recording company, he helped nurture talent and upcoming musicians in South Africa. He worked hard to find different artists who are worth the take and have them join the record label.

Brand Ambassadorial Roles

Ricky Rick was a brand ambassador of many elite brands. He has worked with brands such as Remy Martin, Rolex, African Bank, Nike etc.

Cotton Festival

As a fashion designer, Ricky Rick started an event called Cotton Festival which happens annually. The festival is aimed at bringing different influencers, celebrities, musicians, and other creatives. It also looks at nurturing creatives and fashion designers. Before his death, he was already working on his Cotton Festival.


Ricky Rick was a business-minded man. Through his brand endorsements and his annual Cotton Festival, he is estimated to be worth over R30 million.

Marriage, Wife and Kids

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Ricky Rick was married to Bianca Naidoo. He first met Bianca Naidoo in Sandton in 2010 and they got married in 2013. The couple had two kids together.

Substance Abuse

Ricky Rick had a torrid time with alcohol and drug addiction in his youth. He practised sobriety to fight off his addiction. He managed to make progress and he was clean ever since.

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