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Riky Rick Experiments With Amapiano in 2 New Singles ‘UNGAZINCISHI’ and ‘HOME’

Listen to Riky Rick's 2 new singles 'UNGAZINCISHI' and 'HOME' featuring Focalistic, Tyler ICU and Mas Musiq.

For his two new songs, Riky Rick successfully reads the room. It's almost summer, the sun is out, and the country just upgraded to alert level one of its lockdown. Amapiano is still the sound of the moment.

And what does Riky do? Create two summer-ready rap songs over amapiano production. The songs demonstrate the versatility of both amapiano and Riky Rick. "UNGAZINCISHI", the lead single, of the two-song release, is built over the customary pummeling amapiano bassline painted by synth swatches and pronounced by a catchy rhythm.


The song is slower than the average amapiano song, and Riky tiptoes over the beat alongside Tyler ICU and Focalistic, the face of the hip-hop-amapiano hybrid sound. The song's infectious hook will ensure "UNGAZINCISHI" resonates throughout the country and beyond. The song has notably been trending on Twitter, after all the song was inspired by a popular Riky Rick Twitter video in which the artist is encouraging his fans to never deprive themselves of a great time.

"HOME", which features popular amapiano artist Mas Musiq, is an unassuming smoothie that combines the lushness of deep house with the suave nature of amapiano.

It's officially Riky Rick season. The rapper is on the cover of the latest GQ South Africa issue having appeared on the cover of GQ Style in 2017.

Riky Rick has always managed to incorporate South African genres in his music, especially kwaito and house. Amapiano is the reigning strand of South African house, and several hip-hop artists have incorporated it in their music, a crucial step in a dance-crazy country like South Africa.

It's not hard to predict that "UNGAZINCISHI" and/or "HOME" will be part of this summer's soundtrack.

Stream "UNGAZINCISHI" featuring Focalistic and "HOME" featuring Mas Musiq on Apple Music and Spotify.



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