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Watch Riky Rick and Mlindo The Vocalist’s Music Video For ‘You and I’

Riky Rick's latest single 'You and I' has a video.

Family means a lot to Riky Rick. The South African rapper and producer has rapped extensively about giving his partner a tough time in the past, and has even gone onto put a picture of himself and his son on the cover of his Family Values album, an album in which he raps a lot about his family.


His latest single "You and I" sounds like a chapter from Riky's past; he raps about messing up his relationship with his cheating ways. The video shows Riky partying it up with strippers in the club while his bae and their kids struggle to reach him on the phone.

"You and I" features the singer Mlindo The Vocalist who's gained popularity in the past few years for his nonchalant singing style and the relatable stories he tells mostly in his language IsiZulu.

It's not clear if the song will be part of an upcoming project from Riky. The artist managed to remain part of the larger conversation last year without releasing a lot of music, and earlier this year, he hosted the inaugural iteration of his festival Cotton Fest.

Watch the music video for "You and I" below, and download the song here or/and stream it underneath.

Riky Rick - You And I ft. Mlindo The Vocalist www.youtube.com



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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

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In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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