Riky Rick. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Riky Rick Finally Explains What Happened to Riky

Riky Rick explains his line "What happened to Riky is the same thing that happened to 50."

South African rapper Riky Rick has finally explained his cryptic line: "What happened to Riky? What happened to Riky is the same thing that happened to 50," from Cassper Nyovest's 2016 single "Le Mpitse," in which he is featured.

The line was a response to a rhyme by Stogie T (then Tumi Molekane) on the song "Way It Go" (2015) by DJ Switch. T on his verse revealed that people kept asking why Riky had left Motif Records, the label headed by Tumi, which Riky was signed to for a brief moment.

When "Le Mpitse" came out, fans on Twitter kept asking what was it that had happened to both Riky and 50 Cent. Did King Kotini also take nine shots, too?

Tumi explained his line on the song "Clean Stuff," rapping, "So what happened to Riky? It's the same thing that happened to Reason/ He was touched by a god, I gave him the plate, now he eating."

Explaining the 50 comparison during his unplugged performance on 5FM, Riky said:

"I need to explain that line 'cause I said 'what happened to Riky?' They say they are still waiting to hear what happened to Riky. The same thing that happened to 50… so when 50 Cent came out, you have to understand he was in two record labels, two deals, and for him to get out of those deals, people were pressing him to pay money. And I was in the same situation; I had to pay my way out of my first record deal. And I paid my way out of it. But what happened after that was the biggest blessing because I thought I had lost money, but really I gained money by going independent. So that's what happened to Riky, that's what happened to 50. That's what that verse was about."

You can listen to Riky's whole performance on 5FM here, it's totally worth it.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.

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