What’s the state of hip hop after the passing of Riky Rick, AKA, and Costa Titch? 0

In a very short time, we've lost a lot of rap talent in the hip hop scene in Mzansi

The South African hip hop scene has been dealt a heavy blow with the passing of AKA, Riky Rick, and Costa Titch.

Each artist brought their unique style and energy to the genre, and their passing has left a significant impact on the South African hip hop community.

However, despite the loss of these influential artists, the genre continues to grow and evolve, with new talent emerging and pushing boundaries.



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AKA was one of the most influential and successful hip hop artists in South Africa, with numerous chart-topping hits and collaborations with international artists.

He was known for his distinctive flow and lyrical prowess, and his passing in February 2023 has left a huge void in the industry.

However, his legacy continues to inspire a new generation of rappers, who have paid tribute to him through their music and social media.

Riky Rick

Riky Rick was also a significant figure in the South African hip hop scene, with his innovative and experimental approach to the genre.

He was known for blending different genres and styles, including house music and kwaito, into his music.

His sudden passing in February 2022 shocked and saddened fans across the country, but his contributions to the industry continue to be celebrated and remembered.

Costa Titch

Costa Titch was a rising star in the South African hip hop scene, known for his energetic performances and unique style.

He had been gaining popularity in recent years, with hits such as “Thembi” and “Nkalakatha.”

His passing in March 2023 has left fans and fellow artists in shock and disbelief, but his impact on the genre will not be forgotten.

Despite these losses, the South African hip hop scene continues to thrive and evolve.

One of the most significant trends in recent years has been the rise of female rappers, who are breaking barriers and making waves in a male-dominated industry.

Artists such as Boity, Nadia Nakai, and Rouge have been gaining popularity and recognition for their unique style and lyrical prowess, paving the way for future female rappers.

Another trend in the South African hip hop scene has been the fusion of hip hop with other genres, such as amapiano, gqom, and house music. This has led to the creation of new sub-genres and exciting collaborations between artists from different backgrounds.

For example, amapiano rapper Cassper Nyovest has collaborated with hip hop artist Nadia Nakai, while gqom artist DJ Maphorisa has worked with hip hop artist A-Reece.

The South African hip hop community continues to grow and evolve, with new artists emerging and pushing boundaries.

While the loss of AKA, Riky Rick, and Costa Titch is deeply felt, their contributions to the genre will continue to be celebrated and remembered for years to come.

As the genre continues to gain international recognition and influence, it is clear that the South African hip hop scene has a bright future ahead.

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