Rapper Riky Rick, or King Kotini as he is now more famously known recently invited DRUM to his home with his wife Bianca and their two children Jordan 7 and Maik 2.
The couple opened up about their relationship and raising a family.
On how they met
“Riky and I met three years ago at a restaurant in Sandton, we had an immediate liking for each other. After that we went on a date, became friends and started dating shortly after that,” Bianca explained.
Riky said meeting Bianca changed how he viewed his life. “When I met Bianca and subsequently Jordan (Bianca’s child from a previous relationship), I became more serious and more purposeful in the things I do, that continued when Maik was born and even till today. My family gives me purpose.”
On raising a family
Both Bianca and Riky come from homes where their parents were divorced so they are raising their kids from their own template they said.
“Growing up in Durban, Cape Town and then Joburg, I didn’t grow up in a family where everyone was together, my parents were divorced and also most of the people from my mother’s of the family. So, for Bianca and me this is a new journey, we are that generation who is in a way trying to do things the right way, but we don’t know what the right way is, so everything is a learning curve,” Riky explained.
“‘It’s a learning process every day, we are trying to figure out how to do it right as a unit,” Bianca added.
On Groupies
”As an artist I know we have fans and we have to allow them into our lives somehow (like taking pictures and greeting) but we should also have a boundary. Sometimes a lot of people don’t know how to manage that so they come across arrogant,” Riky said.
The groupies haven’t been something that Bianca has been privy to because she doesn’t go to gigs with her man.
“There are certain events that he will ask me to with him but generally I don’t gig with him, so I am not exposed to that. I think that’s good for our relationship because being exposed to that may cause fights for us as a couple, which is unnecessary. And also to be honest, I would rather be home with the kids and see him when he gets back.”
On Hip Hop Beefs
“When it comes to rap I have never found myself as someone who finds pleasure in beefing or negative energy. If I have beef with an artist we speak about it and sort it out, not go out on social media or in songs. I see music as an outlet where you speak about yourself and some subjects, not as an outlet to say I am better than someone else,” Riky said.
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