K.O Misses Brotherhood Shared With Late AKA And Riky Rick
Renowned rapper K.O, a prominent figure in the South African music scene, has recently revealed feelings of solitude at the pinnacle of his career, particularly in the wake of the tragic passing of his industry peers AKA and Riky Rick.
Ntokozo Mdluli, known for his hit single “Sete,” expressed in an interview with Sowetan that he deeply missed the inspiration and competition he experienced when his late colleagues released new music. He likened their dynamic rivalry to the fierce competition between soccer icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“If Messi (touch wood) were to pass away, Cristiano Ronaldo would possibly feel a certain way… he’d probably stop playing soccer,” he reflected. “You know, the people you actually compete with are the reason why you go a little bit harder because they keep raising the bar.”
K.O, who began his musical journey as part of the rap group Teargas in 2005 before achieving solo success in 2014, acknowledged the significant impact of his peers on his artistic evolution. Despite the challenges, he remains grateful for his enduring relevance in the industry.
“I’m still glad that I’m putting out quality music that still puts me at the top of the charts,” he remarked. “It is also a blessing to see these young acts doing their things as well.”
Looking ahead, K.O hopes to leave a lasting legacy as one of South Africa’s foremost contributors to music, fashion, and culture. He emphasized the importance of using his platform to uplift younger artists and pave the way for their success.
“I also hope that they can use me as an example to get there quicker,” he concluded. “For them to be able to study my failures and work out how to avoid it, that way, it’ll be easier for them to succeed.“