Johannesburg – Rapper Riky Rick finally released his highly anticipated Stay Shining single on Friday, exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music. With a wider release planned for next week.
The single which sounds like a summer anthem features Cassper Nyovest and Professor with production from Major League DJs and Ali Keys.
Here's what Riky had to say about the song:
“Stay Shining is the best and most enjoyable song I’ve ever made. I really had fun making this record more than any other song because it brings back the nostalgic feel of kwaito. We are doing what we authentically have in our blood,” said Riky Rick excitedly.
“Also, to have Cassper Nyovest and Professor on the track is one of those amazing experiences where a song bridges the gap between what’s happening now and what happened back then and figuring out exactly what the authentic South African sound is,” Riky added.
Here’s a video of Cassper getting down to the song in the studio:
The creative process behind the song:
“I made the beat first and after that I sat with it for a while and then I recorded the hook. I had had that hook in my head for almost three to four years. Cassper (Nyovest) jumped on the track naturally because he’s really the king of kwaito verses. Professor heard it in my car and asked me to send the record and he sent me back the vocals the next day” said the rapper affectionately known as King Kotini.
Speaking on how invested his fans have been on the release of Stay Shining, Riky Rick dedicates this very inspirational song to them:
“It’s always a blessing when you can get the fans to be excited about the music that’s coming out. The concept of Stay Shining for me speaks to everyone. It’s really about getting up when you really down; not feeling sorry for yourself when you down; just constantly trying to get up and trying to stay up,” he said.
Here’s a look at the single artwork: