RICHIE The Rapper inspires change through music.
The rapper, whose real name is Thanyani Manoto, is a producer from Green Village, Soweto.
He started making music to get away from bad things ekasi.
His debut mixtape, titled Trapping Out The Ville, aims to motivate the youth and talks about the high rate of teenage pregnancy.
Speaking to SunBuzz, Richie said: “I found myself in the company of negative people until I realised I didn’t want to end up like them.
“My only hope is to make my music career dream come true.”
“And that means having influence to impact in people’s lives positively through my music,” he said.
His debut single Baby Mama Drama was playlisted on UJFM, is about socio-economic challenges of having a baby at a young age but also about his own life experiences having friends that are fathers.
“It goes much deeper than it being just a song. It looks at the struggles facing most teens and young adults,” he said.
“The song also talks about how difficult it is to chase your dreams when you have a kid to raise.”
Richie is inspired by trap music, something he feels fuels the issue, to make Trapping Out The Ville.
He said that musicians should use their influence more to effect change in communities like Soweto.
His career started in 2012 with his debut extended play, Richie Forever.
He said positive reviews made it clear he’d pursue music.
“My parents wanted me to further my studies and get educated.”
He has a certificate in audio engineering from the Academy of Sound Engineering in Auckland Park.