Cape Town — South African rapper Stogie T has expressed his “survivor’s guilt” following the deaths of his two close friends and colleagues Riky Rick and AKA.
Both Riky and AKA died unexpectedly and only a year apart from each other. Riky committed suicide in February 2022 while AKA was tragically shot in Durban in February this year.
Stogie T took to social media and in a freestyle rap, titled Survivor’s Guilt, spoke about how he wasn’t there for his friends in their time of need.
“Survivor’s Guilt. ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.’ Psalm 51:10” he said.
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The rap is a heartfelt tribute to the two fallen artists and is about appreciating life and being there for our friends while they are still alive.
“My little brother, was killed brother, helped mould his career, I got guilt brother. All Hip Hop brother, maybe we wasn’t even friends, tried to be a mentor till that tragic end,” are the lyrics to the hook of the song, which is seemingly aimed at both Riky and AKA.
Stogie T also credits Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane, who died the same night as AKA, and Costa Titch, who collapsed conspicuously at Ultra in March this year.
To end off, he pays a final tribute to AKA, saying: “An icon of the game, little Kairo’s fave, King Forbes the slain, until we meet again”
According to IOL, Stogie T and AKA go way back, they may have not publicly showed their friendship, but it seems like AKA trusted Stogie T’s opinions.
In January, a few weeks before his death, AKA sent Stogie T the link to his then-unreleased “Mass Country” album, asking for his opinion.
Stogie’s rap caught the attention of many of SA music’s biggest names and some of the commented to praise the song
“Oh man!!!!!! 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿” Black Coffee said.
“❤️❤️❤️” Nadia Nakai commented.
“F%%^ bro … that’s too much! ❤️,” J Something added.
Compiled by Matthew Petersen