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Rich Brian
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Rich Brian performing in June 2017 in Taipei
Background information
Birth name Brian Imanuel
Also known as Rich Chigga
Born (1999-09-03) 3 September 1999 (age 19)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2015–present
Labels
Associated acts

Brian Imanuel (born 3 September 1999), known professionally as Rich Brian (formerly Rich Chigga), is an Indonesian rapper, record producer and songwriter. He is best known for his viral debut single "Dat $tick", which was first released in February 2016 on YouTube. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. His debut album, Amen (2018), peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200.

Early life[edit]

Brian Imanuel was born on 3 September 1999, in Jakarta, Indonesia.[1] He is of ethnic Chinese Indonesian descent. He is the youngest of four siblings.[2] Brian was raised in West Jakarta in a middle-to-low class neighbourhood[3] despite his father being a lawyer.[4] He never had a formal education and spent most of his time helping at his parent's café that his parent ran as he was homeschooled.[5]

In 2010, while growing up in Indonesia, Brian began his career with social media, when he was 11 years old. He originally gotten his hands on a Rubik's Cube, and realized he could log onto his parents' computer to find strategies for solving it faster. This is how he discovered YouTube. He also found and joined Twitter, in August 2010, when he was just under 11 years old. This eventually led him to making video content, including dark-comedy sketches on Twitter.[4] He moved to the platform Vine when he was 15 and began to post daily videos there. Brian, who at the time spoke only Indonesian, taught himself to speak English by watching YouTube videos and by listening to rappers like Childish Gambino, 2 Chainz, Macklemore and Tyler, the Creator.[6]

Brian began listening to hip hop music in 2012 when an American friend he knew on the internet introduced him to Macklemore's "Thrift Shop"[7] and Brian began to explore deeper into the genre, discovering Drake, 2 Chainz, Kanye West and Logic at first. Brian wrote his first rap song in 2014 and recorded it onto an iPhone microphone over a produced MF Doom instrumental.[8]

Brian originally wanted to become a cinematographer in Los Angeles, giving up once his music career began taking off.[9]

Career[edit]

2015–2016: Career beginnings[edit]

Rich Brian performing in August 2016

Brian began his career under the name Rich Chigga and released his debut track, titled "Living the Dream" on 17 July 2015, on his YouTube account. The song was produced by DJ Smokey.[10] Brian then went on to release his debut single "Dat $tick" on 22 February 2016.[11][12] The track caught international success after a reaction video was released, featuring American rappers Ghostface Killah, 21 Savage, Tory Lanez, MadeinTYO, Desiigner and many more.[13] Since the official music video for the track was uploaded onto his Youtube account, it has been viewed over 90 million times. "Dat $tick" then went on to peak at number four on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.[14]

Brian then went on to release his second single titled "Who That Be" on iTunes on 9 August 2016. The song was produced by Sihk.[15] He then released the remix of his single "Dat $tick" which features Ghostface Killah and Pouya.[16]

Brian later released his third single "Seventeen" which quickly surpassed the one million hits mark on both YouTube and SoundCloud.[17][18]

2017–present: Amen[edit]

Brian started his first U.S tour in April 2017, concluding in May.[19] In May 2017, Brian released the single "Gospel" with XXXTentacion and Keith Ape.[20] This was XXXTentacion's first collaboration with Brian and the song was released on 88rising. The single has 21 million views on YouTube as of October 2017.[21]

Brian won an award at 4th Indonesian Choice Awards as Breakthrough Artist of the Year in May 2017. Brian announced his debut album in an interview with XXL, saying "I'm working on a debut project and there are some serious songs and some comedic stuff, but the serious songs are my focus."[22] In an interview, Brian said he was spending most of his stay in Los Angeles, California working on his debut album.[23]

Brian released "Glow Like Dat" on 15 August 2017, on 88rising's YouTube channel.[24] He then announced a nationwide tour starting on 9 September and concluding on 21 November titled "Come to My Party Tour".[25]

Brian released "Chaos" in October 2017[26] and "Crisis" featuring 21 Savage in November 2017.[27] On 19 December 2017, Brian announced on the social media platform, Twitter, that he was releasing his debut studio album, Amen, on 2 February 2018.[28]

On 1 January 2018, Brian officially changed his stage name from Rich Chigga to Brian with the release of "See Me". Six days later, he changed his official name again to Rich Brian. On 2 February 2018, Amen was released. Amen made him the first Asian to reach number one on iTunes Hip Hop charts.[29]

Musical style[edit]

Rich Brian's musical style has been called "ironic" by UrbanDaddy though it "eventually transcends itself to become a legitimate piece of art."[30] Brian's vocals have been described as baritone,[31] and his delivery as "gruff yet agile"[9] and "unique".[32] His song writing ability has been called "skilled" by HotNewHipHop.[33] Brian, originally making comedic music, has since attempted to distance himself and make more serious music with singles such as "Seventeen" and "Glow Like Dat".[34]

Brian has cited Young Thug, Tyler, The Creator, Yung Lean and Childish Gambino as inspirations.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Brian currently lives in Los Angeles, California after moving there in May 2017.[35] He is not a permanent resident of the United States; though in July 2017, he extended his stay.[23]

Brian's original stage name, Rich Chigga, created controversy in the past.[36] Brian and his friend came up with the nickname when he came out with his first song on SoundCloud. "I realized I don’t really have a rap name. And then my friend from Wichita was just talking about it. We came up with a couple of names which were cool, and he was just like, 'Rich Chigga.' I was like, 'That is really catchy.' And that's honestly it."[37] Talking about his stage name, Brian said "I do regret it – I didn't really know what I was doing and I definitely did not know people were gonna pop off like this."[38] As a result, he began to be professionally known by Rich Brian from 2018 onwards. In a Twitter post, Brian said "I have been planning to do this forever and I'm so happy to finally do it. I was naive and I made a mistake."[39]

Brian was homeschooled and has stated that he does not wish to seek college education,[23] though if given the chance, he would attend film school.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[40]
BEL
(FL)

[41]
CAN
[42]
NLD
[43]
NZ
[44]
UK
[45]
UK
R&B

[46]
US
[47]
US
R&B
/HH

[48]
US R&B
[49]
Amen 27 108 18 61 30 87 27 18 11 8

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
R&B/HH
Bub.

[14]
NZ Heat.
[51]
"Dat Stick" 2016 4 Non-album singles
"Who That Be"[15]
"Dat Stick" (Remix)[53]
(featuring Ghostface Killah and Pouya)
"Seventeen"[54]
"Back At It"[55] 2017
"Gospel"[56]
(with Keith Ape and XXXTentacion)
7 4
"Glow Like Dat"[57] 7 Amen
"Chaos"[26]
"Crisis"[27]
(featuring 21 Savage)
10 Non-album single
"See Me”[58] 2018 Amen
"18"
(with Kris Wu and Joji featuring Trippie Redd & Baauer)
Non-album singles
"Watch Out!"[59]
"History"[60] Head in the Clouds

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Turbo Thot 3000"[61]
(MAXXJAMEZ featuring Parade, Klimatic Jay, Boy Gwaan and Rich Chigga)
2016 Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Bankroll"[62] 2017 Diplo, Young Thug, Rich the Kid Non-album single

Remixes[edit]

List of remixes, showing year released and original artists
Title Year Original artist(s)
"Working for It" (Remix)[63] 2017 Zhu with Skrillex and THEY.
"IDGAF" (Rich Brian and Diablo remix)[64] 2018 Dua Lipa

Concert tours[edit]

Headlining

  • Come To My Party Tour (2017–2018)[65]
  • 88 Degrees & Rising Tour (with 88rising artists) (2018)[66]

Co-headlining

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