Rich Brian on Diplo, Yoga, and Being a ‘Meme Rapper’ –

Posted: December 24, 2019 at 4:42 am

Twenty-year-old Indonesian rapper Brian Immanuel (Rich Brian, Rich Chigga, Brian) has the sort of origin story youll need a Gen-Z-to-Boomer dictionary to understand: Brian blew up on SoundCloud in 2016 after releasing his single Dat $tick, which quickly went viral and featured Brian in a pink polo and fanny pack rapping, Man I dont give a fuck about a mothafuckin po / Imma pull up with dat stick and hit yo motherfucking door. Poetry.

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Brian was born in Jakarta and homeschooled most of his life. He learned English watching YouTube videos and imitating vloggers speaking to the camera. In an interview with Playboy, Brian said his online American friends first introduced him to hip-hop when he was 12. After he heard Macklemores Thrift Shop, he started writing and video recording his own music, first on Vine and then downloading beats from YouTube, rapping over them, and uploading to Soundcloud.

Then, before he was 20, Brian had signed with record labels, released two albums (his second, The Sailor, this July), and had begun touring. He now lives in L.A. Mens Health caught up with Brian, hoping he might answer some questions, comments and hate, from his online fans.

Here are some soundbites. Theyre best read in a deep voice and with a grin.

I posted a picture of my head being distorted. I fell off a skateboard and hit my head on the ground. Freaked my parents out when I posted it. Diplo commented, 'at least the AirPods are safe.' And he commented this like three times. I dont know why. Yeah, I guess he just fucking hates me. Thank you, Diplo.

Im not just a goofy, quirky artist. Im a rapper. Like, I rap. I do this. Maybe next time I do an interview, Ill just come in with a fucking gold grill and be super basic. If thats what it takes to be accepted in this community.

If you wear a turtleneck, you just look good in it. Its kind of difficult not to look good in a turtleneck. I dont remember anyone wearing a turtle neck and me being like Oh, you are not attractive. Thats never happened before.

I dont do yoga. Ive never done yoga, actually. Am I flexible? Absolutely not. I gotta stretch more. I also wanna get taller. So I might try out yoga. You seem to burn a lot of calories. And it would be nice to have some abs.

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