Rich Brian – Indonesian rapper, songwriter
Rich Brian’s real name is Brian Imanuel. Before 2018, he performed under the pseudonym Rich Chigga. He was born on 3 September 1999 in Jakarta. The musician has Indonesian and Chinese heritage, which reflects on his unique appearance. Brian grew up in a big family and had older brothers and sisters. Imanuel’s father was a lawyer. However, the family didn’t have much money. That’s why the singer didn’t get a proper education. As a teenager, he worked in a café to help the family. Brian learned how to earn money from a very young age.
The artist spent all his free time using his parents’ computer. He wasn’t playing computer games as other 11-year-olds did. He was browsing YouTube channels, listened to rap. The boy even managed to learn some English. As a teenager, Brian filmed himself singing and uploaded videos to the Internet. He was inspired by such artists as Tyler, Childish Gambino, Macklemore, and 2 Chainz.
Brian’s hobby slowly turned into a wish to make a career. Since 2012, the musician has been working hard to write lyrics. He uploaded the cover version of Macklemore’s "Thrift Shop" to the Internet. Two years later, he recorded his first official song.