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At just 20 years old, Rich Brian is already a global superstar. One of the many talented artists on the 88Rising roster, the Chinese-Indonesian rapper went viral after he released his 2016 song “Dat $tick” on SoundCloud. Growing up in Indonesia, real name Brian Soewarno taught himself how to speak English via watching Youtube videos, eventually discovering the beauty that lies within social media. Joining Twitter in 2010 at age 11, Brian began making his own video content such as dark comedy sketches and posting them. His hip-hop influences include Childish Gambino, 2 Chainz, Macklemore and Tyler, the Creator.
Power 106 caught up with Rich Brian before his sold-out show at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles to discuss pre-show rituals, how he picks his outfit, and even a fan asking him to prom via a Rubik’s Cube.
When asked his favorite song to perform, Brian states, “My favorite song to perform is… there’s multiple actually. On this tour, I really love performing ‘Drive Safe’. It’s the song where I’m singing on the guitar, that seems to be everyone’s favorite on the album. I love performing ‘Yellow’, and I love performing ‘Curious’ because it’s a really intimate moment in the set. I’m sitting down, it’s almost like I’m talking to everyone in the crowd.
Watch above as Brian talks about getting RZA on his new album The Sailor and solves the Rubik’s Cube puzzle in just 21 seconds!