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Asian rapper Rich Brian is proving he belongs in hip-hop – Minneapolis Star Tribune

When Brian Imanuel was a budding teen rapper in Jakarta, Indonesia, he wanted a rap name that would go well with a song that he was putting out on SoundCloud.

He felt his own name, Brian Imanuel Soewarno, was too long, but a suggestion by his friend caught his eye: “Rich Chigga.”

As Rich Chigga — a portmanteau of Chinese and a racial slur — he would score a hit and become a viral sensation with the song “Dat $tick,” garnering millions of plays on platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube and support from rap luminaries like Ghostface Killah. But with his name, lyrics that included the N-word and an accompanying video that played on gangsta rap stereotypes, he also drew some anger.

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