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Published on January 1st, 2018 | by Jerry Doby


Rich Chigga Leaves Stage Name Behind In 2017 and Drops Introspective ‘See Me’

It’s a big statement when an artist with millions of fans, changes part of their brand, especially their stage name. Brian Imanuel got introspective about leaving his old stage name Rich Chigga in his new joint See Me which addressess more than the change of a name, it seems to share a change in life perspective.

Here’s the official line

Brian Imanuel announces his name change from Rich Chigga to simply his first name, Brian. The teen rap sensation from Indonesia shared a tweet about him making this change: “Yes I now go by ‘Brian’. I have been planning to do this forever and I’m so happy to finally do it. I was naive & I made a mistake. new year, new beginning, happy new years™.” Before the holidays, Brian announced his highly anticipated upcoming, debut project, Amen, which is set to release on February 2nd via 88rising Records.

Today, he also shares “See Me,” his most personal song to date. It paints an introspective picture of Brian’s journey up until now in music and what he plans for the upcoming future. Check it out.

2017 was a defining breakout year for Brian who proved over and over again that he’s a maven at breaking the internet. The 18-year-old artist has grown tremendously since he broke out as Rich Chigga with his 80M+ view video for “Dat $tick.” He went from ‘the kid with the pink polo shirt and a fanny pack’ to “a bona fide rap star meeting his music icons and living it up in LA.” (i-D) This year alone, his music videos for self-produced tracks “Chaos” and “Glow Like Dat” combined for over 55M views and his single, “Crisis” featuring 21 Savage, affirmed that “he deserves his triumphs to date and that he’s not going anywhere.” (Pitchfork) Whether he’s being named Rolling Stone’s25 Under 25,” sitting down for interviews with Nardwuar and Pharrell Williams, or selling out headlining shows in the US, Europe and Asia, Brian is showing why his “mainstream potential is unprecedented.” (Vulture)

The international artist has a massive round of sold out tour dates in the US, and Europe coming up beginning in February? Are you one of the lucky ones who got tickets?!


Feb 7  – San Francisco, California @ The Warfield – SOLD OUT
Feb 10  – Los Angeles, California @ Shrine Auditorium – SOLD OUT
Feb 20  – New York, New York @ Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT
Mar 1  – Paris, France @ La Bellevilloise – SOLD OUT
Mar 3  – London, United Kingdom @ O2 Islington Academy – SOLD OUT
Mar 4  – London, United Kingdom @ O2 Islington Academy – SOLD OUT
Mar 5  – Cologne, Germany @ CBE – SOLD OUT
Mar 7  – Berlin, Germany @ Festaal Kreuzberg – SOLD OUT
Mar 8  – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Tolhuis (Paradiso Noord) – SOLD OUT

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