UPDATE: A short film titled Rich Brian Is The Sailor, which is directed by Sing J. Lee, has been released to accompany the rapper’s sophomore LP. The film was shot in Indonesia plus developed and produced by Mamag Studios.
“We can’t stress enough the importance of someone like Brian in the world of music,” says Lee. “With this album, Brian has created a home for himself in the space between his roots and his dreams. In doing so, these words have created a home for so many others. So when Sylvia Zakhary (Mamag Studios Founder) and I were asked to collaborate with Brian and 88rising on this short film, I wanted to write something that explored this very idea of home. His words reminded me of my own. As immigrants, the spaces we call our home is questioned and defined by others. However, home is in the heart and mind. Home exists wherever there is love. Love for every experience that makes you who you are. That’s the poem in this film.”
Watch the film above.
ORIGINAL STORY: Rich Brian has dropped off his latest album, The Sailor. If its predecessor Amen hasn’t already, the 88rising mainstay’s sophomore effort effectively solidifies his position in the world of hip-hop, building up his character as a force to be reckoned with.
Detailing his journey into the game — starting from his humble viral beginnings with “Dat Stick” to performing sold-out US shows without citizenship — The Sailor arrives in layers composed of Brian’s introspective thoughts. He touches on the progression of his own sound as he grows from a 17-year-old viral hit to a full-fledged artist along with his identity as an Indonesian-born and bred rapper, and while he has no plans to become the poster boy of Asian representation in hip-hop, Brian continues to bloom as a complex wordsmith with much more to say.
Stream Rich Brian’s The Sailor on Spotify and Apple Music below.
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