Rich Brian’s ‘Sydney’ sounds like summer 2021
The 88Rising star flexes his skills while showing love to Australia
With his first new release since 2020’s ‘1999’, Asian superstar Rich Brian is back with a bouncy, summery single, ‘Sydney.’ With Vic Wainstein and Gentry Studer manning the boards, ‘Sydney’ is a breezy, uplifting release jam-packed with the typical Rich Brian side-eye humor that his fans will eat up.
Over a self-produced, funky electro-synth beat and minimal percussion, Brian playfully raps about his success and anointment as the poster boy of Asian Hip Hop after the phenomenon of his first single ‘Dat Stick.’ True to form, Brian throws in a few snarky bars throughout the song, firing off witty snaps tempered with obvious pride in Asian culture.
“Fuck your ego, salty like some miso / My pockets on Shaquille O'Neal your pockets on DeVito / You thought that you were running shit I turn it to the Me show / An ocean full of drip but you still lost just like you're Nemo.”
Fuck your ego, salty like some miso / My pockets on Shaquille O'Neal your pockets on DeVito / You thought that you were running shit I turn it to the Me show / An ocean full of drip but you still lost just like you're Nemo
Speaking on the track, Brian says that his inspiration was partly due to a recent obsession with Memphis bad boys Three 6 Mafia, mixed with his love for Sydney, where he’s played to sold-out crowds. “The entire production of this single was heavily inspired by the Hip Hop group,” Rich Brian said in a press statement. “I also wanted to hear myself flexing about my life over some beautiful saxophone. I last went to Sydney on the Sailor Australia tour at the end of 2019, and the energy there was incredible both from the crowd and the amazing city. When I started rapping over this beat, Sydney was the city that naturally came to mind to flex with.’
Southeast Asian gamers will get to hear the new song in PUBG MOBILE Pro League Southeast Final later this month as it’s the theme song of the tournament. Fans are hoping to see him perform it live on stage sooner rather than later as places start to open up.
Meanwhile, ‘Sydney’ can be heard here.