words by Lisa Brown
“I’ve had a lot of Asian kids come up to me and be like, ‘Yo. I’m more confident now because someone like you exists.’” Rich Brian became a viral rapper with popular tracks such as “Dat $tick” under his former moniker Rich Chigga. Now he’s released his highly anticipated full-length project Amen, which also features Offset, Joji, NIKI, and AUGUST 08. The album reflects Brian’s early life in Indonesia and his move to the United States. This theme is especially prevalent on the album’s title track “Amen.”
“I say the word ‘Amen’ a lot,” Brian tells Genius about the inspiration behind the single. “I’m a pretty religious person, but like I’m also very optimistic. But at the same time my whole thing is you can never be too sure about things because anything can happen. And I feel like that’s a big part of why it’s called ‘Amen.’”
Brian recently sat down with Genius for the latest episode of Verified and broke down the track. Watch him go line-for-line with “Amen” in the video above, and check out past episodes, too.