Despite beginning his rapping career as a meme, Rich Brian is unafraid of being vulnerable and often talks about his tears.
In an interview with REAL 92.3, Brian delves into his feelings.
Rich Brian: “Oh man, La La Land. Okay, it's random, but every time I see it, I cry.”
Bootleg Kev: “Every time you see it you cry? I respect it, man.”
DJ Hed: “I mean, you know, sometimes you need a good cry.”
Rich Brian: “When I see that, I'm just like, wow, I have dreams, and I need to achieve it, you know what I mean?”
Achieving his “American Dream” has made Brian live a dual life between Indonesia and the USA.
“I had my 19th birthday in America, my first time celebrating without my family,” Brian said. “I didn’t think it was gonna affect me that much, but that was definitely a really weird, lonely point in my life...The next day, I was just sad. And I couldn’t tell what it was...My girlfriend at the time [asked], ‘What’s wrong, you seem kinda off today,’ and I started bawling my eyes out.”
Brian has also explored how maturing and mental health can go hand-in-hand.
“I learned there’s a lot of grey areas in life...a lot of things aren’t black and white,” Brian said.
“Your perspective on things can change really fast – it’s...a really trippy thing. I’ve been doing a lot of meditating and...I’ve been a lot more mindful of my mental health.”
Brian has exemplified how anyone — regardless of background — can become stronger by being vulnerable.