Back in February, 16-year-old rising Asian rapper Rich Chigga caught the hip-hop community completely unaware with viral rap video "Dat $tick." Wearing a pastel pink polo and a fanny pack, Chigga, real name Brian Imanuel, goes in with some incredibly savage verses on the song's video, which has been viewed well over 4 million times. We can now count Ghostface Killah, Tory Lanez, Desiigner, Cam'ron, 21 Savage, Madeintyo, Flatbush Zombies and GoldLink among those millions — and they're all down.
88rising sat all these rap icons down to watch the "Dat $tick" video, collecting their reactions on camera in a clip released Tuesday. Despite the arguably offensive pseudonym, subpar dabbing skills and top-buttoned shirt, Chigga was a hit among the rappers, who praised his originality and admittedly hard flow.
Below are each of the rappers' candid reactions:
Torey Lanez: "You don't think he can rap? That nigga sick, he's killing like 70% of Americans. Shit."
Desiigner: "He sound like a grown man!"
Cam'ron: "This kid is like 16, his voice is mad deep. He don't look nothing like he sound. It was dope though. It was really dope. He was spittin' too."
Flatbush Zombies: "That was tight. ... Straight to the point. ... This track was on point. He's gotta work on his dab, though."
Madeintyo: "This is lit, and I think people will take it as a joke at first, but it's like, if he ran with that and kept doing more videos like that, shit's lit."
GoldLink: "It was perfect, he should never change. He should get more that. You know what I'm saying? His polo was buttoned up, the Reebok pouch shit was crazy, he needs to get a sponsorship."
Ghostface Killah: "It's different! It ain't the same shit you seeing like, everybody all, you know, trying to get blinged out and be like that. He's just him. He's just him. That's dope."
Suddenly, Ghostface Killah's praise turns into more than that — he decided he wanted to hop on a remix with Rich Chigga. "Tell him I said, 'Much love, I appreciate that,'" the rapper told Rich Chigga's management standing behind the camera. "Let me get on that. ... You just blow it up out there."
It seems like there will be a lot more of Rich Chigga (featuring Ghostface Killah) in the imminent future. What a time to be alive.