“18” by Kris Wu, Rich Brian, Trippie Redd, Joji, & Baauer (Official Music Video)

The all-star cast of Rich Brian, Kris Wu, Trippie Redd, Joji, & Baauer release official music video for “18”

 

Rich Brian (the rapper formerly known as Rich Chigga) kicked off the new year with a new name and song, “See Me,” ahead of his upcoming debut album Amen. On Tuesday (Jan. 16), Rich Brian returned with a new track for his latest single “18” and assembled an all-star cast of Trippie Redd, Kris Wu, Joji and Baauer for assistance.

Just days after dropping “18,” the new one-off single is now complemented with its official music video directed by Alex Lee and Kyle Wightman of BRTHR films, who also previously worked with Travis Scott and The Weeknd.The trap flavored track starts with the rapper dropping off with a furious verse in a mix of Mandarin and English, followed by Rich Brian,Trippie Redd then smooths out the bass-heavy production of Baauer and Joji.

Kris Wu’s smooth voice glides seamlessly over the booming, trap-based beat — pieced together by Baauer –and later shouts out Kanye West by declaring himself “I’m the Yeezus from the East/You need to Watch the Throne.” Wu hands the baton over to Rich Brian, who feathers his gravelly baritone onto the production before Joji enters for the breakdown. As the beat’s energy rises, Trippie Redd bursts through with his melodic flow and wraps up the guest-heavy track.

This epic posse-cut collaboration, is high-energy complete with trippy, fast moving visuals depicting the group flashing their youthful independence and living life without compromise. As we steadily move into a more global society this new track is truly global with collaborations that span the world. Rich Brian grabs features from China’s Kris Wu and Japan’s Joji to pair along with Americans Trippie Redd and Baauer. Not to mention, Rich Brian himself is Indonesian. Thus we have “18”, the latest single off Brian’s forthcoming album Amen which is due out February 2nd.

The video represents not only what it’s like to be 18 again, but also just how far each artist has come in such a short amount of time. With each day Rich Brian takes new steps along his career trajectory from meme curiosity to a legitimate artist with a very bright future. After shedding his “Rich Chigga” moniker that he admitted was “a mistake” on New Year’s Day, he’s attached his name to another quality, high-profile song. Hearing Joji and Baauer on a song together is wild when you remember Joji was the one who started the “Harlem Shake” dance trend back in 2013 on the Baauer produced single. The song also represents another smart move in Kris Wu’s road to respectability in America, after his “Deserve” collab with Travis Scott. And, of course, Trippie continues to ride his incredible 2017 run into the new year.

2018, never change

Stream “18” now: https://empire.lnk.to/18
Music video directed by BRTHR https://brthrfilms.com
Kris Wu
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https://twitter.com/kriswuofficial_

Rich Brian
https://instagram.com/brianimanuel
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Trippie Redd
https://www.instagram.com/trippieredd
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https://facebook.com/TrippieRedd

Joji
https://instagram.com/sushitrash
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https://facebook.com/jojikansai

Baauer
https://www.instagram.com/baauer
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