Rich Brian embraces his lyrical roots on ‘Brightside’ EP

Since Rich Brian‘s boisterous, eye-catching blow up in 2016 with his single “Dat $tick,” he has employed a much more low-key, down-to-earth approach to his career.

After dropping two studio albums in a year-and-a-half span with 2018’s Amen and 2019’s The Sailor, Brian has recently taken a liking to dropping briefer, EP-style projects.

On Jan. 21, he released a brand new 4-track EP titled Brightside to the surprise of fans. The project is his first since August 2020’s EP 1999 — in which he dabbled in a more melodic, chorus-focused pop sound than ever before. Now with Brightside, Brian is back to, quite frankly, rapping his ass off.

The EP’s piano-infused opener “New Tooth,” which Brian dropped as a single in November, contains two halves separated by a beat-switch — with both containing equally potent bars about his current lifestyle including women and putting on for his home country Indonesia.

I’m the ambassador, meanin’ I gas up the land I came from

Make it rain and the money lookin’ like ransoms

And my brain always steady demandin’ answers

“New Tooth” — Rich Brian

Both of the next two songs include fast-paced, fiery bars that include some of the most lyrically sound flows we’ve ever heard from Brian. “Lagoon” contains a beat switch much like “New Tooth,” which basically just serves as another challenge for Rich Brian to tackle rather than him shifting gears.

Getcho Mans,” produced by Powers Pleasant, sees Brian still feeling himself, but also aided by his 88 Rising label-mate Warren Hue, as they put on a stellar back-and-forth exhibition. The visuals for “Getcho Mans” portray Brian and Warren flying down the empty road in different sets of vehicles like double decker buses and convertibles.

The EP’s closer “Sunny” is anything but, as his refined flow over the boom-bap style production allows him to flawlessly depict his downtrodden mindset about the qualms he has with his life, including not seeing eye-to-eye with his parents.

I’m twenty-two but feeling twenty-nine and twelve all at the same time

Scrap with some demons for hours like Anime fights

Never tell my parents the truth

But the day I do, I can see their perspective

I just hopе that they gon’ understand mine

“Sunny” — Rich Brian

Ultimately, Brightside is an excellent return to form for Brian, as he provides some of the best flows and bars fans have heard from him in years. Each song feels wonderfully fleshed out and executed, and should excite fans for any future full-length project Brian could put out.

Check out ‘Brightside’ EP by Rich Brian below!

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