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In Tune: Indonesian hip hop: The good, bad and ugly

  • Bambang Pramono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 12 2016   /  08:20 am

Rich Chigga: Courtesy of Rich ChiggaA little over 20 years since Bandung-based rapper Iwa K broke onto the music scene in Indonesia and brought hip hop to the masses, homegrown rappers are finally making a dent on the international music scene. In the past three months, a Jakarta-based young hip hop artist, known as Rich Chigga, has become an internet sensation and been christened a hip hop icon.

As if to prove his skeptics wrong, Rich managed to get an endorsement from one of the biggest names in hip-hop, Ghostface Killah, of the New York legendary hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. Ghostface, in fact, appeared on Rich’s new video for the official remix of viral sensation “Dat $tick,” which now has more than 20 million views.

Rich’s style has also won praise from big names in the game. Rapper Cam’ron said that that he is a great rapper.

“I see the comed...