The hype was real — Rich Chigga and XXXTENTACION have officially teamed up for an epic collaboration, “Gospel,” and they brought along Keith Ape. The lurid track was originally premiered last weekend at Rolling Loud festival. Now, they have unveiled the highly-anticipated studio version.
“Gospel” starts off sounding exactly like an XXXTENTACION track: explosive bass, violent scream-rapping, and menacing trap beats. X is as angry as ever. He savagely screams, “I will put a fuckin’ hole in your fitted bitch!” Keith Ape tones down the energy with a much more tamed flow (relatively speaking), but his bars are just as angry: “Kill my enemies then they go bleed to death.” To follow is Rich Chigga, who really brings the energy of the track to a more ambient, melancholic place with his deep baritone voice. Atmospheric piano melodies compliment the bass-booming beat as it slowly becomes buried beneath filters of reverb. Produced by RONNYJ, the entire track is pure aggression and adrenaline, with small moments of tranquility to breathe, only to be thrown back into RONNYJ’s ocean of distortion and bass.
XXXTENTACION made waves through the internet earlier this week after tweeting a video previewing new music. The teaser clip suggests a sharp change in sound for the young Florida rapper. On the other hand, “Gospel” features everything we’ve come to expect from X.
Rich Chigga — who hails from Indonesia — has been on tour in the United States for the first time, playing shows from coast to coast. Earlier this week, he surprised Post Malone with a mariachi band performing Malone’s hit song, “Congratulations.” The video has subsequently gone viral across the internet. Rich Chigga’s next few tour stops will be in California.
Rich Chigga Show Dates
5/14/17: Orange County, CA @ The Observatory
5/15/17: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
6/29/17: Vancouver, CA @ Fortune Sound Club
6/30/17: Calgary, CA @ Marquee