Christian Rich Producer Talks Earl Sweatshirt Work, House EP, and Chris Brown's 'X'

Christian Rich

How do you like those scenes? You seem to be pretty diverse.

We grew up in Chicago, so we grew up on house music. You had no choice. I knew who Stardust was just growing in Chicago. He ended up being one of the guys in Daft Punk. We grew up with that kind of musicality. At the same time, our parents got the old, dusty ‘80s and ‘70s records. We had a station dedicated to that called V103. So, you’ll be flipping through house music and the next thing you know, you’re  listening to Nile Rodgers or Steve Harrington. You’re trying to figure out who these guys are playing these chords.

On top of that, we’re Nigerian. We grew up in Nigeria. So, when we came back to America, I didn’t know what hip-hop was. With us, it’s quality. Whether it’s hip-hop or EDM or R&B. It’s all about quality. It has to be great music. I don’t care if I put one record a year. As long as it’s one of the best records of the year, it’s fine. It doesn’t matter what the genre is. If it’s polka and it’s good, I’m going to rock with it. That’s what our agenda is with that.

What about on the pop side of things?

We just did like three records with Chris Brown. I don’t know if they’re going to make the album. We did three pretty good records. I had a lot of producers calling like, “Yo, he was playing your records. What’s going on? Am I on the album?” I’m like, “I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m on the album.”

How’s the Chris Brown “X” album coming along, from what you’ve heard?

From what I’ve heard, the sound is pretty dope. It’s one specific direction, but that direction is very unexpected, but expected for that kind of artist. The sound is melodic obviously. I don’t know if you’ve listened to his other albums, but it seems like he’s moving from tempo to tempo. [“X”] has one kind and sticks with a tempo. I don’t know if they changed the track listing, from what I heard, it was all smooth. They had these very R&B sounds. When you hear his first single “Fine China,” you’re like, “Yo, he’s trying to bring R&B back.”

It’s smoothed out and charming.

If you meet Chris, that’s how he is in person. He’s a really cool dude.  He’s a very cool guy. I think his new music reflects that. You’ll hear it and you’ll forget anything you know about Chris.

It sounds like you’re sound is about to be very familiar with people.

I think the next month is going to be interesting. I’m not mad at that. With our career, we kind of just rode the waves until the right wave came. For those who know, great. For those who don’t, fine. You’ll get to know us. We’re humble about it. No reason to be cocky or inconsiderate about it. Let’s see what happens in the next couple of weeks.