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Rapper Rich YR Asks 'Y R U Here?'

Nathan Cone
Richard Herrera, also known as Rich YR

During his B40 session at Texas Public Radio, Rich YR, also known as Richard Herrera, closed each song of the performance with the phrase "Wow, baby," conveying with good humor an unironically groovy presence. 

Rich YR released his debut album Why Are You Here just over a year ago, and he gave us a preview of his upcoming album during his B40 performance. 

In addition to two previously released tracks, Rich YR also performed "The Day We Met," which is unreleased. "The Day We Met" is about "meeting" one's existential purpose -- a theme explored throughout the first album. 

"What's my purpose? What's my reason for being here? What is life? You know, what's the meaning of it? I hung on to those thoughts probably longer than most because you end up getting lost in the mire," said Herrera. "You end up getting lost in life."

During the interview, Herrera mentioned influences ranging from Plato to Dave Chappelle to Miles Davis. He also discussed his role in Volcán, a self-described indie-latin band for which Herrera plays the guiro. 

During the performance, Rich YR was accompanied by guitarist Ricky Ray Hernandez and saxophonist Eric Saenz.

Click or tap the link above to hear Rich YR's full perfomance and interview.