RiceGum is an American Youtuber, online gamer, and rapper. RiceGum is also popular for his controversial videos, video game-plays, and the roast of other young Youtubers among other remarkable works.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
RiceGum was born on 19 November 1996 and is currently 23 years old. His real name is Bryan Quang Le but he is popular by his stage name, i.e. RiceGum. His birthplace is in Las Vegas, Nevada. Similarly, his parents are immigrants, father Luat Quang Le from Vietnam, and mother Quang Ly Lely from China.
Moving on, he has uploaded many videos describing his parents as loving and caring. He also keeps his private and professional life separate to avoid exposing his family to vulgar comments from other YouTubers. He then attended Sierra Vista High School. There, he was on the basketball team. He then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) but he dropped out during his first year to pursue his online career full-time.
Moreover, although his mother wanted him to be a doctor, he focused more on developing an internet career. In many video posts, he states that living with parents is beneficial as one does not need to pay the rent. However, in one of his videos posted in January 2017, he has stated that he is thinking about moving to his own place and also shared some of his preferred houses and localities.
Career and Professional Life
In 2017, he released a single titled It’s Every Night Sis featuring fellow YouTube personality Alissa Violet. It was a response track to YouTuber Jake Paul’s viral song t’s Everyday Bro and the song was certified RIAA Platinum. This also became his first charting single, having debuted at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Moreover, he followed this single with God Church in July 2017. Its title is another reference to It’s Everyday Bro and it reached number one on the Comedy Digital Track Sales chart. Moreover, he was also featured in the video for Earthquake by YouTube personality and rapper KSI. They released the single on 12 August 2017. Moreover, the video earned over 39 million video videos before being set to private.
Beginning of his Career
He appeared in the Super Bowl LII commercial for Monster headphones. In this ad, he plays a man on a subway who is inspired by Iggy Azalea to fashion a headset from scratch, which is accepted by an executive. Moreover, as of January 2020, his main channel is the 481st most-subscribed channel on YouTube. He lives in the California FaZe Clan house and frequently collaborates with FaZe Banks.
Additionally, he is a social media sensation and he initially started as an online gamer. He is most famous for playing Call of Duty which was streamed live on social media. He also created his own video blogging accounts on several social media platforms gaining instant popularity for his humorous trolling and candid comments regarding celebrities.
Then in October 2012, he started using his stage name instead of his real name for uploading videos, diss tracks, and slideshows to roast popular web celebrities. He then rose to immense popularity when he uploaded his video These Kids Must Be Stopped where he roasted teenage web stars stating their actions to be inappropriate for their age. This video immediately became viral with a huge number of comments and subscribers.
Moreover, he uploaded this video on 8 December 2015. Those child web-stars were Jacob Sartorius, Hunter Rowland, and Loren Beech. In this video, he criticized these teenagers and children for posting their dance and music videos which had sexual connotations. He even enacted how his mother would react if he did such activities thus being judgmental about parenting of these child stars. The success of this video led to a series that became viral on social media. These videos received varied reactions and views from the fans and heightened his popularity.
Nowadays he makes diss tracks to roast teenage web-stars and You-Tubers who have roasted him in their video blogs. Some of his most popular videos are I Mailed Myself in a Box and It Worked, Baby Ariel Roast Me (Diss Track), Jesse from Prank VS Prank, and Milonakis Roast Me(Diss Track).
Like any normal teenager, he loved playing video games. After setting up his own YouTube and Twitter account in his early teens, he started posting game-plays of “Call of Duty” while also talking about himself on his videos. His first video upload was the Mw3 Gameplay “Lifestory: BabySitting: Ricegum”.
Then in November 2012, he entered a partnership with Machinima. It is a global YouTube gaming network. He also collaborated with Mia Khalifa on Twitch stream at the age of 18. Later, in 2015, he shifted gears and began focusing on comedy. He also posted comedy and stunt videos, one of his most popular featured him sealing himself into a box and mailing himself to California.
RiceGum has been linked to several controversies. One of them is when Ian Carter, a YouTuber by the channel name of iDubbbzTV, made an episode of his popular “Content Cop” series on him. It is a series where he critiques other YouTubers’ contents and this particular video received over 47 million views and over 2 million likes. The end of this video starred the diss track Asian Jake Paul.
In response to the video, he also made the diss track Frick da Police. This diss track received a negative reception, currently holding 1.3 million dislikes as of January 2020. This makes it the 40th most disliked video on the platform. Further, he has also been in controversies with other popular YouTubers and musicians such as James Rallison, Gabbie Hanna, and Bhad Bhabie.
More precisely, he had roasted a 10-year-old singer, Alabama Parker. She is the daughter of singer Travis Parker. He roasted her in his video stating her actions were inappropriate for her age and criticized her upbringing and lifestyle harshly. Then her father and step-mother reacted instantly by getting this video removed from YouTube.
The controversy involving Gabbi Hanna
More recently, RiceGum involved with another video blogger, Gabbi Hanna. Gabbi posted a video claiming that he had physically assaulted her and destroyed her cellphone. She also posted a video of the wounds that he inflicted on Snapchat. Strangely this led to an increase in numbers of her subscribers and a decrease in the number of his followers.
Later, he accepted that he trashed the cellphone but the wounds were actually stretch-marks. The viewers have voiced that he could have dealt with the issue in a more polite manner and that he was too caustic. Although she has not filed a legal suit but has asked for the compensation of her cellphone. Further, Twitch banned him as he showed a BB Gun in one of his videos.
Hong Kong vlog controversy
On 12 June 2018, RiceGum uploaded a video of himself in Hong Kong through his main YouTube channel. In the video, he asks strangers and a staff member in a local McDonald’s if they have dogs on the menu as he says Asians eat cats and dogs in China. He also jokes about wanting to have dog and cat meat to eat as he is “always open to trying new things”. He comments on Hong Kong street food beef entrails, questioning if it is dog meat and saying “shit looks disgusting”.
He filmed comedian M2THAK walking up to a man in the Hong Kong International Airport, yelling “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”, reportedly imitating a scene from the Hollywood movie Rush Hour starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker to imply that Asian communities do not understand English.
He also filmed M2THAK repositioning mannequins in a store window into sexually suggestive poses. The video included a scene where they gave half-eaten ice cream to a local Hong Kong man. Online commentary has compared the video to Logan Paul‘s Japan vlog controversy and pointed out that he is being disrespectful and culturally insensitive in a foreign country.
Reactions and Defence
Jimmy Wong also tweeted saying that he is disappointed as his videos are now “disrespectful, ignorant, borderline racist, & shameful to all creators, especially Asians” and asked him to “please grow up & stop”. Two weeks later, on 26 June, when the video received different criticism in China and other Asian countries, he released a video, saying that he was just “joking around”.
He defended himself saying that he was just trying to use Asian stereotypes to point to American comedy culture and that people are being too sensitive. He further explained that he believed it is acceptable as he is Asian. He also said that he wanted to return to Hong Kong, but says that he is “kind of scared now because the people may hit me and beat me up”.
However, many called this video insincere. Media site Polygon described that his apology seems “somewhat glib manner” and What’s Trending said the “apology” “sounded incredibly forced”. Youtube has removed the video of his Hong Kong tour due to the violation of Terms of Service.
Mystery box website promotion
In January 2019, RiceGum and Jake Paul came under fire for promoting MysteryBrand. It is a website that offers the chance to open a digital “mystery box” of pre-selected items. It was in an exchange with the promise to win a mystery box in real life randomly. Many users have said they have not received prizes they won through the site and concluded the site is a scam.
In response, he made a video and said:
“No-one said anything, it wasn’t a problem back then. Why did no-one bring it up, or even talk about these guys? This mystery box thing has been on the internet for 3 or 4 months even from other creators, but as soon as I do it, it’s a problem?”.
At present, RiceGum is single. He had a confirmed relationship with model Abby Rao in his past. Similarly, there are rumors that he dated Alissa Violet, FaZe Banks, and Sommer Ray. Regarding his relationship with model Sommer Ray, the public criticized the duo for faking their relationship to gain more followers, attraction, and fame.
He stands tall at a height of 6’1″ and weighs around 70 kgs. However, his other body measurement details like chest-waist-hip, biceps, dress size, shoe size, etc are all still under review. Nevertheless, he has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color which he colors into different shades like gray, blonde, and purple among other shades.
Social Media and Net Worth
At present, RiceGumt has more than 10.6 million subscribers on YouTube and about 4.1 million Instagram followers. Similarly, he joined Twitter in October 2012 and has 2.8 million followers on his account. He created his self-titled channel on 24 September 2012 and so far has earned 2,093,206,125 views. On his Instagram, he has shared 98 posts and on his Facebook, he has 783k followers. He is a verified user on all the above-mentioned social media platforms.
Moving on, his net worth estimation is around $8 million dollars. His major source of income is Youtube and his discography among other professional involvements.