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Bad Rap is an independent documentary about four Asian-American rappers who dream of success in the mainstream highlighting Los Angeles’s Dumfounded, Queens’s Awkwafina and Rekstizzy and Fairfax, Virgina’s Lyricks. The film is being produced and directed by Salima Koroma and Jaeki Cho who began working together after discovering their mutual love for hip-hop culture and music.
The presence of Asian-American rappers and Asian-Americans in hip-hop have been present for years from pioneers like the Mountain Brothers and Jin. More recently Asian-Americans have even reached a level of pop success with the likes of Far East Movement but the documentary poses various questions most importantly (for me) being is (White) America ready for an Asian American Rap super-star and what does that reveal about both gender and racial politics in America today?
Feel free to check out the Bad Rap documentary trailer and their Indiegogo campaign has eight days left so if so inclined, feel free to donate to the cause here.