Why are there so few mainstream Asian American rappers? Director Salima Koroma and producer Jaeki Cho are trying to find out in their new indy documentary “Bad Rap.”
The film features L.A.’s Dumfounded crew, Queens MC’s Awkwafina and Rekstizzy and Virginia’s Lyricks. Digging into the history of Asian Americans in hip-hop, Koroma and Cho travel through the heyday of Jin and Philly’s Mountain Brothers, then bring things forward to examine the recent success of Far East Movement and K-pop star PSY. They also spend a fair amount of time dissecting the roles that gender and racial politics play in the struggle these rappers face in their attempts to break through.
Check out Los Angeles pop-rap outfit Far East Movement‘s “The Illest.” While the first video debuted last summer, the sequel shown here continues the group’s humorous stance, drawing inspiration from the riots that occurred in Koreatown, LA in 1992. Watch the clip to find Far East mobbing in all-black attire, with guest feature from the always-entertaining RiFF RaFF alongside a cameo from Snoop Dogg.
“The Illest” is available for purchase now via iTunes.
In L.A.? Head down to Koreatown to check out SPAM N EGGS? TokiMonsta, Dumbfoundead and Far East Movement have joined forces to throw an epic party in KTown next week, with sets by Antiserum, Two Fresh, Rell the Soundbender, ESTA and special guests. It’s happening Thursday, November 21 at VIBE in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Date: 11/21 THURSDAY from 9 P – 2 A
City: Los Angeles
Address: 721 S Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90005
Ages: 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink
General Admission: FREE before 10:30 pm $10 after 10:30 pm
Express Entry if you buy presale ticket online $10.
BOTTLES SPECIAL: 2 bottles for $300 before 10:30 pm.
$200 per bottle after 10:30 pm.
Sets by: Antiserum, Two Fresh, Rell the Soundbender, ESTA, and Special Guests!
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