WAIT: THERE ARE ASIAN AMERICAN RAPPERS?
Although it started in the South Bronx among African-American and Latino youths in the ‘70s, hip-hop culture today has transcended all racial and language boundaries. From the slums of France to nationally televised programs in Korea, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop-culture stars around the world. Hip-hop’s global movement is diverse, but the face of rap in America remains primarily black, brown, and white.
Which leads to this question: What about Asian-American rappers? Where are they, and can they succeed in that world? From pioneers like the Mountain Brothers, Jin, and Lyrics Born, to recent pop juggernauts the Far East Movement, the Asian-American presence in rap has always existed, but has never been documented or revealed in great detail…until now.
WHAT'S BAD RAP?
Bad Rap is an independent documentary about four Asian-American rappers who dream of succeeding in the mainstream, selling out huge venues, hearing themselves on the radio, and becoming household names.Through a colorful soundtrack, gritty visuals, and utter honesty, the characters share their experiences of fear, perceived failure, and hopes of triumph. And at its heart, the film is about young Asian Americans facing, head-on, a culture that expects them to fulfill the model minority stereotype.Bad Rap also includes other accomplished Asian-American rap artists (Far East Movement), pop stars (Jay Park), YouTube celebrities (Traphik), and industry insiders, all in an effort to answer the following questions:Do people know or care about Asian-American rappers?What makes this group of rappers different?Why hasn’t there been an Asian-American rap star yet?
Visit their indiegogo site to find out which rappers they're featuring (spoiler alert:[Spoiler (click to open)]Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks), why the directors Salima Koroma and Jaeki Cho (whose writings have been featured on Omona before) decided to create this movie, and why they might need your help.