Bad Rap Film

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Why aren’t there more successful Asian-American rappers? And how can Asian-American rappers defy stereotypes and break onto the hip-hop scene?

Believe it or not, there are Asian-American rappers out there. While MC Jin broke down stereotypes that Asian-Americans couldn’t be rappers in the early aughts on BET’s 106 & Park, and Far East Movement continues to infect clubs with their hypnotic electronic beats, few Asian-Americans have successfully made it into the hip-hop limelight.

Bad Rap is a documentary by Jaeki Cho (also goes by his artist name JKey) and Salima Koroma that aims to document the cultural challenges that Asian-American rap artists face. It follows four Asian-American rappers, Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks, and their journey of “fear, perceived failure, and hopes of triumph” in the hip-hop game.

It may be the case that you’ve never heard of these Asian-American rappers. But perhaps you’ve heard of Far East movement, Jay Park, MC Jin and Traphik (Tim Chantarangsu aka Timothy DeLaGhetto on YouTube) — all whom will have cameos in Bad Rap.

Cho and Koroma have a 40-minute cut ready to go, but want to release an even longer 70-minute feature with more insight. The duo’s seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo to make it happen, with all funds divvied up to pay for proper visual effects, professional sound mixing, marketing and promotions, as well as all of the other expenses that goes into producing a film.

The Bad Rap film campaign’s raised over $19,850 as of this writing. Like Kickstarter, there are various perk/reward levels based on the amount you donate. Let’s help them hit their goal by the time it ends on June 12. It’s about time somebody tells this story.

Link to the Bad Rap film campaign and trailer below.

(Disclosure: Jaeki is a personal friend of mine. However, that doesn’t change the fact I think his documentary is important to understanding Asian-American identity. As a nation of cultural mixing, it’s never been more important for people to realize that hip-hop transcends stereotypical skin-color and income status. It may be a cliché to say this, but for the Asian-American artists listed above, hip-hop is simply a way of life.)

Source: Indiegogo

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