Now this is the type of project we are more than happy to endorse and get behind. Salima Koroma & Jaeki Cho are teaming up to bring us a documentary called Bad Rap and it primarily follows 4 Asian-American Hip-Hop artists and their lives as they look to make an impact in the US music industry. Lyricks, Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina and Restkizzy are the principal subjects of the film with a slew of supporting artists such as Decipher, Jay Park, FM, Jin, Traphik and more. Of course, being an indie project means this is going to need a ton of grassroots support and you can be a part of the action by 1) word of mouth and 2) kicking in some coinage if you can. They have started an Indiegogo campaign. I’m stoked for this project!
Bad Rap is an independent documentary about four Asian-American (Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks) 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?