A growing number of Asian artists have burst onto the hip-hop scene over the past few years, thanks in large part to 88rising—a multimedia company that specializes in signing and amplifying Asian talent.
Founder Sean Miyashiro has helped artists like Joji, Higher Brothers, and Rich Brian (formerly known as Rich Chigga) build massive followings and net millions of views on YouTube, where the rappers upload a steady stream of music videos.
But even as their popularity skyrockets, some in the hip-hop community take issue with their lyrics—raising questions about the line between self-expression and cultural appropriation.
For VICE’s MINORITY REPORTS episode, “Asian Rappers,” Lee Adams met up with Miyashiro and a handful of high-profile Asian rappers—including $tupid Young, an Asian Crip unaffiliated with 88rising—to hear why they got into hip-hop, and what challenges they’ve faced while creating space for themselves as hip-hop’s newest minorities.
Read the story at VICE.
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