“Bad Rap” Looks At The World Of Asian-American Rappers


May 23, 2017 — Hip hop music has taken over the world. Audiences around the globe respond to it; its style can be seen everywhere, and its big names are universal stars. 

But, despite its universal appeal, the face of hip hop is largely unchanged from its origins in the 1970’s. Rap stars are mostly black and Hispanic, with white faces trailing; men outnumber women.

Bad Rap follows a group of unapologetic Asian-American rap artists who are trying to break through. These four — Rekstizzy, Lyricks, MC Dumbfoundead and Awkwafina refuse to settle for the generic face of rap. Despite skepticism and being treated like outsiders, these artists believe in themselves and are working towards their dreams — of becoming rap stars despite their Asian backgrounds.

They don’t fit hip hop stereotypes. The men are not as macho, the women do not fit most beauty standards. Nonetheless, these rappers are determined to break out, despite all attempts to trivialize them.

Their dynamic stage performances, distinct personas and eclectic styles show them to be true artists, fighting for a chance to express themselves.

Both DVD and Blu-ray features surround sound, English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired and special bonus features including “Bad Rap” promos with Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead and Rekstizzy and exclusive deleted scenes: Dumbfoundead hosts a radio show, introduction to Dumbfoundead, Rekstizzy and Jaeki. Special interviews: Decipher on racism, Ebro’s thoughts on why it’s hard for women in rap, Far East Movement discusses the Asian rapper label, Timothy DeLaGhetto “Traphik” on acting black, Jin describes first battle, Jin explains how he got to 106 and Jin on authenticity, along with the official “Bad Rap” trailer.

Stream Bad Rap on Amazon video or order today on DVD for Blu-ray for  future delivery.

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