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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tribeca Sneak Peek: BAD RAP Takes a Look at Marginalization and Prejudice in the Rap Industry

A few weeks ago I highlighted BAD RAP as one of the films I'm looking out for at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off this week. Partly because I am generally fascinated by the narratives that we don't talk, the stories that are too often left unexplored. The documentary offers a look into the lives and careers of Asian-American rappers marginalized by industry prejudice that preclude their place in the rap world.

The new trailer (below) also shows that the film doesn't just analyze racial bias in the industry, but also gender stereotypes among peers. Check out the synopsis:

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.

BAD RAP follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists make the most skeptical critics into believers.

From battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina, the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to conflicted values of Lyricks, the film paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

This looks really interesting. Look out for my review soon. 


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