Asian American Hip-Hop for Dummies

May 16, 2008

I went and picked up their "Self Vol. 1" and it
became one of my favorite albums. I'd play it for friends and they’d
flip: "Nah
they can't be Chinese, they’re dope!" as if race somehow hindered
someone's ability to put words together. It was always that same
reaction, maybe
because, though they embraced it, they didn’t wear their ethnic
identity on
their shirt the way Eminem did his trailer park spaghetti stain. But
now 10
years later, Asian Americans—as well as everyone across the globe—are
embracing and making hip-hop music, rendering the ignorant "He doesn’t
[insert race here]!" statement obsolete.

While Asian American rap cats rarely drift mainstream
(coincidentally, Chops, former producer/emcee from Mountain Brothers, now
produces hits for Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne, Bun B and others), they've been
holding it down on the underground circuit for years, way before I
was on my late Friday night channel flip loser steez .

For those who haven’t been following the scene, DJ Phatrick,
former DJ for Native Guns, recently dropped the "Asian American Hip Hop for Dummies" mixtape--a
compilation of his mixes from Apex Express, a radio show which airs Thursday
evenings at 7 p.m. on KPFA 94.1 in the Bay Area and streams online at
He co-hosts and co-produces The Pretty Buoyant Show segment with Adriel Luis of
spoken word group iLL-Literacy, which airs the first Thursday of each month.

(Click-clack the image to see tracklisting.)

The mix features names most hip-hop heads will instantly recognize:
Visionaries, Lyrics Born, Dan the Automator, Typical Cats, and Jin, with whole
mixes devoted to Native Guns and Blue Scholars. (If none of these names sound familiar, pick up the mix and write yourself a late pass!) Also on the mix are some lesser-knowns, such as Jupitersciples, an LA-based Korean
hip-hop group fashioned in the Project Blowed fast rap style, and Skim, who
Phatrick touts as "one of the dopest female emcees, period."

While Phatrick acknowledges that the
mix is a little too West Coast-centric, he plans to put out more
volumes "which hopefully represent a broader range of API hip hop,
geographically and ethnically,"
he says.

School yourself and order the mix at:




I like this guy, you should all check him out, he was the star in that movie, Akira Hip Hop Shop.
Stop tripping about race and start listening! Also, by using the term ASIAN HIP HOP, it's almost a given that it will pull in skeptics and "non believers".To crackdown on a cartel of ignorance, we must question the suspect. Excellent title!
Anyone see the new NAS video, and how this video apples to the Asian american community
No one said that only African-Americans are allowed to do hip hop. Everyone knows we always create art forms and then freely share them (a little too freely, some would say). But you should acknowledge the origins of hip hop. And I just don't get these Asian-Americans, whites, and Latinos who love hip hop but won't talk to real Black people or have Black friends. It's like they only want to watch the Black people on TV or on the stage. That is some lame mess!
Nice mix! Love me some Native Guns
More co-option of black culture.
I have to admit that although the music may be good its hard to find some embrace if the group that is makin' hip hop seemingly is allergic to black people. They're seen as "biting the style" not actual embracers of hip hop no matter how well they spit venom. Especially to someone like me who has been all hip hop since the late 70' least you have to hang with some brothas or its a "minstrel act"Real talkMoe
i don't think it says anywhere in this post, or in the cd that this mixtape is "allergic to black people." in fact, it states it very clear that this mixtape is to showcase asian american hip hop artists, the few that are out there. that is the mixtape's focus. if you cared enough to learn about the individual artists that are featured on the cd, you'll know that they have been influenced by some great hip hop artists, that are african american. and they do pay their respect to them.if hip hop is an art form to recognize the struggle, then i think moe, you are dismissing what it means to be asian american, and getting sucked into the belief that asian americans have nothing to "complain" about, which is why the "venom" they spit does not feel real to a nutshell, i can see what you're saying, but i don't agree with it. you hear all the time that hip hop should be universal. but obviously there are people out there that don't buy that. so does that mean only black people are entitled to these form of art? hip hop? b-boying? i think there's a problem of adopting a culture, and not giving it the recognition that it deserves, but i also think that there's a problem when we try to put ownership on something. this is mine, and that is yours.
To all I want you to hear the godfather of Hip Hop and what he thinks about it crossing culture lines. TO ALL YOU HIP HOP LOVERS LISTEN CLOSELY, OF ALL RACES. Japanese dudes wrecked it at a black event at all the elements of Hip Hop in this classic video what happened to this culture?
hilty & bosch are freaking amazing. it would be unfair to say that they're biting the style rather than embracing hip hop, or in this case, locking.
Locking was the first dancing style incorporated into Hip Hop. The funny thing is that it didnt come from the South Bronx, or the East coast for that matter. I know many of you hyphen readers are from the bay area, the birthplace of locking.Whe an Asian dude goes to the legenadary Apollo and commands the respect of the most brutal audience in the world you know his talents is unquestionable and their is a tolerance for Asians in Hip Hop, check out my man Takahiro classic hit fom Mantronnix, real hip hop