Reel Asian 2016: Bad Rap

A number of Asian-American hip-hop artists are profiled in Bad Rap. Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks are just a few of the Asian-American hip hop artists, who are trying to make it in the industry. These Asian-American rappers have fight against racial stereotypes and audience expectation in order to become successful in the music industry.

Bad Rap is a documentary that looks at a few of the Asian-American rappers who are trying to make a name for themselves. However, this turns out to be incredibly difficult, since they are often viewed as a niche market in a genre dominated by African-Americans. However, these four end up working very hard to be distinguished for their musical output and not just their race.

If there is any genre of music that has built-in stereotypes, it would be hip-hop, which has been typically dominated by black artists. However, Bad Rap tries to show that hip-hop is not defined by race and that all the profiled rappers are each worthy of success. If you are a fan of the hip-hop genre, Bad Rap is a documentary that is worth checking out.

8 / 10 stars


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).