Women rappers in Asia are breaking boundaries and exercising their influence to create an empowering space for all women in a heavily male-populated industry
For a long time, hip-hop and rap music are mostly recognized around the world as a masculine art form. But times are changing and female rappers are now rapidly gaining global recognition.
This is a different feat for female rappers in Asia. It can be challenging to gain recognition and stardom in nations that center upon traditional female roles. However, the rest of the world certainly can’t deny the appeal of this hypnotic “Asian Invasion”. They’re taking the world by storm, whether it’s in theater, arts, and music, these women are dominating the globe with their talent and charm.
That said, there are many Asian artists out there that deserve a big break— ones that are making big splashes and are bound to reach global success. Here are some of the best female rappers and hip hop artists in Asia that you should definitely check out:
Nora Lum, also known as Awkwafina, is a 29-year old rapper and comedienne of Chinese and Korean descent. She was born and raised in New York. Her paternal grandfather owns a Chinese restaurant in Queens named Lum, a salute to the family name. Growing up, she was heavily influenced by classical and jazz music back and her love grew especially during their school days. She coined the stage name “Awkwafina” when she was 16 as a representation of her quiet and passive nature as a kid.
Lum began her musical career at 13 years old. When she was 23, she released a song called “My Vag”, which garnered more than four million views on YouTube. Word around the grapevine is that it was because of this track that she got fired from her job. Her other released songs include “Yellow Ranger” and “NYC Bitche$”. Aside from her musical career, she has starred in several Hollywood films including Ocean’s Trilogy: Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. With all this success, Awkwafina sure has a bright future ahead in the entertainment circuit.