Meet the Top female Asian artists who broke into the Global Rap Game
Hip-Hop and rap music has been dominated by male artists over the years. But unlike before, female rappers are rapidly gaining global recognition.
It is a different story for female Asian rappers. It is challenging to be recognized outside of their country in the rap genre. However, their gradual rise to stardom can be accredited to the ongoing “Asian invasion” happening in many parts of the world (whether in the world of theater, arts, and music).
That said, there are many Asian artists truly deserve a big break on the international scene. Some already did and are currently making waves in the music world, which is good news especially among proud Asian fans. Here are some of the best Asian female rappers and hip-hop artists you should check out:
Nora Lum, also known by her stage name Awkwafina, is a 29-year old rapper and comedienne of Chinese and Korean descent. She was born and raised in New York to a Chinese father and a South Korean mother. Her paternal grandfather owns the Lum’s restaurant in Queens, New York.
She was heavily influenced by classical and jazz music back in high school. She took the stage name “Awkwafina” when she was 16 to represent her quiet and passive side when she was still a student.
Lum began her musical career at 13. Years after, she released a song called “My Vag”, which garnered more than four million views on YouTube. Sources say it was because of this track that she got fired from her job. Her other released tracks include “Yellow Ranger” and “NYC Bitche$”. Aside from her musical career, she starred in several Hollywood films including “Ocean’s Trilogy: Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians”. With all of her successes under her belt, Awkwafina sure has a bright future ahead in the entertainment circuit.