Bad Rap Film Screening
Asian Americans in Hip Hop + Concert
Saturday, Nov. 12 | 7:35–10:30pm | I-House
82 mins | Documentary | USA
Director: Salima Korama
Producer: Jaeki Cho
An engrossing feature documentary detailing the obstacles and successes of four up-and-coming Asian American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders.
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.
The result is a thoughtful reflection on perceptions of race in mainstream music, cultural appropriation, and ongoing challenges for AAPI musicians hoping to break out of their niche.
Producer Jaeki Cho expected in attendance for post-film Q&A followed by live performances from several AAPI hip hop artists.
Chee Malabar is an Indian American rapper, writer, and educator whose work touches on themes of isolation, angst, and bewilderment. His latest release, Feral Child, tells Chee’s personal immigration story and features songs cast against the backdrop of the 90s as experienced by a family newly arrived to Urban America.
praCh Ly, is a critically acclaimed artist whose music not only entertains, but also educates. Outside of his music, praCh is a published author whose writings have been incorporated into Southeast Asian Studies in a number of California schools. praCh has lectured and performed at many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Institute in DC, as well as Brown, Yale, and Harvard universities.
The first rap records JKey (Jaeki Cho) heard were by Korean American duo Drunken Tiger back when he was 10 years old. Ever since then he has become infatuated with music and subculture, dedicating a majority of his adolescence obsessing over anything pertaining to Hip Hop. After working for independent rap artist Snacky Chan throughout high school, Jaeki landed an internship at Complex Media in college. Since then he has pursued a career in music journalism, writing for publications such as Complex, VIBE, Billboard, and working as an editor for XXL. Without taking a second to breathe after the release of Bad Rap, JKey rolled into dropping his Korean mixtape titled Gyopo Anthem.
Performances Guest Curated by Scott CHOPS Jung of the legendary Mountain Brothers
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the largest film festival on the East Coast dedicated to showing content by or about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders both year-round and during our annual film festival. PAAFF 2016 is scheduled to take place November 10-20 and includes more than 70 films, Food Events, Musical Performances, Panels, Workshops, and a host of other peripheral programming. Find out more at www.paaff.org