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Bad Rap (2016)

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Hip-hop culture has transcended many racial and cultural boundaries after its founding in the '70s by African-American and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Since then, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world and hip-hop's global movement has become increasingly more diverse. Yet the face of rap in America remains primarily black, brown, and white. BAD RAP follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders.Featuring dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, BAD RAP will turn the most skeptical critics into believers. From the battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina; the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to the conflicted values of Lyricks-BAD RAP paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Newcomer Salima Koroma takes a good look at a handful of Asian-American talents trying to break into the hip-hop scene.

April 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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Bad Rap succeeds in illustrating the unseen fears that reside below the surface of bravery of expression from a previously untold angle.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Bad Rap takes an argument that deserves to be had in pop culture, then frustratingly refuses to explore it in the depth it deserves.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Enlightening hip-hop docu has frequent cursing.

May 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Salima Koroma] opens up the conversation to the far less discussed marginalization of Asian-American rappers in an industry dominated by African-American men.

March 21, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Curiously, the film ultimately undermines its celebration of dedication and diversity by having an industry type assess these Asian-American rappers' legitimacy by critiquing their music.

February 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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