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NY Times: Growing Presence of Asian Americans in Hip Hop Part of Cultural Transformation

posted by Randall

McDonalds B-Boy RoyaleThe New York Times coverage of the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale, described as New York City’s largest breakdancing competition of the year, pointed out the growing presence of Asian Americans in B-boying.

Breakdancing originated in the 70’s in the African Americans and Puerto Rican communities in New York City, according to Wikipedia, but has long ago spread to other large cities.

The B-Boy Royale featured a Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead as M.C., Sung Lee asDumbfounded opening act, and Izzy as one of the eight contestants.  On top of all that, the majority of the volunteers and production crew were Asian as were two out of three judges.

Brian Seibart of the Times wrote:

“But once upon a time, Asian-Americans in hip-hop would have been treated as a joke, as something cute — like Mr. Rogers popping and locking, or for that matter, like the clown at the Skirball dressed like Ronald McDonald.”

You can read Seibart’s review of many of these performances in the New York Times.

(Editor note: a previous version of this story misspelled Dumbfoundead)

 

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  1. bigsyn says:

    RE: Growing Presence of Asian Americans in hip hop: People of all countries are united under music and hip hop is no exception. Hip hop has a draw to it that you would only understand if you are a lover of hip hop. No matter where you are are from the music touches you deep. Asians have soul and it is no surprise that they can tend to lean to hip hop, for those that like it.

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