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...an rapper to find success by paying homage to New York City hip-hop? I can’t say for sure when the Asian Invasion will occur or if it’ll happen at all. But what I can say is that if you look hard enough, you can find some good Asian rap. As soon as stereotypes are overcome in America, talented musicians of any race will have an easier time to flourish and become successful. Stereotypical eyes are truly the ones that are closed, not Asian eyes. Anybody of any ethnicity can rap extraordinarily. Case in point, the Blue Scholars. Seriously, they’re good. Really good. The issue of masculinity in hip-hop must also be addressed. This image creates an unrealistic portrayal of the life of rappers. It is a cheap way to exploit women and empower men. As long as this image exists, Asian rappers will find a hard time overcoming such powerful stereotypes to find success in music.
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