Why breaking it big as an Asian-American rapper isn't easy

Salima Koroma and Jaeki Cho talk to #KanvasLive
Salima Koroma and Jaeki Cho talk to #KanvasLive

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Hip-hop music originated as the voice of Black America, but what happens when other parts of the melting pot attempt to also join the genre? Who is allowed to be a rapper and who isn't? And what is life like as an "outsider" of the music industry? Those are the questions director Salima Koroma and producer Jaeki Cho asked before making their incredible TriBeCa documentary "Bad Rap."

The film follows four Asian-American artists, Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks, as they attempt to navigate the tricky and unapologetic world of hip hop, one that often treats them with disdain or indifference. With Korma's keen observational eye that brings together these compelling narratives, "Bad Rap" becomes and incredible and honest look into the lives of people attempting to break their own glass ceiling into a genre that is harshly protected.

We recently sat down with director Salima Koroma and producer Jaeki Cho about their latestTriBeCa film. Watch the video above to find out what led them to this project, the reaction its received from audiences and critics, and more!

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