Awkwafina (cute, huh?) is the newest heir to Kreayshawn’s semi-undesirable throne, but she also brings up a worthwhile question: can Asian rap be taken seriously? Via NY Mag:
There are a few Asian rappers out there, but all of them are male. Perhaps, she says, because the women that come from those communities are taught to be less outgoing. “I grew up thinking Margaret Cho and Lucy Liu were my idols because that’s it,” she says. “I think that if I could contribute anything, it would be to say that it’s not that weird,” to be doing what she’s doing as an Asian woman. Even as her lyrics stay light, for now, there’s a subtext here: Changing the face of rap will change the future for Asian women, too.