Year: 2016
Director: Salima Koroma

The recent history of Asian-American rappers who've broken into mainstream include Far East Movement of "Like a G6" fame and Crazy Rich Asians's Awkwafina—and not many more. Salima Koroma's Bad Rap explores why that is by following the stories of Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks. Although the four share a pure love of hip-hop, the film focuses on how that inherently comes with a set of complications, including questions of authenticity and the burden of representation. "I don't think I'm a spokesperson for Asian-Americans at all," Awkwafina concisely says in the film. "But I think that when I'm out there, I'm representing them." —Brian Josephs