Children Of Immigrants Changing The Sound Of Hip Hop

Marian Liu of the San Jose Mercury News reports there is a new kind of hip hop that gives voice to young Americans with immigrant roots reaching to South America and Asia. Their rap connects the culture of their peers with the culture of their parents. One of those rappers is Roger David, the rapid-fire tongued MC known as Bohemia. “I can’t listen to MTV and BET and call that mine,” he said. “I need something that I live, that I think, that I relate to. We’re going through the same thing when hip-hop started, where the parents were listening to R&B, not understanding what the children were doing, but the children incorporated both.”

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