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    Updated on Aug 17, 2020. Posted on Oct 28, 2013

    21 Asian American Musicians You Need To Get Behind Right Now

    “Growing up Asian American, it was hard to relate with pop culture—I watched The Simpsons and Spongebob to see yellow faces.”

    CHOPS, a prominent producer behind the sounds of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Talib Kweli, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to put talented Asian American musicians on the mainstream map.

    Once a musician himself (as part of Mountain Brothers, the first Asian American act to be signed to a major label), Chops identifies with "artists today who go through many of the things my group did, overcoming the same obstacles, same struggles, pushing forward, and going beyond."

    Here is just a small sampling of dope acts he believes you need to be paying attention to:

    1. Dumbfoundead

    dumbfoundead.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Los Angeles

    CHOPS says: Battle champ, tons of stripes, and increasingly great music. Super prolific output, tremendous grind. Listen here.

    2. Baiyu

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    Who: Singer

    Reppin': NYC

    CHOPS says: Baiyu's talent, music, videos, and drive put a lot of major label artists to shame. Tremendous vocalist and writer. Listen here.

    3. Prometheus Brown

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    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Seattle

    CHOPS says: Prometheus has a laidback way about him on record and in person that draws people in. His fans ride for him. Listen here.

    4. Erika David

    facebook.com

    Who: Singer

    Reppin': Bay Area

    CHOPS says: Singer with dope pop R&B vibe, it's been a while since she's released new original music but the fans are waiting for it. Listen here.

    5. Bambu

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Los Angeles

    CHOPS says: Bam speaks on important things, stuff that matters, and backs what he says with action. Listen here.

    6. Ann One

    annonemusic.com

    Who: Singer

    Reppin': Los Angeles

    CHOPS says: She has songs from the mid-2000s that singers in Korea sing in idol competitions, the way kids sing Mariah, Whitney, or Christina songs here. Listen here.

    7. Connie Lim

    facebook.com

    Who: Singer

    Reppin': Los Angeles

    CHOPS says: Connie's voice ranges from a whisper to a stadium belt. Influences ranging from Sarah MacLachlan to Bjork to Ellie Goulding to Florence and the Machine. Listen here.

    8. DJ Bonics

    facebook.com

    Who: Hip Hop Deejay

    Reppin': Philly

    CHOPS says: Bonics spins on the biggest station in Philly when he's not on tour with Wiz Khalifa. He has a lot in the works, and he'll be expanding even more. Watch him go in with DJ Craze.

    9. DJ Neil Armstrong

    facebook.com

    Who: Hip Hop Deejay

    Reppin': NYC

    CHOPS says: Respected mixtape, club, and show DJ, Neil has toured and performed with numerous big artists including Jay-Z. Check out a day in the life.

    10. Hopie

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': San Francisco

    CHOPS says: Creative and quirky flow with a mix of cool, fire, and book-smarts (she has a law degree!). Listen here.

    11. Joanlee

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Long Beach

    CHOPS says: Joanlee's been mostly under the radar, building with some heavyweights and strengthening his craft, which is gonna pay off nicely. Listen here.

    12. Lil Crazed

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Minnesota

    CHOPS says: He's the type of artist girls get a tattoo of (literally, it's happened). But don't let that fool you, Crazed raps his ass off too. Listen here.

    13. Matt Cab

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Tokyo

    CHOPS says: Now based in Tokyo, Matt cruises the same highway as Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and the like, but has his own lane. Listen here.

    14. Nikko Dator

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Las Vegas

    CHOPS says: Youthful energy, swag rapper vibe but with actual strong rhyme ability, like a Drake or Wayne.

    Listen here.

    15. Paul Kim

    facebook.com

    Who: Singer

    Reppin': Los Angeles

    CHOPS says: Modern singer with roots going back to the likes of Donnie Hathaway, I picture him like a John Legend or Miguel, blending different sounds but with a solid soul foundation. Listen here.

    16. Rekstizzy

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': NYC

    CHOPS says: The wild card, he's kind of like our very own ODB mixed with a touch of Kanye. Rek is super funny, crazy, unique, and plays around with a lot of styles musically. Listen here.

    17. Tasha AKA Yoon Mi Rae

    facebook.com

    Who: Singer/Rapper

    Reppin': Korea

    CHOPS says: She stays attacking the charts in Korea, rapping and singing on anything from dance joints to straight hip-hop, from club bangers to ballads. Listen here.

    18. Thai

    youtube.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Portland

    CHOPS says: Veteran from the 454 Life Entertainment stable, Thai has a street sensibility, harder edged flow, and engaging delivery. Listen here.

    19. Tiger JK

    facebook.com

    Who: Singer/Rapper

    Reppin': Korea

    CHOPS says: JK and Tasha are kind of like the Jay and Beyonce of Korea. Huge respect, longevity, and music that somehow keeps getting even better with each release. Listen here.

    20. Timothy Flu

    facebook.com

    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Atlanta

    CHOPS says: One of the least known artists on the project right now, but his Southern drawl, easy cadence, belie wordplay and lyricism will change that. Listen here.

    21. VERBAL of M-Flo and Teriyaki Boyz

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    Who: Rapper

    Reppin': Tokyo

    CHOPS says: Verbal has a stellar career filled with super-creative output, highly respected and successful at the same time, which is so hard to achieve. You've heard the band before.

    For more information on CHOPS’ initiative, visit their new Facebook page.