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

    2. Baiyu

    3. Prometheus Brown

    4. Erika David

    5. Bambu

    6. Ann One

    7. Connie Lim

    8. DJ Bonics

    9. DJ Neil Armstrong

    10. Hopie

    11. Joanlee

    12. Lil Crazed

    13. Matt Cab

    14. Nikko Dator

    15. Paul Kim

    16. Rekstizzy

    17. Tasha AKA Yoon Mi Rae

    18. Thai

    19. Tiger JK

    20. Timothy Flu

    21. VERBAL of M-Flo and Teriyaki Boyz

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