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Drake Praises Dumbfoundead in "Bad Rap" (Now on Netflix)



Before artist and battle rapper Dumbfoundead released his hot "We Might Die" album, or dropped the popular music videos for the tracks 'SAFE' and 'Harambe,' and the catchy but freaky visual for 'Water,' Dumbfoundead was sitting down with producer and director Salima Koroma and co-producer Jaeki Cho for a documentary with three of his friends called "Bad Rap." It premiered last year at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, but was just recently uploaded on Netflix.

The documentary walks us through the journey he and fellow Asian-American artists Awkwafina, Lyricks and Rekstizzy were on, to break into the larger American hip-hop scene, as they navigated through the waters of culture appropriation (from the African-American community) and originality.

Dumbfoundead has been known for his battle rap skills for a long time. In the film we get to re-experience his epic comeback battle (after a break) against Conceited (from Wild 'n Out) during the "King Of The Dot Blackout 5 Battle" in Toronto in 2015.

Dumbfoundead killed it. But even before the show, he was getting support from rapper Drake, one of the organizers of the event. Drake saying during a press conference, that he was looking forward to seeing Dumbfoundead battle because he's been watching him for years.

In the film, we also hear from stars like Jay Park, The Fung Brothers, Decipher, and others. So how did this documentary come to be? According to the Facebook page for "Bad Rap"...
the two filmmakers, first got in touch after Jaeki Cho wrote about pop star G-Dragon. Salima Koroma was searching for a subject to cover for her thesis at Columbia University, and reached out to Jaeki for advice on covering Asian musicians. After going back and forth on the phone for hours, they settled on a subject: their mutual obsession with hip-hop. And that turned into 'Bad Rap.
The film is a must watch for anyone interested in the ever evolving culture of hip-hop. If you haven't yet, click on your Netflix app, and watch "Bad Rap" now. The clip of Drake giving props to Dumbfoundead can be found there and in the trailer below.

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