This song is compiled together with other collection of songs in Junk Magazine issues 19 April 2008 which you must listen to with your volume cranked up.
1Asia wanted to ultimately show that regional hip hop is free from a lot of the odd stigmas people attach to it. As Mo explains, “we knew it had to be established with some understanding of hip hop roots and progress in each country. It had to come from friendship and some willingness to explore and cross-market. It also had to have some kind of authenticity in their own interpretation, and free from stereotypical perception, like Asians shouldn’t rap in English, mainstream or underground sound, western or oriental flavour.”
The Powerder Records man continues, “other tracks from WordsManifest, Phlowtron , Yacko, Yin Ts’ang, Soul-ID , Prosa , Thaitanium and Altimet are obvious choices, taken from their own projects. ‘Princesses’ is an experiment that went on for four years before it got mixed for 1Asia, Kz’s was an unreleased forgotten gem and we found out that it was available. DJ Nesh is probably the only DJ we know that constantly and proudly spins Asian hip hop in his sets, so we felt it was only right that he opened the album.”
The concept of Asian hip hop though, still strikes a lot of people as a little odd. What with hip hop predominantly seen as being a black America thing. A lot of people still have trouble taking Asian hip hop seriously.
“The view that hip hop is only a black America thing is one of the biggest misconceptions ever with regards to hip hop. Even in its infancy, there were other ethnicities involved in the birth, evolution and popularity. But its human nature for peoples to observe superficially and see what they want to see,” says Altimet, the A&R man of Powder.
Altimet continues, “with 1Asia, I think we’re showing one of hip hop’s greatest strength’s: its adaptability. This adaptability is even more relevant now as a lot of change is happening all around us at a rapid pace.”
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