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MTV Asia fires up all things hip hop with Asian twist

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 20 2019   /  02:43 am

Swag on: 'YO! MTV Raps' is hosted by DJ, producer and model Kim Lee and Singaporean rapper and songwriter Yung Raja.Two of Indonesia’s homegrown music talents — A. Nayaka and Laze — have become part of MTV Asia’s reboot of YO! MTV Raps show.

When you think of hip hop music, the images that come to mind might be the gritty streets of New York and Los Angeles rather than downtown Jakarta, but you would be surprised how good our homegrown talent is.

Indonesian hip hop fans might be familiar with the stratospheric rise of Brian Imanuel also known as Rich Brian with his singles “Dat $tick” and “Who Dat Be” in 2016, and with good reason. Last year, his debut album, Amen, peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Indonesian hip hop did not have its start in the age of Drake and Nicki Minaj. It was pioneered in the 1990s by Iwa K, who is still going str...