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If you’ve kept at least one eye out on the Internet (read: your Facebook feed) these past two weeks, then you’ve probably caught wind of some controversy surrounding a recent New York magazine article about New York-based rapper Awkwafina (see: “NYC Bitche$,” above).
The piece, titled “Can an Asian Woman Be Taken Seriously in Rap?” is likely meant to simultaneously provoke and introduce a segment of the musical sphere that a lot of people were previously unaware of. A win-win for both the rapper and the magazine, right? Well, kind of.
Sure, Awkwafina (real name: Nora Lum) is gaining the kind of traction and attention online that perhaps other female rappers aren’t used to — save for more mainstream acts like Nicki Minaj or Kreayshawn – but the piece really got under some notable bloggers’ skin because it, well, just didn’t dig deep enough.
Outside of her Asian American heritage (Awkwafina is of Chinese and Korean descent), the main thing to note is that the girl can rhyme. And have fun doing it. But being funny and being dubbed a joke are two very different things, and the general consensus is that Lum’s portrayal in the profile is incomplete at best, polarizing at worst.