Bubba Kush-Dumbfoundead

Cajmere-percolator(original mix)

Dumbfoundead is a rapper/comedian from LA Korean town. He was smuggled in from Argentina with his sister by his mother; first to Mexico and then to Los Angeles. He is probably one of the biggest names in West coast rap (and now in East Coast, too) who’s Korean American in the underground hip-hop scene. Growing up in LA, he started attending Open Mic Nights when he was about 14 being the only Asian there.He would always go to open mics called Project Blowup in LA (South central) which is like an apollo theater for rappers. Dumbfoundead said he first started rapping because he wanted to impress girls at the house parties. And now he is one of the most loved rapper in the Asian American community in the states. He is one of a few Asian-Americans who are succeeding as rappers.

“I think a lot of Asian rappers when they were first coming up, they were specifically trying to cling on to black culture. But it’s really about understanding all cultures, because that’s the route that hip hop went.”-Dumbfoundead

PARKER-BKFAM (Brooklyn For A Month) -(Prod. Esta)
*Rekstizzy is in this video!!! Read Rek’s interview!

Dumbfoundead has his own project he is doing, Knockstudy, he is not signed to any major record labels or a management company. He teaches how to write and DJ, usually to Asian American rappers that are only popular among the Asian American communities in the states.

He has been collaborating with many major Korean artists like Dynamic Duo and Jay Park. ( I went to Jay Park’s NYC show last year in Best Buy Theater NYC and watched them perform together… I was like…omg. that’s Dumbfoundead!!!) Although..Dumbfoundead once stated he has no interest blowing up in Korea.

Dumbfoundead & Jay Park: You Know How We Do

Knockstudy 2013

Through his lable, Knockstudy, Dumbfoundead  invites high school students for free and teaches them MC writing workshops, as well as music production workshops. The Knockstudy has a music lab and the students can come in to jam out and work on their beats. The label’s headquarters are located in Los Angeles for now, but he is looking into spreading out to other locations in the US as well. Free music school for kids? That’s amazing. His motivation to run the Knockstudy was to give back what he received when he was a kid: he was a YMCA club boy and thinks that he can now offer something, teaching and sharing his music knowledge with young people.

Knockstudy Rap session with Dumbfoundead

Dumbfoundead not only embraces American culture but he is not shy at all being Korean. Much respect what he is trying to do, giving out to young kids who want to learn music. Dumfoundead (Parker) is already but will become better known as a successful artist and businessman representing the Asian community in the states. 

On Being An Asian-American Rapper:
“So many Asian artists used to come up to me and be like, ‘Man, it’s so hard for us as Asians in hip hop,’ but it’s actually made it easier because now I’m getting gigs at all these Asian-American organizations. I’m one of the few Asian MC’s really doing it well. It’s funny when they say that and use it as a crutch, because hip hop has always been a vehicle to stand out and look unique. So me being a minority and rapping well — that’s become a big advantage.”-Dumbfoundead


Remember Strength In Numbers Projects with producer CHOPS?! Click here!
Here’s the Strength In Numbers track by Dumbfoundead & Paul Kim produced by CHOPS!

Chops x Paul Kim x Dumbfoundead – No Turning Back

Meet – Rekstizzy


J-Key Rekstizzy Hoya – Oh Yeah
A fresh talent in the Asian American music industry, Rekstizzy, a New York based rapper is one of the artists who is collaborating with an amazing producer CHOPS (see my last post!).  He also recently released his second album “Whatever You Say”. Rek is all about having fun, and wanting to connect with the listeners. He knows what he wants to say, and has a very strong presence on stage & also social media like twitter and instagram!
Rek mixes well-crafted verses with a “class clown” sense of humor and is carving out his own flavorful niche in the industry.
I had the honor of interviewing him! Please meet Rekstizzy!
Tell us about yourself! 
Aw man, God bless America. I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I started rapping since a youth but only started pursuing it as a career in the last few years. I laugh at all my own jokes and drink soda.

How did you start rapping/artist career?
I stopped making music just for me and started thinking about how I can make a connection with the listener. I improved drastically after that and am only getting better at it.

How would you describe your sound/music?
Focused but random. I know what my mission is but I’m drawing from a lot of influences so you’ll hear me reference something only hip hop heads would know about and then I’ll mention something from Napoleon Dynamite in the next. I think a lot of people in my generation are like that and it’s a good time.

What inspires you?
Everyday people. People are funny. Mad stupid, mad smart, cruel, and compassionate. Nobody knows what they’re doing or what it’s all about, myself included, and that inspires me as an artist.

Tell us about your album Whatever you Say and your tracks!
Whatever You Say is an album about living in America. As a minority, I think it’s important to let people know where you stand, so I’m saying things like “I was born in the US, this (is) my motherland, diss my motherland, I’ll go to war for the US”. At the same time, I’m poking fun at a lot of the same things I’m celebrating. I tried to capture the attitude of right now.

Your favorite song from your album
Man, I love “Come At Me Bro”. It’s aggressive but it’s funny and I got one of my favorite rappers to guest on it. Whenever I perform that shit somebody ends up dying. Not literally, but sometimes.

I know you just did a release party in NY. How was it?
We actually didn’t plan on doing the party this time around but there were a lot of fans and friends asking us about it because we always throw parties where everyone gets turned the f**k up for no reason. So we put it together and me and rapper homies Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, and Sonny Bonoho performed a couple songs and people got turned the f**k up for no reason. There was also this one random old white lady who was at the venue just to eat and if you look at the event photos, she looks SO MAD.

Are you proud to be an Asian American artist? What is it like?
Meh. I remember I tried to book a gig a few years back but the last Asian rapper they got was so terrible he cockblocked that opportunity for me. That s**t ain’t make me proud, not one bit. It’s something we gotta deal with because we haven’t had our real breakout artist yet like an Eminem or a Big Pun so we gotta work twice as hard for a limited number of opportunities. I’m proud of my heritage but that’s a different question.

Any Asian artists in the states you admire?
I’m in a crew with Dumbfoundead and Awkwafina called Saturday School. We don’t have any plans to do any projects or nothing like that yet but they inspire me with how they put their rhymes together and their sensibility is closest to mine. Also, Cool Calm Pete is pretty amazing. I’ve been waiting on his new album for years now and I hear it’s almost done.

Who is your favorite artist?
I think right now, it’s gotta be Pendleton Ward for creating Adventure Time. Everything from the stories to the character designs is amazing to me. I mean, LSP got lumps yo! If you mean in hip hop, it’s probably Kanye. I’ve been a fan since he had like one freestyle on Napster and I love how he continues to challenge himself and his listeners. Yeezus was dope.

Any passion other than music
I have other passions but I don’t think it’s really worth talking about until I have something to show for it. For a long time in my life I’ve been one of those people who just talk about things they want to do. I think after you finally complete something for real, you start to talk less and do more.

Who plans and manages your projects and how does it work?
It’s a collaborative effort between my manager Jaeki, myself, and my engineer Marcus aka Avec Plaisir. We get a lot of things done because we know how to communicate, we don’t take things personally, and we trust each other’s taste. It’s my project and my voice, but if they tell me I should try it another way, I’ll try it. Anyone who works in a creative field will tell you how valuable that is.

Your future plan? Goal?
Man, it would be nice to own a yacht and like a Wendy’s franchise or two. Musically though, I’m trying to get this album into more ear holes but I’m always thinking about what’s next.

What do you think about the Strength in Numbers project?

Man, Chops made a lot of folks sound better than they ever have with his production and direction. It’s a real testament to his skill and experience. For my contribution to the project, I actually got to record with him at his studio in Philly and learned so much from that one session. Anyone supporting the project is saying, ‘yeah son, reach one, teach one’. Salute to the big homie. My favorite joints are the Rocky Rivera “Mary Lou” and the Ann One joint with Chops rapping, “Come Go With Me”. Fiyah.


Check out Rekstizzy’s MVs!

Come at me bro

God Bless America

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Strength in NUMBERS: Asian American music project


CHOPS Strength In NUMBERS music project Kickstarter video

Hit producer Chops is working with the best-established & aspiring Asian American & International music artists on a compilation record called Strength in Numbers.
Chops has worked with some of the world’s biggest & best rappers which include “The Creep” by The Lonely Island & Nicki Minaj (which has 78+ million views!), “Damn I’m Cold” by Bun B & Lil Wayne, and “National Anthem” by Young Jeezy. One of Kanye West’s first rap appearances was my Virtuosity album, with greats like Talib Kweli and Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan. For the last 2 years Chops has been making music with over 30 of the best Asian American artists out, with special guests from Japan and Korea.

“I noticed amazing Asian American artists making waves, and rekindled an old dream: a project with ALL strong Asian talent! Artists today who go through many of the things my group did, overcoming the same obstacles, same struggles, pushing forward, and going beyond.” -CHOPS

Strength In NUMBERS shouts of support!

Strength in Numbers: Roll Call Video

Strength in Numbers is an Asian American music project featuring artists such as
Ann One (LA), Baiyu (NYC), Bambu (LA), Catzie of Yellow Rage (PHL), Connie Lim (LA), Decipher (PHL),DJ Bonics (PHL/PGH), DJ Neil Armstrong (NYC), DJ Roli Rho (NYC), Dumbfoundead (LA), El Gambina (NJ), Erika David (Bay Area), Hopie (SF), Hoya (NYC), J-Key (NYC),Joanlee (LBC), Kiwi (LA), Lil Crazed (MN), Matt Cab (Tokyo), Mic Barz (ATL),Mountain Brothers (PHL), Nikko Dator (LV), Paul Kim (LA), Prometheus Brown (SEA),Rekstizzy (NYC), Rocky Rivera (SF), Ruby Ibarra (Bay Area), Tasha aka Yoonmirae( Korea), Thai (PDX), Tiger JK (Korea), Timothy Flu (ATL), Verbal of M-Flo / Teriyaki Boyz (Tokyo), and Yellow Boyz (ATL).

This is a grassroots project, engineered entirely with ZERO funding. The kickstarter will cover the costs in production of the music and creating the actual albums for distribution.
By doing this Kick starter, the money will recoup basic travel & equipment costs, creating, refining and all the daily cost of working. It costs a lot mastering, promoting and video production, of course. The money will be used to cover all these expenses. Chops thinks the challenge would be actually getting the outcome, and he said it will worth the wait. And another big challenge is spreading the word. So, (if you can’t support money-wise…) please help by sharing and feel free to share this to your friends. ;p

We got 8 more days to go to support Chops and the Asian American artists!!

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