The Guardian runs this interesting profile of Suboi, Viet Nam’s most popular female rapper. Check out the improvised rap she does for the article. She is known as “Vietnam‘s queen of hip-hop, an outspoken artist who raps via coded lyrics about family, love, social pressures and illegal substances in a country where artists regularly worry about being visited by the authorities.”
Suboi’s “Chẫt Riêng Của Tôi”–so much better than the usual pop fluff
Suboi “taught herself English by rapping along to Eminem. ‘All he does is curse – that’s why my English is so bad and rude,’ she laughs. ‘I remember one song he wrote for his ex-wife, Kim: ‘Bitch, I’m-a kill you, you don’t wanna fuck with me.’ That was what I learned first.’”
Suboi raps with Thai Viet G, and does a better job
Suboi has the right attitude for a rapper: ”You don’t know who I am, or whether I’m right or wrong,” she raps…then explains: “I’m no gangster, but I do get mad a lot. And if they don’t like it, I don’t care.”
Suboi raps in English in Những Đứa Bạn (Friends)
“Suboi, Viet Nam’s Female Rapper” was originally published on DiaCritics.org on September 12, 2013.