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POPEye Media talks to Chinese rapper Bohan Phoenix about hip hop, tongue twisters, and Asian representation in music


Recently, our friends over at POPEye Media have been up to some great things–conducting cool interviews, filming documentaries about the Coachella of small-town America, and shooting music videos for some talented artists. With the help of their A&R manager (who lays down some killer bars, by the way), the media group has even landed an interview with rising Chinese-born, US-based rapper Bohan Phoenix (Overseas, Yaode EP).

Conducted during a RADII event (a Chinese culture media site), POPEye asks Bohan about language preferences, Chinese tongue twisters, and what it’s like pursuing hip-hop as someone with an Asian background. When asked about his parents’ reaction to his career as a hip-hop artist, Bohan replies,

When I moved to the States for the first time in 2003, it was my first time living with my mom. And she felt, I guess, guilty for not being there for the first eleven years of my life? She kind of just let me do whatever I wanted. Not that she wanted me to do hip-hop, but she never openly said no and that was the biggest support she could give.

Like it is in most Asian families, it’s what is left unsaid that resonates the most!

Check out the full video for the interview below.

Bohan Phoenix: Facebook | SoundCloud | Spotify | Twitter

POPEye Media: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Li-Wei Chu

Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think. He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.

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