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Episode Info: A chat with the Queen of Rap about music, spirituality and being a woman in hip hop. Over the last couple of years hip hop artist Suboi has emerged from the underground scene, where she has been active for a decade, to firmly establish herself in the mainstream conscious as a strong voice for her generation. And increasingly (aided by run-ins with Obama and the odd modeling gig with big brands) is making a name for herself in and out of Vietnam’s music industry. We met her by the river in Saigon for an afternoon of cà phê sữa đá and chit chat with her about writing music, building her own production company and what it means to be embracing being a female role model and fame.   Links Suboi EntertainmentSuboi on SoundcloudSuboi on Instagram This is Vietnam’s Renovation Generation. Sonic portraits of young minds re-shaping the country’s future. [Reciting poetry] Something like that right [MUSIC] This is Vietnam’s Renovation Generation and you’ve probably guessed who that is, seeing that she is one of the biggest influencers and most instantly recognisable individuals of her generation. She is on of the few born and bred alternative Vietnamese voices to have found ears outside of her home country. For our 19th episode we travelled to Saigon for a day to talk about everything but Kenzo and Obama with Suboi. [MUSIC] Actually my name at home is just Su. My sister is Si right. And then people like hey I never see you like a girlie girl at all, I'm gonna call you Suboi, but you're not a real boy so the y turned into an i. She has gone through a few familiar stages of rebelling against gender norms I wished I was a boy Do you still? I love begin a woman now She took her first tentative steps into Vietnam’s budding rap scene 10 years ago in all boys crew. I tell you this, when a guy put out a song, put on a hat instant favourite rapper and when a woman do it, you have to show really you have skill, not just your face, you don't sleep with nobody until you get anywhere so I'm the only girl in the crew, but I'm the one who really wanna make good music. Did it allow you to break through stereotypes of what a woman should be? Oh definitely that's why I'm with it. She says there are more and more rappers, but there is one gap that isn’t closing I don't see any girl coming up yet. At first I didn'tRead more »

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