Hyphenated American Me 

Asian Hip-Hop Summit at Space 150.

Identity-affirming politics and message-oriented lyrics — about like, you know, coming up in the struggle — are the stock-in-trade of Asian-American hip-hop trio Rising Asterisk, who say their name pays homage to that cultural in-between space ascribed to everyone of hyphenated American ancestry. While the group's earnest, common-people lyrics aren't that different from the average backpacker outfit, its musicianship is quite stunning. Emcees Tantrum, Remshot, and D. Fusion have at their disposal a phenomenal one-man rhythm section supplied by DJ Psani. Their beats are commensurate with a lot of the stuff you'd hear from DJ Amp Live or Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Rising Asterisk headlines this Saturday's Asian Hip-Hop Summit at San Francisco's Space 180, which starts at 8 p.m. and also features P-Funk, Rob Star, Duma, DJ D-Strukt, DJ Jay Slim, Mush, Lil' Jordan, Viruss 44, Self-Axis, Dumfoundead, Power Struggle, Yellow Belly Bastids, and Lyra Flip, plus an open mic and emcee battle. $7, all-ages. AsiaticEmpire.org


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Music

Author Archives

  • Shots, Licks, and Male Ennui

    Jonathan Singer-Vine's debut film is an honest coming-of-age.
    • Jun 12, 2013
  • Debtor's Purgatory

    People who can't afford to hire an attorney have virtually no chance in court against well-heeled lawyers for banks and debt collection companies.
    • May 8, 2013
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Taste, Fall 2016

Everything you need to know about dining in and out in the East Bay.

The Queer & Trans Issue 2016

Queer and trans coverage contributed by individuals who identify as queer or trans.

© 2016 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation