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


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