This Rap About Authentic Ethnic Food Is The Asian-American Anthem We Need

We Asian-Americans take serious pride in our ethnic foods.  

Now, there’s a banger that sums up so many dishes that we love.  

Rappers Lyricks and JL, the duo behind Year Of the Ox (YOX), published a music video late last year for its tune “A-Zn Foods. ” Developed as an ode for their favorite Asian cuisine, the tune goes via an alphabet’s worth of foods and dishes.

Beware: You WILL get insanely hungry whilst listening to it.  

The track’s name is a play  “Azn,” commonly used as shorthand for “Asian. ” And since the two chow down throughout the video, the set spit flame rhymes about beloved foods like Vietnamese banh mi, Japanese ikayaki, and Filipino longanisa.  

There’s also that ideal “got rice, bitch? ” lineup.  

In addition to rattling off a ton of must-eat foods, the two drop reality bomb (cyclones?) About the appropriation of the Asian cuisine, underscoring why folks need to support genuine, unadulterated ethnic food.  

“Before I learned to talk, I learned the hand-water ratio,” the set rap. “I get mad as fuck when I see our meals getting gentrified for the mass to love. Why they selling kimchi for 30 dollars at the Gastropub? ”


The track is very poignant under the backdrop of a rising culinary phenomenon in which non-Asian chefs pose as the authority on Asian food and emphasise the cuisine as “fashionable” or fail to honor the initial dishes created by men and women from the actual culture. Oftentimes, they’re applauded for theirldquo;cultural consciousness” and gain off of cultural food whilst avoiding the prejudice and ridicule immigrants are exposed to if they make food out of their homelands.  

“This ethnic appropriation bites since the same dishes hyped as ‘genuine’ on trendy menus were scorned when cooked at the homes of those immigrants that brought them,” Ruth Tam composed at the Washington Post.

YOX’s tune could use the accession of a few South Asian dishes. Nonetheless, it stands as a great starting point for everything we have to remember to consume this year.  

And today, everyone should ask themselves, “obtained rice, bitch? ” 


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