Season 1, CHATROOM 14
From L.A. to Karachi: The Rise of Desi Hip Hop
Hip hop began in the 1970s in the South Bronx in New York City as a street culture by Black and Puerto Rican youth. In the ’90s, South Asian immigrants embraced the genre as a way to represent. Today, it can be heard blasting out of dinky shops in rural communities in South Asia. In this episode, we speak to Sammy Chand, a pioneer of Desi Hip Hop, and to Adnan Baloch, an emerging Pakistani rapper.
Time Markers (mins:sec)
- 0:49 – Pakistan has a new rapper in town, Meet Adnan Baloch
- 1:43 – Rap is born in the South Bronx
- 2:46 – The episode is about the birth and rise of Desi Rap as it moved from LA to Karachi
- 3:02 – Hip Hop Desis, South Asian Americans, Blackness and a Global Race Consciousness
- 3:39 – Sammy Chand elaborates on what makes Hip Hop, Desi
- 6:17 – California: Desi Rap’s hometown
- 7:21 – Blood Brothers
- 8:37 – Desi Rap goes global
- 10:28 – Sammy Chand talks about Desi Rap’s “return path”
- 11:01 – Back to the subcontinent
- 12:30 – Freestyling in Malir
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Sharma, Nitasha Tamar. Hip Hop Desis South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness. Duke University Press, 2010.
Nair, Ajay, and Murali Balaji. Desi Rap: Hip-Hop and South Asian America. Lexington Books, 2008.
Replogle, Elaine, and Sunaina Marr Maira. “Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 32, no. 2, 2003.