Thursday SXSW Showcases
Hip-Hop From Asia7:55pm, Palm Door on sixth
Five nations under a groove. Taiwan's rap pioneer Dwagie is a true legend, the first rapper to drop an all-Chinese-language LP in 2002's Lotus From the Tongue, and the only performer to collaborate with Nas and the Dalai Lama (not on the same track, sadly). Underground king Deepflow kept the faith with his Vismajor label before the Korean scene went mainstream, and still hits hard as hell. His harsh rhymes are a galaxy away from the limitless fusions of Taiwan's Aristophanes, while Suboi became queen of Vietnamese hip-hop with sly rhymes and a quick tongue. MC'ed by Texas' own Radiohead-endorsed master of eclecticism DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, with inter-set spinning from Taiwanese enfant terrible DJ RayRay, the musical polymath whose recent Catching Stars mixtape finds her on a trap/grime tip.