Hip-hop is a genre of music that came out in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s. It was a platform of music used widely to project the hardships of poverty, display political views, and to express the frustrations of the oppressed. From its very humble beginnings at block parties, hip-hop music has become a genre of music that transcends cultures and language. One artist in particular who uses the platform of hip-hop to give his social commentary is the artist Dumbfoundead. Dumbfoundead is a Korean-American rapper who hails from Koreatown, Los Angeles. In his song “Safe”, he talks about the lack of
Asian representation within Hollywood and demonstrates this by replacing the white actors with himself, then ironically at the end being replaced at the very end with a white actor, even though the white actor did not fit the role. He also wrote a song, titled “Harambe”, to juxtapose the reactions that the public had over the gorilla being killed to the videos of black men being killed by the police.