Opening night of Don’t Believe The Hype: L.A. Asian Americans In Hip Hop (May 18th – November 4th) held at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. Artist include DEFER, Gajin Fujita, Swank One, Shark Toof, Nisha Sethi, Erin Yoshi, Hueman, Kenny Kong, and Culture Shock. Local history of the underground DJ club scene with Firecracker and photos by Farah Sosa. Dope set by DJ Dynamix with DJ Babu (Dilated Peoples / Beat Junkies) on the MC. Curated by Justin Charles Hoover and Ninochka McTaggart. Thank you for having me and please be sure to check out the exhibit.

Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Don’t Believe the Hype: LA Asian Americans in Hip Hop brings together fifteen of the most historic and important Asian American individuals and groups in the hip hop movement in Los Angeles. The museum’s galleries will be filled by site-specific murals as immersive environments by famed hip hop graffiti and mural artists including DEFER, Gajin Fujita, Swank One, Shark Toof, Nisha Sethi, and Erin Yoshi. The exhibition also features an audio/video installation by rapper Jason Chu, historic ephemera from Firecracker music series organizers Daryl Chou and Alfred Hawkins, and the Beat Junkies Institute of Sound. Visual artists DEFER and Gajin Fujita will produce a site-specific collaboration on canvas, displayed alongside photographs from the local underground hip hop scene by Farah Sosa. Video and excerpts from poetry writing workshops done with incarcerated youth will be on display from educator and rapper Mandeep Sethi (aka SETI X). The exhibition will also include new artworks from Hueman, Kenny Kong, and Culture Shock.
This exhibition is co-curated by Ninochka McTaggart, PhD, and the Chinese American Museum’s newly appointed curator Justin Charles Hoover.


DJ Babu (Beat Junkies)DJ Dynamix

DJ Dynamix