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By Nitasha Tamar Sharma

Hip Hop Desis explores the aesthetics and politics of South Asian American (desi) hip hop artists. Nitasha Tamar Sharma argues that via their lives and lyrics, younger “hip hop desis” exhibit a world race awareness that displays either their feel of reference to Blacks as racialized minorities within the usa and their diasporic sensibility as a part of a world group of South Asians. She emphasizes the function of appropriation and sampling within the ways in which hip hop desis craft their identities, create artwork, and pursue social activism. a few desi artists produce what she calls “ethnic hip hop,” incorporating South Asian languages, tools, and immigrant topics. via ethnic hip hop, artists, together with KB, Sammy, and Deejay Bella, show “alternative desiness,” demanding assumptions approximately their identities as South Asians, childrens of immigrants, minorities, and americans. Hip hop desis additionally contest and search to bridge perceived divisions among Blacks and South Asian americans. via taking over issues thought of inappropriate to many Asian american citizens, desi performers, comparable to D’Lo, Chee Malabar of Himalayan venture, and Rawj of Feenom Circle, create a multiracial type of Black pop culture to struggle racism and enact social change.

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