When “My Vag” dropped in 2012, Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum) became a YouTube sensation. Tiny and bespectacled, the Forest Hills rapper has a brashness and ego to match the big guys, with subject matter that involves the superiority of vaginas (“50 times better than a penis”), racism, and stealing people’s iPads in Williamsburg. This year she released her first solo album, Yellow Ranger, and will appear in Salima Koroma’s upcoming documentary Bad Rap, about Asian-American rappers. Tonight she’s headlining the NYC edition ofKollaboration 2014, a touring, multidiscipline talent competition. Created by comedian Paul Kim in 2000, the annual showcase seeks to create opportunities for up-and-coming pan-Asian artists in the entertainment industry. A panel of judges, which includes Ellie Lee from VH1’s Big Morning Buzz and Ali Ewoldt from Broadway’s West Side Story, will evaluate the six finalists to declare a winner.
Sat., Aug. 30, 6 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 27, 2014