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Obama Beatboxes for Vietnam's "Queen of Rap"

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 President Obama was in the middle of a town hall style meeting with the young Vietnamese people in Ho Chi Minh City.

She was put on the spot by U.S. President Barack Obama. The twenty-six-year-old rapper Suboi, real name Hàng Lâm Trang Anh, has been dubbed “Queen of Hip Hop” in Vietnam.

She put her hand up to ask the President his views on the importance of arts and culture to nations. Despite the restrictive environment, Vietnam’s artists “have a lot to say,” she said.
“Before I answer your question, why don’t you give me a little rap?” Obama replied. He even offered her a beat.

Suboi didn’t hesitate for one second and she gave the room a few bars in Vietnamese. “I was just talking about some people having a lot of money, having big houses, but actually, are they really happy?” she explained. The rap was about stereotypes, she said, saying people often see her as “an Asian rapper … the cute girl.”


“For Vietnamese people it’s different, they think like rapping is not for women,” she added.

Well, its a lot like that in the US as well. Would you say so?

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