On this week’s episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to spoken word and hip-hop artist G Yamazawa, whose debut album, Shouts to Durham, and breakthrough single/video “North Cack” have taken the internet by storm.
G speaks about the way most Americans perceive the South and his own search for identity (5:00) and growing up in Durham’s Buddhist community (8:30). He talks about viewing life through a hip-hop-centric lens (10:30) and the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation (14:00). Later, G explains his journey to becoming a spoken word artist (20:00) and being part of Kollaboration (24:00) and moving to Los Angeles (30:00). Keith and G also bond over growing up in family restaurants (32:00) and the foods that remind him of home (40:00).