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Hip Hop Showcase

  • 120 mins

Returning for the sixth consecutive year at PAAFF is our Asian American Hip Hop Showcase, featuring some of the up-and-coming musical talents in our community. Scott Jung aka CHOPS from the legendary Mountain Brothers will emcee the event and will be joined by longtime collaborator DJ Roli Rho.

is Singer, Speaker, Educator, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a Hip Hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, to amplify universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial, African American Japanese woman who has given lectures and performances around the globe. Fukushima’s ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured on Oprah magazine, TEDx, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, HYPE (South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine), and others.

is a Japanese American, bilingual Artist/Producer who hails from NYC. He learned piano at a young age and worked professionally as a Studio & Live Engineer before launching his career as a rapper. Miyachi signed to Sony Music Japan and released his debut album Wakarimasen in July, 2019, which peaked at #1 on Japan’s Viral 50 chart. Miyachi has toured across Japan, France, and the USA and has been featured on Japanese National Television & Radio (Abema TV, Ryuha-R, Block FM, etc.). Miyachi has written songs for SoftBank & WWE Shinsuke Nakamura’s opening theme song.

Jason Chu & Leo Xia of NITEMRKT
Leo and Jason are good bois from good families. They make wholesome rap music and represent their culture every step of the way. Their new project The Village EP, produced by CHOPS, released 9/26 on all streaming platforms.

Jason Chu

is a rapper raised in Delaware and based in Los Angeles. He has performed at hundreds of colleges and venues across the US and Asia and has been featured at the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles and presented at Flushing Town Hall. Most recently Chu’s music has been featured in Warrior (Cinemax), the series based on the writings of Bruce Lee, and Wu-Assassins (Netflix).

Leo Xia

is a singer-songwriter and rapper raised in Beijing. His work has been featured on Cinemax, Netflix, and a national ad campaign for Panda Express. He has opened for Snoop Dogg, and his first full-length album 384 is now available on all streaming platforms.

Dj Roli Rho

is one of the founding members of the world renowned NYC turntablist crew 5th Platoon. In his early years, Roli climbed the ranks of the battle scene and became known as one of the fiercest beat jugglers of his time.

After Party

10-12pm | Triple Bottom Brewing
PAAFF staff and festival guests for an evening of drinks at the newly opened Triple Bottom Brewing tasting room and brewery. Filipinx Chef Chance Anies of Tabachoy Philly Food Cart will be catering a special pop-up menu of their signature light-hearted, heavy-bellied Filipino cuisine.

Entry is free, but attendees will pay for their own drinks and food.

Dates & Times


Asian Arts Initiative

Fri, Nov 15
8:00 pm