Underappreciated Musician of Color #17: "T"
How about we start with this one right here?
"T", or Natasha "Tasha" Yoon Mi Rae Reid, is a Texas-born rapper and R & B singer. Her father's black and her mother Korean. She's fluent in both English and Korean. Born in 1981, she's been workin' since she was 16...and her music is the shit.
When I say she's underappreciated, I mean here in America, of course. Because in Korea, she's a multi-award winning artist, crowned the Queen of Soul and appointed an ambassador for DaMoonWha, the Korean Multicultural Youth Organization.
So it's pretty redundant at this point to add she's one of Korea's most influential rappers and female vocalists. And it's no bullshit; when you hear this woman spit live, you start to "pull a Rain", i.e. you find yourself clicking on vid after vid, simply unable to get enough.
I first fell for Miss Thang (actually Mrs. Thang; she's married to Drunken Tiger rapper Tiger JK) when I was introduced to her video "Black Happiness" where she recounts the struggle of growing up Blasian.
Are y'all beginning to understand why I'm perturbed by the shrouding of the Blasian bond? Need I even ask why we haven't heard more about this woman here in America? Why isn't she layin' down tracks with Lupe, Shinoda, Jay-Z, and the like? No, lemme guess: she did, but something "happened". She was going to have a tour, but something "happened". She was going to have an epic album release, but something "happened".
Fuck that. T gets an "Idols" tag from Moi, for this Blasian doth blaze a goddamn trail.