Time again for some hot music from Midwest rap sensation Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride who teamed up with Philly rapper Tone Trump for the track "Dollaz" -- available for download now -- brought to you by Smokes' label Imperial Music Group. Also, be on the lookout for Smokes' brand new video "Closer" featuring Oscar-winning Hip-Hop group Three 6 Mafia -- coming soon!
With the current development of Hip-Hop turning to the Midwest region, one rapper by the name of Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride will for sure stand out from the talented crowd of rap artists from the Midwest.
Smokes was born in Pusan, South Korea, but currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is crafting his lyrical skills and musical force on a daily basis with the goal to become the next Asian rap star in the country.
The Korean-bred MC is a witty, multi-talented, and passion-filled force ready to take the industry by storm. Smokes stands to show and prove that race and/or location are irrelevant as long as you have will and determination.
"I think it's all about the passion and drive more so then the location. But if you didn't know, Wisconsin goes hard!” says Smokes, who has already performed alongside Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Lil Wayne, Petey Pablo, Young Buck, Redman, Ying Yang Twins, Three 6 Mafia, and Twista.
Smokes decided that he wanted to create music for a broad audience with no boundaries. His plan is to take his sound and his music all across the world. "I want to be an internationally superstar, of course I want state success but my goal is be universal and to be able to play anywhere in the world and get the same love I do here."
The first step was to reach out to all the Asian ethnicities that populate America. "My 'Asian Pride' movement is based around pride. I am Korean but to the average Joe for all they know I am Chinese or Japanese. See, we Asians have our own personal conflicts between other Asian cultures, you have Hmong people battling with Laotians, you have Cambodians fighting with Chinese and at the end of the day it seems so unimportant in the bigger scheme of life. At the end of the day we all are just Asian immigrants in America. My belief is we can put all our personal beefs aside and unite as group, and in doing so we can show the world we are a force. Asian people are beautiful and we can’t change our skin color or our eyes, but we can offer you beautiful culture and greats minds. To me 'Asian Pride' is a room full of Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Cambodian and all races coming together and uniting under one umbrella and showing the world that we are here and we are proud!”
"I'm in a lane by myself finding a niche in a market that is untapped and has potential to dominate the modern day music industry. There are millions of Asian-Americans that love Hip-Hop and have no one to look up to or admire, and I'm going to be their voice box," proclaims Smokes.
Smokes has developed his talent amidst many obstacles in his life. He has endured such pain as losing his mother and surviving a devastating car accident, but he has assembled a total package of musical genius, magnetic charisma, and business acumen over the years.
The future looks bright for the charismatic Wisconsin MC so be on the look out for Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride!