President Obama visited Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday to rap with the residents, and one woman rapped back — literally. During a question-and-answer session with the president, 26-year-old rapper Suboi stood up to ask him a question, but he stopped her and requested a rap instead. Suboi, a Ho Chi Minh city native whose real name is Hàng Lâm Trang Anh, smiled and asked if he’d prefer the verse to be in English of Vietnamese. Obama chose the latter, though admitted he wouldn’t be able to understand her. “Do you need a little beat?” Obama asked offering a few bars to start her off. The crowd joined in and clapped along while Obama bopped his head along with the beat. Once she finished the freestyle verse she told the president her rap was about wealthy people who remain unhappy, in spite of their money. Suboi also said she struggled in her industry because female rappers are often dismissed as nothing more than “cute girls.” She added that she struggles because Vietnamese people don’t typically think rapping is for women. Obama said the United States is battling similar stereotypes. “There’s always been this sort of, sexism and gender stereotypes in… Read full this story
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