Mike Lennon is a rapper from Parma, and Parma is one of the new representatives of the genre. Lennon has Asian ancestry and has repeatedly overturned stereotypes about Asians. It can also be seen from his video tape and his latest single “Asianboy” that they have become their main force: ” When I was young, they insulted me, now I don’t care”
Mike Lennon is a rapper from Parma, and Parma is one of the new representatives of the genre. Lennon has Asian ancestry and has repeatedly overturned stereotypes about Asians. This is also in his video tape and in his latest single “Asianboy” (following the feat of “I make money”). Become their main force. M¥SS KETA ” And “Ms.”)
Mike Lennon has a lot of Beatles: How did this name come about?
Since I was a child, in the thousands of CDs they have listened to, my parents let me hear the Beatles, which became my first real music hobby. When I started my musical journey, I wanted to keep everyone calling me by the name Mike, but I didn’t want to keep my surname, and I didn’t want to associate him with my father. I wanted something more identifiable. Among thousands of names, I thought of Mike Lennon one day, I liked it and kept it.
When did you become interested in “rap” rap?
I was passionate about rap when I was 14 and I still remember the exact moment. We are in the countryside with my father. We have a high-fidelity CD player. My cousin brought some CDs he downloaded from eMule. This is a compilation of two houses (from Riccione, the club’s strength is very strong ) Is rap music like Eminem and 50 Cent. I remember the first time I heard this sound, I felt that other genres did not have this unique energy, so I fell in love with it Up. As a nerd, I am crazy and I want to know everything, from DJ Premier to The Roots, Mobb Deep, Biggie, Dipset, etc. etc. Although it doesn’t seem to be much, I consider myself a true lover of the genre.
Do you have a problem with discrimination?
In addition to the scuffles that appeared in the discotheque when I was young, these “problems” are also “like children, often pulled by cin ciian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian cian to emphasize almonds. Eyes, wait, but I still look down on them.” Today, unless offended intentionally, it will almost never happen, and I don’t deserve to die. For the rest, I am always in a situation of mutual respect, because we often come from different countries and regions.
At one point there were two Duc Loc Michael Vuong (maybe more, who knows). It can be said to be a self-deprecating version: how and why was the LOL version born?
Now, my character is widely known among my friends and those who follow me. It’s not always part of my nature to be too serious and funny about myself. The project was born to eliminate all prejudice against Asians and to speak out to people who often don’t want to express themselves. I want all the smoke, as they say in the jargon: “I want all the smoke”, that is, I don’t care about other people’s thoughts, if it can put me in a good/bad situation, what will I get from Find inspiration in the present. I just want to show the world that I am not ashamed of thinking that I am Asian. This is indeed my peculiarity. It is the same for anyone else. Everything that makes everyone feel weak can be a real power. .
Asianboy is the latest single in career development. What has changed over the years and where is this?
It has changed a lot. In fact, it is changing every week and every month, as if I have been evolving. Together with Lady and Asianboy, my real musical journey is the beginning for me. Yes, you see the first part as a pioneer. My type is and will always maintain hip-hop music and R’n’b style. This is part of black culture. I always feel that I am very close to my taste. Instead, I use the producer side as a channel to do all the other types, which may not be suitable for my project, but I still like it and still want to do it. I can’t wait for these works!
Last month, Lady was released. This song, out of those strange coincidences, exposed the title of another song in the media. Has the artist considered such things?
I know this song, but I will tell you the truth, it definitely doesn’t matter to me, and then I wrote this song a few months ago. The title fits this song very well. Although my audience is small, I still believe that our work is more beautiful. For me, numbers mean everything, but nothing. Of course, I will not evaluate artists from the stream of artists. Energy, fucking, sound, explanation are all important things, and I think these things will be rewarded over time. Who knows, knows.
By the way, that person has a nudity video where you can act with your partner. Many videos are based on your ideas, because in the end Mike Lennon has a lot of things. Apart from rap, what else do you like to do?
In addition to singing, I also like to make, stay in Photoshop and Premiere to do graphics and videos, and in the future I want to work with my girlfriend and build a brand, and my girlfriend is a product manager of a big Russian brand.
But with Myss Keta, how did you find each other?
Myss Keta (Myss Keta) is a super open and easy-going person. We quickly discovered each other. We made 3 songs in one afternoon. In the end, only Crookers appeared in “Make Money”. . She and Riva who followed her are both leaders, and I respect them and her artistic career very much!
What is Asian rap? Does it exist, or is it a label, the purpose of which is to clear some of the customs that we (and not only) still have some stereotypes?
Asian rap is just one of thousands of labels that humans want to give to things. When rappers from Greenland arrive, will we call them Arctic rap? We tend to classify everything and want to define everything, and then it is enough to look at things as they are and appreciate their state. For me, in my world, there is only one kind of music, one kind of good music, a good music can be rap, folk, pop, rock, garage, it doesn’t matter. When things are beautiful, they are beautiful.
Speaking of labels and stereotypes: In the United States in recent weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about discrimination against people of Asian descent, but very little. What do you think of this matter? Do you feel growing up? What have we been dealing with?
Yes, I have heard of it. For me, racism against Asians has always existed, and no one wants to talk about it. Every media decides what racism to talk about, but racism is a disease that always exists and applies to everyone from obesity, anorexia, poor people to nerds. What makes me laugh is that the person who posted the black photos for #blacklivesmatter may be one of the people who voted for Salvini. Propaganda about racism against Asians or any other race can only increase tensions and reinforce the idea of white supremacy. To me, racism is as criminal as stealing from someone’s home. Until the legislation changes, these chaotic situations will continue to occur. This is a dog chasing its own tail.
How do you deal with these stereotypes?
By analyzing my experience so far, what I learned is that what is sure to make you laugh is what is on the surface, which is easier for everyone to notice, so this happened to me. However, deeper knowledge needs more time to absorb and spread to everyone. This is a longer but more solid path, and this is what my team and I are doing. I am not in a hurry to burn my footsteps. I am in a heart, mind and clever idea. I now have experience and skills to do my job better, so fucking stereotypes, they are fighting against each other. I am totally convinced. Care about it and focus on your own path and where you want to go.
From the perspective of music, there have been paradoxes since K-Pop and J-Pop, as well as in literature. What do you think of this hypothesis (and that kind of music)?
The images are cool, they are classic boy bands, such as One Direction or Backstreet Boys, but in Asia, I think certain songs on music are really hits, such as BTS’s “Dynamite” because of the way they are made, edited In addition to the way of music and your feeling, there is a lot of food behind it, there are also top producers and a lot of work. These videos are also great. Not all of these are my business, but I attach great importance to everything that is done well.
In fact, some singles have been released in recent months. What will they merge into? If they flow into something, of course.
I don’t want to make an album yet. Although I have written a lot of songs, it is not the time yet. I think they will definitely be integrated into EP, which is the fusion between the original and interesting world of ASIANBOY and the sexy taste of R’n’B and Lady.
What do you think of the imitation of Strip’s Asian stereotype?
I think, given what is happening in the United States, it is sometimes best to think twice before doing something, especially on TV. When you talk to so many people, I think you have a double responsibility, maybe someone will be offended! I am not who, as I did to them by tagging them on Instagram, they are very good at imitating and they can do it for me in the past two years! Of course, this makes me reflect and see that one day we are advocates against cat appeals and gender gaps, and we will soon fall into discrimination next week.