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Awkwafina, American Musician ( - )

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My every birthday wish was, 'I want to someday be on TV.'~Awkwafina


Birthday Wish Want

I was working a corporate job, but I really wanted to do music.~Awkwafina


Music Job Working

It's not nice to say it - I know female musicians, but not so many rappers. I can't think of one I idolize, which is sad, but I'm hoping that will change.~Awkwafina


Change Sad Musicians

Other female rappers are overly sexual, have no wit, and their lyrics are so generic. I want to change the game to make rap that shows I'm not a normal female rapper - it's not about how rich I am, how much sex I have, or how many boyfriends I have. That's just not me.~Awkwafina


Change I Am Game

My mom passed away when I was 4 years old, and she came from a very conservative Korean background. I feel like my life would've been incredibly different had she still been alive.~Awkwafina


Mom Life My Life

It's definitely a privilege to be able to do what you love to do; it's not something that everyone gets to do, so I feel really good about that.~Awkwafina


Love Good Do What You Love

I think there are barriers, but I think for me specifically, my barrier is being rejected from the kind of hip-hop elitists that think I'm not appropriating it, but just not serious about it. They think I'm a Lonely Island, Weird Al, you know - like a parody rapper. So that alienates me from a lot of things.~Awkwafina


Lonely Me Weird

I grew up thinking Margaret Cho and Lucy Liu were my idols because that's it.~Awkwafina


Thinking Up Idols

I'm not trying to unite Asian people with my music.~Awkwafina


Music People Trying

I used to chop up C-Span soundbites or interviews with politicians like John Kerry or Bill Clinton into a radio-esque show hosted by Awkwafina and her producer, Mookie. I would pitch down my vocals to have male guests and would send them to a small circle of friends after they were done.~Awkwafina


Friends Small Circle

I remember watching Margaret Cho with my grandmother on TV. She was my hero, not only because she was funny, but because she showed me that it's okay to be yourself, that it's okay to be a brash yellow girl and to be a strong and brave woman.~Awkwafina


Funny Woman Be Yourself

I think it's important for people to understand that as a woman, I can only rap about the parts I have.~Awkwafina


Woman People Important

I have lived in this city my whole life and have seen the way gentrification has changed it. I'm not necessarily against transplants, as 75 percent of my good friends, roommate, and boyfriend are not native New Yorkers.~Awkwafina


Life Good Friends

I legitimately wanted to know if Mayor Bloomberg was going to ban large margaritas that I cry over while on a date alone at Dallas BBQ as a part of his controversial soda ban.~Awkwafina


Alone Know Cry

I like to make songs that are based on concepts.~Awkwafina


Like Concepts Make

I started with me as Awkwafina reciting 'Othello' monologues, and I'd send those to my friends. It started like that, and then it went into more music-y stuff.~Awkwafina


Friends Me Like

I started by producing, and the rapping came second to that, because I wanted to fill out the beat.~Awkwafina


Beat Because Started

I studied my craft at the same place as Nicki Minaj.~Awkwafina


Place Craft Same

I grew up two train stops from where A Tribe Called Quest grew up, and one stop from Nas.~Awkwafina


Train Tribe Two

I am American. If you drop me in Seoul, I don't think I'm going to thrive there.~Awkwafina


I Am American Me

Rap was started by black people and, thus, is at the foundation of black culture. So people cannot always wrap their minds around someone like me being inspired by it. But if you listen to the things we're saying, they're authentically us.~Awkwafina


Culture People Black

When I went to college, it became more of a hobby, and that's when I think I got the realest music education. It wasn't something that I had to do. It wasn't an obligation.~Awkwafina


Education Music College

You can't really label me as a musician, a comedian, or a rapper - you know, it's different.~Awkwafina


Me You Know

I think the people get that I'm just kind of an anomaly in a certain way.~Awkwafina


People Think Way

My grandma was very traditional, but she herself is a rebel of that culture.~Awkwafina


Culture She Rebel

My grandmother can never really teach me anything because she skips steps.~Awkwafina


Grandmother Me Teach