‘Godfather’ of Tibetan rap MC Tenzin spits karmic rhymes, a pioneer of home-grown hip-hop scene

In his tracksuit, silver chain and sparkling trainers, MC Tenzin would look like any other rapper if not for the backdrop of towering Himalayan peaks in his videos and rhyme-dropping about karma.The self-described “Godfather” of Tibetan rap is a leading light of the region’s hip-hop scene, where tight social constraints are at odds with the in-your-face art form.Tibetan rappers walk a tightrope unfamiliar to their peers overseas, with some cautiously exploring local pride and Buddhist identity…

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