Malaysian rapper Sya says she’s challenging a status quo “built on the basis of the patriarchy and toxic masculinity”. Photo: Def Jam Southeast Asia
Malaysian rapper Sya says she’s challenging a status quo “built on the basis of the patriarchy and toxic masculinity”. Photo: Def Jam Southeast Asia

Malaysian female hip hop artist Sya, whose debut single is a satire of macho stereotypes, doesn’t fit rap’s alpha-male image

  • A Malay, Sya is the first female artist to sign with Def Jam Southeast Asia, a branch of the Manhattan hip-hop label, and says, ‘I never saw it coming’
  • Her debut single with Singapore’s Yung Raja is the story of a girl becoming a confident woman. ‘I’ve been a victim of male supremacy for so long,’ she says

Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop
Malaysian rapper Sya says she’s challenging a status quo “built on the basis of the patriarchy and toxic masculinity”. Photo: Def Jam Southeast Asia
Malaysian rapper Sya says she’s challenging a status quo “built on the basis of the patriarchy and toxic masculinity”. Photo: Def Jam Southeast Asia
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