Okinawa-born Japanese hip-hop artist Awich has stories to tell, from discovering rap as a rebellious teenager to losing her husband to gun violence in America. Photo: AFP
Okinawa-born Japanese hip-hop artist Awich has stories to tell, from discovering rap as a rebellious teenager to losing her husband to gun violence in America. Photo: AFP

‘You can be a mother and you can be sexy’: Japan’s hip-hop queen Awich on being both and how she dealt with her grief when her husband was killed

  • Awich has had a breakthrough year, with the release of her first major-label album, Queendom, photo shoots for Vogue and a performance at Tokyo’s famed Budokan
  • The hip-hop artist reveals how she poured her life into her album, why she was a rebellious child and why being a mother doesn’t mean giving up being sexy

Okinawa-born Japanese hip-hop artist Awich has stories to tell, from discovering rap as a rebellious teenager to losing her husband to gun violence in America. Photo: AFP
Okinawa-born Japanese hip-hop artist Awich has stories to tell, from discovering rap as a rebellious teenager to losing her husband to gun violence in America. Photo: AFP
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