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The Best Contemporary Asian American Musicians

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Vote up the Asian American Artists that have had the biggest impact on their musical genre.

Before Mitski, Dumbfoundead, and TOKiMONSTA there were Karen O and Steve Aoki. The higher demand for Asian American representation in all creative fields, seen perhaps most prominently in film, television, and music, has led to an increase in popularity for Asian American musicians and musical artists. 

TOKiMONSTA was nominated for the Best Electronic Album in 2019, and Dumbfoundead, along with his other 88rising cohorts, put on the second annual Head in the Clouds Music and Arts Festival at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in August 2019. 

Asian American artists are changing the game across every genre, from pop, to hip-hop, indie, and electronic, the best contemporary Asian American musicians have proven they are here to stay. 

  • Mitski Miyawaki is an American singer-songwriter. Mitski self-released her first two albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013), while studying at Purchase College. After graduating, Mitski released her third studio album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek (2014), followed by Puberty 2 (2016), and Be the Cowboy (2018).

  • Japanese Breakfast
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    Japanese Breakfast

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    Japanese Breakfast is the solo musical project of musician Michelle Zauner, who is of Korean descent. Under the alias Japanese Breakfast, Zauner has released two studio albums: Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

  • Haley Henderickx
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    Haley Henderickx

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    Haley Hannah Heynderickx is an American singer-songwriter of Filipino descent from Portland, Oregon. In 2016, she released her debut EP, Fish Eyes. Her first full-length album, I Need to Start a Garden, was released in March 2018 with Mama Bird Recording Company.

  • Nosaj Thing
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    Nosaj Thing

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    Jason Chung, better known as Nosaj Thing, is an American record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is of Korean descent. He has produced tracks for Busdriver, Kendrick Lama, and Chance the Rapper.