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SYA, Malaysia’s taboo-breaking girl rapper on debut single ‘PrettyGirlBop’

SYA, Malaysia’s taboo-breaking girl rapper on debut single ‘PrettyGirlBop’

SYA, Malaysia's taboo-breaking woman rapper on debut single 'PrettyGirlBop'

Sporting sun shades and a tiger print costume as she raps right into a mic, Malaysian hip-hop artist SYA requires empowerment whereas taking a sledgehammer to stereotypes of Muslim girls. The primary feminine signing for label Def Jam — the label behind superstars from Jay-Z and Rihanna to BTS and Justin Bieber — in Southeast Asia, her debut single “PrettyGirlBop” tackles misogyny and acceptance in her Muslim-majority homeland.

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