“A land known for the ancient musical practice of “throat” singing, Mongolia is throbbing to a new beat: hip-hop. In a country where almost 60 percent of the population is younger than 30, hip-hop has become an effective way of making political statements and carving out a new Mongolian identity.
At a venue in Ulan Bator, the capital, rainbow lights flash as plumes of flame shoot into the air. Hip-hop has a huge following, and onstage this recent night is a who’s who of the world of Mongolia’s hip-hop scene. Bling-laden stars in baggy jeans and baseball caps strike poses. One performer has an enormous, drooling white dog tethered on a chain.”