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— by Ha Thu: When Suboi was 17, her jealous boyfriend beat her up.

At 30, most know her as the queen of Vietnamese rap.

She gained nationwide acclaim after recently appearing as a coach on hip hop TV series “Rap Viet.” In the 2010s, international newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian hailed her as a pioneer of Vietnamese hip-hop.

Born in 1990, Suboi (real name Hang Lam Trang Anh) discovered her love for rap at 14, when she would spend hours studying international artists like Eminem and Will Smith, learning their lyrics by heart.

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