Kyrgyzstan: Inside the Burgeoning Rap Scene

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A small nightclub in central Bishkek recently hosted the city’s first-ever “Freestyle League” competition.

Two skinny teenagers in oversized sweatshirts bound onto the stage, each wearing New York Yankees caps, nodding their heads in time as they call to the crowd: “Put your hands in the air! We want to hear maximum noise!”

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Nate Schenkkan is a Bishkek-based journalist. David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor and a long-time photographer.

Kyrgyzstan: Inside the Burgeoning Rap Scene

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