Kero One’s “Welcome to the Bay”

Right now it’s a gorgeous day in San Francisco — mid-80’s, hands down the nicest day to date this year — so really, there’s no way I can not blog about Kero One‘s Welcome to the Bay, the rapper’s homage to San Francisco (and let’s be honest – I live there too, so I’m completely, shamelessly biased.) Never has 16th & Mission and the inside of a MUNI train look so glamorous.

Visuals from director Phil Velasco aside, take a close listen to the second verse where he talks about his parents journey from Asia to the United States and talks about a time “when words like ‘chink’ were teachable.” Kero One isn’t doing so bad nowadays; he quit his day job as a web designer in 2006 and now does everything from producing tracks for Talib Kweli to collaborating with Epik High to touring Europe, Japan and Korea.

(Hat tip:’s Eye on Blogs)

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About Ernie

I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog,, for seven years.
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