Hip-hop star Bobby Kim has opened up about being the victim of racism during his schooling years in the US.
The 40-year-old rapper and singer appeared as a guest on an episode of KBS 2TV’s Hello on Monday, December 9, and empathized with an audience member’s grievances of experiencing racism at a foreign school. He responded with his own story.
“I know how you feel,” he lamented. “I moved to America when I was two. There was a lot of racism. I was mocked merely for the way I looked. I would pray every day before going to school: ‘Please let me be teased less today’. But I’d still get abused when I got to school.”
Kim, however, can see the slier lining. “It made me stronger growing up,” he says. As he hit his teen years, he began performing at night clubs and underground venues around San Francisco, before delving deeper into hip-hop scene during its golden age.
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“Those years in San Fran gave me the confidence to move to Korea and follow my dreams,” he has said. And that he did. He has since become one of the most most recognised hip-hop and R&B artists in the Korean music scene.