Rapping Mongolia

Posted on November 14, 2006 

Rapping Mongolia

In the crowded, smoked-filled clubs of Mongolia’s forbidding plains, where cheap Russian-style vodka is the drink of choice, teens in baggy clothes dance under the blurred beat of Eminem.

Mongolian rappers glower from huge advertisements. And the staccato sound of hip-hop pounds from taxi stereos in the dust-filled capital, Ulan Bator, where more than two dozen radio stations offer a steady diet of hip-hop mixed with rock and pop.

The music is offering the trappings of outlaw cool in a small, impoverished country where the feared conqueror Genghis Khan launched attacks on rival China 800 years ago and where wintertime temperatures plunge to 20-below.

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