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Myanmar rappers rewrite women's roles in their lyrics

Myanmar rappers rewrite women's roles in their lyrics

With their tattoos, loud tank tops and super-short shorts, Thazin Nyunt Aung and Aye Aye Aung don't dress like most Myanmar women.

The country's first female rap group, the duo known as Y.A.K. sometimes finds itself at performances or recording studios alongside demure, warbly voiced divas who specialize in more commercially successful Myanmar pop music. The encounters can be awkward: the nation's traditional notions of femininity smacking into an audacious new wave.

"They don't think we're pretty. They wonder how we became singers," said Aye Aye, 31, who goes by the sobriquet Triple-A. "So we wrote a song about such women. It's called 'Porn...

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