Born in Buenos Aires, but raised in L.A.’s Koreatown since he was two, Dumbfoundead (a.k.a Jonathan Park) first started getting attention from his Grind Time rap battles. His sharp wit, comedic disses, and chill swagger helped him become an instant favorite among the underground hiphop circuit. He gained an even bigger following after clips of his epic battles emerged on Youtube.
Dumbfoundead released his newest track entitled, “Are We There Yet” yesterday, and it’s a surprisingly honest song with lyrical insight into the rapper’s personal life and struggles. The first verse is a tribute to his mother’s difficult journey to America with two young children in tow: “I was only 3 when she brought me to the States, my sister only 1, crossing borders wasn’t safe. What she did was very brave, I think about it every day.”
The music video for the track was directed by Jay Ahn, and it shows a lot of local love as he wanders throughout Koreatown (there’s even a cameo by our friends at BapPul kimbab truck!), rapping about his family, the love of his life, and the start of his career.
We’re excited for Dumbfoundead’s upcoming LP to drop, and can only anticipate more songs like “Are We There Yet” to remind us of how inspiring hip-hop can be. Dumbfoundead shows us that you don’t need huge productions and crazy studio effects to create a great song and music video. For the latest information on his upcoming LP, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
Check out the music video below and tell us yourself: Is he there yet?
Melissah Yang and Mink Choi contributed to this post.