Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila was one of the films to be featured in the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival this year. Director Mark Villegas wants audiences to take a glimpse into the lives of hip hop artists from Metro Manila, in a country where hip hop culture is under constant scrutiny from a skeptical public. As a Filipino-American, I already know how influential Filipinos are in the hip hop scene in the states with Apl.de.ap and Chad Hugo from N.E.R.D. to name a few. After viewing this preview of Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila, it got me interested in how much this genre has influenced the youth in the Philippines and how others view this hop hop scene in the PI. I envy Fil-Ams in California who can easily attend all these events dedicated to Filipino culture and AAPI. Hopefully screenings of Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila will be available in the Midwest and East Coast.