So today marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Diplomatic Immunity Vol.1. If you aren’t making it to the reunion show tonight at BB King’s, at least watch this video by Mass Appeal with Baohaus chef and Fresh Off the Boat host Eddie Huang speaking out on hip-hop, Four Loko, and why it’s cool to mix high/low culture. Eddie cites Crime Pays as his all-time favorite Killa Cam album, but I gotta go with Purple Haze. I’ve been steadily listening to Purple Haze for 5 years straight and it’s probably the only rap album where I can still stand the skits after almost a decade. S.D.E. is a close second.
Eddie Huang and ‘Fresh Off the Boat Editor’ Chris Jackson
Eddie’s brother and one half of Baohaos Evan Huang at the Barnes & Nobles release event
Last week Eddie Huang released his first book simply titled ‘Fresh Off the Boat : A Memoir”. Just entering his 30’s Eddie shares his captivating modern American immigrant story in a style all his own. Despite Eddie’s relative young age, the tale told is a necessary and inspirational one. Eddie has found a way to achieve what many dream of; manifesting his varied interests into a successful career that somehow balances the disparate worlds of sports, hip-hop, downtown culture and cooking.
If you haven’t heard of Eddie Huang suffice to say he’s someone who wears many hats. Eddie is a co-owner of the delicious east village Bao mecca Baohaus, a host of the gonzo VICE travel meets food show ‘Fresh off the Boat’ and an outspoken and often controversial pop-culture commentator. The photos I snapped are from two readings and book signings he did in the New York area. The first at Barnes & Nobles in Union Square and the second at McNally Jackson Books in Soho where I picked up my own personally signed copy. If you can’t find the book at your favorite local bookstore you can get a signed copy online HERE.
Photos by Rocky Li