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N. Korea Rap Video by Two US Teens Is a First for the Country (Video)

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 02:35 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A North Korea rap video shot by two U.S. teenagers is perhaps the first non-government affiliated music video ever to be filmed there thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign.

Anthony Bobb, 19, and Dontray Ennis, 20, released their song and video, "Escape to North Korea," this week just as the Communist country is making headlines for former NBA star Dennis Rodman's outburst Tuesday.

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"We shot a great music video and did something nobody has done so I feel great about it," Bobb said this week in a statement through his manager.

Bobb and Ennis, the Washington, D.C., boys who make up the rap duo Pacman and Peso, flew halfway around the world in November to film their video on the streets of North Korea. The teens said the trip, which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and with help from a New York hedge fund manager, was meant to set them apart from all other up-and-coming rappers, Agence France-Presse reported.

Pacman and Peso said that they had no problems traveling in the country, despite North Korea's tense relations with the U.S.

"We learned about their leaders and why they have problems with America," Ennis told AFP. "All the Koreans we met were cool. ... It was all love over there. It wasn't how what people was saying it would be."

Dennis Rodman was in the news this week after going off on CNN's Chris Cuomo when asked why he decided to bring a team of former NBA basketball players to perform an exhibition game in North Korea.

"It's a great idea for the world. And, people always turn down the things I do. And, it's weird," Rodman told Cuomo. "Why? I love my friend [Kim Jong Un]. I love my friend. This is my friend."

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