SYA, Malaysia’s taboo-breaking woman rapper on debut single ‘PrettyGirlBop’

Wearing sunglasses and a tiger print dress as she raps into a mic, Malaysian hip-hop artist SYA calls for empowerment while taking a sledgehammer to stereotypes of Muslim women. The first female signing for label Def Jam — the label behind superstars from Jay-Z and Rihanna to BTS and Justin Bieber — in Southeast Asia, her debut single “PrettyGirlBop” tackles misogyny and acceptance in her Muslim-majority homeland.