US Ambassador to Vietnam releases rap song to celebrate Lunar New Year

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“Your boy in Hanoi” — also known as US Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink — released a rap song in celebration of the country’s Lunar New Year.

A music video, released early Monday on the US Embassy in Hanoi’s Facebook page and produced by the culture magazine Vietcetera, shows the Nebraska dad preparing a video audition for “Rap Viet” — the “American Idol” for Vietnamese rappers.

He teams up with Ho Chi Minh City rapper Wowy, who helps him put together verses and rhymes in both languages as they walk through the streets of Hanoi, the country’s second-largest city.

“Time for introductions at hand, hi my name is Dan,” the gray-haired ambassador croons in the clip.

“I’m from Nebraska, I’m not a big-city boy and then three years ago I moved to Hanoi.”

Kritenbrink, a Trump administration appointee and career civil servant who’s done stints across Japan and most recently served as an adviser on North Korea policy, is seen taking cues and suggestions from Wowy for the song celebrating the Lunar New Year, the country’s most important holiday.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink released a rap song in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
US Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink
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“Grab the hoa mai and hoa đào,” Kritenbrink says, referencing Vietnamese flowers that are used during the celebration.

“Get ready to party from Hà Giang to Cà Mau, Tết in Vietnam is the tops, I love the hot spots and the hot pots,” Kritenbrink continues, referencing the Vietnamese name for the holiday, which starts this week.

The ambassador is seen hanging outside shops drinking “cà phê sữa đá,” Vietnam’s famously strong iced coffee drinks, “not cappuccinos,” as he promises “cash for the kids, blessings for the family, love for my parents and everyone around me.”

He wishes the Vietnamese people a “chúc mừng năm mới,” or happy new year, “from your boy in Hanoi” and tells everyone to “spread the joy.”

The music video was released early Monday on the US Embassy in Hanoi's social media accounts.
The music video was released early Monday on the US Embassy in Hanoi’s social media accounts.
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At the end of the clip, Kritenbrink sends his rap song to rapper Binz Da Poet, who serves as a coach on “Rap Viet.”

“Amazing, good job!” he says.

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