US rappers say they filmed music video in NKorea

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American rappers from left, Pacman and Peso, dance next to their crew members at the Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing, China Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

American rappers from left, Pacman and Peso, dance next to their crew members at the Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing, China Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

“Nobody shot a video in North Korea, let alone thought of it. Nobody even thought of making a video in North Korea. You know what I’m saying?” said Peso, whose real name is Dontray Ennis.

They raised more than $10,000 on the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter to fund their trip.

The rappers said the unusual move could jumpstart their music careers. They hope to release the video next month.

North Korea has detained at least six Americans since 2009, including journalists accused of trespassing and others accused of trying to spread Christianity. North Korea state media claimed Saturday that 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman had apologized for committing “hostile acts” against the state during a trip in October, but the report could not be independently verified.The rappers said they encountered no problem while in North Korea. “They treated us well, like I was sick out there for good two days and they took care of me until I got over the sickness,” Peso said.

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