china by Claude J. Easy September 14, 2017
China’s largest video hosting website, iQiyi, is proving that Chinese Rap is about to become the most fire music in the streets.
Why? iQiyi’s latest online reality show, Rap of China has brought in the views, 2.5 billion to be exact. That’s one-third of the world’s population.
The reality show is focused on showcasing young talent who flex their lyrical skills while rapping in front of a panel of judges.
Controlling the contestant’s hip-hop destiny stand legendary Taiwanese rapper MC Hot Dog, Chinese-born Canadian singer Kris Wu, American-Taiwanese rapper Wilber Pan, and Taiwanese rock musician Chang Chen-Yue.
The 4 season show brought a grip of underground rappers to public attention such as HipHopMan, Tizzy T, PG One, Jony J, and VAVA in 2017, the same year they started.
Did you ever think that American rap would reach the shores of China? It was only a matter of time. The genre started to gain traction during the early 2000s all thanks to mega rap stars like Jay-Z and Eminem.
MC Bigdog, an eliminated contestant, who has been in the rap game before Rap of China premiered told BBC News, “It’s like they ripped open a gap and found it full of gold.”
“Chinese rappers have been underestimated and neglected,” Bigdog said. “Our net worth has grown exponentially after the show, but it should have done so a long time ago.”
I’m definitely hyped about this new wave of hip-hop. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen other Asian artists making waves in the world’s most popping genre like Keith Ape, Rich Chigga, and Joji to name a few.
Lest not forget about the Higher Brothers who are currently making waves in the American rap industry.
Check out these three finalists who made it to the very end and why Chinese rap is such a big deal.
China's got hip hop, and it's dope. 👨🎤
Check it out: https://t.co/3Q8u4nROq2 pic.twitter.com/VsBliMbq4f
— BBC Asia (@BBCNewsAsia) September 13, 2017
Chinese rap is dope!