22 Jun Underground Chinese Hip Hop
An inside look into the nascent musical revolution on the other side of the globe. Pioneer rapper MC Weber spearheads the creation of Chinese rap music – a free form of creative self-expression that spreads like wildfire amongst those struggling the most: young working class students and grassroots migrants left out of the country’s meteoric rise. In Hip-hop, these post-Mao millenials have found a voice and vehicle for expressing their frustration, anger, hopes, and dreams of a generation grappling with their place in the new China. Yet the movement is challenged by enemies posing a threat to hip hop’s musical existence: state censors, on the one hand, and armies of state-backed pop stars seeking to steal the name of Hip-hop for their own gain. The strong strain of social commentary and opposition that is the hallmark of underground rap music also makes it a threat in the eyes of state censors. Will Underground Chinese Hip-hop survive?