Spotlight On: Higher Brothers and China's growing hip-hop scene
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May, 2017. A sweaty, underground club is packed out with young twenty-somethings: hip-hop heads, edgy students and locals clinging to smartphones, breathlessly awaiting the mosh pit. As the lights go down and the 808 bass begins to thud aggressively, the venue explodes into life. A group of young men dressed extravagantly in Bathing Ape and gold jewellery dart around the stage, the crowd hanging on their every word. The night has begun.
Surprisingly, this is not a Migos concert, nor A$AP Mob, nor Flatbush Zombies; nor is it Atlanta, Chicago or London. This is Chengdu, China’s 7th largest city, and best known for its Sichuan cuisine and its Panda Base. The group on stage, Higher Brothers, have rapidly shot to global fame, releasing a stream of trap hits online that have all surpassed a million views on YouTube. Their songs vary from satires of Western stereotypes of Chinese culture (‘Made in China’) to eulogies of the wide range of food available at 7-11 (‘7-11’). Unlike their American counterparts, there are no clouds of weed smoke, or bottles of Promethazine: just intricate wordplay, diverse flows and boundless energy and passion.
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