China’s Hip-Hop Underground

Matthew Niederhauser is a documentarian who works with an array of . He has been closely following the culture of underground music in China for some , and published the book Sound Kapital in . Asia Society posted a video by Niederhauser chronicling the underground world of hip-hop in China:

 

The above multimedia project documents live performances of some of the most popular underground hip hop in Beijing, including MC Davey, MC Majun, MC Dawei, Nasty Ray, Yin San’er (IN 3) and punk Generation Six. In the , Niederhauser provides an informal history of China’s underground hip hop scene, explaining some of its defining characteristics as well as some of the problems and obstacles faced by Chinese hip hop artists. In his view, the music is ultimately a vehicle for self expression.

“I think the only direction for hip hop in China is onwards and upwards,” Niederhauser concludes. “There is so much more potential for these guys to reach larger audiences.”

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