‘Pushing Boundaries With Cans of Paint’

While the Olympic themed street-art of England’s eminent and anonymous pop-cultural delinquent may soon disappear from the walls of London, Voice of America interviews graffiti artist Wang Mo on the chic and seditious...

China’s Hip-Hop Underground

Matthew Niederhauser is a documentarian who works with an array of media. He has been closely following the culture of underground music in China for some time, and published the book Sound Kapital in 2009. Asia Society posted a...

The Hundred Schools Of Thought: Underground Hip-Hop in China

New York-based artist and musician Jie-Song Zhang is writing a series of blog posts and photo galleries for National Geographic exploring the underground hip-hop movement and youth culture in China. From the first installment:...

Tavis Smiley Show in China

The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS is broadcasting from China for a week of special reports. The entire special will be rebroadcast starting August 15: For five nights, July 11-15, 2011, Tavis brings you stories from the People’s...

Brendan O’Kane: [Help], [Help], [Help] the Police!

After the New York Times published a story about the rise of Chinese hip-hop, blogger Brendan O’Kane tore the reporting apart on his blog. His post has now generated a lively conversation about the state of hip-hop, such...

Now Hip-Hop, Too, Is Made in China (Updated)

From New York Times: A week before Americans tune in to the Super Bowl, another televised mega-event will kick off on the other side of the globe. On Sunday more than half a billion people here are expected to watch the annual...

Video: China Rappers Have All the Bling But Not Much Sting

Beijing-based hip hop group, Dragon Blue Tongue, is performing in London this week for Chinese Now, a touring pre-Olympics festival celebrating Chinese culture. But the tame subjects of their songs set them apart from hip hop...

Video: ‘Hip-Hop Grannies’ Take the Stage

Grandmothers are joining cheerleaders on the stage and on the airwaves, reports Voice of America, and they call themselves “The Hip-Hop Grannies.” Wu Yi retired at the mandatory age of 55. Bored at home, she saw...

Hip-Hop in Shanghai

On YouTube, a video which, as Shanghaiist says, is “good for a few minutes of head-bobbing amusement.”

BBC:Web demo launches hip-hop in China

From BBC NEWS: A demo placed on the internet has triggered the initial success of one of China’s first hip-hop groups, Hi-Bomb. Hi-Bomb – composed of Lionel “Little Lion” and Shang Hao – rap in English, Mandarin and the Shanghainese dialect. Their success was triggered by Lionel placing a demo on the web – which […]



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