Cheblogudo tries to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to international hip hop trends (having covered, by way of recent example, the rise of non-dollar denominated rap lyrics). And since the nineteenth congress of the Chinese Communist Party is grabbing world headlines this week, what better time to have a closer look at hip hop with Chinese characteristics? Reuters listened to some of it:
In his baseball cap and baggy yellow t-shirt, the rap star Li Yijie – better known by his stage name “Pissy” – is an unlikely face of China’s strait-laced ruling Communist Party.
Let’s pause right there – I’m not sure if that’s a tribute to R. Kelly, but “Pissy” is probably not the best stage name. Moving on…
His group, Tianfu Shibian, has won fans and the support of the party’s youth league with songs like “Force of Red” and “This is China” that chime with President Xi Jinping’s nationalist vision of China and its place in the world.
We’ve heard something like that before. But Pissy takes it to a whole new level.
“We need to stand up and say: Why can’t younger folks be more patriotic?” he said during an interview in Beijing.
“We need to step into this system,” he said. “If the post-1990 generations don’t enter the system, what is our country going to do?” said Li.
Beijing has the same idea.
Here’s one example:
“Force of Red” attacked Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, an independently governed island that Beijing considers a renegade province.
“There’s only one China, HK, Taipei, they are my fellas,” ran the lyrics of the song in English, along with expletives aimed at Tsai and her government: “Far away from us you forget how to act. Even dogs know to come home with a thankful bark.”
The music video went viral, racking up more than 7 million views on the band’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo feed and catching the attention of the Communist Youth League, a training ground for elite cadres within the 90-million-strong Communist Party.
I know you’re asking yourselves (among many other questions): how will it play in