Hip-hop's yet to find itself a dedicated home here in Beijing, though events pop up everywhere from School and Yugong Yishan, to Omni Space and even the Gongti clubs. Here are the crews and crooners to keep an eye out for.
This young buck has been on the scene since he was 15. Supposedly mature now at 23, he’s still got that cheek, telling Time Out that ‘I write about stuff like sex and things that only exist in my imagination.’ He’s up a more alternative path than some of his counterparts, collabing with Do Hits producers in the past.
A veteran of nearly two decades on the Chinese hip-hop scene, MC Webber's sound is classic hardcore jams, influenced by the sounds of the early '90s. His lyrics are abstract and he's dabbled in reggae, dubstep, drum 'n' bass and host of other genres. At his core, though, this guy's the OG of Chinese rap.
Accessible, California-style ska-rap with rich instrumentals. Shuangzi spits about the lives of people from his generation in China: 'the difficulties they meet, their sentiments, their joy – their psychological worlds,' he says.
For about five years now, this hip-hop party crew have been hosting (usually) monthly parties, and usually at Migas
, as well as other events. They’re led by Nasty Ray, an East Coast and old-school apostle à la Nas or Mos Def. Likely to benefit from the newfound interest.