中国嘻哈, 北京风格

I’ve had incredible luck pulling tons of Chinese hip hop songs off the web recently. While I haven’t heard nearly enough to know everything, I think I’m starting to hear some regional differences. For sure there are regional differences in attitudes and characteristics in the people; it makes sense that it would be reflected in their music.

I ran across an interesting podcast where this one guy is talking to 杨帆 an MC from the hip hop group 功夫. They start talking about language and words and they get into how people from the South (which they identified as anyone south of Beijing) come up to Beijing and start adding “-er” and “-cher” after everything they say to blend in or be cool.

This happens in hip hop as well. In 2004, Taiwanese R&B star Jay Chou came out with <> as the title track to . That song got a lot of buzz because he used a very heavy Beijing accent.

Likewise, I found this guy 张伯宏 who is a singer in mainland China, but spent much of his youth abroad, who released his own song <> with a heavy Beijing accent to a lot of buzz.

Now, listen to hip hop music that’s actually from Beijing. This is 隐藏 with their song <<在北京>> And then check out <<代表北京>> by Ablazecrew.

I’m assuming that the difference that you hear is that the Beijing native stuff sounds a lot more mainstream and normal whereas the other stuff had a more exotic spin to it. I’m not sure what it means, but there’s a part of me that thinks artists outside of Beijing still see it as the cultural capital of China – but in an old and traditional kind of way.

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2 responses to “中国嘻哈, 北京风格”

  1. lovelesscynic says :

    hey don’t forget Wang Leehom how many songs has he sung with the Beijing “r”? Which is a total affectation since in all other songs he’s got a pretty hefty Taiwanese accent. Your theory is pretty interesting though, is it old and traditional, or perhaps the Beijing ethos is closer to that of the traditional rapper stereotype.

  2. Nien says :

    of course there’s leehom, i was gonna devote an entire post just for him!

    but yeah, they talk a lot about the “hu tong” which is like a neighborhood. and beijing is all out grittier and nastier anyways. perhaps i should compare shanghai hip hop, ive got some…

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