中国嘻哈, Mainland v. Taiwan
I remember listening to two guys talk about hip hop a while ago, it seemed like it was a huge soap opera with feuds and smacking talking and everything. And Chinese hip hop it’s no different, except this time it’s Mainland v. Taiwan.
It started when a traveling basketball team from Jiangsu, China was playing some teams in Taiwan. Apparently the game got physical and one of the Mainland players threw a badass elbow that gave the Taiwanese player a bloody nose and a black eye. Afterwards, the guy didn’t apologize and a lot of people got pissed off. Here’s the coverage from Taiwanese TV.
Right after, 大支 , a pro-Taiwan rapper know for doing a lot of his stuff in Tawainese, released a track about it with all the standard Chinese disses relating to family and nationality. Very important cultural cue for what’s valued in this culture:
Translation: Your mom is a Han (Chinese) whore. Your grandfather is a dog. Your father is a traitor. That means you’re a Han whore dog traitor.
And for good measure, he has a line in there about how the China national team jacks off Yao Ming. This sounds way more impressive in Chinese in front of a beat, I promise. Get the track here.
And then from here, there is this epic back and forth between Mainland and Taiwanese underground hip hop artists. And what started as unsportsmanlike conduct is turning into a huge chest thumping match based on nationalism.
Click here to go to a blog that has documented the entire thing.