中国嘻哈,真假靠想法

If I’ve learned anything at school, it’s that there are many different versions of the truth. It all depends on where you are coming from and how you use those past experiences to interpret what you’re seeing.

With that being said, one of China’s first hip hop group 隐藏 had a song called 在北京 (Welcome to Beijing) which was pretty much sounded like a song commissioned by the government’s tourism bureau. Part of the reason for the uninteresting interpretation of Beijing is that out of the four people in that group, only one of them was born in China. And with two of them being white, you can safely assume that their day to day experiences are very different from the typical Beijing-er.

Now, a southern Beijing native 爽子 redid the song to show that some of the more mundane details of the area – boredom, drinking, traffic, Southside ghetto, etc. He even ends the song with就是大北京,能不来就别来! (That’s Beijing, don’t come if you don’t have to!). Check out the song here: 在北京 南城.

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