I just finished watching an interview on Mogo.com.cn with MC Webber. The guy asked him about whether or not there was a Chinese hip hop sound or style, to which MC Webber said that there wasn’t because everything they did was inspired by the American hip hop atheistic. Which is true, kind of. Everything I’ve found definitely sounds American-ish, right down to a guy that sounds just like Lil’ Jon. While they have those songs with a lot of Chinese flava’, it’s really just background instrumentals that anyone can really do.
Now, earlier I said, “kind of true” because I have this one song by 爽子 called 爱情史诗 where the chorus is recited the way they recite poems in Chinese. The cadence and voice inflections are unique enough that it can be instantly recognizable for foreign ears. It’s too bad that he didn’t do it for the whole song. But at the same time, doing for a whole song might be a challenge.
However, combine that type of flow with the Chinese instrumentals and the content regarding life in China, then we’ll have definitely have something close to a style of hip hop unique enough to be considered it’s own.
Here’s an example of what it sounds like when they recite Chinese poetry for you to compare to the mp3 above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dapTFIpLoRs.