If you have seen the TV show The Rap of China, the rap competition, produced by iQiyi, you will know how hot rap music has become in China over the past years. So today, I’ll introduce a list of powerful Rappers in China.
Jin Au-Yeung, known as MC Jin, is an Chinese-American rapper, songwriter and actor of Hakka descent. He is the first Asian American solo rapper to be signed to a major record label in the United States. He is also dubbed by US magazine QG as “an iconic figure in Asian American pop cultural lore,” But after his first studio album tanked in the U.S., Jin stepped out of the spotlight and eventually out of the country, ending up in Hong Kong where he was heralded as “the changing face of Cantopop”–a man whose face seemed to be “emblazoned across our entire city”.
Jin was particularly good at freestyle face-offs, which require more quick wit than a smooth-talking attorney because you have to insult your opponent cleverly, in rhyme, with rhythm, instantly. He was so adept at rap battles that he got spotted by an agent and soon landed a spot on BET’s Freestyle Friday, where he won seven successive battles and entered their Hall of Fame. After experiencing ups and downs developing his rap career in the US, MC Jin went to Hong Kong in 2008 to continue his career and make a name for himself not only by rapping but also acting.
Popular works: The Rest Is History (2004), The Emcee’s Properganda (2005), 100 Grand Jin (2006), I Promise (2006), ABC (2007), Homecoming (2011), Crazy Love Ridiculous Faith (2012), XIV:LIX (2014), Nobody’s Listening (2017).
- Edison Chen
Edison Koon-hei Chen is a Hong Kong-Canadian actor, rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, artist and fashion designer. Chen is also the founder of CLOT Inc., and the CEO of Clot Media Division Limited.
Having made his debut in the Hong Kong music industry in 1999, he released a number of Cantopop and Mandopop albums under the record company Emperor Entertainment Group before finally making his first hip-hop album in Cantonese with the critically acclaimed 2004 release of Please Steal This Album. He followed this up with the 2005 Cantonese hip-hop album Hazy: The 144 Hour Project and the 2007 Mandarin hip-hop album Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself.
- MC HotDog
MC HotDog is a Taiwanese rap artist known for his use of explicit lyrics in his songs and for his two famous hits – My Life and The Korean Invasion.
In 2001, his four mini-CDs sold over 220,000 copies. In 2004, he toured with Chang Chen-yue in the North American Kill Kitty tour. In 2006, MC HotDog released an album Wake Up, which contains hit song “I Love Taiwanese Girls”, is currently featured in a commercial for Kuang Chuan Tea Time. It sampled Glenn Frey’s “The One You Love” and The Spinners (American R&B group)’s “I’ll Be Around”. The track won Best Karaoke Song at the 2007 HITO Radio Music Awards, presented by Taiwanese radio station Hit FM. Wake Up was both a critically acclaimed album as well as a commercial success, as it provided MC HotDog with crossover appeal. In 2008, MC HotDog released a new album called Mr. Almost.