When “The Rap of China” launched in 2017, it pushed underground Chinese rap music into the mainstream. Now, producers are turning to L.A. and other cities to find new talent.
The show provided a large platform for rap artists to showcase their work but in return, artists have been careful about what they talk about in their lyrics. Contestants have been increasingly fearful of offending government censors in China. https://lat.ms/2Hj0wEP
Some, like Xingyu Li, are willing to accept the content limitations. “If you want to be in this show, you have to obey the rules,” he explains. https://lat.ms/2Hj0wEP
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