Why hip-hop scares the Chinese Communist Party

Hip-hop star calls music “black”

IN HIS bawdy rap song, “Christmas Eve”, Wang Hao (pictured) switches from Chinese to English when praising his friends as “motherfucking dope”. Mr Wang’s fans clearly think he is dope, too. In September the musician (who uses the stage name PG One) was named as the joint winner of “Rap of China”, a hip-hop-themed talent show on iQiyi, a popular video-streaming site. During its 12-episode run the contest racked up a whopping 2.7bn views, turning its contestants into household names.

This year, however, those revelling in their newfound fame are under fire. In December Mr Wang was accused of having an affair with a married actress; in an ensuing online furore, the Communist Youth League tweeted an attack on “Christmas Eve”, a three-year-old track that web users had dug out of Mr Wang’s back catalogue and that contained far coarser lyrics than anything he had aired on the show, including a reference to drug-taking. All…Continue reading

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