It’s going down in Beijing June 24th, 7:30pm, address below. The world acclaimed choreographer Anthony Egéa (France) returns upon China’s request to Beijing to fuse the worlds of ballet and hip hop modern dance together again. Some very good dancers here I bet, wish I had front row seats, ya smell me!
I think I know some of these girls from that video shoot with Sbazzo…hahah or maybe not. Hard to tell (in those outfits)
I still remember my first hip hop experience in Beijing (China for that matter) and it was at a Section 6 party at the original Yugong Yishan. I remember seeing XIV (Lao Zheng 老郑）of Yin Tsang in a wife beater screaming barely comprehensible Chinese lyrics and skinny ass Sbazzo flowing like nothing I’d ever heard before…and Young Keezy was selling CD’s at the door…haha! Look at em now.
Needless to say from that experience, I was hooked.
Yin T’sang along with the many other OG’s of Beijing hip hop scene like Lil Ray, Webber and IN3 still got the best hip hop party going (in China), and its happening again this Saturday night at 9pm. Just so you know its happening on the last saturday of every month at Yugong Yishan and officially “features freestyle rap performances from the voices of Beijing youth, street dancers from all over China”
I’ve dropped some flows here, its a great place to get your feet wet in the hip hop scene. Battles, new song releases, dance off’s, and certainly some hot babes…its a partay its a partay its a partay its a partaaaaaaaay.
Saturday June 25th, 9pm-late
West courtyard former site of Duan Qirui Government, 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu,
Read about a new open mic at the Hot Cat Club and I know all the hip hop heads of Beijing are looking for a new spot to test their skills. Go check this out and serve some fools Xiao Bizzle style! plus you get some free courage juice for trying…thats nice.
Every Thursday head to the Hot Cat Club for one of the most inclusive open mic nights in the capital. Any style goes, and equipment is provided. Regular weekly performances by guest bands warm up the crowd. Free. Performers get a free drink.
Ok, I wanna tell ya’ll about my homie and one of Beijing’s finest Asian-American English rappin’ MCs, Grand Master Chu who just dropped his first official release, Yung Monk. Oh….wait….hold on his PR has something to say:
A well-thumbed holy text in one hand and fresh Jordans tucked under selvage denim, cap slightly askew. He wanders the world by plane, subway, and foot, a 22nd-century global nomad.
Grand Master Chu’s lyrical journey through high school, an undergraduate career at Yale University, and the Beijing underground rap scene has culminated in Yung Monk: the Mixtape. Through its 19 tracks, he demonstrates his years of lyrical growth and personal and spiritual contemplation, laying crisp verses packed with meaning and choruses with smooth, memorable hooks, both sung and rapped.
For hip-hop fans, a strong dose of lyricism is present on songs like “I Need a Savior” (“I need some medicine, penicillin for penances / Pennin the pages, diagnosis: I lack adrenaline”) and “6’7” (Master Version)”, a hijacking of Lil Wayne’s recent single. On “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Sons,” he joins his Model Minority partners in a thoughtful ode to their parents, while he holds his own on “Chinatown Connect”, even paired with Brooklyn street rapper SK.
Still, even the most pop-oriented listeners can enjoy songs like “Café” – a K-pop Big Bang cover featuring Asian-American singer Melloe (with a soon-to-be-released music video)- and “冰红茶(Iced Red Tea)”, a tongue-in-cheek club song dedicated to the ubiquitous Chinese soft drink (“waiters try to bring me bottle service / if it ain’t cold and red, it got me feeling nervous”).
Between freshness and materialism, joy and greed, exuberance and reflection: theYung Monk.
Ha uh yeah, what he said. Basically as I see it, to everybody out there rappin’ about nothing and making no sense, meet Grand Master Chu, he’s better than you.
Yung Monk: the Mixtape was recorded in Beijing, China; Yale University, Connecticut; and Newark, Delaware. It is now streaming and available for FREE download at bit.ly/fZ2Ddo
Just an update for my party people, VICS is having “beauty competitions” each Saturday this month with cell phones, cash, and “bragging rights” (haha right?) on the line! With DJ Kefra spinning and the usual groupies there, I can see this being a pretty wild time and if your are fine hunny, why not go for it??? (Assuming you got no self-respect already, I mean, you’re at VICS…)
In honor of the contest, here are a few of my fave Beijing Beauties that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing or working with…
Nasty Ray a.k.a. Black Sound was born and raised in Beijing and fell in love with hip-hop culture at a young age. Scouring the city in search of new places to go digging in the crates Ray amassed a enormous collection of urban music and in the process developed his own style of gritty Beijing alleyway battle rap, with which his name is now synonymous. Unlike most battle MC’s, when Lil Ray is not going head to head with rappers from all over China he can still jump in the studio and drop smart sixteen’s over any beat he decides to devour. Regardless of whether Ray is defending his “Section 6″ MC Battle crown or opening for Akil of Jurassic 5 and Ghostface Killah on his China Tour, you know he’s gonna go hard and rep Beijing to the fullest.
(photos courtesy of Beijing’s (maybe the world’s) most magical photographer Von Niederhouser )
in 4 de kill (pon de floor)
Dancing. Dancing. Move 2 de riddum
"We need 5-6 girls to please come up on the stage...?" Yeah...right that worked.
Wordy Cut Cut Cut it up.
… and that’s how you rock a party in Beijing.. all for free too.
Just don’t get me started on the wrist bands….
More on that later, NOW we talk about the puppets.
Puppet Hip Hop Hits Yugong Yishan
Puppetmastaz – October 1
Mr Maloke is the head creature of German Muppets-style hip-hop collective Puppetmastaz. No, really. Find out how he pulls the strings
Who are your main influences, as both puppets and rappers?
‘For rappers, I like the more freaky side of hip hop: Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Flavor Flav and ODB – not people like Jay-Z, y’know, the more serious rappers. When it comes to other composers, I like Ludwig van Beethoven, the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey and animal sounds in general.
As for puppets, obviously I like Sesame Street and the Muppets, and all the Star Wars creatures.’
Do you think there’s been much discrimination against puppets in the music industry?
‘Well, it’s very rare that puppets make it big. Flat Eric and Mr Oizo had a breakthrough about ten years ago [with the song ‘Flat Beat’], and we called him up to see if he wanted to join Puppetmastaz. Now, Flat Eric is part of our crew.
We just want to get people to come back to a more Fraggle-inspired animal attitude. We make that happen with the live shows, but through the radio it’s not that easy to get people sweating and to transform into something animal-like.’
Animal-like, eh? I heard that puppets have an unusually high sex drive. Is this true?
‘Erm… yeah, yeah, y’know, we keep it animalistic. Generally the humans are a lot more judgmental, and us animals are more comfortable with anything happening. I mean, some of our frogs, I don’t even know how they have sex. Other members of our crew have crazy organs; I don’t even wanna talk about those.’
What about interspecies relationships? Any thoughts?
‘I wouldn’t mind. A lot of people say I look like a mole, but I think I’m more of a crocodile. People always want me to take off my hat and find out, but I’m always like: “Don’t stress me out, I am what I am; if I wanna be a crocodile, I’m a crocodile.” People sometimes think I’m a dog. I’m not a dog!’
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