Hip hop has risen to the level of a mainstream cultural force in China over the last two years, spurred domestically by the hit iQIYI reality show The Rap of China and internationally by the breakout success of artists like Chengdu's Higher Brothers and their label, 88rising. This panel will discuss the obstacles and opportunities that exist for Chinese hip hop to break out in the US, and for American rap to make waves within China, considering both past milestones achieved and future hurdles to jump.
Kevin Moo, aka Daddy Kev, founder of legendary LA alternative hip hop weekly Low End Theory and the label Alpha Pup Records
Carl Choi, LA-based producer of No Sleep Til Shanghai, which documented MC Jin's tour in Asia to promote his debut album
Allyson Toy, a music industry professional with past experience at Red Bull, Fader, and 88rising, as well as an internationally lauded DJ and manager of rapper Bohan Phoenix
Jamel Mims, a Fulbright Scholar who documented the vital 2008 Beijing hip hop scene, and a multimedia artist who raps in English and Mandarin, and recently completed a US Embassy-backed artist’s residency in China.
The panel will be moderated by RADII Culture Editor Josh Feola, who has a decade of experience working in music in China, as a musician, venue manager, promoter, and writer.
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