China’s Attack on Hip Hop Culture

The Chinese government is NOT feeling the Hip-Hop culture. They aren’t feeling the music, the message, or the looks of those who embrace the Hip-Hop scene.

Sina, a Chinese news outlet, reports the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) now “specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos that depict hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture).”

Gao Changli, director of the administration’s publicity department, summarized the Hip-Hop ban in four “Don’t”rules on Friday:

  • Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble
  • Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene
  • Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class
  • Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity

The ban caused the immediate removal of rapper GAI from Chinese TV’s Singer, which is an American Idol-like show. He has been removed from all clips on China Hunan TV’s Youtube Channel.

Rapper Mao Yanqi, aka VaVa, was also removed from the variety show Happy Camp, according to Tecent News. Music by Triple H, an underground Chinese emcee, has also been removed from major streaming sites. It gets worse! A contestant on the show Super Brian, which is not even hip-hop show, had his chain blurred out.

  “A chain?!?! You blurred out a fuc*in chain, China! How petty can you be?!!”blurred

In addition, Chinese rapper PG One was forced to publicly apologize earlier this month after one of his tracks “Christmas Eve” was deemed to demean women and promote drug culture. The song was released in 2015 and has been removed from all streaming services in China.

PG One said the track was an “early influence of hip-hop culture and black music” and thanked “public supervision” as he apologized.

Xinhua wasn’t trying to hear all that from PG One and said “the singer who disrespects the industry and the audience doesn’t deserve to own the hip-hop stage.”  Shoutout to Xinhua. Talk that “You can’t eat off the culture, if you turn your back on it” shit!


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