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Clockenflap Music Festival

Clockenflap 2017: Higher Brothers bring Chinese hip hop to Hong Kong and the world

Ahead of their appearance at Clockenflap, The Post sat down with the Chengdu crew to talk about rapping in Chinese and the recent hip hop boom in China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 8:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 8:00pm

Hip hop has been experiencing a rebirth across China thanks to a new generation of rappers who focus more on hedonism than political messages.

One of the most popular Chinese hip hop crews are the Higher Brothers. The outfit from Chengdu in Sichuan province will be flying the flag for Chinese rap at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival this November.

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The crew have notched up more than four million views on YouTube for their Made in China video and have won critical praise for their debut album, Black Cab, which was released in May this year.

In the lead-up to the city’s biggest annual music and arts festival, the Higher Brothers visited Hong Kong earlier this month to preform at Kitec in Kowloon Bay, where their lyrical prowess was on full display to the packed house.