Chinese rapper Vava suggested in a social media post that she would perform at Rolling Loud in Hong Kong, but her name is missing from the line-up for the festival announced on Wednesday.

No place at Hong Kong hip-hop festival Rolling Loud for Vava after Chinese rapper backed police amid protests in city

  • In July, China’s top female hip-hop star posted Instagram video captioned ‘Rolling Loud in Hong Kong … see ya’. But Vava’s not in just-issued festival line-up
  • In August she shared People’s Daily meme saying ‘I support Hong Kong police, you can hit me now’. Was she dropped from Rolling Loud? Organisers won’t say
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Chinese rapper Vava suggested in a social media post that she would perform at Rolling Loud in Hong Kong, but her name is missing from the line-up for the festival announced on Wednesday.
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Chinese rapper Vava used her Instagram account to show her support for the police in Hong Kong. Photo: Ronald Leong/Esquire Singapore
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Adam Wright

How Chinese rappers are selling out hip hop by slamming Hong Kong protesters and supporting police

  • US rappers like NWA and Public Enemy once urged their followers to stand up to the government and police – but Chinese acts don’t feel the same
  • For artists like Higher Brothers, Vava and CD Rev, nationalistic pride comes first. Perhaps we should see them as a separate genre altogether?

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Chinese rapper Vava used her Instagram account to show her support for the police in Hong Kong. Photo: Ronald Leong/Esquire Singapore
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