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“Hip Hop Is My Knife, Rap Is My Sword”: Hip Hop Network and the Changing Landscape of Image and Sound Making

“Hip Hop Is My Knife, Rap Is My Sword”: Hip Hop Network and the Changing Landscape of Image and Sound Making

Chapter:
(p.195) Chapter Six “Hip Hop Is My Knife, Rap Is My Sword”: Hip Hop Network and the Changing Landscape of Image and Sound Making
Source:
China in the Mix
Author(s):
Ying Xiao
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812605.003.0007

This chapter delineates the articulations and representations of hip hop in a wide range of domains such as film, popular music, and the newly emerged digital culture in the last decade of the twentieth century and in the new millennium. It argues that Chinese hip hop and rap music are not merely a “knife” but a double-edged “sword” and moreover a prism through which wide-ranging and sometimes oppositional forces and ideologies are reflected. Case studies include musicians and artists such as MC Hotdog, Jay Chou, David Tao, The Hidden, Black Head, Ah Gan and his witty hip hop parody film (e.g., Happy, 2009) that have distinctively partaken in hip hop’s global dialogue of race, space, and youth subculture, but, in all, is also a symptom of postsocialist reflexivity of the multinational, multiauthored, multicentered, and multimediatized reality. The last part of the chapter proceeds with a critical mapping of the Grass Mud Horse Style that signifies and furthers this new aura of image and sound making in light of technological and social change.

Keywords:   hip hop, rap, youth subculture, social change, digital culture

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