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Taiwanese hip hop

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Taiwanese hip hop music started in the early 1990s, popularized by the early hip hop trio L.A. Boyz.[1] A distinctive style of rap emerged using Taiwanese Hokkien as opposed to the Mandarin Chinese used in Mandopop.

Cultural Context

A mid 70s movement titled the Modern Folksong Movement sought to reclaim Hip Hop for the Taiwanese people. Artists such as Yang Xian and Li Shuangz inspired a new generation of localization of music which strove to strip away the years American cultural imperialism. This movement paved the way for more Taiwan specific music and allowed for new Taiwanese to take from local traditions and language and create their own national music.[2]

Early Years: Harlem Yu

The first Mandarin rap song was done by singer-songwriter Harlem Yu in Taiwan, who is known for being one of the first artist to experiment with R&B and rap in the Mandopop music industry, in the early 80s which was parallel to the early New York 80s rap songs.

1990s: L.A. Boyz

L.A. Boyz is a Taiwanese pop/rap group composed of 2 brothers, and their cousin. They were raised in Irvine, California and met at its University High School. They first became involved in music through their interest in hip-hop dance moves learnt from parties around Orange County and Los Angeles, and fashion from Compton and South-Central LA. Their dancing, and entry into various competitions, eventually led them to be scouted by a representative of Pony Canyon, in Taiwan.[3] They released 10 albums starting from their first “SHIAM! 閃” selling more than 130,000 copies in 1992. Their second album, released in the same year, was similarly received. The group was very successful in the 1990s until their break-up. They are credited for starting the trend that would spreads into Taiwan and the rest of the Mandarin speaking world.

2000s to present day

In 2001, MC HotDog arrived in the Taiwanese market. He is known for his use of explicit lyrics in his songs. He is known for his two famous hits - "我的生活" (My Life) and "韓流來襲" (The Korean Invasion).

In 2002, Dwagie released Lotus from the Tongue (舌粲蓮花), and is described as a "pro-Taiwan rapper".

Ever since many Taiwanese rappers have emerged, this includes Jae Chong, Aziatix, Machi, Nine One One, MC BOBE, DJ Chuckster, SL Tha Boss, Keni Kuskule, Uncle Matthew, The Dime, MC Bushilica, Pretty Boi, Terzijata (was a member of the Ruff Ryders crew), Niko Refund Master, Dare The O.G. and many more. DJ Chuckster is also known for drinking beer while scratching. He is performing live almost every other Saturday with Pretty Boi and all the ladies in the crowds are loving them, especially the Asian girls. Dare the O.G. has retired from rapping since he is more focused on sleeping on his chair while raiding in Warcraft. Niko the Refund Master is handling the cash efficiency while Terzijata is living his life comfortably in Basel. The Dime is also missing from action for an extended time period, police are searching for him, people are believing that he is at home and working on his new album.


See also


  1. ^ Dunn, Ashley (5 April 1993). "Rapping to a Bicultural Beat : Dancing Trio From Irvine--the L.A. Boyz--Scores a Hit in Taiwan". The LA Times. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  2. ^ Schweig, Meredith (July 2014). "Hoklo Hip-Hop: Resignifying Rap as Local Narrative Tradition in Taiwan". Chinoperl. 33 (1): 37–59. doi:10.1179/0193777414Z.00000000016. ISSN 0193-7774.
  3. ^ Wester, Michael (1994-06-01). "Trilingual Rappers". Taiwan Review. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
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