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22-Year-Old Rapper Jinx Zhou Releases Anti-School Anthem “Gao Kao”

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School’s out for summer! Last week, high school seniors across China sat down to decide their future educational prospects with the notoriously stressful gaokao college entrance examination. And 4 days ago, 22-year-old rapper Jinx Zhou released a music video for a new track called “GAO KAO,” which def isn’t about studying. “Dropped out of school now we gone rude!” she says:

On SoundCloud, the LA-based rapper explains that “Gao Kao” is the fourth in a planned series of 10 songs that she’ll write, record, and mix within 72 hours. The tight turnaround time puts some strain on this video, which calls out editors’ faults via strobing text at times, and often fails to sync Jinx’s lip movements with the difficult to parse lyrics. But that’s not really important here, it’s more about that conspicuous EDM festival consumption lifestyle and 95后 (post-’95 generation) memes I think.

In any case here’s a behind the scenes snapshot of the making of this would-be summer banger:

Jump in the comments if you want to tell Jinx what to rap about on her next three-day single.

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Cover image: Jinx Zhou Bandcamp

Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a Shanghai-based writer and musician, and RADII's Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, Artsy, LEAP, Tiny Mix Tapes, and more. He's been active in China's underground music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and is a former member of Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS, and Vagus Nerve.

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