Photo of the day: Gai Reps His Hometown


This week’s photo theme is Red Raps: stills from recent hip-hop videos with “red” (read: patriotic) themes.

For today’s photo, we’re grabbing the pullback posse shot that closed out Gai’s music video, Hot Pot Soup Base. If you need to know more, we wrote up a Yin post a while back about the Rap of China co-champion and his track:

Yin: Rap of China Champion Gai Spits Bars Over His Hometown Hotpot

The thirty second shot is undeniably badass. You got the whole team posted up looking ready to ride. Gai reps his people and his hometown in the track, showing his patriotic side in a more nuanced way than some of our recent features (you might’ve noticed, but rap music has been identified as the medium of choice to drive nationalistic propaganda into the minds of youth). Some choice bars:

“You copy my flow/my clothes and my hat/as if all rap stars need VPN accounts/I’ve told you all your problems, go and think about yourself/you’re all pretending to be successful with no faith/the Chinese blood is running through my body/I hope you achieve a Grammy one day”

Chongqing stand up. Hot food and hot raps.


Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a US-based writer, producer, multimedia artist, and former associate editor at RADII. His work has been featured in publications such as Maxim and the Chinese-language StreetVoice, and he’s an active member of the hip hop and DIY music scenes in Shanghai, NYC, and Dallas. He learned Mandarin in high school to train at the Shaolin Temple but now uses it to interview rappers. He blogs about China and Asia on Instagram: @this.is.adan

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