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WATCH: Nardwuar vs. Higher Brothers

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It’s the life-changing interview you didn’t know you were waiting for.

Nardwuar, Youtube interviewer extraordinaire, is notorious for pulling up on celebrities with a bag of intimately-selected gifts and a notebook full of buried, decades-old secrets. Higher Brothers, the cross-cultural Chengdu crossover act that no one saw coming, are famous for their eerily accurate embodiment of American trap music and their overall fire bars. It’s a match made in heaven.

In the course of the interview, Nardwuar asks DZ about his previous job selling insurance over the phone, calls Masiwei out on his high school rap name, and talks to Melo about the lottery ticket store his mom owns (after making him freestyle battle his translator, Lana). Psy-P was largely ignored, but what are you gonna do?

The group shares stories about seeing Kendrick Lamar for the first time on CCTV5, their go-to McDonald’s orders, and the surprising role Howie Lee played in their current mainstream success. At the end, Higher Brothers pull out their own bag of gifts for Nardwuar – spicy foods and a “Learn Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day” book. It’s a feel good vibe, check it out for yourself.

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Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a Shanghai-based writer, producer, and multimedia artist, and the 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 so he could train at the Shaolin Temple, but now just uses it to interview rappers.

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