6. CD REV
CD REV is a Chengdu-based rap group of four men with strong nationalistic views. The group formed in October 1, which is China’s National Day. Their mission in the rap world is to start a revolution against shallow lyrical narratives like drugs, cars, women and money. When they’re not fighting the good fight, they spread nationalistic pride to all who doubt or condemn their homeland. This has made them a target to many Western media platforms most of whom regard them as a tool for propaganda. But regardless, CD Rev is desperate to build a better and more wholesome image of their nation.
Their song “This Is China” holds an important message that aims to restore the impression that the rest of the world has on China, which according to the group, has been tainted by the media for decades. Lyrics include “the red dragon ain’t no evil, but a beautiful place.”
Roy, a member of CD Rev, released a diss track aimed at the United States president, Donald Trump, who happens to not be China’s favorite person due to his outright contempt towards the dragon nation. The music video features Roy slowly turning the volume down as Trump delivers a speech. He then begins his rap with scalding lyrics such as “those restrictions, you’re breaking the rules. Make America great again, make the world into a doom.” At some point in the song, Roy also calls him a hydra. Ouch.
Needless to say, regardless of interference with society and the government, the future of hip-hop music in China looks promising as these rappers build and break down walls in the hopes of a better and more unified world.