Dwagie

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Dwagie (Chinese: 大支; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Toā-ki; born Tseng Kuan-jung Chinese: 曾冠榕; pinyin: Zēng Guànróng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chan Koàn-iông, ca. 1984) is a Taiwanese rapper, best known for using Taiwanese in his performances. His first solo album was Lotus from the Tongue (舌粲蓮花, 2002), billed as the first ever full rap album in the Chinese-speaking world.[1] He has also collaborated with fellow rapper MC HotDog.

Outside of the hip hop scene he is best known for his best-selling single, "Taiwan Song", which projects an unapologetic Taiwanese assertiveness. The title is a playful pun on the Mandarin word for "ode" (頌, pinyin: sòng), which also sounds like a Taiwanese word for "feeling good" (爽, POJ: sóng), as well as the English word "song".[1]

The March 8, 2004 Asian issue of TIME describes him as a writer of "pro-Taiwan rap" and the "poster boy of the DPP's southern youth vote campaign" during the 2004 presidential election.[2] He was also featured in a segment of the 2007 Discovery Channel special The Mystical Tainan (謎樣台南).[3] He became a proponent of humane treatment for stray animals in 2009, and has featured their point of view in his music. Dwagie supports trap, neuter, release programs in Taiwan, and has collaborated with others, such as Lotus Wang [zh], Yang Lie, and Su Tseng-chang, to film public service announcements on stray cats, in DVD and online form.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Yen, William (28 June 2019). "Taiwanese hip hop star an activist on mic". Central News Agency. Retrieved 29 June 2019. Republished as "FEATURE: Rapper Dwagie explains role of activism in his work". Taipei Times. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ Andrew Perrin Tungkang (3 March 2005). "What Taiwan Wants". Time. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. ^ 探索頻道 Discovery謎樣台南 介紹人人有功練 大支今晩9點首播!! Archived July 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Lin, Chiao-lien; Pan, Jason (28 June 2013). "FEATURE: Rapper Dog-G has a soft spot for strays". Taipei Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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