Higher Brothers

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Higher Brothers
OriginChengdu, Sichuan, China
GenresHip hop, trap
Years active2016–present
Labels88rising, Empire Distribution
Associated acts
Websitewww.88rising.com/higherbrothers.html
Members
  • MaSiWei (马思唯)
  • DZKnow (丁震)
  • Psy.P (杨俊逸)
  • Melo (谢宇杰)

The Higher Brothers (海尔兄弟) are a Chinese hip-hop group from Chengdu consisting of members MaSiWei (马思唯, formerly known as OG Skippy), DZknow (丁震, also known as KnowKnow or simply DZ), Psy.P (杨俊逸), and Melo (谢宇杰).

Origin[edit]

The Higher Brothers are part of a much larger Sichuan-based rap collective called 说唱会馆 (Cheng-Du City Rap House, aka CDC). Psy.P and Melo were also part of a duo together called 天地会 (TianDi Clan, or TDC) before forming the Higher Brothers. Although they first appeared on the 88rising YouTube Channel in 2016, they were active far before that, as videos from as far back as 2012 can be found of Melo rapping alongside OG CDC members such as Fat Shady and Sleepy Cat.[1] Due to the success of songs like "Made in China" and "Franklin", The Higher Brothers embarked on a tour through Asia alongside 88rising artists Joji and Rich Brian in late 2017. Additionally, there is a proposed mini-tour scheduled in the United States in early 2018.

Mixtape: Higher Brothers Mixtape[edit]

They released a mixtape in 2016 which was simply entitled Higher Brothers Mixtape. The mixtape consists of 19 tracks including the "original" versions of two songs also featured in Black Cab - "7/11" and "Wechat". The original version of "7/11" featured a beat that was produced by Deko, while "Wechat" used the beat from Speaker Knockerz's song "Count Up". These beats were most likely changed for the re-released versions due to copyright concerns.

*Higher Brothers signifies that all members in the group were in the song.

Track No. Track Name Artists featured Producer Beat Used
1 Higher Brothers Intro Higher Brothers* Masiwei N/A
2 玩耍 Psy.P, Melo and DZknow Swagg B N/A
3 WeChat/我打开微信不是来听你BB这些的 DZknow, Psy.P and Masiwei Speaker Knockerz Count Up
4 Facts Remix Higher Brothers Charlie Heat, Metro Boomin, Southside Facts
5 可以 Masiwei, Psy.P and Sleepy Cat ITrezBeats Cut It
6 因为 Psy.P and DZknow Canis Major N/A
7 7-11 Psy.P, DZknow and Masiwei Deko N/A
8 Okay Remix Masiwei Sonny Digital Okay
9 嫉妒 Masiwei, Psy.P and DZknow Flip All that Matters-Justin Bieber (Allegedly)
10 该挨 Higher Brothers livinlargeinve Gang
11 尴尬 Masiwei and Psy.P PDUB the Producer N/A
12 Cosplay Masiwei and Psy.P Simon Marcus N/A
13 中华小当家Interlude Psy.P N/A N/A
14 Black Cab/野猪儿 Masiwei, Psy.P and DZknow 2kOnTheTrack N/A
15 Without You DZknow and Psy.P Breezy N/A
16 冬眠 DZknow, Melo and Psy.P Flip N/A
17 小弟娃 Masiwei and Psy.P IGNORVNCE N/A
18 你, 我 Higher Brothers Bravestarr and Yamumoto N/A
19 谢谢Outro Masiwei Masiwei N/A

Debut album: Black Cab[edit]

Their debut album Black Cab was released May 2017. Members have cited 50 Cent, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Migos as influences.

Track No. Track Name Artists featured
1 WeChat Higher Brothers feat. Keith Ape
2 Isabelle Higher Brothers
3 Made in China Higher Brothers feat. Famous Dex
4 Franklin Higher Brothers feat. Jay Park
5 Black Cab Higher Brothers
6 Why Not Higher Brothers
7 Mine Higher Brothers
8 Wudidong Higher Brothers
9 Bitch don't kill my dab Higher Brothers
10 Aston Martin Higher Brothers feat. Ken Rebel
11 Ding Mogu Higher Brothers
12 Yah Higher Brothers feat. J Mag
13 Young Master Higher Brothers
14 711 Higher Brothers

On June 13, 2017, a Video on YouTube "Rappers React to Higher Brothers" was posted by label 88rising, featuring 13 rappers including Lil Yachty, members of Migos, Playboi Carti, and KYLE.

As of September 2017, Higher Brothers videos on YouTube have over 10 million views.

HBO comedy Silicon Valley featured the track "Made In China" in the closing credits of the Season 5 episode "Artificial Emotional Intelligence", aired on April 29, 2018.

EP: Journey To The West[edit]

Higher Brothers released a new EP on January 17, 2018 during their North American tour with the same name accompanied by other artists from 88rising. There are 4 tracks within the EP, one of them being "Flo Rida". Originally a single before the official announcement of the Journey to the West EP, the song endorses, and blends both the Chinese and English languages (as well as other songs in their Black Cab album), with a feature of Florida rapper: Ski Mask The Slump God. The song is produced by Florida rapper and producer: Smokepurpp

Track list:

  1. Flo Rida feat. Ski Mask The Slump God (Prod. Smokepurpp)
  2. Room Service (Prod. Icekrim)
  3. Chanel (Prod. BricksOnDaBeat)
  4. Rich Bitch feat. Ski Mask the Slump God (Prod.?)[2]

Artistic style[edit]

Higher brothers are mostly known for their trap style. Higher Brothers rap mostly in Sichuanese Mandarin, though some tracks (such as "Made in China" with Famous Dex) have more use of English verses, with influences ranging from trip-hop to math rock.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Qin, Amy (October 26, 2017). "With Dreadlocks, Rhythm and Flow, China Embraces Hip-Hop". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  2. ^ "Official Website".

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