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|Origin||Chengdu, Sichuan, China|
|Genres||Hip hop, trap|
|Labels||88rising, Empire Distribution|
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).
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. 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
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)|
|11||尴尬||Masiwei and Psy.P||PDUB the Producer||N/A|
|12||Cosplay||Masiwei and Psy.P||Simon Marcus||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|
Debut album: Black Cab
|Track No.||Track Name||Artists featured|
|1||Higher Brothers feat. Keith Ape|
|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|
|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|
As of September 2017, Higher Brothers videos on YouTube have over 10 million views.
EP: Journey To The West
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
- Flo Rida feat. Ski Mask The Slump God (Prod. Smokepurpp)
- Room Service (Prod. Icekrim)
- Chanel (Prod. BricksOnDaBeat)
- Rich Bitch feat. Ski Mask the Slump God (Prod.?)
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.
- Qin, Amy (October 26, 2017). "With Dreadlocks, Rhythm and Flow, China Embraces Hip-Hop". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
- "Official Website".