The Rap of China

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Rap of China
中国新说唱
Genre Reality competition
Judges Kris Wu, Will Pan, G.E.M., MC HotDog, Chang Chen-yue
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Production
Producer(s) Chen Wei, Che Che, Liu Zhou, Wang Tiantian
Production location(s) Beijing, China
Production company(s) iQiyi
Distributor iQiyi
Release
Original network iQiyi
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release June 24, 2017 (2017-06-24) – present
External links
Website

The Rap of China (simplified Chinese: 中国新说唱; traditional Chinese: 中國新說唱; pinyin: Zhōngguó xīn shuōchàng), formerly called (simplified Chinese: 中国有嘻哈; traditional Chinese: 中國有嘻哈; pinyin: Zhōngguó yǒu xīhā), is a Chinese rap competition show produced by iQiyi. The show has three celebrity producer groups whose job is to train and guide the rappers participating in the competition.[1] The Rap of China has been credited for making hip hop widespread and mainstream in mainland China.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Season 1 12 June 24, 2017 (2017-06-24) September 9, 2017 (2017-09-10)
Season 2 11 July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

The first episode of season two of The Rap of China was aired on 24 June 2017. The producers were Chinese-Canadian rapper-singer Kris Wu, Taiwanese-American singer Will Pan, Taiwanese rapper MC HotDog and Taiwanese rock musician Chang Chen-yue.[2][3][4] Notable rappers such as HipHopMan, Tizzy T, PG One, BrAnT.B, Jony J, AfterJourney, VAVA, GAI, Bridge, Ty. and others participated in this season.[5] The finals were competed between the top three contestants PG One, GAI and AfterJourney as well as Jony J, who was resurrected from his earlier elimination. PG One and GAI were announced joint winners after the final round of voting ended up in a draw.

Rounds[edit]

Round One (Open Auditions): Open auditions were held in Beijing. Rappers would rap without music and if the producers liked it, they would hand the rapper a chain that indicates that they move on to the next round.

Round Two (60 Second Rap): Contestants that passed would be given 60 seconds each to present their prepared rap to the producers. They only need one producer to pass for them to move on; however, if all the producers fail them, they would be eliminated.

Round Three (Team Cypher): Contestants draw a name from a hat to pick their temporary team. Each team takes a turn to freestyle to a beat on a topic that their producer chose. If they don’t get the microphone in the time permitted or their rap is deemed not good enough, they are chosen for elimination.

Round Four (1 vs 1 Battle): Based on their assessment in the previous round, the contestants chose an opponent to battle against. They choose a beat and create a song together that is performed. When they battle, producers vote on who was better and the loser is eliminated. The 20 contestants who were eliminated in the 1 vs 1 battles return and each producer team chooses one rapper to return.

Round Five (Team Selection): Each producer team performs in front of the contestants and an audience who votes for their favorite. From the votes, the judges earn chances to select rappers to form teams. The producers sit on one side of the doors and contestants enter from the opposite room. If both the producer and contestant stand at the door, the contestant makes it into that producer's team. If not, they will still have a chance at being chosen later on. Each team can have up to 5 members.

Round Six (Team Performance Part I): Each team has a short amount of time after selection to create a team song to a chosen beat. They perform in front of an audience that votes for the member that they think did the worst. That member is then eliminated.

Round Seven (Team Performance Part II): Once again, each team creates a team song; however, they perform for just the producers this time around. The producer of each team chooses a member to eliminate from their team.

Round Eight (Demon Challenge and Team Performance): A mainstream artist is invited on the show and assesses a member from each team. Both separately perform a prepared song. Representatives from media companies vote on their performances. If the contestant wins, they immediately advance to the top 6. The producers and their teams create a song together and perform it for the audience. The team with the most votes can save a member while the second team is up for elimination. The last team is forced to immediately eliminate one member.

Round Nine (Semi-finals Part I): The top 6 are drawn against one another to each perform a song. Renowned music producers then vote on which contestant was better in each battle. The 3 losing contestants battle against each other and 2 are eliminated.

Round Ten (Semi-finals Part II): The 4 contestants team up with a guest singer for a performance. The 2 rappers with the lowest votes compete against each other and one is eliminated.

Round Eleven (Finals): The remaining 3 rappers as well as one resurrected rapper perform to a live audience. Votes decides who moves on until there are only 2 rappers left. The final 2 contestants each perform a song and the winner is decided by a combination of votes from invited peers and the producers.

Notable Rappers
Rapper Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10 Finale
PG One PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS CO-WINNER
GAI PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS CO-WINNER
AfterJourney PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Jony J PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED REVIVED ELIMINATED
VAVA PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
BrAnT.B PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Tizzy T PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
BooM PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Bridge PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
HipHopMan PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Splirit PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
OBi & M03 (OB03) PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Sun Bayi PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
BCW PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Ty. PASS ELIMINATED
Top 15
Producer Team Rapper
Team Kris Wu PG One
Tizzy T
BrAnt.B
HipHopMan
OB03 (OBi & M03)
Team Will Pan VAVA
Bridge
Benzo
Splirit
Hugh
Team MC HotDog & Chang Chen-yue GAI
AfterJourney
BooM
Sena
Sun Bayi

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

The first episode of season two of The Rap of China was aired on 14 July 2018. The producers were Chinese-Canadian rapper-singer Kris Wu, Taiwanese-American singer Will Pan, Hong Kong singer G.E.M., Taiwanese rapper MC HotDog and Taiwanese rock musician Chang Chen-yue. Open auditions were held outside of mainland China for the first time in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. Notable rappers such as Young Jack, Yitai (3HO), KungFu-Pen, Lexie Liu, Vinida, Nick Chou, CyanDragon, Al Rocco, Lil-Em, ICE and others participated in this season.

Top 15
Producer Team Rapper
Team Kris Wu Lil-Em
Yitai (3HO)
Blow Fever
Al Rocco
Young Jack
Team Will Pan & G.E.M. ICE
Nick Chou
AIR
WatchMe
KeyNG
Team MC HotDog & Chang Chen-yue Lexie Liu
KungFu-Pen
PACT
Max
Jason

Impact[edit]

The show quickly grew in popularity and reached 100 million views in four hours when its first episode aired. It accumulated 1.3 billion views in a little over a month.[6] The show is credited for making hip hop mainstream in China as several contestants rose to stardom and got signed to record deals.[7]

Controversy[edit]

The show has been accused of plagiarizing South Korean rap competition show Show Me the Money. There were rumors that iQiyi bought the rights for the show from CJ E&M; however, Mnet stated "Show Me the Money is not the content which CJ E&M sold the rights."[8]

References[edit]