The Rap of China

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The Rap of China
中国新说唱
The Rap of China.jpg
GenreReality competition
JudgesKris Wu, Will Pan, Jane Zhang, GAI, MC HotDog, Chang Chen-yue, G.E.M., Jay Park
Country of originChina
Original languageChinese
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes49
Production
ProducersChen Wei, Che Che, Liu Zhou, Wang Tiantian, Yue Wang
Production companyiQiyi
DistributoriQiyi
Release
Original networkiQiyi
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJune 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 known as (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.[1] The show was carried out in the form of three groups of producers Kris Wu, Will Pan, MC HotDog and Chang Chen-yue judging the performance of the participating students, and received great attention.[2][3] In the end, after fierce competition among players and difficult choices of producers, China's hip-hop first season produced two annual championships, GAI (musician) and PG ONE.[4]

On April 9, 2018, the official Weibo of "The Rap of China 2" simplified Chinese: 中国新说唱; traditional Chinese: 中國新說唱; pinyin: Zhōngguó xīn shuōchàng was launched. On May 17, the instructor of the second season confirmed that in addition to the original Kris Wu, Will Pan, MC HotDog and Chang Chen-yue in the first season, there would also be the newly added G.E.M., which was broadcast on July 14, 2018.[5]

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 13 July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14) October 6, 2018 (2018-10-07)
Season 3 12 June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) August 30, 2019 (2019-08-31)
Season 4 12 August 14, 2020 (2020-08-14) October 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

The first episode of season one of The Rap of China 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.[6][7][8] Notable rappers such as HipHopMan, Tizzy T, PG One, BrAnTB, Jony J, After Journey, VAVA, GAI, Bridge, Ty. and others participated in this season.[citation needed] The finals were competed between the top three contestants PG One, GAI and After Journey 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
After Journey 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
Tizzy T PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
Huang Xu (BooM) PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS ELIMINATED
BrAnTB 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
Gui Bian (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
Teams (Top 15)
Producer Team Rapper
Team Kris Wu PG One
Tizzy T
BrAntB
HipHopMan
OB03 (OBi & M03)
Team Will Pan VAVA
Bridge
Li Daben (Benzo)
Gui Bian (Splirit)
Hu Xu (Hugh)
Team MC HotDog & Chang Chen-yue GAI
After Journey
Huang Xu (BooM)
Sena
Sun Bayi

Annual Ranking[edit]

Annual Ranking
champion runner up Third place
GAI (musician) , PG ONE After Journey Jony J
  • GAI (musician) and PG ONE tied for the championship.
  • Jony J entered the finals as a non-card and won the third runner-up in the year
  • VAVA is the top four player of the year produced by the main game system, but unfortunately, she lost to Jony J in the wild card game.

Promotion[edit]

Members of The Rap of China appeared on |Happy Camp on September 2, 2017.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

The first episode of season two of The Rap of China 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 Manshuke (Young Jack), Wang Yitai (3HO), KungFu-Pen, Lexie Liu, Vinida, Nick Chou, Li Jialong (JelloRio), Al Rocco, Nawukere (Lil-Em), ICE and others participated in this season. The finals were competed between the top three contestants Nawukere (Lil-Em), ICE and Lexie Liu as well as Aire (AIR), who was resurrected from his earlier elimination. Aire (AIR) defeated Nawukere (Lil-Em) in the final round of voting and was named champion.[9]

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

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

The first episode of season three of The Rap of China aired on 14 June 2019. 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. Notable rappers such as Huang Xu (BooM), Damnshine, Liu Cong (Key.L), KungFu-Pen, L4WUDU, Yang Hesu (KeyNG), Xiao En'en (Sean T), NINEONE, OBi, SIO and others participated in this season. The finals were competed between the top three contestants Huang Xu (BooM), Damnshine and Xinxiu as well as Yang Hesu (KeyNG), who was resurrected from his earlier elimination. Yang Hesu (KeyNG) defeated Huang Xu (BooM) in the final round of voting by just a single vote and was named champion.

Teams (Top 20)
Producer Team Rapper
Team Kris Wu Damnshine
L4WUDU
Fukesi (FOX)
DOOOBOI
Li Kui
Team Will Pan Yang Hesu (KeyNG)
Huang Xu (BooM)
Xiao En'en (Sean T)
TURBO
OBi
Team MC HotDog & Chang Chen-yue Xinxiu
Capper
Cream D
Miko
SIO
Team G.E.M. Liu Cong (Key.L)
Liu Xuanting (LastKingLX)
Vex
Wang Dazhi (BigTattoo)
Lil Boo

Season 4 (2020)[edit]

The first episode of season four of The Rap of China aired on 14 August 2020. The label supervisors were Chinese-Canadian rapper-singer Kris Wu, Taiwanese-American singer Will Pan, Chinese singer Jane Zhang and Chinese rapper GAI. Korean-American rapper Jay Park participated in the season as a guest judge. Notable rappers such Li Jialong (JelloRio), BrAnTB, Li Daben (Benzo), AnsrJ, Lil Shin, Wang Qiming (WatchMe), Vinida, GALI, Xiaoqinglong (Dragon), Kafe.Hu and others participated in this season. The finals were competed between the top four contestants Li Jialong (JelloRio), Wang Qiming (WatchMe), GALI and KAFE.HU as well as Li Daben (Benzo), who was resurrected from his earlier elimination. Li Jialong (JelloRio) defeated Wang Qiming (WatchMe) in the final round of voting and was named champion.

Labels (Top 22)
Producer Team Rapper
Kris Wu Label Li Jialong (JelloRio)
BrAnTB
Mac Ova Seas
Ugly Z
REGI
Will Pan Label Li Daben (Benzo)
KAFE.HU
AnsrJ
Meng Xu (MX)
Pan Pan (YoungPaine)
Jane Zhang Label GALI
Vinida
Chen Sijian (ODD)
Liang Weijia (Saber)
Shashou Hao (KilleR)
IceProud
GAI Label Wang Qiming (WatchMe)
Wei'er (Will.T)
Liang Laoshi (Tsong)
Xiaoqinglong (Dragon)
VOB & Double C
CJ

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.[citation needed] The show is credited for making hip hop mainstream in China, as several contestants rose to stardom and were signed to record deals.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The first season of The Rap of China received various awards:

  • 2017 Weibo TV Influential ceremony, annual excellent online variety shows.[10]
  • 2018 iQiyi Screaming Night, annual producer and annual variety shows.[11]
  • The 2017 Sohu Fashion Festival, the hottest online variety show of the year.[12]
  • "New Weekly" "2017 China Video List", "Annual Program", "Annual Draft" two awards.[13]
  • 2017 China Variety Show Ingenuity Ceremony", seven awards including annual ingenuity editing, annual ingenuity visual effects, annual ingenuity brand marketing, annual ingenuity screenwriting, annual ingenuity Director, and gala work.[14]
  • The first Golden Mackerel Award, the 2017 Top Ten Network Comprehensive Awards.[15]

Controversies[edit]

The show has been accused of plagiarizing South Korean rap competition show Show Me the Money. There were rumors that iQiyi already 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."[16][17]

In addition, since the release of "China Has Hip Hop", many rappers have released diss.[18] NetEase Music has included a considerable number of diss songs on The Rap of China[19] EMUMO also has some. Some rappers stated in the diss that they or some other rappers spent a lot of money and went to Beijing to participate in the hard work, but they could only stand in front of the camera for a few seconds, and could not even show up at all. Some outstanding singers were brushed down by the Director, and even the players were even stronger than the mentor. Or, some singers who sing badly or even call Mai are picked up by the director. Many people emphatically blamed Kris Wu and Che, and affirmed their respect for some of the well-known rappers. Some netizens commented: "There is hip-hop in China, but not in iQiyi".[20]

After the government cracked down on some of the participants in the first season, the second season and further were accused of being overly sanitized: contestants had to adhere strictly to Chinese nationalism and omit most references to sex, drugs, or cops.[21]

Quotes[edit]

Kris Wu: Do you have Freestyle?(Chinese: 你有freestyle吗?), You know the old rivers and lakes as soon as you speak (Chinese: 一开口就知道老江湖了), Canadian Electric Eel (Chinese: 加拿大电鳗)

Chang Chen-yue:Sugar sugar(Chinese:糖糖), Remember for me first(Chinese:先帮我记着), I don't think it works(Chinese: 我觉得不行)

MC HotDog:I think it can(Chinese:我觉得可以), A Yue is really strict(Chinese: 阿嶽真的很讨厌)

GAI (musician):Don't come here(Chinese:别来沾边à, Hanyu Pinyin: leishiwudu(Chinese: 勒是霧都)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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