Monday, January 05, 2004

CHAIRMAN MAO REBORN AS RAPPER?


mao on the mic


*updated*What was first just idle rumor is now, apparently, actual-factual. The Chinese gov't is repackaging Chairman Mao as an MC. Here's a radio report from BBC/NPR's The World that includes some audio examples. I'll have to post up something on China's real hip-hop scene later (what up MC Showtyme - I see you!) but for, I think the gov't should take a page from Mos Def and Kweli and call the hip-hoppin' Chairman, Red Star. Tzin hau! (spotted on the hiphopmusic.com blog)