About the Scholar: Baoyan Ye grew up in China and attended the High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China.
In the summer of 2017, The Rap of China, a reality competition show, brought Chinese hip-hop music from underground to mainstream in just two months. Chinese hip-hop artists followed two main stylistic paths: incorporating western conventions; and trying to create a distinctively Chinese style. Vulgar language and explicit sexual themes led to hip-hop being banned at the beginning of 2018. However, the second season of The Rap of China showcased artists continuing to produce music with a distinctively Chinese character. Baoyan wonders if this new form of music can take its place on the international stage as genuine hip-hop.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.