Playlist: Understanding Hong Kong hip-hop
Your average Hong Kong hip-hop song typically features three common traits: there’s rapping; the rapper is based or born in Hong Kong; and the song likely tackles socio-political issues. But while these traits are certainly helpful in differentiating a Hong Kong hip-hop song from a Cantopop track, are they all that define the genre? After all, although different in style and sometimes subject matter, songs from, say Kwokkin’s HK Estate of Mind and MastaMic’s Jungle both convey, in some form, what it’s like to live in Hong Kong through the filters of hip-hop. Want to know the various styles and artists that comprise modern Hong Kong hip-hop? Read on... By Michael Cheuk
The best albums by Hong Kong bands of 2018 so far
Ska, rock, indie, rap and pop – despite what many say, it's a great time for music in Hong Kong with a bevvy of genres being represented in quality new releases from bands based in the city. With that in mind, here's our pick for the best LPs that have been released so far this year.
Upcoming live music events
Blackpink is red hot right now. The popular K-pop girl group plays for the first time in Hong Kong as part of its 2019 World Tour. The four-girl group is known for hit singles, such as Square One and As If It’s Your Last, which reached more than 400 million Youtube views. They’ve also recently collaborated with Dua Lipa on the track, Kiss and Make Up. Expect all these songs and more when they make their Hong Kong debut.
Jacky Cheung: A Classic Tour
God of Songs Jacky Cheung is set to conclude his three-year A Classic Tour with two weeks of performances at the Hong Kong Coliseum this January. The Heavenly King is best known for his marathon tours, his 1993 best-selling album The Goodbye Kiss and his 2009 effort Private Corner, for which he coined the term 'Canto-jazz'.
Throughout their incredible 11-album back catalogue, the Bellshill natives have gone from scrappy underdogs to one of the most revered indie bands in Britain. In particular, A Catholic Education, Bandwagonesque, Grand Prix and Songs From Northern Britain stand as four seminal albums from a band whose output has never been less than stellar. Even Kurt Cobain often referred to them as ‘the best band in the world’. You’re not gonna argue with him, are you?