Sat - 17.10.15
Arkham Presents | AR & Whizzbiz [Album Release Party]
Get ready to celebrate the release of the album The Making of Greatness from Guangzhou-based rapper AR, and young producer Whizzbiz. Hailing from Chinese Hip-Hop label CHEE, this new album departs from both of their previous individual work, and they’re gifting us with a performance of all their new tracks. Departing from typical hip-hop content, AR’s verses discuss social culture, politics, and observation of Chinese life with unparalleled rap technique and flow. We’re proud to have found such young Chinese talent, and want to show the rest of China and the world the kind of hip-hop talent to be discovered here. Supported by acts are KidGod, DJ Edi and Soul Han, also from CHEE Production, AR and Whizzbiz plan on dropping that album hot at a party you’ll definitely want to attend.
– AR –
From the famous Chinese hip hop label CHEE, AR is well known for his freestyle pop-rap and rap technique and hip-hop/trap music style. He released his debut EP, Graduation Address, in 2014, and through outstanding flow, melody and lyrics, he quickly became one of the most popular rappers in China. When he started rapping at 14 years old, AR quickly gained recognition when he won the champion of Iron Mic that very year. He has supported Pusha T, and has performed at NIKE ALL-STAR, House of Vans, and MIDI Festival among many other venues and festivals. Recently he teamed up with young producer Whizzbiz and has released several singles that are only rising in popularity.
– Whizzbiz –
Born after 1995, Whizzbiz is one of the youngest music producers in China. But don’t let his age fool you; he has worked with several musicians that have led to him being widely acclaimed in the local music industry. Internationally, he has also worked for commercial brands such as UBER. His musical style is trap hip-hop and southern hip-hop, so prepare to get low on the flo’.
– Kidgod 肥宝 (孔庆宝) –
Rapper Kidgod is from a local family in Guangzhou. As a kid, he was pretty shy until he started listening to hip hop music, which gave him an outlet to express himself. In 2003 he teamed up with long-time friends ALONG and DJ Edi, and dubbed themselves ”DUM DUE”. They started composing and producing songs and released their debut album 《精神分裂》 in 2006. Kidgod uses his humorous lyrics to express his relatable opinions on life and society. In 2008, Dum Due joined CHEE Production, and in 2010, Kidgod released his first solo album 《放手 感受 节奏》, and won “Best New Cantonese Male Singer” in The 11th Chinese Music Media Awards. His music was also selected by Activision Blizzard to be the soundtrack to the video game “TrueCrime : Hong Kong”. He is one of the founders of the now famous band Project Ace, who released their debut album “Jazz Day and Night” in 2014. He is also the first Chinese hip hop artist who released a vinyl record.
– DJ Edi –
One of the members of Dum Due, DJ Edi is one of the most well respected hip-hop artists in Guangzhou. In 2005 at age 20, he was selected to play with DJ kRUSH. Since then, many hip-hop parties in China continue to book him again and again. He was one of the finalists in 2008 World DJ Championship China, and was the DJ for Kobe, LeBron James and Kevin Durant’s China Tour. DJ Edi was the champion of NIKE ALL-STARS Battle Night in 2011 and also one of the judges of Pioneer Southern China DJ Battle every year in China. DJ Edi has become one of the most well known DJs in southern China by his excellent scratch technics, and his club, electro and trap music style.
– Soul Han –
Soul Han is a member of Anshao (CHEE Production) who released the EP 《老字号》 in 2014. He has played in several big parties throughout China, such as House of Vans.
It doesn’t matter you who are, where you’re from, or what you believe in, but if you love hip-hop I bet it’s more or less for the same reason. Be apart of the continuing rise of Chinese rap and music production, and watch these budding stars lay the rapfix cypher down this October 17th at Arkham.
LINE-UP: AR & WHIZZBIZ, KIDGOD, DJ EDI, SOUL HAN
Time: Saturday, October 17th
Venue: Arkham, 1 South Wulumuqi Road
Ticket: 80RMB DOOR // 60RMB with Arkham Wechat Scan