China’s underground rap sensation Higher Brothers have proved that they are more than virality. The nuanced trap style that they bring has granted them hit after hit, emerging in China and internationally under the umbrella of 88rising with songs like “Isabellae,” “Black Cab,” and “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” MaSiWei, Psy.P, DZ, and Melo now bring listeners a new track to add to the rotation; “Made In China” continues to break down the barriers that have kept foreign Asian hip-hop sequestered, even tying down Chicago’s Famous Dex to a feature on the track.
The quartet rap over Richie Souf’s production. The instrumental ironically flips the Asian-style samples that have long put Asian rappers of all nationalities in a difficult-to-escape box. The Higher Brothers body the first verse, undermining the material-rap genre with their emphasis that all their steez is “made in China.” Though travel constrictions prevented Dex from appearing in the visuals, he flows hard over the instrumental, hitting every inflection with purpose. In his place, the Higher Brothers opt for a censored screen again playing on a stereotyped Western conception of their home country. The second half of the quartet carry out the track to its completion, adding their own specialty of breakneck rhyme schemes.
The Higher Brothers continue to set the tone for foreign rappers. In conjunction with collectives such as 88, they provide a real aspiration for foreign artists trying to hit international airwaves. Check out “Made In China” below.