Bohan Phoenix is a cultural revolutionary. As a hip hop artist in China, a nation that has officially banned hip hop (and tattoos), his chosen way of life is at odds with the powers that be. Bohan was born and raised in Chengdu, which is both the spice capital of China and the home of a burgeoning rap scene that also includes the group Higher Brothers. “When I first moved to Boston I didn’t really speak English at all,” he said during a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ. During his time in America Bohan fell in love with the film ‘8 Mile’ and began soaking up rap culture. Since then he has become an accomplished rap artist with definite opinions on the art form. His song “F*ck Trap” offers a critique of current musical trends while “Party No More” speaks directly to China’s hip hop ban. The song is a powerful statement from a thoughtful artist who speaks his mind without any apology. Check out the latest edition of Open Space right now.
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