MC Yan

MC Yan

Called the godfather of Chinese hip hop because he was one of the first artists to rap in his native Cantonese, MC Yan is a political hip hop artist who is influenced by American acts like Public Enemy and Zack de la Rocha. After spending time studying in France, MC Yan returned to Hong Kong in the politically-charged year of 1997 and rose to prominence in the underground scene when he left his speed metal band N.T. (New Territory) to team up with DJ Tommy, who had just shocked the globe by taking second place in 1996’s DMC World Championship. The two of them absorbed the members of recently broken up popular metal act, Anodize, and appropriated the name LMF, which had previously belonged to a popular band known as Lazy Mutha Fucka. With an all-star line-up, their first indie album sold 100,000 copies worldwide. The band broke up in 2003, but MC Yan has continued his solo career, rapping about local and global politics and spreading graffiti art everywhere.