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'Breaking' new ground

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2022-10-19 08:02

Xia Rui was one of the first to see the potential in the street dance zeitgeist, pushing the boundaries of, and promoting, the art form since the early 2000s, Chen Nan reports.

With its primal rhythms and rapid-fire lyrics, delivered with hypnotic cadence by machine gun-lipped MCs, hip-hop is more than just music. It attaches itself to the listener, like invisible strings of a marionette, forcing even the most dedicated wallflower into nodding to the beat. This is the basis for an artistic phenomenon that, like the mesmerizing pulse of the music's bass drum, has gripped the imagination of the nation's youth, growing exponentially more popular since the pioneers of Chinese street dance first popped and locked at the turn of the century.

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