Popular blog HipHopDX Asia has just announced the first ever Pan-Asia freestyle cypher series! ‘The Regionals’ serves to drive the globalization of hip-hop music from Asia by spotlighting the versatile talent in the region, as well as providing fans with the opportunity to discover and experience Asian hip-hop culture at its finest. The project also connects acclaimed rappers from Asia with some of the top producers from the West, linking up the culture-shapers of global hip-hop into one unified community.
The inaugural round of cyphers will kick off in September, bringing together a meshing of styles and cultures by featuring chart-topping emcees from different Asian markets including ARKHO, JON PROTÉGÉ, JRLDM, LOONIE, and MHOT from the Philippines; JULIA WU, KARENCICI, KUMACHAN, and NICKTHEREAL from Taiwan; as well as B-WINE, BLACKA, GONZO, and TLINH from Vietnam. The producers for the cyphers in the corresponding markets are iconic Grammy Award winners 9th Wonder, Hit-Boy and Filipino-American producer !llmind.
The first round of cyphers from the different markets will be released on September 2nd (The Regionals Philippines), September 23rd (The Regionals Taipei), and September 30th (The Regionals Vietnam) on all major DSPs.