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By Wang Kaihao | China Daily | Updated: 2018-06-13 08:35
Musicians (from left) Chang Chenyue, MC Hotdog, Kris Wu, Gloria Tang Tszkei and Wilber Pan compose the jury for the upcoming new season of The Rap of China. [Photo provided to China Daily]

When the first season of The Rap of China, a reality show on hip-hop, was premiered through streaming media platform iQiyi last June, it attracted 3 billion views within three months.

And rapper jargon became buzzwords overnight although hip-hop was once considered as a music genre with limited appeal in China.

However, Chinese rap which took off like a rocket with the show then suffered a setback.

This was because Christmas Eve, a song written in 2015 by rapper PG One - one of the winners in the first season of The Rap of China - was criticized in January by the official media and the authorities for lyrics about drug use and insulting women.

Then, all music by PG One, whose real name is Wang Hao, were removed from major online music platforms. And the future of Chinese rap was in doubt with fans wondering if The Rap of China show would have another season.

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