China’s Rap Queen

VaVa, one of China’s up-and-coming female rappers, found a national audience as a runner-up on China’s The Rap of China hip-hop competition. But she’s more than just a reality TV star. Her lyrics expose a difficult childhood and the struggles she’s gone through to make it to where she is today.
And she’s candid about the thin line Chinese rappers walk today as they try to create a unique brand of hip-hop in China while trying to avoid government censorship.
Photographs by Ronald Leong

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China’s Rap Queen
VaVa speaks out on government censorship and the rise of Chinese hip-hop.
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