2am I sit up in my bed and said "I gotta do a guerilla vid for that Chinese New Year joint recorded with C Infamous in Hong Kong". I sent off a couple What's App messages to Rice Rick of AFO RADIO. Rick said "Chinese New Year, it's a busy time" Ok, we do it in 24 hours, in and out of KL. Tickets are bought and the rest is...88 vibes.
Part of our intention for this video is to showcase the rich and diverse the culture here in South East Asia. I worked many years Stateside where I was consistently asked "So you're from China?" Nope, born in Singapore. "Which part of China is that?"
Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are amazing cities where so many cultures come together. Chinese New Year is a particularly lively time, with traditions that have developed here that might not even be observed at celebrations in China. (Kinda like how NO ONE EATS FORTUNE COOKIES IN ASIA! LOL) We handed out Ang Pows or Red Packets to strangers for good luck, danced at the Bee Heung and chestnut stands, bought some lottery tickets with my Goat year auspicious numbers, let off some fire crackers...and then Cai Shen the God of Wealth appeared! HUAT AH!
I also have to mention how amazing the Hiphop scene coming out of Kuala Lumpur is; different styles with all elements of the culture thriving and growing. We got a very special appearance from BEEMANHAND, original don dada of Chinese Hiphop coming out of Malaysia with his #Chingitout movement. We featured the boys of SFC Crew painting a Chinese New Year burner and I had to represent Philippines by rocking an ultra fly dragon style WIP cap! Finally no trip to KL would be complete without stopping by AFO Radio with the hosts Vandal, DJ Lethal Skillz and Truf of CRIBSHOW, online Hiphop radio every Tuesday from 8PM - 10PM (+8GMT). Cambodian OG Bboy Zack was also in the place dressed in full Hot Boy gear (I really want to bring this dude to Weddy Weddy in Kingston Jamaica). We packed a lot of references in under 3 min. of video but please check each and everyone of them out!
Bless up everyone that made this possible: AFO Radio crew, Rice Rick, TRUF, Vandal, DJ Lethal Skillz, SFC Crew, Beemanhand, Bboy Zack. Thank you to Juice Mag SG, Lush Radio 99.5, CBC Radio "All in a Day" (Canada) and everyone that has shared this track and video.