The more I hear about the straight up plagiarism scandal of the last month around hit Chinese music show The Rap of China (Chinese title China Has Hip-Hop) basically being a copycat of hit Korean program Show Me the Money the more it pisses me off. And I didn’t even watch the original, lol, but some stuff is just so blatant and distasteful it needs to be shamed. Immediately after The Rap of China premiered on streaming network iQIYI at the end of June, viewers noted the across the board similarities to Show Me the Money in production format, details of a gold chain, rap lyric subtitle bubbles, and the color and font choices, and the overall set design. Even more startling is the producer on The Rap of China being asked about the plagiarism charges giving a response “Why not take something good?” Grah, I want to punch this attitude so bad! Thankfully Chinese netizens and viewers are all on the side of Show Me the Money and do not condone this behavior from their local production.
The judges for The Rap of China are all big name stars from Wu Yi Fan (formerly Kris of EXO), TW-singer Wilbur Pan, veteran actor-rocker Chang Chen Yue, and rapper MC Hotdog and their involvement makes this show have a wider audience but also broader criticism of their judging qualifications and decisions. The elimination of a US-born Chinese-American rapper Al Rocco because he rapped in English and this show was for China has been roundly and rightfully criticized, and Al Rocco released a diss track “ChinaXHip-Hop” that is hilariously and profanely on point. A second diss track by another cut contestent called “The Trap of China” adds to the general dysfunction around the show.