Vancouver loves the Higher Brothers. With a line up that started at 6:30 pm, over 1,000 people came out to support China’s biggest rap group at the Commodore Ballroom last night.
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Despite barely speaking English, the Higher Brothers have taken North America by storm over the past year thanks to their record label 88rising. Just last year they performed three times in Vancouver — a sold out all-ages show followed by a sold out 19+ show in March. Then in October they returned with the entire 88rising roster for the Head In The Clouds tour.
The four-man rap group from Chengdu took the stage right at 10 pm and the crowd went into a frenzy. Kicking off sold out show with a string of high energy, bass-heavy bangers including Flexing So Hard, Wudidong, Open It Up, Top, and more.
Known as the Chinese Migos, MaSiWei, DZknow, Psy.P, and Melo are at the forefront of asian youth culture. With songs like One Punch Man, named after the popular Japenese anime, WeChat named after the most popular social media/messaging app in China, and Gong Xi Fa Cai their ode to the Chinese New Year – they know exactly how to connect with their audience.
With hip hop being the most popular genre in the world and the global emergence of KPOP, the Higher Brothers are set to become one of the biggest music groups in the world and they know it. Addressing the crowd in Mandarin throughout the show, Vancouver’s asian youth were enamored to witness their generation’s Backstreet Boys live.
While their claim to fame was a primarily trap and hip hop, recently the Higher Brothers have been flexing their vocal and writing talents more and more. With Isabelle, Lover Boy 88, and 7-11 appealing to more pop-friendly audiences they had every girl in the crowd singing along.
The Higher Brothers closed their set with their breakout hit, the song that spawned countless reaction videos, and brought them to the hip hop mainstream – Made In China. Every voice in the building sang along seamlessly switching between English and Mandarin as each member of the group got a chance to perform their verses.
With another sold out all-ages show and larger venues being booked every time they come to town, we haven’t seen the last of the Higher Brothers. Plus, with plenty of tour dates booked, their new Five Star album racking up streams, you can expect to see their audience rising in Vancouver and the world for 2019 and beyond.
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