Singapore hip hop
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Singapore hip hop is a collective of hip hop music, graffiti arts, deejaying/turntablism, break dancing and beatboxing, which are performed by hip hop enthusiasts who are of Singapore descent mainly from the four races of the metropolis; the Chinese, Malays, Indians and the Eurasian. This article and its contents are exact up-to-date, through first-person written documents and oral accounts. This article focuses primarily on Singapore hip hop icons, discography, historical events, DMC World DJ Championship representatives, in and out of Singapore. This article also focuses on how Singapore has its hip hop origins and culture scene in South East Asia in the mid-1980s, largely due to the country's geographically international sea port location for military and worldwide trading connections, one of which is, with the United States where the hip hop culture was originated.
Rap music released in Singapore was primarily in English and in different languages and dialects such as Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Melayu and Tamil. A Singapore version of the English language called Singlish surfaced from the earliest Singapore’s hip hop music release from a defunct group called “Kopi Kat Klan”.
In the late 1990s, a rap-duo called Construction Sight (Sheikh Haikel and Ashidiq Ghazali) was cited as the most influential rappers in the country and being the first to release mainstream rap music through their crowned success in Asia Bagus. Their first mainstream release was under Pony Canyon.
In Canada, Masia One of Merdeka Music is cited as the most successful Singapore-born, female rapper in the music industry of the island.