Effortlessly spitting fire in both English and Mandarin, Bohan Phoenix has long been known for building bridges and breaking boundaries with his multicultural flex. Stepping up with a 4-track EP, Bohan serves YAODE 要得, a project that is as party-starting as it is personal.
The project, which gets its name from Chengdu slang, is a natural progression from Phoenix’s 2017 project OVERSEAS 海外 that also harkens back to his punchy, playful 2016 hit JALA. The EP’s title track is laden with a Chinese pipa sample penned by frequent collaborator Harikiri, a Chengdu-via-London producer who’s worked with Higher Brothers, Ty., T$P and a slew of China’s top names in rap. The EP also features production from Brooklyn via Boston producerChedda who formerly engineered for infamous rapper 6ix9ine, Hong Kong beatmaker and culture media mainstay Delf, and a re-release of the emcee’s Jachary-produced controversial
hit IUNNO, which takes shots at fakeness in hip hop, most notably 88rising’s Rich Brian’s intentionally provocative former name “Rich Chigga.”
In Bohan's words：
要得 (yaode) is a slang word in Sichuanese meaning "sure thing" or "fasho." It's a word that rolls off the tongue with confidence and swagger. With this project, I wanted to make one thing clear, if not to the world, then at least to myself: I am not like the rest of them.
The hook is a declaration of independence, a statement of distinction. In a world where most hip hop artists are more concerned about money, Bape and Supreme than the quality of their music, I'm the opposite. Sure I'll splurge on jewelry or whatever sometimes, but the overall agenda for me is to be the best artist I can, regardless of money and status. 要的 is a reminder to myself that I started off making music for me and me only, and if I stick to my vision, I'll get where I need to go- that's for sure.
The EP’s March 19th release coincides with Bohan’s OVERSEAS 海外 Tour, kicking off in Guangzhou on March 14th and wrapping up at the end of the month in Chengdu.
Bohan Phoenix was born in China’s Hubei province and immigrated to the US at 11, unable to speak a word of English. He fell in love with hip hop and learned the language quickly by rapping along to anything he could get his hands on. Today Bohan is an anomaly in music in both the American and Chinese music scenes; his inclusion of both Mandarin and English lyrics reflect his dual identity and aim to bridge the gap between the two cultures he calls home. Amidst a nationwide ban on “hip hop culture” in China and an environment where few indie artists thrive, Bohan is redefining what it means to be independent on his own terms.
Bohan’s 2018 past releases tracks produced by Benji B, Ryan Hemsworth, and Chinese underground legend Howie Lee, with features from Dumbfoundead and MaSiWei of breakthrough Chinese rap group Higher Brothers. Coupled with sold out NYC and Shanghai release shows, OVERSEAS garnered significant press with premieres via Pigeons & Planes,Ebro on Beats1, Highsnobiety, DJ Booth and Mass Appeal, with coverage on Hypebeast,Bluntiq, Sinovision, South China Morning Post and more. The project is Bohan’s most personal yet, and included a one-of-a-kind music video complete with interactive multi-angle experience that combined tech and his artistry seamlessly. OVERSEAS dissects Bohan’s experience as a multi-hyphenate, international artist building bridges and breaking down boundaries.
Bohan took his big steps forward as an artist in 2017 and 2018, partnering with Beats By Dre, teaming up with notable Chinese streetwear companies, performing at Hong Kong’s famedClockenflap Music Featival. He previously releasing the JALA EP, with videos premiered byThe FADER and 88Rising, and touring all primary and secondary markets in China on theJALA Tour. JALA catapulted Bohan into recognition in the broader hip-hop community, earning a placement on Spotifyʼs Fresh Finds and Apple Musicʼs Hot Tracks, garnered a spotlight onREVOLT, interviews on Bandcamp Daily, Magnetic Mag and a Boiler Room and Fendiperformance during New York Fashion Week alongside Migos, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. Earlier this month, DAZED hailed Bohan as one of four "Chinese Rap Stars About to Go Global," alongside Vava and frequent collaborators Higher Brothers and Howie Lee.