Chinese Rapper Vava Signs to Warner Music China

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Rising Chinese rapper Vava -- nicknamed the "Rihanna of China" by fans -- has signed to Warner Music China.  

You might recognize Vava from her hit "My New Swag," which was featured in the soundtrack for last year's box office smash Crazy Rich Asians. Born Mao Yanqi in the Sichuan province of southern China, she began performing locally at age 16, and moved to Beijing at age 18 to pursue a career as a hip-hop artist. 

She appeared on the first season of hip-hop talent competition The Rap of China, where she was the only female contestant to make it to the final four. Vava has since collaborated with Shanghai-based producer Double G on songs like "Know My Style," "Rap Star" and "Shady Wit Me" in addidion to "My New Swag," and released her debut album, 21, last year. 

“Signing with Warner Music is a dream," Vava shares in a press release. "Creating music that I love is a life-long business for me, and I’m so honored that Warner Music Greater China is giving me a greater chance to do what I enjoy. I can't wait to partner with this industry-leading team!"

Warner Music China CEO Andy Ma added that Vava's signing reflects Asia's growing music market, even in places like China, where last year, government officials banned hip-hop culture from television.

"VAVA’s an incredible artist who has been instrumental in developing hip-hop in China," said Ma. "This is a landmark signing for Warner Music and we think that VAVA has the potential to become a truly global star. Seeing artists such as VAVA collaborate with her peers from around the world makes you feel the Chinese music scene is really coming of age."


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