Qian Works On His Rap
Qian Xiao (Freshmen, Agribusiness; China) was introduced to rap as a 5th grader when his mother was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Missouri. Qian stated, “I fell in love with this kind of music although I did not understand the words. I didn't know why I loved them, maybe it sounded cool?” Returning to China the next year, Qian listened to several American rappers and learned their lyrics, but it found it very difficult to rap in Chinese. During his 11th grade year, he found a Chinese rapper and added, “his songs were fantastic and really touched my heart. From then on, I started to write my own lyrics in Chinese.” Qian released his first song, “Recall 2011”, on the last day of 2011. In 2012, he wrote 12 Chinese raps; his favorite being “Chinese in Purdue.”
When Xiao came to Purdue, he found the organization, “Purdue Hip-Hop Exchange.” Xiao commented, “. I decided to join the club because I thought I could learn more about what real hip-hop is about from rapping with American kids. Everyone in the exchange is awesome! We have amazing freestylers, fantastic lyricists, and rappers from different cultures just like me
Last semester, the Exchange was invited to perform at the LollaPURDUEza last semester – a show hosted by the Purdue Student Union Board which highlighted student musical groups. Xiao performed two of the ten songs rapped by the Exchange. The two songs - "Chinese in Purdue", mainly talks about his life at Purdue and how he is proud of his university while "Yellow Nation's Dream" is about his own experience from birth to now, and how he stuck to his dreams even when people looked down upon him.