Rapper Xie Di Wants to Shoot Foreigners in His New Song, "Wack Laowai"

China's expat community has again become the target of anger for China's rap artists, as illustrated by Sichuan's Xie Di desire to shoot foreigners with a gun in his new single "Wack Laowai" (瓜老外 guā lǎowài).

Xie unleashes his anger toward the foreign community in the video for "Wack Laowai" released last month that closely follows many aspects of the rap music genre. Xie is seen angrily gesticulating toward the camera in very down-to-earth street settings all while surrounded by symbols of power and monetary success, such as fancy sports cars and a muzzled pit bull on a leash.

However, "Wack Laowai" features a number of lyrics that show Xie's anger and frustration toward expats, who are repeatedly called "laowai." Xie uses the song to impose his dominance by demanding a "laowai" polish his car and boots before saying he wants to "fire a gun at you," punctuated in the song by a gunshot.

The violence is also reflected in the video's parting image of Xie using a bat to decapitate a mannequin with the characters for "wack laowai" written on it.

To be clear, Xie makes a distinction at the beginning of the video in which he offers respect to "foreign friends," but is angry toward the unsavory elements that have arrived in China, as described by the title.

And yet, this distinction isn't made clear in the song. Despite agreeing that there are "all types," Xie paints all expats with the same brush by singing: "As long as they can fill their bellies/they are not discriminating" and "you're pushovers in your own countries/and yet you expect to be taken seriously in China."

READ: Expat Rap Video Tackles the Beijing Experience

The anger doesn't end there. Xie blames expats for the sins committed by their ancestors, explaining that "Every man passes on his genes." Xie tells expats to ask their elder family members about the "the Eight-Axis Power," an army consisting of troops sent by Britain, the United States, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Austria to suppress the anti-imperialist Yihetuan Movement in 1900.

Xie Di is following a trend of Chinese rappers lashing out at the outside world, perceived to be unfair and unkind toward Chinese interests. Last year, patriotic rappers CD Rev attacked Western media outlets in their song, "This is China," explained by singer-songwriter Li Yijie as a song to make "compatriots to be proud, and for foreigners to be wary."

READ: China's Soft Power Rap "This is China" Blasted for Plagiarizing Korean Rapper

Rapping about the threat posed by outsiders may be a choice made out of necessity for Chinese rappers. Two years ago, Chinese state censors unleashed a massive ban on Chinese music deemed "vulgar" or "obscene" of which the overwhelming majority were rap songs about sex.

Xie should stay clear of state censors with this song, but it may be troubling to central authorities that Xie uses regional dialects so heavily. And for someone who doesn't like "laowai" who are "wack," Xie doesn't mind it when they help out. Listed on the credits to "Wack Laowai" is a person with the non-Chinese name of Simon Marcus.

Watch the video (here's the YouTube link):

Here are the lyrics to "Wack Laowai," translated from Chinese:

Wack laowai, wack laowai, so many wack laowai
Crawl out of here, wack laowai
Friends from abroad come to China
They all know that we got the bills (money)
They all know that we got the sisters (women)
Among foreign friends, there are all kinds
there are those few in it for the money
The tall ones are all models
As long as they can fill their bellies, they are not discriminating
Anyways, there are those women who like to throw themselves
Huh, superiority complex; you so wack 
I respect foreign friends
but to wack laowai I say (word) to your mother
Because it's important, I have to say it three times
Wack laowai, word to your mother, word to your mother
Today, an English teacher, yeah
Tomorrow, a young entrepreneur, year
But the day after that, what will you be?
Do you want to polish your higher peer's car (refer to oneself)
Here, a red red Grandpa Mao (referring to currency)
Here are 100's and 100's
Once you're done and there's nothing wrong with it, I'll give you something else to do
You can polish your higher peer's Timberland boots

Some really like the kung fu
Some can't make it in their own countries
Where to go, then?
It's said that Chinese are very hospitable
Huh, you're pushovers in your own countries
and yet you expect to be taken seriously in China
Come on over, wack job, come over wack job
Your higher peer is going to teach you how to write in Chinese
Teach you a little something
Teach you how to write "wack job" and then I'll gift it to you
Teach you a little something
Teach you how to write "wack job" and then I'll gift it to you
You are just wack, face full of flack 
Wack laowai, quickly find a translator, your higher peer is going to curse you mightily
Your higher peer's name is Xie Di
Every man passes on his genes
That's why you must be very careful
Go ask your grandmother, turn up your grandfather
To tell you about the Eight-Axis Power (troops sent by Britain, the United States, Germany, France, tsarist Russia, Japan, Italy, and Austria to suppress the anti-imperialist Yihetuan Movement in 1900)
Wack laowai, crazies around me
Wack laowai, beside me a wack woman (who is a foreigner) 
They are all wack
Your higher peer wants to fire a gun at you

[h/t r/China @reddit]

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Comments

The very first result for 瓜老外 on Baidu Images is this:

Xie Di: your message isn't getting through.

Forgot to mention:

Rapper YG's song "Meet the Flockers" came under heavy criticism last year for encouraging violence against Chinese. The song serves as a tutorial, instructing the listener how to perform a home invasion. Its first line is: "First, you find a house and scope it out/Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts".

The backlash came after an unsuccessful home invasion in Atlanta led to several burgulars getting shot by the home's Chinese tenant, causing one death. (Sidenote: Even though Western news outlets reported the woman as contacting 911 and even showing a transcript of the call, Chinese news quoted the home invasion victim as saying she was completely unable to contact 911.) TMZ reported that the suspects admitted to being inspired by YG's song.

The video for "Meet the Flockers" has been successfully petitioned off Youtube, while other petitions have included WhiteHouse.gov and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

At the time, Chinese advocacy groups said rap music is a bad influence.

"It glorifies crime against Asian Americans," said Cliff Li of the  National Committee of Asian American Republicans. "We want to say it’s wrong to glorify crime against everybody," he said, adding that his group wants to hold people "culturally responsible" for violent content.

In another interview, Li thought the use of Chinese people as a scapegoat in a rap song was unfair. "I don’t think it was YG’s purpose to incite violence and I don’t think he hates Chinese people," he said. "But when you view Asian Americans as poor, weak, pathetic people that you can kick around for fun, that is not fair."

As a big fan of Chinese hip hop who is also occasionally distressed with the antics of my fellow laowai here, I wouldn't necessarily mind this if the beat and the rapping were dank. But this guy is just awful. He sounds like someone put a chinchilla into a garbage disposal. If anyone is interested in hearing some decent Mandarin rap, check out the Shanghai-based Al Rocco. Will melt your face off, sans bigotry.

Sounds like the bigger issue is the weird censorship guidelines. It's not ok to talk about sex or slang, but violence is A-OK? The idea of someone writing a song about hating foreigners hardly offends me. If they have to write songs about hating foreigners because all of the other actually interesting topics are banned, that's a different kettle of fish.

What's really funny is how people received it abroad. For example, check some of the comments on Youtube - hilarious!

 

Aesthetic Slimdown: "Foreign cars, foreign clothes, foreign website. Are you retarded bro?"

MistaSmith: "My dada is Li Gang. You need to respect me. I'm so cool."

evan watson: "lol...this is embarrassing. I lived in Chengdu. The fake hip hop gangsters are the biggest dorks."

Rachel Zhang: "i like that car with the pikachu face. good song"


 

Haha look at that weak pathetic Chinese fool. He can hate foreigners out of jealousy, which is what most these bottom feeders do but that guy would get his ass kicked by almost any foreigner. If that little man wants some I'd gladly open his eyes for him even more. These Chinese are a joke to the whole world and nobody likes them too. Go block more vpns. Pathetic...

This guys an idiot. Some foreign guy here who is probably a teacher at some school (nothing wrong with that by the way), stole his girlfriend and is way happier with the foreign guy. Using a style of music perfected by foreigners to attack foreigners is just the biggest contradiction there is. Angry little man haha.

Just like to state, I am not a teacher but whatever means you have of getting money is your business. much better than a degenerate in my country receiving the benefit from the government, leeching off of hard working people trying to claim that they are gangsta.

"I ain't a player hater I just ain't playin wit y'all" Method Man quote. haha

You are all way too blind! This track is NOT racist at all, it is NOT directed towards all foreigners, it is directed towards the so-called 瓜老外 (wack foreigners). Who are they is very well described in the lyrics. At the beginning, it is stated that 外国朋友 have respect, but the wack for foreigners do not. Yes, Xie Di probably rides the wave of nationalism in order to gain attention, but this is different from those gvt-sponsored propaganda nationalistic tracks. This is more part of the diss rap culture than anything else. On that note, yes, Xie Di can do better music/beat, this is just an average piece of shit. But that is all, big fuss about nothing. On discussions on Shanghaiist the "foreigners" keep dissing Chinese that they are "butthurt" after every remark that go against them. So why the foreigners are suddenly so butthurt when somebody do track pointed their direction. Does all foreigners project themselves to the 瓜老外?I completely agree that wack laowai should be taught a lesson, they are way too many of them around China, showing off their superiority and looking down on the locals.

Guest wrote:

You are all way too blind! This track is NOT racist at all, it is NOT directed towards all foreigners, it is directed towards the so-called 瓜老外 (wack foreigners). Who are they is very well described in the lyrics. 

 

Every man passes on his genes
That's why you must be very careful
Go ask your grandmother, turn up your grandfather
To tell you about the Eight-Axis Power (troops sent by Britain, the United States, Germany, France, tsarist Russia, Japan, Italy, and Austria to suppress the anti-imperialist Yihetuan Movement in 1900)

Perhaps the name Xie Di sounds pretty slick in the local dialect. In English it sounds like 'Shitty'.

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