Tibetan Hip-Hop Shows Its Cool at the Top of World

January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011

To most Americans the word "Tibet" conjures up images of the smiling and peaceful visage of the Dalai Lama.  Courtesy of the Tibetan hip-hop group Yudrug Tsendep though the world will soon have some new faces with which to contend.

The group name, Yudrug Tsendep, has been roughly translated into English as "Green Dragon," but Yudrug is actually the name of a type of popular horse found in Amdo, one of the three traditional state of Tibet (Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang).  Amdo, in NE Tibet, is also the birthplace of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama.

Yudrug's 2010 hit "New Generation" has received the most international attention to date, as it seems to blend outspoken lyrics and pride in Tibetan identity with western hip-hop attitude and even a little auto-tune.  Regardless of your taste in music, and despite China's best efforts, the video below shows that Tibetan culture is alive and well and ready to enter the 21st century with a little bit of swagger.  How great is the guy's voice at 1:10?!

"New Generation" by Yudrug (Green Dragon) from HPeaks on Vimeo.

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