Thailand has its first ever rapping competition reality show ‘The Rapper’ . The purpose of the program is to find the very best rapper who will become the very first ‘Soodyord’ (translating to “best of the best”) rapper in Thailand’s history. Two men who are legends in the rapping field “Joey Boy” and “Khan Thaitanium” were both selected to become producers for the show, their job is to select the contestants and put them in their team.
In this new series, there are a total of four teams and each team is led by a coach of its own. The four coaches are “Golf Fukking Hero”, “URBOYTJ”, “Poojan Longmic” and “Tong Twopee” all of whom are noteworthy musicians and who have released amazing works in the rapping field.
Golf Fukking Hero, who is in a band known as “Sing nuea suea tai” and who works alongside the company “Kankorclub” and who is well known in the Thai hip hop field.
URBOYTJ a hip-hop artist who started out as one of the members of “3.2.1”, back in the day his group was popular among teenagers but now he has gone solo and is well respected as one of the best rappers in Thailand.
Poojan Longmic, also known as PMC, is a rapper from the northern region of Thailand and uses northern Thai dialogue in songs when he raps which makes him unique and also allows him to stand out from the others.
Tong Twopee is a rapper from the south side of Thailand and is known for his amazing “live rapping” skills which he improvised the rap in front of thousands on stage. The two producers and the four coaches also composed songs as well, there’s no doubt about their skills as they were chosen to represent Thailand to show the rest of the world that Thailand do not lose to any country when it comes to rapping and hip hop.
The show is broadcast and licenced by “Workpoint Entertainment”, the contestants who appear on the show have all auditioned from all regions of Thailand and only a handful were chosen to go into the studio and present themselves to the producers in the “Audition Round”, following this, if they were selected, they were placed into one of the fur teams. Progressing further, the contestants would arrive at the battle round where each contestant from the same team battle it out to see who will stay and who will have to pack their bag and go home. Moving one step further, the rappers would make it to the play-off round where the coach of each team will randomly choose a card (1 each) which contains the face of the contestants (unbeknownst to the coach) and mix and match them up to work together and then the coaches will choose who is the best performer from that round based on their charisma and energy.
In my opinion, the contestants that have stood out in the serioes so far are “Nana”, “IronBoy”, “Poppa” and “Darkface ”. You can check out their photos and performances below.
The show has been aired since April and has journeyed up to the end of “play off” round where 6 rappers have been chosen to advance into the final. The final round is still to come and we eagerly await to see who will be the winner. You can follow the show and get more information here.
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Written by: Paul Tipchote, APR Thai Pop contributor.