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Thai hip hop is hip hop music made in Thailand. Pioneer artists by Joey Boy and popular hip hop artists of Thailand include Dajim, Southside, Fukking Hero, Sing Neua Seua Tai, Buddha Bless, Thaitanium, Youngohm and PMC. [1] [2]

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Joey Boy Thai rapper

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Dajim rapper

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Thai hip hop scene started in 1991 by Thai pop singers Jetrin Wattanasin and Touch Na Takuatung are known for being the first artist to experiment hip hop in Thai pop music industry. Earliest Thai hip hop group TKO were signed to KITA Records and they first album in 1993 ORIGINAL THAI RAP was produced by Kamol Sukosol Clapp, but commercially unsuccessful and influenced by US hip hop [3] . Joey Boy was signed to Bakery Music, which became success in his debut album, Joey Boy and Thai hip hop became widely popular in Thailand since the mid-1990s.

Jetrin Wattanasin Thai actor-singer

Jetrin Wattanasin or J Jetrin, is a Thai pop musician and actor who got his first major break in the music business when he secured heavy promotion by the Thai entertainment company, GMM Grammy. Since 1991, he has produced numerous commercially successful music albums, and continues to tour internationally in support of his most recent recordings. Upon the conclusion of his current United States tour, entitled "The Return of J Jetrin," he will have completed the most extensive tour of the United States by any Thai recording artist, with dates scheduled in 12 US cities, spanning from Hawaii to the East Coast.

Touch Na Takuatung or spelt Touch Na Takuathung, is a Thai pop singer and actor, famous and popular in the 1990s.

Bakery Music is a Thai record label founded in 1994. It pioneered the independent music industry in the 1990s, being the most successful of its time, and inspiring the creation of many other indie labels. The company is now a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Thailand.


In October 2018, a 10-member group called Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) released a song and music video entitled "Prathet Ku Me" ("My Country’s Got..."). A member identifying themselves as Hockhacker explained the song's message, "As artists, we want to reflect the truth of the society we are living in under dictatorship." The song was received well, garnering 47 million views on YouTube (with a like/dislike ratio of 1M : 33,000) before being taken down. The government attempted to ban the song claiming content relating to the Thammasat University massacre violated the nation's Computer Crime Act, threatening to prosecute those who would share or republish the song or video. Blockchain technology was utilized by fans to prevent the government from accessing or deleting the video entirely, and it continued to be shared. A few days later, various police and government officials and spokespeople walked back previous statements and some showed support for expressing a variety of viewpoints. [4] [5]

Thammasat University massacre 1976 massacre in Thailand

The Thammasat University massacre was an attack by Thai state forces and far-right paramilitaries on student protesters on the campus of Thammasat University and the adjacent Sanam Luang Square in Bangkok, Thailand, on 6 October 1976. Prior to the massacre, four to five thousand students from various universities had demonstrated for more than a week against the return of former military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn to Thailand from Singapore.

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