Born in Central China and raised in Massachusetts, rapper Bohan Phoenix isn’t just a product of East-meets-West, he lives and breathes this dichotomy, too. With his lyrics continually being influenced by cultures around the world, the young New York City-based artist is one of the only rappers who sings in both Chinese and English, bridging the gap between two profound rap scenes.
One city that never fails to satisfy his hunger for inspiration (and just plain old hunger) is the vibrant city of Shanghai. After a killer performance at W Shanghai‘s bold and bright Future Rising event, we followed Bohan on a tour of one of his favorite cities, hitting the streets for dim sum, dumplings, and unique street antiques. The result? The first-hand account of the seamless blend of old world traditions and new world style that fills the city of Shanghai.