Thai hip hop
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 Lalisfook Synonym Bigboe 20Century all|url=http://travel.cnn.com/bangkok/play/thailand%E2%80%99s-hip-hop-godfathers-all-grown-995611 |title=Thaitanium releases sixth album: "Still Resisting" | CNN Travel |publisher=Travel.cnn.com |date=2010-06-11 |accessdate=2014-02-25}}</ref>
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. 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.
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.
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