The status of women has always been a controversial topic, but in recent years the status and power of women has been increasingly more prominent and is defying gender roles, breaking boundaries and eliminating the cultural norm and stigma.Hip Hop is a scene where masculinity plays a big role and most of the main stream artists are all males, though some artist may have broken the barrier between sexes in the industry ( in the western world ), being in Hong Kong where taboos and social norms plays a big role on how society will perceive you.
The event was hosted by a female Dj and the full line-up were all female’s as well which was very interesting, and was the main reason i was so drawn and ecstatic to participate. I was curious on how the crowd will receive this, but in my honest opinion good music has no gender, its an outlet where everyone can vibe with no matter your background, age, gender, where nothing is judged.
The event had a very “at home” almost like a house party slash frat party vibe to it ( there were sofas, chairs and even a table tennis set complete with the racket and ball ), and also it was a byob ( bring your own beer, which honestly didn’t matter what you brought with you, it could range from milk to weed for all they care! ). Also the use of pink balloons really portrayed a feminine yet very “badass” and “aesthetic” ambience and decor in my point of view and i was genuinely digging it. The crowd stood out to me as it consisted of many foreigners as well as locals, many different age groups ( There was even this Korean guy who is about 50 years old, I swear he had whitening hair ) and styles, which to me is the way Hip-Hop brings everyone together and to see it live and first hand was definitely a sight to see.
The overall performance was great, and since they played Hip-Hop and mixes i never heard of it was a refreshing experience being away from the never ending EDM loop you would be continuously hearing in major party districts like Lan Kwai Fong. Also I’ve noticed that there were a lot of gay men and women in the vicinity yet no one felt uncomfortable, it was bizarre nonetheless but it seemed that they were accepted in the area, in fact everyone seemed to have a great time and the environment sort of rubs into everyone in it. It really shows a bright change in Hong Kong’s conservative landscape where women can lead events and gay men and women are treated as a norm.
I highly recommend you guys going to underground events, stay posted on your social media and try out new venues. It’s not just for the euphoric feeling during a party, the sense of the event having meaning and what it tries to portray is something we should acknowledge. Everything has a deeper meaning and once we understand that it really opens your mind and leaves you a broader mindset. I believe these events are giving these women a chance to showcase their talents and proves that there are no more gender roles, and that hard-work and passion knows no gender, race or what your backgrounds may be!
Going home after this event has really left me questioning my gender. I am now planning a sex change! ( Please understand that it is a joke lol ). Oh and shout out to Jade Lau ( @jadelau on Instagram ) and Kylie Lee (@cctv2.nmw on Instagram ) for these amazing pictures! If i got their links wrong ill make sure to update this!