Higher Brothers’ Masiwei announces second solo album ‘Dark Horse’

The Chinese rapper swiftly follows up his 2020 debut with new single ‘Why’

Masiwei, a member of the Chinese rap group Higher Brothers, has announced his second solo album ‘Dark Horse’.

A release date for has yet to be revealed, with his label 88rising only saying the album is “coming soon”.

He has also unveiled the music video for lead single ‘Why’. On the track, a tormented Masiwei bemoans a romance gone bad, pleading with his love interest to return his affections.

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Its music video features derelict bedrooms, neon signs and violent scenes reminiscent of gritty Hong Kong films. It was directed by Feng Liang, whose work has included collaborations with fellow Higher Brothers member Melo.

Watch it below.

The album title ‘Dark Horse’ develops the persona fleshed out by the rapper on his solo debut ‘Prince Charming’, released last March.

“Masiwei shared his journey as a self-made dark horse prince charming, who’s not rich or privileged by birth but perseveres in the face of danger and hardship,” the label writes in a statement, which maintains that this album will focus on his “newfound self-awareness” and “determination to break stereotypes”.

Aside from his musical pursuits, Masiwei was recently a judge on talent show Rap For Youth alongside labelmate Rich Brian and artists KnowKnow, Chris Li and MC Hotdog. The show ended in controversy last November when it was revealed lyrics from a contestant denouncing sexual harassment were cut from the broadcast.

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Last November, Higher Brothers returned with a music video for new song ‘Empire’. Their last album was ‘Five Stars’ in 2019.

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