Some British Chinese dont speak Chinese too well. Most British Chinese can only write 300 characters. But you don't need to speak Cantonese to relish the Chinese pride of the 1997 Hong Kong Band L.M.F.
Lazy Mutha Fucka or LMF for short, is a Cantonese hip-hop group in Hong Kong. LMF were represented by Warner Music, in 1993, split up in 2003 and joined up again in 2009.
All members of LMF come from poverty, their material is based on real life and struggle in the lower class; and this created a lot of commotion and controversy, due to cursing and subject matter.
To me, LMF epitomises everything that needs to be expressed and defined clearly within our Chinese western identity- learning from our western background and then expressing Chinese pride, speaking out, against political injustic.
This is MC Yan. If he were British Chinese, it wasnt so long ago that such an individual would be considered by the community as a 'white wannabe hippy'. But as one of the main writer of LMFs lyrics Yan's wisdom is more like a rebellious taoist scholar.
Seems like that doesnt stop the females wanting to take photos with him.
Welcome to the MC Yan fan blog!
LMF concentrated a large amount of their effort in expressing their discontent towards the political and economic turmoils in Hong Kong, such as the Asian financial crisis, as well as the incompetence of the Hong Kong political leaders, as demonstrated through the song "WTF". they also attempted to reinforce a distinct and unique Hong Kong cultural identity in which the youth of Hong Kong should be proud of as illustrated in the song "1127" taking Bruce Lee as a Chinese role model.
Many of LMF's songs reflected the cultural problem of having a lack of an identity for today's youth to look up to and be proud of in the modern Hong Kong society. In their song "債" (Debt), they stated that many Chinese parents send their children to the opposite side of the world only to have them grow up to be "Caucasians with yellow skin" (Cantonese lyrics: "黃皮膚嘅鬼仔") while the parents have distanced themselves with their children and are not assuming the responsibilities of raising them.
We British Chinese have issues that we can only identify with...working for our immigrant parents whilst some hoodie smashes the takeaway window for the nth time asking for a discount on a packet of chips.
Being brainwashed by western culture that we are so white we make a white man ashamed.
Snide racism from fellow employees at work. Seeing our people represented for the nth time by an all too eager Chinese girlfriend of heroic white man in the media. Reading more anti-China crap or hearing about it wherever we go. Our own self-perpetuated apathy.
Lots of hangups. But why dont we express it in music? Are we so eager just to put on a face and pretend that everythings okay when really its not? Where's our fury?
Bands like LMF have expressed their distinct voice that is unique, and British Chinese, clearly the largest and oldest group of East Asians in the UK haven't even made the effort to discover our political voice yet. Isn't it time we did?
PS For those who prefer mellower music here is British Born Artist Stevie Hoang
For those who like their music edgier heres LMF
Plenty of room for both kinds of music, but in these politically corrupt times, why dont we have our own LMF?