So I was listening to the song "我的新衣” by Vava, and at a point the rapper Ty sings. And for some reason in this verse走到街上就像一千台进口奔驰 instead of 街 I listen he raps kāi. Can someone please tell me what he raps? Is it maybe some local accent and that's why I'm not hearing him pronouncing 街(jiē)properly? Thanks!

  • It is just dialect – logger Jul 24 '19 at 19:30
  • If you listen closely - in the same line 像 is also pronounced qiǎng - another feature of Chengduese. – Mo. Jul 25 '19 at 0:04
  • In my home town(江苏泗洪), 街 is pronounced as gāi(not kāi), rather than jiē. – cauckf Jul 26 '19 at 0:48
  • Thank you so much you are all so helpful 😭 – Eleni K Aug 10 '19 at 15:19

The pronounciation is most likely from a topolectical influence. If you check Wiktionary's entry on「街」, for example:

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EDIT: as @user3306356 has noted, the rapper is speaking/rapping/singing in a topolect of Chengdu.

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    Seems like it’s exactly Chengduese. Genius (genius.com/artists/Ty-china/bio) says: Ty. (唐溢) is a Chinese rapper from the Chengdu-based rap collective Chengdu Rap House (说唱会馆). – Mo. Jul 24 '19 at 23:49
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    There’s also this note on the lyrics page (genius.com/15340567): Ty delivers his verse in Sichuanese, a dialect very different from Mandarin Chinese. – Mo. Jul 24 '19 at 23:51
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    And another note from Genius’s lyrics page (genius.com/15340567): Translation: I’m from Chengdu, and that’s Chengdu’s blessing, what you’re hearing is more than music, it’s also truth and facts Ty is from Chengdu (Sichuan Province), and he’s saying that Chengdu has given him to the world, which the world should be thankful for, because he offers more than just music as a Sichuanese hip-hop artist – Mo. Jul 24 '19 at 23:52
  • Thank you all very much! – Eleni K Jul 25 '19 at 14:11

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