Malaysian rapper Namewee attempts to restore YouTube videos after hack

Namewee made headlines when his song “Fragile” satirizing Chinese nationalist netizens was removed from music streaming services in China

Malaysian rapper Namewee (黃明志) is trying to restore the nearly 1,000 videos on his YouTube channel that disappeared after his account was apparently hacked, his agent said yesterday.

The rapper’s agent says the musician’s management team contacted YouTube for help restoring videos of his music and related comments after they disappeared overnight and the title of his channel changed from “Namewee” to a phrase in Russian.

While Namewee’s YouTube channel, established in 2006, showed yesterday afternoon that he has 3.27 million subscribers and garnered 1,432,644,663 views, it also displayed the message: “This channel has no videos”.

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The rapper, known for his commentary and songs that touch on sensitive social and political issues, made headlines last October when his song Fragile (玻璃心), a Mandarin-language ballad satirizing Chinese nationalist netizens, was pulled from music streaming services in China a day after its release.

Namewee and co-singer Kimberley Chen (陳芳語) also had their Sina Weibo accounts shut down and all their other songs removed from streaming services in China.

Despite the ban in China, Fragile was viewed over 10 million times on YouTube within six days of its release, and ranked No. 1 on the video-sharing site in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

A graduate of Ming Chuan University in Taiwan, Namewee was nominated three times for Best Mandarin Male Vocalist at Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards.

He splits his time between Taiwan and Malaysia and returned to Malaysia in January to promote comedy film Nasi Lemak 1.0, a sequel to 2011’s Nasi Lemak 2.0 which he directed and starred in.

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Raymond T. Helms