In the world of trap music — a style of hip-hop, Mayor Ko Wen-je is an unlikely newcomer. The 59-year-old trauma surgeon-turned-mayor of Taipei, Taiwan, is dropping his first music video. The song is called Do Things Right, by Taiwanese rapper Chunyan, who is well known in the hip-hop scene on the KAO! INC label.
The music video opens with shots of the bus stop where the mayor commutes to work each day, then takes viewers through the Taipei government offices. The video next turns to Mayor Ke with his button-up shirt tucked into his waist-high khakis, a pen sticking out of his front shirt pocket, walking slowly toward the camera in a dimly lit hallway.
As for the rapping, Mayor Ke chants the phrase: “Do the right thing, do things right.” The rest of the video sees the mayor sitting in an empty conference room as he repeats the phrase “怪怪的” which loosely translates to “strange” while leaving the more serious rapping to Chunyan. The overall message is straightforward: Do the right thing and achieve greatness.
Watch the video of Taipei’s rapping mayor :
Mayor Ke wrote a statement about the project:
Now, I’m going to try to be a rapper.
First of all, I would like to thank Yan KAO! INC. Studio, who is willing to let a 50-year-old who’s never succeeded with music start from scratch and learn the music production process from step one.
From understanding hip-hop culture, to learning the different elements of rap songs and the beats behind them, actually getting into the studio to record, and finally recording a music video — it’s a lengthy process, and I realized that the music industry is not as simple as singing karaoke. Each step is really professional.
If you want to do something you don’t understand, it’s OK to give it a go. The opportunity is reserved for those who are willing to try. Some may laugh, and everyone must bravely pursue their own lives.
Do the right thing, do things right! This is what I want to tell you, and it’s my first official release. I welcome advice and feedback.
If this is his way of appealing to the youth of Taipei, it seems to be working. In less than a day, the video has garnered over 5,000 comments. And this isn’t Mayor Ke’s first act on YouTube, his channel has over 190,000 subscribers, and releases multiple videos per week. No matter how you look at it, Mayor Ke is straight savage!