PLA uses rap-style music video to recruit people
China’s army is using a rapstyle music video with masculine lyrics and advanced weaponry to attract more young people to join the military.
The song, called Battle Declaration, was posted on 81.cn, the People’s Liberation Army Daily’s website. It is the first hip-hop video made by the PLA.
Previous PLA songs have been sung to the accompaniment of orchestral melodies, and their lyrics were carefully worded to avoid being too aggressive. By comparison, Battle Declaration, in an unmistakable effort to cater to the taste of young people, features a popular hip-hop style, and the lyrics hide neither combativeness nor a desire to fight.
Almost all of the PLA’s best weaponry is displayed in the video, and it shows soldiers training and exercising, fighter jets conducting dogfights and missiles being fired, among other military activities.