Hi-Bomb "Number One”

Proving just how vital online music really is, China's Hi-Bomb were actually discovered and signed almost immediately by EMI to a worldwide deal after member Lionel "Little Lion” uploaded a demo onto the web. Hopefully breaking the barrier that has made Asian hip-hop such a rarity in the industry, Hi-Bomb's "Number One” plays like an homage to both Biggie-sized mid-'90s rap and a lot of today's beat-obsessed R&B acts. It's slick and a little too saturated in its fixation for American hip-hop, but nonetheless, its multilingual rhymes and head-nodding pulse should be enough for them to make their mark. (www.hibomb.com/song/hibomb-NO.1.wma)