AOMG Official has partnered with MBN to launch a new competition show to find the next generation of great hip-hop talent in South Korea.
MBN and AOMG Official are collaboration to discover the next generation of South Korean hip-hop artists in the form of a competition survival show. For the new program called “SighHere,” the show will look to find the artists that are extremely talented rappers, vocalists, or producers. In particular, they are looking for people who are well-rounded with both basic production and performance skills.
Artists from AOMG Official including Jay Park, who is the CEO of the label, Simon Dominic, Gray, Code Kunst, Woo Won-jae and more, will join the program as team leaders. The leaders will try to recruit members who will compete against opposing teams in the show. Further, if they struggle to get people on their side, they themselves may have to step into the competition which is a facet that is raising expectations.
On top of that, it is noteworthy this is the first program headed by producer Nam Sung-hyun, who transferred from KBS to MBN. Previously, Nam worked on “Hyena on the Keyboard” and assisted in the creation of the hit collaboration song “Don’t Give it to Me” by Loco and MAMAMOO Hwasa.
Meanwhile, “SignHere” will premeier during the first half of the year.
AOMG quickly put to rest rumors that its artist, rapper Gray, is dating actress Song Da-Eun.
AOMG Official, Gray’s management agency, told news outlets on Friday afternoon that a report claiming that the rapper and actress Song Da-eun are dating is a groundless rumor. The statement came just 20 minutes after the now debunked article emerged and helped to prevent the story from spreading any further. Song’s representative also denied the rumor afterward.
Earlier, a media outlet reported that Gray and Song had graduated into a romantic relationship from friends. Further, according to the article, the two began to date sometime last year. However, due to their celebrity status, they have been cautious to hide their relationship in public. On the other hand, when with close acquaintances, they were able to open up and express their affection for each other, the article purported.
Meanwhile, Gray is behind numerous hit songs as a rapper and producer for singer Jay Park’s label AOMG Official. Additionally, the rapper is loved by the public after appearing on cable channel Mnet rapper survival program “Show Me the Money 5.”
Last year, Song saw her popularity grow after starring in Channel A’s “Heart Signal 2” last year. She later appeared in well-received web dramas.
The AOMG family gather together to send off labelmate and friend Loco as he begins his two years of mandatory military service.
On Wednesday, rapper and singer Gray posted a photo on social media with different artists signed to AOMG Music as a (temporary) farewell to friend and labelmate Loco (real name Kwon Hyuk-woo) who enlisted. The rapper is and is set to go through basic training before serving as a police officer.
In the photo Gray, Simon D., Ugly Duckling, Code Kunst, DJ Pumpkin, Woo Won-jae, Elo and others strike different poses around a cardboard cutout of Loco. Along with the photo, Gray wrote “my dear Hyuk-woo, don’t get hurt and make sure to come back healthy.”
However, the AOMG members weren’t the only ones to post a goodbye message. On the same day, Loco took to social media where he announced his latest album which also served as a goodbye present for his fans. “Hello, my new album Hello, will be released at 6 p.m. tonight. Please enjoy listening to the album,” the rapper wrote. In response, fans responded with massage and comments of encouragement and to say their farewells.
The new EP has six tracks and features many of the talented artists from his record label with collaborations with pH-1, Woo Won-jae, Paloalto, and Zion T. Moreover, it is also produced by Gray, Woogie, Goosebumps, Thurxday and Kitsches. In addition to the album, AOMG plans to sell limited edition stamps and calendar featuring Loco.
Meanwhile, besides Loco, BtoB member Lee Min-hyuk, rapper Hanhae, and former Infinite member Hoya also enlisted on Wednesday.
In a recent interview with MTV, musician and businessman Jay Park hints that he is looking to be the first Asian-American hip-hop music mogul. As a pioneer not only in Korean music but music overall, it is not a question of whether he has what it takes, but if the U.S. is ready for someone like him.
It is easy to talk about Jay Park’s accomplishments. Since going solo he has released dozens of songs, and featured on even more; started AOMG and H1GHR Music entertainment labels which house some of Korea’s greatest hip-hop talent; judges contestants on Asia’s Got Talent; Vice cited him as driving the change in South Koreans’ perception of tattoos; became the first Asian-American to be signed to Roc Nation, and performs all over the world.
At this point, he already is a mogul, particularly in South Korea where the majority of his business endeavors flourish.
Even so, Park felt that he has “reached a plateau” in the Asian country, Park has gradually dedicated more energy to his English-language music and other activities in the U.S., as much as it is a new endeavor and stage in his career, it is also a homecoming.
While the Seattle born artist is from the U.S., he sees a lot of parallels with his experiences in Sout Korea. In particular, as it was when he first when to South Korea, entering the American music market has yielded much the same: there is no one really like him doing what he is doing.
While he was a westerner in K-pop when it was still unusual, being an Asian-American in the hip-hop industry today is probably even more trying. The U.S. has a deeply ingrained and longstanding stereotype of Asian men as well, not men. They are (wrongfully) emasculated, seen as feminine, and “model minorities” who are seen are nerd or goofs.
Hip-hop remains a genre and lifestyle that champions hyper-masculinity. It is not by accident that even female rappers like Nikki Minaj uses male genitalia to exert power and dominance as in her song “Stupid Hoe” where she raps “Ice my wrist’s and I piss on bitches/ You can suck my dick, if you take this jizz-ez.” Emasculation, feminized men, and the model minority trope are all still antithetical to most of the hip-hop community.
While shifts in society and influx of diverse voices have served to chip away at the stereotype, it is still a huge reason why there are no prominent Asian-American faces in the U.S. hip-hop community.
Jay is hard working a good businessman who has built himself up from the bottom. There is no doubt that he has the know-how and the drive to create something in the U.S. However, it will be much harder to change deeply entrenched ideas that Asian men have no place in the hip-hop community.
All images are courtesy of Jay Park’s Instagram (@jayparkitrighthere)
AOMG musician ELO will release his new single “Home Alone” on Tuesday.
Recently, ELO, an artist under hip-hop label AOMG released a series of three teasers on social media. As the name of his new single, “Home Alone,” the pictures borrow from the classic holiday film Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin.
Notably, ELO recorded the song in a one-man a capella style, highlighting his vocal ability. From beginning to end, the singer recorded all of the elements of the track with his voice.
This year, ELO has appeared on several music-focused programs including “Show Me the Money” and “High School Rapper” on Mnet. Besides that, he also featured on ‘Graduation Project’ song “Osaka” with rapper Zico.
This goes beyond the beer nuts and pretzels you’ll find at your local dive bar, Koreans have a whole category of drinking food, or anju (안주), that is a perfect accompaniment to your choice of drink whether that be beer, soju, or makgeolli.
Rapper, singer, and CEO of AOMG Music Jay Park breaks down some of the most common anju in the video below.
Rapper Loco announces new track with Gray before he enlists in the military!
On November 26, AOMG reported, “Loco has confirmed to enlist in the military on February 7, 2019 as a conscripted policeman. Prior to the enlistment, the rapper has decided to release one last digital single with producer Gray on November 28.”
According to the post, the rapper has collaborated with producer Gray for one last track before he officially begins his military duties. Furthermore, the news excited many fans as it had been two years since the two artists collaborated on a track together. They released “GOOD” in 2016, but have seen walked separate musical paths.
Meanwhile, Loco plans to meet with his fans through a number of promotional events before saying goodbye for military enlistment. The new track with producer Gray will drop on November 28 at 6PM, KST.
Rapper pH-1 is going to release a new album where fans “get all of [him]” this time around.
“No features. you (sic) get all of me this time,” rapper pH-1 said on an Instagram post announcing the release of a new album.
According to the post, there will two songs on the album Staying. Notably, one of them will be one of the songs he performed on “Show Me the Money 777,” called “Homebody.” The other in “It’s a Crowd” (literal translation). Before this announcement, the rapper released a teaser video where the songs could be heard.
Moreover, with producer Thurxday producing both albums, many have high expectations. The producter has worked with the likes of Jay Park and Sik-K, who are both apart of H1GHR MUSIC records.
Meanwhile, pH-1 was a contestant on the most recent season of hit hip-hop program “Show Me the Money” where he performed “Homebody” for his second performance. It proved to be a hit with both the crowd and the judges. Staying will be released this Saturday at 6 p.m.
Simon Dominic has issued an official apology for an angry outburst he had during an Instagram Live.
On December 9, rapper Simon Dominic (herein referred to as Simon D) grew angry with a fan during an Instagram Live session. The outburst from the rapper shocked many fans and compelled the rapper to apologize.
During the broadcast, Simon D recommended the viewers listen to DJ Wegun’s song. In response to the suggestion, one viewer wrote that he was promoting the DJ based on personal connections. This one comment changed the course of the Instagram live.
Simon quickly angered and went on a tirade, dropping formalities and using swear words. Directed that the commenter, the rapper said “don’t listen if you don’t want to,” “You’re just in your room listening to music,” and asking if the viewer thinks making music is easy. Additionally, Simon D said that his rant was not due to alcohol, but it was something he always wanted to say.
In response to his outburst, some sided with the rapper saying that they understood why he was so outspoken. However, on the other hand, some said that he was too hasty. Notwithstanding that the live stream happened on his personal account, he is still a public figure and needs to be mindful of his position.
Later, Simon D apologized for his outburst though a post on his Instagram account. In the apology, he writes that he is “sorry to have offended many last night for [my] inappropriate speech and abuse on Instagram Live.”
Additionally, he refuses to make any excuses for his behavior. “This is my mistake without excuses, and I sincerely apologize to those who could have been disappointed by my careless words and actions,” he said.
Unfortunately, even with the apology, fans continue to argue over the situation. In particular, the controversy seems to have escalated as Simond D has gained popularity since starring in MBC’s “I Live Alone.”