Rapper Dok2 shared his new status as the owner of a hotel through his social media.
On February 16, rapper Dok2 posted on his Instagram with a video of his new hotel. He captioned the video with “Today is the grand opening day of my boutique hotel in busan,korea.” He also posted a picture of the desserts at his hotel inviting fans to visit.
Dean is a writer, singer, an aficionado of artistic picture-taking for Instagram. Besides that, he might be apart of a trend of non-idol South Korean artists looking outside the country for musical freedom.
It had been over a year since Dean released his iconic song “Instagram” that topped charts for weeks before giving way to iKON’s “Love Scenario.”
Prescient in its content and evocative in its narrative, it was a song that stood out on Korean music charts that are usually inundated with songs about love. Similar to its monochromatic video, it had a belied simplicity regarding the complex set of qualities that come into play when one uses social media including but not limited to addiction and depression.
It had a subtle depth — just enough to provoke (a comfortable amount of) thought and was general enough to make it relatable. Further, Ginza, a magazine out of Japan, described the song as ” inspired by the millennial generation,” and as a millennial, myself — though I don’t engage in social media that much because of the abovementioned effects — it is easily one of my favorite Korean songs from the past year.
However, since the release of the song, Dean seems more absent than present. His occasional updates on social media breathe life and anticipation into his fan base and he did release a song called “Dayfly” on different music sites in November.
Additionally, even with the beautiful melody, smooth vocals, and the meaningful lyrics, it didn’t feel like Dean was back; it was not a comeback. So when is Dean coming back and what has he been up to?
According to a social media post, the singer is working on a new album titled 130: mood: RVNG that he is dedicating more time to write, compose, and produce. Moreover, as he works on this album, Dean is also experiencing a personal transformation where he is ridding himself of the idea that he could only show his “perfect and good side to the world,” afraid of being branded after an unfortunate slip of the tongue. In turn, he is acknowledging his “badness, stupidity, weakness, and the dark shadows” of his past.
Interestingly, as he grows personally and musically, he seems to do so mostly outside of South Korea and instead is finding solace someplace in London. Perusing his Instagram account, the singer looks to be out of his native country for months at a time. In his posts, he appears to spend much of his time in England, with short forays elsewhere, working on music, collaborating with artists, and generally living his best life.
At the same time, I see an emerging trend where independent non-idol artists are finding freedom and solace outside of the Korean entertainment market. Similar to Jay Park who is working on expanding in the U.S., like Dok2 who moved to Los Angeles late last year, and alternative rock group Hyukoh that released an all English album last year and is currently on tour, it seems like Korean artists are looking to find their voice and music made and heard outside a system tipped heavily in favor of political correctness, cookie-cutter idols, and deep-pocketed companies.
On the other hand, it could be that other industries are now ready for Asian artists.
During the first episode of MBC’s “Target: Billboard – KILL BILL” rapper Dok2 said that he is planning to move to the U.S. before the year’s end, which will affect his activities in South Korea.
During the first episode of “Target: Billboard – KILL BILL” which aired on Wednesday, the contestants talk about the upcoming competition. Some like Jessi showed confidence that she could succeed in the U.S. Others like BewhY and Cheetah said they would focus their energy into their music and performances to win.
Generally, typical answers and comments that a viewer would expect from people in a competition.
However, unlike the others, Dok2 revealed that this competition would likely be one of his last broadcast appearances. This is because the rapper and founder of music label Illionaire Records is planning to move to the U.S. at the end of the year.
As a result, he won’t be able to regularly participate in different television programs. “At the end of the year I am going to move to America, this is going to be my last contest. In the future, I won’t be able to schedule broadcast appearances very well,” said Dok2.
The announcement came as a surprise to many who had no idea that the rapper would be making such a move or what the move will before.
Dok2 is fluent in English and has made friends with Americans who are involved in the entertainment industry one way or another as seen in his appearance in “My Little Old Boy.”Or perhaps, regardless of the competition’s results, he plans to launch a music career in the U.S like Jay Park.
However, the biggest surprise is that he has actually already moved to the U.S. The show is pre-recorded with filming taking place last year.
A rivalry game of the ages between some of South Korea’s hip-hop heavy-weights is going to play out on the first episode of “Target: Billboard – KILL BILL.”
MBC’s new hip-hop survival entertainment program “Target: Billboard – KILL BILL” (hereafter Kill Bill) is set to make a splash with a roster of hard-hitting rappers putting on top-line performances and conversations where they don’t mince words.
The roster made up of YDG, Dok2, Jessi, Cheetah, BewhY, and Rhythm Power has already received an enthusiastic response from their fans. In particular, the show’s concept where the winner collaborates with an American artist with the hopes to appear on Billboard’s music chart is different enough to catch people’s attention. However, it is not just the music that has people excited but the rivalries, too.
In one teaser, MBC showed YDG, Dok2, and BewhY gathering together in what looks to be a tense scene. All three come from different parts and perspective of the Korean hip-hop scene.
YDG is considered a legend from the first generation of rappers while Dok2 changed the game and created Illionaire Records with The Quiett, while BewhY made a name for himself on “Show Me the Money” on Mnet. In addition to their rivalry, many are excited to see how Jessi and Cheetah perform on the program. Notably, both appeared on Mnet’s show “Unpretty Rapstar.”
Meanwhile, “Kill Bill” is set to have ten episodes with the first one premiering on Jan. 31 at 11:10 p.m.
MBC’s hip-hop program “Target: Billboard – KILL BILL” is once against in news headlines due to one of its featured artists: Jessi. And no, she didn’t do anything controversial.
On Tuesday, MBC released a teaser featuring for its new entertainment program “Target: Billboard – KILL BILL” is a survival program where the contestants aim to chart on Billboards chart. To do so, the producers have secured a line-up of some of South Korea’s most celebrated hip-hop stars.
From Dok2 to Cheetah, YDG (Yang Dong-geun), BewhY, SanE, Rhythm Power, and Jessi are set to set the stage on fire with original songs and performances. Notably, the winner of the program will collaborate with DJ Khaled.
It should be no surprise then that excitement and anticipation for the programs are high.
In particular, a recently released teaser featuring Jessie has become a hot topic. Jessi became a leading female rapper in the country after appearing on a season of “Unpretty Rapstars” on Mnet. Her subsequent releases and collaboration helped to build her public persona as a rapper who is brash and unafraid to speak her mind.
With a teaser of her performance on the show released on Monday, many are looking forward to seeing how she performs as one of two female artists on the programs. Her soulful vocals, rap, and sexy dance moves have caught viewers’ eyes. Additionally, her words gained attention as she showed her competitive spirit saying that she doesn’t think Dok2 will win and that BewhY’s stage was boring.
Meanwhile, as more teasers for the show continue to generate anticipation for the show which premieres in the coming weeks.
From music charts, the “Me Too” movement, to the reopening of old cases, 2018 was a year where established structures of the K-Pop industry began to crumble.
There were many things that happened over the course of 2018 like the “Me Too” movement and the ongoing uncovering of financial fraud by celebrity parents with many celebrities. Reviewing the year, there is a theme that runs through the year’s most impactful events and developments: dismantlement.
Those who have been lulled into a safe sense of security due to fame, wealth, social standing, professional position, or through their connections have had a rude awakening. Additionally, with changes to real-time charts, new, and more honest, result have emerged that hint at where the Korean music industry is heading.
Many of the victim’s testimonies told that the actors would use their position as more experienced actors to lure their less experienced victims to secluded areas under the pretense of helping them before forcing themselves on the women. In Jo Min-ki‘s case, he would send inappropriate messages to his students and call them up to his officetel for meetings and lectures.
The movement brought more awareness to sexual misconduct and crimes in the entertainment industry. More importantly, it gave a platform for many victims to tell their stories and speak their truth.
While the movement resulted in the death of one of the accused, who buckled under the weight of his guilt and the inevitable consequences of his actions, it also brought attention to the case of Jang Ja-yeon, who also took her life — but because of sexual abuse. Further, it also helped to expose institutional concealment of such acts and companies are now including “Me Too” clauses in their contracts.
Meanwhile, during the last few months of the year, several stars like Tiffany, MAMAMOO Wheein, Dok2, Ma Dong-Seok and, most notably, Microdot found themselves wrapped up in the results of the shady schemes of their parents. The parents either borrowed money from acquaintances, had people co-sign a loan, presented fake business plans, or boldly took money from coffers before never being heard from again.
Perhaps they felt comfortable under the umbrella of their children’s fame, but they shouldn’t have. Some like Microdot, who stepped down from his shows, lost brand deals, and broke-up with Hong Soo-hyun, have found their careers and relationships on the rocks. Being famous or knowing famous or rich people is no longer protection in the face of the law.
2018 was a good year for K-pop fans. The most prominent groups from the “big three,” (SM, JYPE, YG) all had comebacks — including BIGBANG right before three of its members enlisted in the army. Moreover, releases from Cube Entertainment, Big Hit Entertainment, FNC Entertainment and more filled the market with robust sound and good competition. However, through all of those big groups soloist shined the brightest.
Releases from Dean, Ben, Shaun, Paul Kim, IU, and so many more topped charts for days if not weeks. Solo debuts from the likes of BIGBANG Seungri, BLACKPINK Jennie, and Mino from WINNER became the talk of the town and proved their popularity by reaching the top spot on multiple charts.
For years, the K-pop industry has been a place where few soloists could hope to make it big. Unless you had an amazing voice or built your career over several years like IU, BoA, and Ailee, success was fleeting and inconsistent. K-pop groups, especially boy groups, dominated charts, with sometimes their whole album sometimes appearing on charts (a sure indicator of fans mass streaming).
However, while the perceived change in the reception of soloist does point to a change that may lead to smaller, rather than larger groups, in the future, their success is more visible because charts are fairer. This summer, the Goan Chart Police Committee decided to freeze real-time charts from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.
In doing so, the committee prevented fans from doing organized streams overnight and pushing certain songs to the top of charts, giving them a head start for when the general public woke up and started listening to songs. As a result, while there are still improvements to be made to ensure even more fairness, it has helped to show true trends in the industry.
Microdots whereabouts remain unclear and rumors that the rapper is on the run have gained momentum after a media outlet reported that his house is now mysteriously empty.
On the December 11 broadcast of SBS’ “E-news Exclusive,” different stories about celebrities, their families, and long-hidden debts were the focus of the show.
Since Microdot’s parents were exposed for fraud, A growing number of entertainers have been mired in controversy due to their parents’ long-hidden and unpaid for debts and schemes. Unlike some of the celebrities like involved like Dok2, Ma Dong-seok, and former SNSD member Tiffany, when the scandal involving his parents became public late last month, Microdot essentially disappeared.
In addition to stepping down from all of his entertainment programs, he reportedly moved out of his home at an unknown date. One of his neighbors spoke to SBS and said that they heard him moving and that he left sometime at night. A real estate agent confirmed the speculation that he moved out. “The house was sold,” said a real estate official in the area where Microdot lived. Now another person resides at the residence.
In addition to Microdot, his older brother, Sanchez and both of his parents have notably been absent as well. The family’s disappearance comes after they assured authorities and media that they would cooperate with the police investigation and had not “intention of hiding or escaping.”
Last month, police asked INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) for assistance in detaining Microdots parents, who currently live in New Zealand. However, under current law, they were only able to prevent them from escaping outside of New Zealand but cannot forcibly repatriate them.
The prosecution and police also announced on November 29 that they are considering the process of requesting their extradition. However, it is expected that it will take a long time for that to take place due to bureaucratic red tape process.
If they do decide to pursue this option, they will have to go through and wait for a decision by the Korean Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the New Zealand court, and the New Zealand police. “Even if the repatriation is decided, it will take more than two years,” said a police official.
Rapper Dok2 released a new song amidst the controversy over a comment he recently made.
On November 26th, multiple news outlets reported that a person, who claimed that she used to be friends with Dok2’s mother since middle school, said that Dok2’s mother hasn’t paid back $10,000 that she had borrowed more than 20 years ago. After the reports went public, Dok2 explained himself through an Instagram live session.
During the live, Dok2 said, “First of all, we never disappeared nor my mother was never involved in a fraud. At least I was never aware of anything like that. If you haven’t received money, come to me.”
Meanwhile, a comment he made during the explanation received criticism. He said, “Although $10,000 is not a small amount of money, it’s almost equivalent to my monthly expense on food. I don’t think $10,000 will change our lives.”
Through the song ‘말조심 (Watch Your Mouth)’ he released on the 3rd, Dok2 dissed the haters who have written malicious comments towards him and his family.
Dok2 announces new release, in which he plans to say his full response to the recent controversy involving his mother.
On November 30, Dok2 took to his Instagram to announce an upcoming release. The track “Be Careful with Your Words” (literal translation) reportedly contains the rapper’s full answer to the recent controversy involving his mother.
Along with the picture, the rapper said, “I will state my full response in the song. I don’t mean to use this controversy as a marketing method for my new track. As a rapper, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the right thing for me to do. Whether it’s right or not. I will release my new single next Monday at 6 p.m., KST.”
Recently, the rapper was thrown in hot water for making an offensive comment in response to the controversy involving his mother. When an old friend of his mother came forward arguing that Dok2’s mother had borrowed a loan of 10 million won from 20 years ago and never paid them back, the rapper took to his live Instagram broadcast to make a comment.
In the broadcast, Dok2 said, “Ten million won is not a lot of money. That’s how much I spend on food every month. The amount of money doesn’t make the slightest impact on the quality of our lives.
The rapper’s comment rubbed the netizens the wrong way, with many commenting that it sounded thoughtless and somewhat out of touch.
Soon after a claimant came forward saying that Dok2’s mother never paid back a 10 million won loan, the rapper addressed the issue directly in a live broadcast saying they should get in contact.
The claimant who came forward saying that Dok2’s mother still owned them 10 million won, expressed his gratitude and support for the rapper on Tuesday.
“He called me right after the incident, expressed his intention to pay for (the debt), and handled the problem neatly,” the claimant, a former classmate of Dok2’s mother said. The individual who has not revealed their identity added that they were thankful for the rapper’s understanding and sincerity. Further, the personals also said they would support the artist going forward.
On Monday, a news outlet published a report about an individual had loaned Dok2’s mother 10 million won after the financial crisis in the late 1990s to help her with her business. However, Dok2’s mother never paid this person, referred to as ‘A’ in the article, back. In response, ‘A’ filed a civil suit in 2002 with the Daegu District Court for 11.55 million won, winning the case in the next year in April. Despite that, even after the ruling, ‘A’ did not get a single payment.
Dok2 responded to the claim with a bit of skepticism, saying that 10 million won was not a significant amount, but also expressed that he was willing to pay any debt that his mother may have and encouraging the claimant to contact him.
The rapper’s comment about the 10 million won received some heat from netizens. As public opinion worsened and a petition was created asking for a tax probe into the rapper’s finances, Dok2 provided an update on the situation. On Tuesday he revealed that had finally resolved the case with the claimant.