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.
Kpop has come a long way over the years to become globally recognized in 2019. Looking back from the first generation of idols from the 1990s to now, Kpop idols have always had the burden of being adventurous and trend-setting icons.
With the current trend of older Kpop idol groups making a comeback to the Kpop scene, a lot has changed over the decades. In the 1990s when the first Kpop idol groups started emerging like H.O.T, Sechs Kies, Shinhwa and G.O.D, these idol groups experienced much criticism and love for their music while trying to solidify the upcoming genre, Kpop.
Taking a trip down memory lane towards one’s youth or childhood, there are some groups that can NOT be forgotten! The first generation of idol boy groups who not only created what is today’s Kpop fandom culture but also the foundation for the Hallyu wave! While there are many idols that deserve to be considered legends for each decade (1990s, 2000s, 2010s), these specific groups mentioned in this article were selected based on hours of research, personal memory, today’s popularity/activities and such! As a result, many may not agree with the listing or feel some idol groups should have been mentioned. Please note this is solely the opinion of the writer who may be biased with childhood memories of watching these groups in variety shows like SBS’s X-Men (2003-2007), SBS’s Love Letter (2004-2006) etc!
First generation of Kpop boy groups (1990s)
H.O.T (1996-2001, 2018-present)
Finding anyone who doesn’t know H.O.T would be rare in the Kpop scene. H.O.T is considered the first ever Kpop idol group that was formed by SM Entertainment. Even TVN’s hit drama series ‘Reply 1997’ (2012) has many references to H.O.T where the female lead is a die-hard fan of H.O.T’s Tony.
To signify how much importance H.O.T has in Korean culture, H.O.T had their reunion in 2018 through the famous variety show, MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ (2005-2018).
After H.O.T made their comeback in 17 years on ‘Infinity Challenge’, H.O.T went on to hold their comeback concert in Seoul where fans and idols took a trip back to their youth in the 90s.
Secks Kies (1997-2000, 2016-present)
The second idol group in Kpop history, aka H.O.T’s rival, played an important role for shaping Kpop fandom. The power of Kpop fans gave rise to allowing artists to venture into other fields within the entertainment industry. Secks Kies was the first idol group to film their own movie, perform in a musical and perform at the Blue House for the president serving during that time.
Clip of H.O.T vs. Sech Kies fan war from Reply 1997 Kdrama
Secks Kiss also made their comeback in 2016 as guests on MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ through a guerrilla concert. It was reported news of Secks Kies’s reunion was shared only 5 hours before the concert, which still managed to gather 6000 fans.
To really get an idea for what it was like in the 1990s during the reign of H.O.T and Sechs Kies, I HIGHLY recommend watching TVN’s Reply 1997. It is pretty accurate in depicting how severe or passionate Kpop fandom culture already was back then. Not to mention, this drama in addition to the rest of the Reply series (1997, 1994, 1988) are really great dramas to watch whether to understand Korean culture or to reminisce about your past.
The role model of many idols, the longest active boy group in Kpop history, Shinhwa is the idol group who showed versatility to be possible for Kpop idols. It is common for idol groups to keep to their “color” or “style” but Shinhwa has proven the key to longevity to be due to the constant rebranding and continuous creativity among other things. Shinhwa formed their own company Shinhwa Company with Minwoo and Eric as co-CEOs managing their activities as a group confirming the brotherhood among the members.
Shinhwa members are well known for their talents in various areas in the entertainment industry. Not only are they immensely popular for their appearances on variety shows, each member has successfully proven their talents in various areas like dramas, movies, musicals, producing and much more!
Shinhwa is extremely talented and everyone has such a great relationship, it is no wonder the group has made history by being the longest active Kpop idol group! They spend infinite amounts of time and effort for fans, one of the most noteworthy would be that they have a concert every year. In 2019, it will be their 21st anniversary since debut.
JYP’s first idol group G.O.D has never disbanded, however they were previously on an extended hiatus as each member pursed their solo careers. G.O.D is known for their iconic songs that really reflected Korean culture in the early 2000s amassing fans from various age groups. Labeled as the “nation’s idols” that used lyrics described as “storytelling,” many of their songs are still remembered as iconic Korean songs.
G.O.D is considered to be part of the legendary first generation Kpop idol groups among H.O.T, Seck’s Kiss and Shinhwa.
G.O.D’s songs are one of the best songs to sing in karaoke regardless of how old the songs are. The songs are still relatable and relevant amidst the 4th industrial revolution, simply “classic songs.”
Kpop Boy Groups of the 2000s
Super Junior (2005-present)
The iconic Kpop idol group that broke the stereotype by consisting of many members even 13 at one point. Super Junior can be considered to be one of the earliest hallyu idols that paved the path for Kpop to become globally recognized. Not only are they a household name today in 2019 but their everlasting popularity in Korea and abroad is something many idols aim for.
Super Junior can be considered one of the examples of successful subgroups that has proven to create more opportunities for the idols to showcase their talents outside of their group activities. After dominating Asia, Super Junior has proven their reigning power as iconic Kpop idols by their amazing success in Latin America even releasing songs in English, Korean and Spanish!
Super Junior was one of the first idol groups with so many members creating the opportunity to market to so many different preferences. Each member had their own unique remarkable characteristics that would appeal to nearly anyone. Frankly, it was a genius move by SM and now we have idol groups that follow this strategy! (Thank you SM!)
Big Bang (2006-present)
YG’s first idol group aka “Kings of Kpop” and the MVPs for setting the Hallyu wave ablaze internationally, especially outside of Asia, Big Bang is the group who continuously redefined what ‘KPOP’ is by experimenting out of the norm while expressing their individuality.
Big Bang is renowned for writing their own songs which plays a significant role for their success.
Not only is the group incredible for having so many No.1 songs but also their success promoting as subunits and soloists unbelievable that has become something to strive for the following generation of idols. Is there anyone who doesn’t know Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips or GD’s Coup d’etat?
Just thinking of Big Bang, the concept of swag, hip, fast beats, clubs and parties come to mind. While is it sad to see that most of the members are still serving mandatory military service, it won’t be long before they will be back!
The boy band of SM aka the “Princes of Kpop” who set the standard for live performances with complex dance moves, Shinee contrasts crucially with other groups of the 2000s. Not only is this group experimental with their music exploring various genres, they are also considered the “aesthetic,” “artistic,” “beautiful” group through their choreography, concepts and wardrobes.
With the sad passing of member Jonghyun (RIP) in 2017, Shinee will never be the same. However, Shinee’s songs as a quintet, Jonghyun’s legacy remains as numerous fans continue to love and cheer for Shinee.
Shinee will forever be that scarred part of my Kpop love. They have had to regroup after the unfortunate experience of losing a member, however I fervently hope that they will be able to recover not only for themselves and fans but also for the legacy of JH to not be forgotten in the future.
Kpop Boy Groups of Today (2010s)
With less than 10 months before the end of the current decade, there are so many boy groups who debuted and deserve to be listed as THE boy group of 2010s. While many would want to nominate for their favorite group, I would say based on the past 110 months (2010-2019.2), EXO and BTS are the ones who will be considered the “legends” of 2010s in Kpop history years from now.
Is there anyone in the Kpop scene who doesn’t know EXO and BTS? EXO is the 3rd generation of SM’s beloved idol boy group taking on the baton from their seniors H.O.T, Shinhwa, Super Junior and Shinee. BTS is without a doubt the “titans of Kpop” if my 90 year old grandmother knows who they are because of the Korean news. So many records were broken and so much history was made by these two idol groups during this decade, I personally would like to bet some dough on whether BTS or EXO will show up in the history or business books in the near future. Having heard that UC Berkley is offering a DeCal class on BTS from a friend attending UCB, my odds of winning are very high.
Looking back on Kpop idols from the 1990s, Kpop itself is still pretty young with so much potential for growth. As a passionate Kpop fan who grew up with the first generation of Kpop idols on my TV screen in the 1990s and 2000s, I genuinely hope that there will be a day when Kpop music can be heard on the radio (outside of Korean radio stations) abroad.
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.
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)
Rapper Black Nut has decided to files an appeal of judgment after getting suspended sentencing in a case involving KittiB.
Yesterday, Black Nut (real name Kim Dae-woong) filed an appeal to the court, requesting that the decision in his case be looked at again.
Last Thursday the court handed the rapper a two-year suspended sentence and 160 hours of community service on charged of insulting and harassing female rapper KittiB (real name Kim Bo-mi; herein Kim). In 2016 and 2017, he mentioned her several time in his songs as part of inappropriate lyrics that are sexually suggestive. Moreover, he also mentioned or referred to her at several concerts.
He consistent mentioning of Kim was cited by prosecutors to show his intent to insult her, which ultimately lent to the guilty verdict. Further, although the court acknowledged that Black Nut’s artistic freedom is important, that the victim’s personal rights, honor, and emotional wellbeing should also be protected. Dispite having already mentioned her in songs, the prosecutors proved that he continued to persistently verbally and sexually harass Kim.
Moreover, while the prosecution did not rule out the possibility that this was all apart of “hip-hop culture,” his action went beyond any creative device or reason. Consequently, he was sexually harassing Kim one-sidedly.
“We are not denying the existence of hip-hop culture, just as boxers don’t get charged with assault in the ring. If Black Nut’s action were to fall under this cultural umbrella, we would not have filed a lawsuit either. However, his actions are beyond any creative device and his is committing one-sided sexual harassment, ” said Kim’s legal representative.
As of the writing of this article, the court has not ruled on his appeal.
Congratulations to the popular Baby Shark song for getting listed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 2 weeks in a row!
On January 15, OSEN reported the English version of the children’s song Shark Familyknown as Baby Shark was No.38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart!
This isn’t the first time the Baby Shark has made its mark on a Billboard chart. Back in July 2018, the catchy song made its appearance on Billboard’s Kid Digital Song Sales chart. Additionally, the Baby Shark video on YouTube has gotten over 2.1 Billion views since its release on June 2016.
The catchy “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” has gone viral gaining international love and attention. There have been many headlines wondering what makes this song so addicting like CNN’s headline “What’s behind the insane popularity of ‘Baby Shark’? Lets examine.”
It has been said Baby Shark became an international sensation largely thanks to Kpop groups like BLACKPINK and Red Velvet singing and dancing along to the cute song. As a result, it became viral first in Korea followed by other parts in Asia (especially in Indonesia) before it made its way to the US to captivate children with its catchy beat. The song is popular with not only children but also adults through the “Baby Shark Challenge” that has gone viral. What do you think of the song?
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.
Rapper CJamm has reportedly been released from the detention center on probation and is currently preparing for a comeback.
On December 11, news outlet OSEN reported that rapper CJamm is currently preparing to release a new album, after being released from lock-up on probation. Reports stated that he has already filmed for the upcoming music video and is in the middle of discussing the release date with his company.
CJamm was charged for illegal marijuana usage back in July. At the end, the prosecutors demanded a 2-year long prison sentence with 16.45 million won (approximately $14,700) in fine. However, after only two months, he was released on probation.
According to further reports, the rapper even directly communicated with his fans via his colleague’s social network account. Right after his release, CJamm took to Instagram and announced, “I just got out of the detention center. I’ve also quit smoking. Please don’t worry about me.”
Now that he is back, the rapper plans to release his energy into music. While he did not reveal any details for his upcoming album, much anticipation arises as to what kind of story he will unfold this time.
Mnet’s “High School Rapper” is coming back next year.
On Wednesday, Mnet announced a new season “High School Rapper,” with an official logo and teaser video for the third rendition of the show. The program first drew attention because it looked for musical talent in youth and a format of stories that focused on the lives of teenagers. By showing a different side of rap, the show resounded not only with the peers of the contestants but with older generations too.
Additionally, viewers raved over the contestants’ talented performances on each show, with their released tracks sweeping music charts in Korea. Unsurprisingly then, many of the past season’s contestants wound up joining some of Korea’s most prominent hip-hop labels. The winner from “High School Rapper 2,” HAON, signed Jay Park’s H1GHR MUSIC label.
According to Mnet, they will start recruiting for the next season starting on December 11 and running to the end of the month.
Leading Korean hip-hop artists including Tiger JK and Yoon Mi-Rae are set to attend this year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong.
Rappers Tiger JK, Yoon Mi-Rae, Palo Alto, The Quiet, Swings, BeWhY, Changmo, and Nafla, will head to Hong Kong on December 14 the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong.
Tiger JK, who announced his retirement earlier this year, is rumored to be preparing a grand performance with his wife and fellow artist Yoon Mi-rae and other top Korean rappers. However, they are not going to be the only hip-hop artists to get stage time.
All of the invited rappers will take to the stage. In particular, Palo Alto, recognized for his unique style, The Quiet, and Changmo are all expected to draw fans to the event. On top of that, “Show Me the Money” alumni Swings, BewhY, and Nafla will heat-up the stage with special performances.