AOMG Seeks the Next Generation of Hip-Hop Artists Through Competition Show

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.

Jay Park, Simon Dominic (top row), Gray, Code Kunst – AOMG

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.

 

 

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Rapper Simon Dominic Issues Apology for Angry Rant Directed at Fan

Simon Dominic has issued an official apology for an angry outburst he had during an Instagram Live.

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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.

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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.”

 

 

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Jay Park Says Simon Dominic’s ‘Me No Jay Park’ Is Not a Diss Track

Both Jay Park and Simon Dominic appeared in a recent episode of “Let’s Eat Dinner Together,” where they clarified their relationship.

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When Simon Dominic (Simon D) released the scorching and raw song “Me No Jay Park,” many wondered (including myself) where their relationship as both professionals and friends stood.

In the song, not only did Simon D announced his resignation as co-chairman of AOMG but throughout the song talked about Jay Park’s accomplishments in comparison to himself. If anything, it seemed the rappers appeared to reveal a difficult facet of their relationship.

However, on a recent episode of “Let’s Eat Dinner Together” where both Simon D and Park were guest, they said that their relationship is fine. “We are harmonious,” Simon D stated. Going on, the rapper said that the two never fought or had a disagreement over money, that his song was not about that. Instead, it was more about his pride and dignity as an artist and realizing that he was “just lazy and lacking a sense of desperations, so [he] went back to the beginning.”

Park also jumped in and clarified that “Me No Jay Park,” which includes his name in the title is not a diss track.

 

 

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Simon Dominic Has Officially Resigned as CEO of Hip-Hop Label AOMG

In Simon Dominic’s scorching release “Me No Jay Park,” the rapper said in the song was his resignation letter, turns out it was true.

On July 25, rapper Simon Dominic (Simon D, real name Jeong Ji-suk) posted a photo on his Instagram hinting at a new song titled “Me No Jay Park,” a fellow artist that founded AOMG and together with Simon led record label.

In the scorching and raw song, the rapper left himself bear as he delved into his insecurities and relationships with Jay Park and the other AOMG artists. Lines like “AOMG is Jay effect and then Loco, Gray effect/ quite a difference there was in the thickness of the papers (money) last year” and “other than Ugly Duckling the other duck is me, lame duck” proliferate the song.

He continues to explore his motivation, lack of activity, and feelings of inadequacy and guilty for not being able to give his fans more content. More than anything, it appears that he felt that he was no longer the right person to lead the agency. However, while he has stepped down from his leadership position, Simon still plans to be active as a musical artist with AOMG.

In response, fans have responded positively to his decisions. Under the music video on YouTube, a commenter writes “You are hardworking Simon. We love you, dont (sic) forget that,” and “Dont (sic) you worry about what others say.” Other top comments echo these sentiments saying that he has worked hard and that he is a great artist.

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Moreover, although his resignation song mostly focused on the dichotomy between himself and Jay Park, there does not seem to be any bad blood between the two.

On July 29, Park promoted Simon’s comeback album DARKROOM: Roommates Only but has not released any statement regarding the change in leadership.

Meanwhile, in addition to “Me No Jay Park,” Simon D has also released a video for his song “Demolition Man” on YouTube. On the other hand, Jay Park has been dedicating most of his time to is U.S. promotions. This year he has released his debut song “Soju,” followed by “FSU,” and “Yacht” featuring Vic Mensa. Notably, Park released this song in Korean last year and teased that he would have an English version back then.

 

 

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Rapper Simon Dominic Reunites With Missing Uncle, Denies Claims of Fraudulency

Rapper Simon Dominic (Simon D) denies any kind of fraudulence in relation to the situation surrounding the search and discovery of his missing uncle.

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On July 1, a representative from Simon D’s agency AOMG made a statement regarding the rapper who recently met with his missing uncle. In the statement that said that “Simon D recently met his uncle. It is difficult to confirm the exact timing and process. However, he strongly denies the claim that he released the song after looking for his uncle.”

Last month, the rapper returned for the first time in three years with DarkRoom: Roommates Only. The eight-track album drew attention from fans for many reasons, with one of them being the fifth track on the record titles Jung Jin-chul. It turns out that the song refers to a then missing member of the rapper’s family.

Jung Jin-chul, Simon D’s uncle, went missing after he lost contact with his family. Reportedly, the disappeared after failing to become successful as a fashion designer. In response, the AOMG artists and CEO made a song that repeated the line “My uncle’s name is Jung Jin-chul, his job is a fashion designer,” made the track stand out. In particular, at live shows, the rapper would also mention the name of his uncle in the hopes that he would see or hear him and return.

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Once the two met, the rapper took to Instagram where he expressed his gratitude and said he plans to make up for lost time. In addition to the thank you note, he also posted a picture of his father with the Jung Jin-chul.

 

 

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Rapper Simon D to Make an Appearance on ‘I Live Alone’

After making a surprise comeback last week, rapper Simon Dominic (Simon D) is making a return to television.

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On June 18, a representative from MBC’s entertainment program “I Live Along” said that Simon Dominic will be a guest on the show.

The announcement is gaining attention given that the rapper has not appeared on an entertainment program since Mnet’s “Show Me The Money 5” in 2016. As such, many are excited to see how the star rapper and CEO of AOMG lives his life day-to-day.

One another note, Simon D recently dropped a new album DarkRoom: Roommates Only, the first in about three years. Further, in addtion to returning to the music scene, it appears the rapper will also be expanding his activities.

Meanwhile, “I Love Alone,” airs every Friday at 11:10 pm. Previously, MAMAMOO Hwasa and actor Sung Hoon appeared on the show.

 

 

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Rapper Simon D Just Made a Surprise Comeback, the First in 3 Years

Rapper Simon Dominic (Simon D) has returned to the music scene after releasing a surprise new album.

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On June 15, rapper and AOMG CEO Simon D made a surprise comeback with his new album DarkRoom: Roommates Only. Further, as a musician who boasts a strong distinct style and power, it is understandably drawing attention from the music industry.

The announcement was made on social media through AOMG’s official page, as well as Jay Park’s, the co-found of AMOG, and what appears to be Simon’s personal Instagram account.

The new album comes about three years after his previous record ₩ & ONLY (Won & Only), that came out in 2015. At that time, he took the top spot in real-time charts on various music sites demonstrating his popularity and talent.

Moreover, in addition to sweeping charts, he was able to maintain is the position for a long time, further proving his influence and appeal that went beyond the hip-hop genre. However, since then he had not released any new music, had few collaborations, and did not provide updates on a possible album.

Meanwhile, Simon Dominique made his debut as part of Supreme Team with rapper E-Sens in 2009. Since then, he has gained popularity through his music and appearances on entertainment programs like “Show Me the Money 5.”

 

 

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Jay Park, Simon D, Gray, and Loco to Collaborate on New Song

Some of the most prominent artists from AOMG have united on a new track.

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According to a source in the music industry, Jay Park, Simon D, Gray, and Loco, who are all from hip-hop label AOMG, will release a new song together on May 1. Additionally, the song’s working title is apparently “Turn On.”

The release of this song appears to be another notable move by AOMG. Recently, On the 27th and 26th singer Hoody and Jay Park, both released new music, respectively. Moreover, Loco’s recent collaboration with MAMAMOO Hwasa from “Hyena on the Keyboard” is hugely popular and continues to dominate music charts.

As a result of the label’s past releases, many have high expectation for the new single.

 

 

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Tiffany and Gray Deny Their Dating Rumors, Argue They Are “Just Friends”

While Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany and singer Gray are involved in dating rumors, both of their agencies have denied.

SM Entertainment said, “After confirming directly with Tiffany, the two are just friends.”

Gray’s agency also said, “He has confirmed that they are just friends.”

Earlier this day, it was reported that Tiffany and Gray have been dating for 3 years.

Meanwhile, Tiffany is currently getting ready for Girls’ Generation’s comeback in August, which will be celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary since debut. Gray, who is in the hip hop label AOMG with Jay Park, Loco, and Simon Dominic, is also getting ready for multiple performances.

 

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