1) MC Mong “Circus”


Ahh! What a fun song! Even though we don’t know the lyrics, we definitely shout out along with the HAHAHAHAHA part. I don’t know how to describe what’s so great about this song. It’s hard to be grumpy listening to this. I just want to highstep out of the house and throw pies at people and laugh. I guess that the song has mimicked circus music aesthetic? I don’t know! I don’t actually remember ever being at a circus…but I’m sure that it has music that sounds like this. I hope people aren’t now going to be like “what?! Never been to a circus? What kind of deprived childhood did you have?!” Fact is, I don’t know anyone who went to a circus either. Well, I never asked. It’s not one of those things that pop up in conversation. “Great weather today, eh? Hey! Ever been to a circus?” No. Never said that before, but I will ask people from now on. On that note: how many of you have been to a circus?

2) Drunken Tiger “Left Foot Forward”

Ok, this song is badass. As soon as the beat starts you can’t help but think of old-school DJ Premiere. This is the kind of music I grew up with (Simon here). I really wish I could keep up with the lyrics in Korean, though. Lyrics are the main reason I’m into hip hop. Funky beats with garbage lyrics = unlistenable for me. So with Korean Hip hop, I’m like “I’m sure this is alright! I just wish I could understand it” So this video has English subs, which I can follow, but part of hip hop is also about the cleverness of lyrics, how they rhyme what they rhyme, what they allude to, so on and so forth. Here, I can hear Drunken Tiger’s delivery, but I don’t know if he’s clever or not, or if he’s just got a powerful message. You know? I don’t know. I’m rambling. The song sounds really cool, though!

3) Kara “MR”


So this is one of the first Kpop songs we ever talked about on video, back when we started our whole “How to Dance Kpop Style” videos in earnest back in 2009. Wow. That was a long time ago. You know, now that I think about it: I’m pretty confident that sooner or later we’ll be able to do a video with everyone in Kpop…except for Kara. I’m not even sure if they do Korean music anymore. It seems like they’ve found a comfort zone in Japan and they’re staying there, no? Am I wrong? When we went to Tokyo a short while ago we saw lots of ads for Kara, which surprised us, because we didn’t hear from Kara in so long. Ah well. One of these days, when we’re living in Japan (it’ll happen sooner or later!) we’ll see Kara and do a video with them. Boom! (I can dream, can’t I?)

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