Verbal Jint “You Deserve Better/Beautiful Enough”


I wonder if anyone agrees with me about my hesitation in getting into Korean Hip Hop. The kind of Hip Hop I’m into: MF Doom, El-P, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, even Necro (for the lols). Korean Hip-Hop, though, I’m not sure if there’s anything out there like the stuff I’m into. Silly wordplay, polysyllabic rhyming, battle MCing. Stuff like that. It seems, though, that most of the Korean Hip Hop I’ve been exposed to is about relationships and the difficulties of being in love. That’s not really my thing, you know? So, I’m looking for different kinds of Korean Hip Hop, if you know any. Just nothing pertaining to love or being with other people, or the everyday struggle.

Venus Kim “Exercise”



There has to be a musical-theory hypothesis about why lyrics that aren’t words are so catchy. 2NE1 has this down pat. Other bands do it a lot, too. But…why is it so fun? I’m gonna sing BA BA BA BA BAAA BA BA all day now. Come on: I know one of you is studying music in university. What’s the secret? I must know!

Also, this is one of the most low-budget videos we’ve ever reviewed (besides GoGoStar) and we love it! HA! Maybe because we’re so low budget ourselves that watching this video makes us feel warm in our tummies. We just know a lot of people who want to make videos but are like “I can’t because I don’t have big cameras” so they don’t do anything. Venus Kim: I think you shot this video on your iPhone, and it’s still awesome, and I hope other people can watch this and feel the same. BA BA BA BA BAAA BA BA!

The Black Skirts “International Love Song”/strong>


Okay, we’ve had a couple request for this guy and I’m not fully sure if I should call this a solo artist (who apparently plays all the instruments and does the singing by himself) or an actual band. I read some mixed stories online, so maybe he had a band at one point but now it’s just him or…I don’t know! If anyone knows his back story besides what I already mentioned in the video, let me know! I really love Holiday’s voice. He has that kind of natural feel to his voice that isn’t totally perfectly trained but still really lovely and way better than anything I could ever do. *sigh* Anyways, I didn’t mention anything about the hand drawn chalk animation, but it’s actually pretty hilarious. It might seem normal but as the video continues on it gets kind of…strange…including a pig being painted as a zebra in order to date a zebra. I’m sure that zebra will be happy to find out you’ve been faking your breed. Anyhoo, great song and I’m sorry if any of you are on the breaks with someone because this song might be a real tear jerker for you.

  1. Hey Ann, Epik High is back, and we’re trying to get them to the top for Kpop Music Mondays!! Can you help us? :D

  2. I would like to suggest:
    UV – 그 여자랑 살래요 (Feat. 윤도현 of YB)

  3. Check out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmcZx0ydG_Q Peterpan Complex. Just the name sounds cool. It’s disney and Korean there really good :)

  4. So I thought about it for a while and I think a few fun hip hop songs are missing here…
    This song is called Kung Fu Fatdoo by a rapper called FatDoo and the song and MV are animated gold, it also features San E and Xena or Jenny (?) and comes complete with subs! I think you’ll enjoy listening to it ^_^
    This song is about a hangover
    And this song (which you may or may not have already heard) is about giving someone a ‘thumbs up’

    But if you’re looking for something a little more serious/chilled you could also try Nuol, Swings, Paoloalto and Clover

  5. I loved the symbolism of you deserve better! Like having the woman’s dog in human form…it was beautiful

  6. Totally in love with the International Love song by the Black Skirts. Thanks Simon and Martina for introducing us to really great Indie music. (^^)b

  7. e.via raps usually but her more unsual/funny songs are just singing

  8. for rap, go to the Sniper Sound and Jungle! Outsider, MC Sniper, Illinit, LMNOP, Drunken Tiger, Bizzy, and of course, Yoonmirae(Tasha, Baby T) and also, the first korean female rapper i listened to and discovered Outsider(the fastest rapper in Korea no less :) is Gilme :D

  9. I would recommend you guys to watch the program called “Top밴드” or TopBand (preferably Season 2) because it is full of amazing, talented indie bands :) There are numerous famous indie bands like Koxx, Guckkasten, Transfixion, Nemesis, etc ~ You should check it out ! :D Enjoy~

  10. I totally agree with you about Korean Hip Hop Simon. I don’t know what they’re saying so I don’t know if they’re clever or not. This irks me so much that I’m on a mission to learn Korean so I can find out, once and for all, if TOP is a good rapper or if I just like his deep sexy voice.

  11. Era el perro! *.*
    amé “You Deserve Better ” la canción y el vídeo *.*
    It was the dog! *.*
    i loved
    “You Deserve Better ” the song and the video

  12. Hi!! I read your interview with Groove Magazine…can’t believe you’re doing interviews and photoshoots!! (^w^)
    I’ve been following you since “how to dance k-pop style 2009″. A friend saw the video and showed it to me, and we fell for k-pop right away… We already liked j-rock, but suddenly a whole other world just appeared in front of us. G-dragon was one of the first artirst to catch my eyes, Heartbreaker was just so epic to me. But even with the dramatic reading of Ring Ding Dong, SHINee stucked in my heart… Ok, the english in the song made me laugh, but to me they we’re just Great and still today I love SHINee.
    But I’m lazy, so I watched “how to dance k-pop 2008″ and kept listening to k-pop but didn’t looked further into your videos… until summer 2010 when I watched again these two videos and found out there were more. I remeber it being late at night and I was watching every video and reading every post you had ever made (thats when I got addicted), I would come to your site to look for any new posts and kept waiting for “how to dance k-pop style 2010″, and then came “K-pop music mondays”, I discoverd even more artists and mondays were the best days in the week.
    You started making more and more videos and soon, every time I went on the my laptop I would go to your page. Still now, even when I know it’s not a day you usually post something, or when it’s to early for you to post your usual posts I come here… I’m starting to look like one of those creepy “sasaeng”, sorry.
    Thanks to you we (my friend and I) discovered k-pop and we have been infecting people with the virus (new friends, old friends, family etc…), we’ve done things we never though we would do (for shy girls like us it was kind o hard to participate in contest where we had to make covers of dancing and showing it to the whole school and stuff…) we even danced k-pop at our school “festival” and went to another country (France) just to see a concert (Music Bank!!!!!). As I said already, you oppened a new world to us, and we now we don’t only listen to korean songs but also at chinese and other japanese songs.
    I’m am addicted to the korean culture just thanks to you: songs, dramas,food, even the language and the history of the country interest me now, and I planning, along with my closest frinds to go there sometime.
    But I also want to thank you for being yourselves and keeping doing your stuff like you think it should be done, and for overcoming the difficulties of living in Korea. Such a wonderfull country that like in every other place in the world has great people and people that doesn’t want to understand anything or anyone that isn’t like them. Although I sometimes don’t agree with you when you analyse music videos, I know that everyone has their own taste and we have to respect it (and we’re talking about music, MUSIC! How can people be so hard and mean and even get racist over music! Something that usually brings us together and that at least in my case brought me to korean culture. So what if we criticize a little? I also criticize singers from my country! anyway..).
    Thank you for all these years, you are GREAT. Keep doing what you like because we like you for that. ^^

  13. YES!! Verbal Jint!! You Look Good is one of my favorite songs, loved how the guy was a dog it was so adorable. As for Venus Kim, the song is catchy and the video to cute not to enjoy. The Black Skirts, just made me tear up the song, the video made me smile and laugh “hot stuff” Now I am just an emotional mess.

  14. korean hip-hop? Two words: Dynamic duo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb2nclWTntc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6ZelDkI6JY&feature=relmfu besides Epik high.. btw I’m also fan of epik high

  15. please listen to Hole in Your Face by Phantom~

  16. Ehm… Simon, have you ever checked out Phantom’s Sanchez’ and Verbal Jint’s EPIC song “you look good”? If not, I suggest that you do so right now mister!

  17. I love, love, loved Verbal Jint (btw I have the desire to watch The Usual Suspects now. You have no clue how addicted to that movie I am!) Loved the moment when you find out he is really the dog. So wonderful. The Black Shirts, I’m so glad I’m going through love or a break-up I would have probably started crying. It is such a beautiful song.

  18. Alright, Simon. *rolls up sleeves*
    To help break you into Korean hip-hop (and by that I mean Epik High), I’ve prepared a playlist just for you: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC5015EA46D4E9003
    It starts off with fully English songs;
    then their Korean songs with English subtitles;
    and then finally, at the end of the playlist, their official MVs, all in Korean, without subtitles. Yeah!!

    Lastly, an example of their lyrics that doesn’t pertain to love or being with other people, or the everyday struggle:
    I tear sh*t up like a firecracker in poo. ~ Tablo

  19. Verbal Jint-
    Omg when I realised he was the dog I cried! I wasn’t expecting it and then it all made sense but it’s so sad because a dog’s unconditional love is beautiful but at the same time it means there is no nice guy taking her away from the abusive boyfriend..

  20. Epik High has a bunch of stuff. they have all of it. the silly wordplay all of it. just dig through their old albums. tiger jk, the jiggy fellaz, leessang too. man, you should just look into the whole underground k-hiphop there’s SO much good stuff.

  21. The black skirts video is cute. And, this is off topic but one of my high school friends on facebook shared a link for gangnam style today. When I saw it I laughed.

  22. International love song is perfect for people in long distance relationships… T.T

  23. GYAAAAAAAHHHH!!!! You said my name!?!!!! You even talked about me….!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHH~~~~~!!!
    (」゜ロ゜)」So haaaaaapppppyyyy~~!!!! (….and embarrassed) >_<
    Anyway. Now for my super long K-indie rant :D

    Simon, I totally get what you mean about intentionally avoiding Korean hip-hop. The first time I heard a hip-hop song in a language that I didn't understand was when a friend lent me a GD&TOP's album. To me, it just sounded like 4 minutes of rhythmic chanting. lol. But after a while – mainly thanks to TOP's husky voice that sounds awesome no matter what he's saying – I kinda got used to it – listening to my favourite genre in a language I don't understand. I even started to appreciate being able to listen to hip-hop without the cussing (or at least, cussing that I could understand). The only exception, though, is Epik High. When I listen to their songs, it's absolutely necessary to look up the translation (or watch with English subs). That's why I'm making this playlist of all their Eng-subbed songs: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC5015EA46D4E9003

    I loved Exercise!!! The song was so cute, and yes, that fighting scene really reminded me of your KMM – was it BAP? Or Ukiss? I think it might have been U-kiss Tic Tac. Another video that had a similar fighting sequence was Golden Bomber. Prepare to be mind-blown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ywhaFargs

    How weird is the video for International Love Song?! At first it was cute and all, with the dog's mixtape, and then….a fish, which the girlfriend chomped on quite brutally….o.O And then a melting diamond, in which case the girlfriend mistook the ribbon as the gift…..lol.
    For all the people wondering how it can be K-Indie if it's entirely in English…this isn't the first time S&M have talked about fully English songs in their K-indie lists, y'know? Although this has one of the clearest accents I've heard so far. He also sings in Korean, this for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loysypSfVN0

    Yah, time to get back to my report. While listening to K-indie. Woot :D

    • Ummm, I said before that I was a bit confused about who you were, and I should have watched the videos and read the comments before I posted that. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be an unobservant idiot, lol. :/ I read this post, and it’s like I’m the one talking. Surreal. O.o :D

      I watched all the videos you suggested, (except for the Epik High ones, but that’s only because I’ve already seen most of them. I love Epik High so much. :’D) I love listening to Korean hip hop, but don’t actually listen to hip hop here in America because I can understand the language and all the swears, and all the swearing turns me way off, even though I love the style of music. (Can’t really go around listening to that when you have very young siblings hanging around you all the time, ya know?) So I really appreciate not hearing swears (or that many….or none that I can understand, lol) in Korean hip hop. (I’m sure there has to be at least SOME swearing, right? I mean, it’s hip hop!) The first time I heard foreign hip hop was when I was a little girl, and it was French, and it sounded so weird that I laughed (in a bad, close-minded-almost-racist way). Ironically, I now have a French friend, and he introduced me to a couple French hip hop bands called Sexion d’Assaut and 1995. I totally enjoy French hip hop now, even though I don’t understand a word of it. ^^ If you’re interested, here are a couple songs from them that I enjoy.



      The Danish song was pretty good, and the guys were actually quite attractive, considering I mostly go for Asians, lol. :P

      HOLY. DELICIOUSNESS. How AWESOME and hilarious was Golden Bomber?! :’D I freaking LOVED that mv! Thanks so much for brightening my afternoon. XD

      Hehehehhh, the ‘We Love Young’ mv was equally as weird as the one in the K Crunch playlist. It was so weird, unattractive and cute that I loved it. Plus, his voice is quite nice. :3 I just love music like this.

      Oops, this was a bit long. I guess I kinda get carried away when I feel I have something to communicate. Sorry. :P

      • Wow Jessica, thank you so much for taking the time to read my super-long-rant, and even watching all the MVs I linked to ;D
        Also, thank you very much for those French hip-hop songs, I love it (I preferred the first one – Sexion d’Assaut). When it comes to French, I’ve always liked their ballads, but I guess hip-hop works too. You know how each language has different phonetic patterns, and thus fits some genres of music more than others? That’s why Korean rap sounds so sexy (quoting TOP here).

        Regarding swearing in K-hop. It especially amused me with GD’s latest single, That XX, because even if they hadn’t beeped out that one word, I would not have realised that he was swearing anyway. But South Korea is pretty strict with these things, so I think it’s safe to assume that most mainstream hip-hop songs don’t have swearing (?). I’ve noticed the inclusion of English swear words in some underground rap songs, however.

        And glad you liked Golden Bomber!! It’s actually quite an old song, but you know how Japan always takes stuff off the internet, so people keep re-uploading it. Watch it before it gets taken down again :p

        • Oh my God. You actually read my post and watched the videos! :D Hooray! Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed them. Not everyone likes being introduced to other people and cultures. (though, perhaps the community here doesn’t quite fit that description at all, especially since most of us are international fans of k-pop, LOL) Heheh, yup! I did actually notice the different phonetic patterns in different languages. Uhmmm, YEAH. Korean rap is amazing. *fans face* 8’D If you don’t mind my asking, what are some underground artists that you get into? Some of my favorites are Dok2, a group called Soul Connection (I knew of them through Bang Yong Guk, way before he debuted with B.A.P., when he was known as Jepp Blackman), Maslo (also from Soul Connection), Epik High, Dumbfoundead, Kero One, and Garion. I could go on and on, but I’m afraid the post would be of epic proportion. I also like some of the more mainstream rappers such as Dynamic Duo, Supreme Team, Tiger JK and M.I.B. (more of course, but you know. Length. Lol)

          Yeah, I was amused with GD’s latest single for the very same reason as well. But knowing me, I would have looked up the romanization and learned it, and then I would be singing a swear word everywhere without realizing it. Oops. :P But yeah, I noticed underground rappers are fond of including English cuss words. (Oh Lord…Dok2 is a rough one when it comes to that, lol, but I just super love his voice so much.) Mmmm, I was wondering about cuss words in mainstream hip hop as well, since Korea IS so well known for being such a conservative country, for the most part.

          I actually did watch that one video again, LOL. XD And thanks again for taking the time to reply to me. :D

        • I haven’t heard of Soul Connection, but I do like listening to the rest, especially Dynamic Duo and Drunken Tiger. I don’t really listen to Asian American rappers though – for the same reason I don’t listen to American music in general. Doesn’t make any difference to me what their ethnicity is.

        • Mmm, I don’t listen to American music either. 99% of my music is made up of international artists, most of which, are Korean. However, I did appreciate Dumbfoundead and Kero One, not because of their ethnicity or looks, but because I found myself enjoying their talent…or what I perceive as talent, lol. Others may have a different opinion, and that’s ok. ^^ If you do decide to check out Soul Connection, I hope you find them enjoyable. :)

    • 조휴일 of the Black Skirts speaks perfect English because he’s from New York. ;)

  24. I really like the International Love Song!!! (future boyfriend, please dedicate this song to me)

  25. Korean hip-hop?

    Two words: Epik High.

    #I Rest My Case #Your Argument is Invalid #That Is All

  26. I usually don’t have time to watch k crunch Indie but Verbal Jint!! :D

  27. By the way, did you lend Venus Kim your water gun Simon? I’m pretty sure it’s the same, although it looked so small in your hands you giant man :D

  28. I was going to leave another video request for this week but It felt selfish haha. If nobody else leaves requests them Im going to have to keep sending them. I’ve got some great songs I want to share with S&M/The Nasties.


    As for these songs I surprisingly really liked the second song Exercise. The chorus is oddly catchy and the lack of acting skills made for a fun and quirky video.

    • Ok mister, I like you. :P You are rawesome. Along with fuuko (hold on…fuuko, you’re the mod…are you either Simon or Martina? Or are you someone who works with them? I’m confused, since I don’t visit this site EVERY day and I don’t know everything about this site….and now I have exposed to the world that I am a very dumb dummy. Ah well.) I do not mind AT ALL if you request every week (heck, every freakin DAY, if you want to). You, Ryan, are IN Korea, behind the battle lines, so to speak, where you can get your hands on pretty much whatever music you want to, whereas, the vast majority of us international Korean indie fans cannot access most of the music we want, or, we don’t even know it exists because we cannot access it from our respective countries! The HORROR! D: SO, if you would, you could be our indie spy, and ferret out indie information for the rest of us. :P I definitely appreciate your indie contributions….plus, you’re funny. XD M’kay. I’m ouuuuut! Bye.

    • I, for one, would not mind even if you requested a song every week. After all, I’m tempted to actually research K-indie myself in order to find more videos to recommend – just because there aren’t enough requests. And we need moar K-indie!!! It is essential for life!!! >:O

      • you.are.awesome. LETS BE FRIENDS! haha
        ok im down, we just gotta share with the WORLD our new and awesome finds! TO THE KIMCHI-MOBLIE!!!

        • YEAH!!! *shakes hands*
          Okay then, if noone else comes along, we can take turns requesting indie songs. I got this last one covered, and you handled the one before that, so it looks like it’s your turn next buddy? :D

  29. I think Epik High’s songs are really worth checking out. Some of their songs have a verse or two in english, if you want to break yourself in gently. The ‘Primary and the Messengers’ are pretty decent too, but maybe not for you if you are totally against R&B mixing with hip hop. Supreme Team, Dynamic Duo, Drunken Tiger, Leesang, Tablo, Simon D, Kero One and MYK are all worth a listen. Or a few hundred.

  30. Kirin largely still talks about the same common Korean hip hop subjects, but he does so through a curiously anachronistic ’90’s pastiche style. Just check out “지겨워” http://youtu.be/Uu-fHb4yGR4 and “New Jack Swing” http://youtu.be/kUbl3jxizoU and I honestly can’t tell whether he’s genuinely into the ’90’s or this is done with a sense of humor.

    • Thank you so much for posting about this artist! I had never heard of 기린 but I’m a new fan:) I wish I could find more information about him though. I can tell some of his lyrics are humorous but I don’t understand most of it. I wish someone would translate his songs! I am also curious as to why he has embraced this style. Thanks again!

  31. I personally love Clover’s music. I think they just made a comeback, so I’m super excited~! Their hip-hop has a very Latino feel, which is what caught my attention due to it being so different from what I expect. I jokingly stated on my FB page that they’re the group to introduce to Hispanic friends if you want to ease them into KPop, and a few of my Hispanic friends agreed after watching An Oppa I Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yoW8CULFI4 LoL

  32. Oh I really like all these songs today! :) Good playlist! The Venus Kim song is stuck in my head now. Thank you!

  33. I haven’t watched this week’s K Crunch Indie playlist yet but your description of Korean hip-hop sounds a lot like country music. I hope it doesn’t sound like country music, it’s really not my kind of thing.

  34. Check out Block B’s Zico pre-debut mixtapes, they are delicious. If you’re looking for something silly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2jJnmBBzuw

  35. It’s not exactly indie, and I’m not really into rap music per say, but I really enjoy some of Epik High’s songs. I dont understand any Korean, but there’s definitely the advantage there of them making some great songs (imo) in English too, such as Butterfly effect and Over. Of course you will know about them, but I’m always interested in finding more musicians like them, love having some chill out music like theirs on when I clean/study or whatnot :) Mostly I’m just curious to see what everyone else posts here XD

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