March 2, 2015
I’d like to first say thanks to Simon for making me look like a round potato for this week’s Korean Indie Update. Seriously, the lighting was shining underneath my chin and if I don’t already struggle with having no jaw it totally disappeared along with my cheekbones and eyelashes. *falls to the ground sobbing* LIGHTING IS SO IMPORTANT! Alright, I’m over it.
So we’ve returned with our first Korean Indie Update of 2015 with a heavy focus on Korean Hip Hop and a Trap track. I like saying Trap Track because trap is so hot right now (Mugatu FTW) and Trap Track sounds like something my mom would say and somehow it makes it feel less cool. HAHAHAHAH sorry mom love youuuuuuu but mom’s can . Interestingly, two out of these three songs have non-Koreans in them, so it’s quite an international playlist.
Now if you didn’t already know, we’re big big big Zion T fans at the EYK Studio, so we are all totally excited when we hear about his return. And that’s literally all I’m saying about it because everything Zion T touches turns to gold in my heart. Yeah.
Ayo: Simon here. Martina wanted me to talk more about DJ Premier, because he was a bigger part of my life than he is in hers. I listened to a lot of Gangstarr growing up, as I’m sure everyone who wanted to be a rapper did as well. Yes I wanted to be a rapper shutup. Anyhow, back to DJ Premier: I remember first hearing Korean Hip Hop and thinking to myself how much it sounds like the good ole days of hip hop, and how the beats sound very Premier-esque. I still hear it to this day, even in Epik High songs which I don’t know the name of but I hear playing at the gym all the damn time. So when I heard that DJ Premier was making a song with Dynamic Duo, it actually made a lot of sense to me, moreso than a, G-Dragon and Missy Elliot song. And, in this case, it was a great combination, and makes me feel like I’m a kid again. Freaking great match up Dynamic Duo and DJ Premier.
Back to Martina! Last up is Keith Ape with “잊지마” and I totally know some of you are going to love this song and some of you are going to hate it. It’s trap so it already has the simple kindof beat to it but the rapping itself ranges from yelling to squaking which might be hard for some people to digest. As for me, it’s not normally my thing but I find myself mesmerized by this song and walking around screaming it. This song and video is getting a lot of international attention for a controversial reason. People are divided on whether or not Keith Apes is paying homage or stealing OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” concept. Now supposedly Keith Apes clearly said that yes, he was inspired by OC Maco’s song and is in no way pretending to have never heard of it. All this online drama of “he copied this, no he didn’t” made it to OC Maco himself and he had a couple of angry things to say about it on twitter.
I'm aware of the Koreans that mocked me and took my sauce. I'm not impressed. I'm not inspired. I think it's kinda lame. To each his own.
— OG Maco (@OGMaco) February 4, 2015
Frankly, I don’t care about this drama within the rap world and it would be opening a ginormous can of worms to try and explain to OC Maco that this video was not actually trying to mock him. So I’m just going to baaaaaack away and instead focus on what I liked about this song. It wasn’t easy to find info on all the rappers in this video so please correct me if I get anything wrong. So Keith Apes and Okasian are the only two Korean rappers in this collaboration (and Keith might also be Korean American I think…) while JayAllday, Loota, and Kohh are all Japanese rappers. I gotta say I was really into the last husky voiced Japanese rapper in the video named Kohh who comes in at the 4:25 mark. Both his lazy style of rapping and his lyrics are very intriguing to me. He has a diverse collection of topics ranging from letting go of things and being happy with what life gives you and then switching into a talk about walking down the street in a leather jacket and cheap Converse while listening to the Japanese rock band The Blue Hearts and chewing gum. I’ve just…I’ve just never heard someone rap so casually about life, merge in talks about being happy, and then yell out select words like AIR FORCE or BLUE HEARTS so angrily yet awesomely. So if you find yourself unable to get through this song please at least jump to Kohh’s part and tell me what you think about his section.