Friday, January 23, 2015

TOP THIS!

Last year into this year, Hip Hop culture has really taken over K-pop. According to Arirang survey that 188 countries took part in these are the TOP 5 RAP IDOLS. If  you disagree your not the only one. So, I added my two cents in just like everyone else did in the comment section as soon as I did, one person was like "this" rapper came out first, Rap Monster is the sh*t...you have no clue who he is, you are sooo bias, I don't care about your opinion." Everyone is entitled to their opinion and the fact is the video has already surveyed who is the best, I just don't agree and I should be entitled to that. Of course, you seeing people bashing one another in comment section, not being open-minded or considerate....it really frustrating but when it happens to you you either deal with it calmly or aggressively (I would love some constructive criticism and some knowledge please). The problem was simply the fact that I switch Zico to be number 1 and Rap Monster to be 5th, than later 3rd place. I was like Zico is not first, like why? Is it because he's a little controversial, but if Zico wasn't around, Rap Monster would be rightly so be number one in my eyes. It was like "Why do you care so much about my comment ( like I get behind me Satan)?" But I  felt Zico open the doors for Rap Monster. When did more digging there wasn't much I could find about Rap Monster that I didn't already know unlike Zico long list of the good, bad, and ugly by Korean standards. Actually, BTS performed at KCON but on a Sunday, so I missed them.  On that note so many rookie groups were forming in 2013-14. BTS wasn't really in my peripheral vision because of the many mass promotions going on. It's hard not be a little fickle with K-pop artists specifically idol groups because you never know what will happen to a group after debut, like recently with EXO, GG, and Speed's lack of promotions. On top of that, a lot of artists weren't receiving payment like Block B. But my opinion should not sway or compel anyone. Before I get started, Rap Monster, Zico, and Min ho actually knew each other from back in the day when they were straight up underground rappers. Zico debuted first, Minho actually did debut but the group disbanded then he was suppose to be in Block B but YG picked him up and we all know what happen after that. And Rap Monster later debuted. Lastly, for you guys who clearly don't understand the difference between a Mixtape vs an Album here is a definitions but to further define a Mixtape, which is usually free, sort like a demo but for gaining street cred and some artist will use popular beats or mixes. Before and or during a rap-artist career they'll use mixtapes to promote themselves or an upcoming album for example R&B artist Tinashe or Rap artist Nicki Minaj. Now here the TOP 5.

Album 
Noun 
2. a collection of recordings issued as a single item on CD, record, or another medium.
Mixtape
Noun
1. a compilation of favorite pieces of music, typically by different artists, recorded onto a cassette tape or other medium by an individual.



1. Rap Monster
Kim Nam-Joon

Background
Birthday: September 12, 1994 
Role models : Kanye West, A$AP Rocky
Moto: "In 10 years I will be : A rich rapper."

Member of: Bulletproof Boy Scouts (BTS)
A.K.A Bangtan Boys, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. 
Group Title: Leader/Rapper

Pre-debut

Rap Monster was part of the Korean underground from 2007-2010 when he became a trainee for Big Hit Ent. The group released two cover songs before their debut. Jin, Rap Monster and Suga produced and released a cover track of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)", and titled it "School of Tears." 

Debut

They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream," followed by "We Are Bulletproof Pt.2". Rap Monster remains as the only member of the original group line-up who debuted in BTS.

They performed the new songs "Jump", "Just One Day", and "Boy In Luv". In the interview section during showcase, they also revealed some stories behind the album making. The members directly participated in song production. Suga, Rap Monster and J-Hope in particular played a large contribution in both music production and lyrics. They worked alongside the producer "Hitman" Bang, as well as Pdogg, Supreme Boi, Slow Rabbit, and OWO. Suga also revealed that he actually began producing the lyrics and melody for "Jump" and "Tomorrow" when he was a trainee. Rap Monster commented that the album was completed in the middle of their year-end activities, despite an extremely tight schedule consisting of various promotional activity and award function rehearsals and performances.
They have won several "New Artist of the Year" awards, including those at the 2013 MelOn Music Awards and Golden Disk Awards, and the 2014 Seoul Music Awards.

Skills

Lyrics

"That was my illness
Behind my back they were talking shit
In front of me they were acting nice
I pretnted not to notice, school was a battleground
Perhaps this was my own battle in the ring called classroom
Someone would've brushed it off as something you shouldn't care about"
-School of Tears

-Flow-
The "Dark and Wild" BTS's Rap Monster  comes with some already felt familiarity if your use to today's American hip hop, non mainstream of course or K-Hip Hop. Then his flow has some familiarity but his lyrics take up more importance than rapping.

Presents

-Stage performance-
RM presents a calm and collected exterior but he just wants people to listen to his music. He really shines in collabs and performing in BTS.

-1-on 1 (interviews)-
Rap monster is independent and very intelligent but seems to work better in a group. He gets really enthused to perform; he tries to leave a impression through his lyrics and rapping skills, and working with his long time loyal fans and BTS are super involved. But, some may on say the fans are sasaeng status.


2. T.O.P.
Choi Seung-hyun

Background
Birthday: November 4, 1987
Group Title: Rapper/ Singer-Songwritter (and Actor)
Motto: Everything I do is Top
Member of: Big Bang
Role models: David Bowie

Pre- debut

Seunghyun was an underground rapper under the name of Tempo, and a childhood friend of G-Dragon, another member and leader of Big Bang.  Although G-Dragon later moved away and the two "became distant", he contacted Seunghyun again when YG Entertainment was scouting for candidates to create a boy band. The pair recorded several demos and sent them to Yang Hyun Suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, who later asked Seunghyun to audition. Seunghyun was initially rejected by the record label, which deemed him too "chubby" to fit the "idealistic version" of an idol. Seunghyun later stated that he "went home and exercised really hard because I wanted to join YG Entertainment." Six months later, he returned for another audition and was signed on. He reportedly lost 20 kg in 40 days.

Debut

Following the release of the band's albums and singles, T.O.P. began working on his solo career.
Their first album, Since 2007, was a fair success, and included T.O.P.'s first solo song "Big Boy." The group achieved mainstream success with the release of the song "Lies".
In April 2007, he was featured with fellow Big Bang members Taeyang and G-Dragon on singer Lexy's single "Super Fly" for her album Rush. Later that summer, he appeared as an actor in Red Roc’s "Hello" music video.
He later became the first member of Big Bang to venture into acting, starring in the KBS2 drama, I Am Sam,. portraying the school's top fighter, Chae Musin. He also took the role of MC of MBC's Music Core on November 10, 2007, only to resign in April of the following year.
In 2008, he collaborated with R&B artist Gummy on the song "I'm Sorry" for her album Comfort, veteran singer Uhm Jung-hwa for her single "D.I.S.C.O." and ZiA for her single "I Only See You".

Following the release of the band's albums and singles, T.O.P. began working on his solo career.
T.O.P later put his solo career on hold while he joined Big Bang for their promotional activities.
T.O.P. also recorded the song "Hallelujah" for the drama's soundtrack with Taeyang and G-Dragon. Following Iris, T.O.P. and his fellow Bigbang member Seungri appeared in the teenage suspense drama, My 19.

His appearance in the 2010 film 71: Into the Fire was well received, earning him several awards including the Hallyu Popularity Award in the 47th Grand Bell Film Awards. The movie also gained 1 million views in a week, making it the first movie of 2010 to do so South Korea.
Simultaneously, T.O.P began to prepare for his solo musical debut. During Big Bang's Big Show concert in January 2010, T.O.P. performed his new single "Turn It Up."
In November 2010, YG Entertainment announced T.O.P and bandmate G-Dragon would release a collaboration album under the name "GD and T.O.P"
He became the first Korean artist to have his song release worldwide on iTunes.
In November 2010, YG Entertainment announced T.O.P and bandmate G-Dragon would release a collaboration album under the name "GD and T.O.P".
In 2010, he won 47th Grand Bell Awards for Hallyu Popularity and Best New Actor, Style Icon Awards for New Icon, 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best New Actor and Popularity, Max Movie Award for Best New Actor, and was nominated for three other Award shows.

In 2012, T.O.P starred in the film Commitment (also known as Alumni), playing the son of a North Korean spy who is falsely accused. During filming of the movie T.O.P suffered an injury on the back of his hand.

T.O.P was later featured in English artist Pixie Lott's Japanese album along with G-Dragon for the song "Dancing On My Own". In 2014, T.O.P portrayed the role of main character Ham Dae-Gil in the South Korean gambling film Tazza 2: The Hidden Card, sequel to Tazza: The High Rollers.

For 2013, he won the 17th BIFF Asia Star Awards for Rookie Award.

Skills

-Lyrics-

Hey mass media, stay calm and handle this new inspiration
DOOM DADA DIVI DA, with meditation, I’ll observe the third world
The power of mankind that the gods gave
A more dazzling win of civilization
DOOM DADA DIVI DA, I hope a green light shines on new life
Turn turn turn turn, turn only backwards
-Doom Dada

-Flow-
T.O.P is well known for his low-bass timbre rapping. His lyrics are very deep and switches from fast to slow like hypnotic nursery rhythm. 

Presents

-Stage performance-
I said this for Min ho as well but in general YG Family does not disappoint when it come live performances. As for T.O.P, he presents a intense strong masculine, sexual force but also very versatile on the stage as well as in his music videos.

-1-on 1 (interviews)-
He very straightforward in interviews and is definitely studies his craft either on the little screen to on the big screen. Even though the other members of Big Bang's schedule aren't always in sync, on top of T.O.P being more focused on acting these days, he is still an artist and forever a Big Bang member at the end of the day. (I wouldn't mind if T.O.P came out with a full album.)



3. Min ho
Song Minho

Stage name: Tagoon

Background
Birthday: March 30, 1993
Group Title: Rapper/ Songwriter
Member of : Winner

Pre- Debut

He graduated from Hanlim Arts High School.
Song Minho started out underground under the stage name "Mino" or "Hugeboy Mino" with other underground rappers-turned-idols, namely Block B’s Zico, Kyung, P.O and M.I.B's SIMS. Minho was initially a trainee intended for the male group Block B, but left the group before debut for personal reasons.

Debut

In 2011, he made his debut as a rapper with the ballad group BoM under Y2Y Contents Company, however the group was disbanded two years later due to its lack of popularity with the public.
He made his acting debut in March 2012 The Strongest K-POP Survival in Channel A.
In 2013, he was recruited into YG Entertainment through private auditions after being recognized from his acting debut in the March 2012 cable drama The Strongest K-POP Survival in Channel A. He was introduced in the reality-survival program called Who is Next: WIN as part of "Team A." Team A and their adversaries Team B were both formed from trainees within YG Entertainment. At the conclusion of the program the title of Winner was given to Team A after they won all three rounds of public voting.

He was also featured in Taeyangs’ “Ringa Linga” and Epik High’s “Born Hater”

Skills

-Lyrics-

I am freshly born again
This calculating rap is technology
When teletubbies take over the TV at your house
I’m the Pavarotti that makes the princesses sleepless
Say ho ho ho bow wow
I took off and threw away my leash
I’ll dig only at one spot, I’ll be a star in the sky now
You’ll uselessly dig, lay down and just count the stars in the sky

-Flow-
He has slower rap style then what I've seen from other K-pop rappers. hHe has a Common or JCole vibe which is great change in pace in sometimes high octane K-pop. But on live performances his flow does switch up, which nicely adds to song.

Presents

-Stage performance-
Live performance from YG artists never disappoint. On stage he becomes very serious and confident.

-1-on 1 (interviews)-
Min ho is very open and has a down to earth personality and also a bit of a jokester. His very aware of his current and pass fans, which is his number one reason he continues to entertain, produce, and perform.



4. Jackson Wang
Stage Name: Jackson 
Birthday: March 28, 1994
Member of: GOT7
Role Model: Dr. Dre, G-unit 

Jackson was born in Hong Kong to an athletic family. His father is Wang Rui-ji, a former coach of Hong Kong national fencing team and a one time winner at the Asian Games in 1978. His mother is Zhou Ping, a gold medalist at the World Gymnastics Championships in 1982. When Jackson was 9, he and his older brother received gymnastircs training and won the 1st place in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Championship for men's pair category. Jackson started his fencing career when he was 10. 

Pre-debut

Jackson was a former national fencer (sabre) of the Hong Kong fencing team and was ranked 11th in 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, eventually winning first place at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championship in 2011. Even though his disapproved, Jackson was scouted and wanted to become a trainee of JYP Entertainment among other 2000 contestants in 2010.

Debut

Jackson came to Korea in July 3, 2011 and became a JYP trainee for 2 and a half years before his debut in the now seven member Got7. His first pre-debut appearance was on an episode of Mnet's reality-survival program WIN: Who Is Next, which aired on September 6, 2013. Jackson alongside Mark, BamBam & Yugyeom were competing against the YG Entertainment trainees: Team A and Team B (that are now known as WINNER (Team A) and iKON (Team B)). Jackson´s first appearance as an official member of Got7 was in the teaser for their debut on January 6 with Yugyeom. Got7's video came out on January 6.

Jackson was also featured in Sumi Frozen in Time and Big Byung’s 2014 single Stress Come On! and 2015 Ojingeo Doenjang.


He took part in Dream Knight drama , variety shows like Win, Hitmaker, and Roomate, and lastly, co-hosting radio show Sunny FM Date /MC on Mnet and Arirang.

Skills

-Lyrics-

Try this yourself, see if you can stand it
This sheer torture, far beyond tolerance level
You don’t know cause you’ve never been through it
Every single day I test my patience
-Stop it

-Flow-
He takes note from his legendary boss Mr. JYP (old school rap style). His smooth yet laid back clear rapping style.

Presents

-Stage performance-
On stage he is very suave and sweet, wining the hearts of the audiences but very pro with his acrobatic moves.

-1-on 1 (interviews)-
Got7 is known to be a group with a very masculine image but Jackson is a very serious jokester. Also reciting what he has learned from Papa JYP. Jackson is upbeat and has magnetic personality often entices others to follow his lead. Jackson is also very impulsive and usually does not think before he acts/ speaks.



5. Zico
Woo Ji Ho
Background

Member of: Block B
Group Title: Leader/Rapper
Birthday:  September 14, 1992
Family: Brother, Taewoon (SPEED)
Role models: Big Bang, Drake, Jay-Z
Moto: If there’s one thing I have pride in, its Block B.

Pre-debut

Attended Seoul Music High School as a "Vocal Performance Major."  "Release." mentioned studying abroad in Canada and China, and Japan. Underground
Career started in promoting underground as well as  in the Japanese underground scene ("Dope Squad" and "Undisputed."), he went by the name "Nacseo". He and Rap Monster were part of a hip-hop crew.
He auditioned along with his crew for SM Entertainment as a teen.
Zico officially debuted in a duo with Park Kyung named "The Harmonics" in Korea in 2009 with the digital single "The Letter."
He joined Stardom Entertainment in 2009. Zico performed a rap for singer IU's song "Marshmallow." He also performed in Cho PD’s “Expectations for K-Hip Hop,” and Jung Seul Gi’s “Outsiders.”
In 2010 Zico released his first mix tape, "Zico on the Block." The mix tape was well received by the Korean hiphop scene.

Debut
Zico debuted as the leader of Block B on April 15, 2011 with their first promotional single "Freeze." Zico had produced their debut mini-album "Welcome to the Block."
Higher Education
In 2012 Zico also entered Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts as a freshman in the "drama" major.

Produce/Works/ Personal Performance (on stage)

In October Zico released a self-produced mixtape called "Zico On The Block 1.5," containing seven tracks.
In December 2012, it was announced that Zico was helping to produce D-Unit's third mini-album
Zico performed at Phantom's concert on May 17 and ONE Hiphop Festival on September 7.
He produced music for Go Tae Yong's 2015 S/S show at New York Fashion Week September 9 and will be further collaborating with him for Seoul Fashion Week.
On November 7 Zico released a "debut" single entitled "Tough Cookie" featuring the rapper Don Mills.

Collab performances/ Features (music)

Zico was featured and promoted with Hyuna's in her debut mini-album "Bubble Pop!" in the song "Just Follow." 
Zico performed at SBS Gayo Daejeon 2013 as part of a collaborative hip-hop stage featuring Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, and Bizzy and also including B.A.P.'s Bang Yongguk and Eun Jiwon.
He participated on a special stage with Dynamic Duo for the M! Countdown "10th Anniversary Special," performing the song "Friday Night."
Zico headlined "The Hiphop Festa" with Dok2, The Quiett, and Simon D on October 4.
He also performed at the "Hiphopplaya Show Weekend," a Korean hip hop festival at theItaewon Blue Square on October 31.
Zico performed a collaborative stage with Seo Taiji for the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards, performing the Seo Taiji and Boys' song "Come Back Home."
For the 2014 "KBS Song Festival," Zico performed a collaborative stage with Beast's Hyunseung.

Appearances/Attendance/Hosted

Zico attended the MTV EMAs in Ireland
On November 27, Zico began hosting the SBS-MTV interactive radio show "Studio C!" with rap duo Mighty Mouth.
Zico made an appearance at Swings's "It's My Year II" concert, performing "I'm Still Fly" and "Cocks."
Zico made an appearance in girl group Wink's song "Stay in Shanghai" on Inkigayo on February 19.
 Zico performed at the "All Force One" hip hop festival on July 21 alongside artists Dok2 and Beenzino.]
 On October 24, Zico was chosen as co-host of SBS-MTV's "The Show" with Block B memberP.O.
 In the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards he participated in a hip hop collaboration called "Beats Rocks The World" with artists such as Loco(로꼬), DoubleK, Davichi, and Dynamic Duo.
Zico made a cameo appearance in Sistar's Soyou & the Geeks collaborative track "Officially Missing You Too"'s music video.
On October 18, Zico, along with fellow Block B member P.O, participated in the 2014 Spring/Summer Seoul Fashion Week show for the brand "Dominic's Way" by designer Song Hye-myung (송혜명).
He was featured in IZE magazine in the November issue.
Zico appeared with Crush on MBC FM4U's Tablo's Dreaming Radio on July 9, 2014.
On July 14 Zico was confirmed to be a new MC of Show! Music Core, a music television program on MBC. Zico is a cast member onFashion King Korea Season 2 which began airing in July.
Zico was a headliner at the "2014 Freestyle Day" concert held August 2 at Uniqlo Ax.
 Zico emceed the 2014 Asia Song Festival with Super Junior's Leeteuk and Girl's Day's Minah.

Controversy

The Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and public broadcast channel KBS banned the songs "LOL" and "Did You or Did You Not" from minors. When asked about the banning, Zico said:


"It's not that we don't consider the regulations when we're producing the songs, but I did often think that our freedom of expression was being interrupted. Still, I do acknowledge that as as a producer that creates songs meant for the public, it was a shortcoming of mine to not have paid more attention to the regulations." Zico, Welcome to the Block Showcase Q&A
In August, Zico was dissed in Deepflow (딥플로우)'s response track to  aControl-esque track by Swings(스윙스). Zico and Jay Park were accused of only being in hip hop for the money. Later, rapper Aphelia created a diss track called "Zicontrol" specifically speaking of his frustration with Zico's guaranteed popularity as an idol versus the difficulty of being a hip hop artist alone.
On November 17, Zico publicly tweeted about how the intrusion of sasaeng fans into his life forced him to constantly change his phone number to avoid their communications.
In late May, following the Sewol Ferry Disaster, Zico attended the funeral of a fan who had died in the incident and dedicated a rap to her at Block B's "2014 Blockbuster" Concert.
In June T-ara's Hyomin released the Brave Brothers-produced mini-album "Make Up" which allegedly plagiarized lyrics from Zico's various mix tapes and previous releases. She denied the allegations saying they were a homage and that she had permission from Zico to use his lyrics. She did not credit him as a songwriter on her mini-album.
Zico appeared with Crush on MBC FM4U's Tablo's Dreaming Radio on July 9.He mentioned that Gaeko had originally invited him to appear on his track "Feel so good," but because Zico had been in the middle of the legal dispute with Stardom Entertainment, he had to decline.
On November 7 Zico released a "debut" single entitled "Tough Cookie" featuring the rapper Don Mills. He was criticized for wearing a jacket emblazoned with an American Confederate flag in the single's accompanying music video and the use of a homophobic slur in the song's lyrics. Zico's label officially addressed the issue saying the homophobic implication of the term had been unintended and that Zico held no prejudice towards sexual minorities.The song immediately reached the top of many real-time Korean music charts.


Skills

-Lyrics-

You can’t even compromise with those skills
You live a single-lens life so you naturally just don’t work2
If you wanna diss the big name singers, go ahead, touch me first
Or just shrivel up before I sprinkle the salt

I’m not your friend
I’m not your family either
I’m not your colleague
Chew me the wrong way and your teeth might go out

-Flow-
His style is uniquely distinct and very much in your face type rapper especially in his tone. On top of that his raps are solid and heavy, making him a stand alone contender.

Presents

-Stage performance-
On the stage style his is very raw, edgy, and out there. He works hard and is very appealing to the audience in every performance. He want his raps to be center stage.

-1-on 1 (interviews)-
In interviews he is totally focused on music and the promotion of Block B. When it comes to his own music he produces is more of a form of self expression to get a release/moment of recollection and that's why he has so many mixapes that he hasn't released yet. But he has been working on going solo with the release of controversial song "Tough Cookie". On Variety shows you see a more playful and personable Zico. He works hard in what ever situation he is in from Hosting to Promoting.

~Seeya



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