Hello everyone and welcome to the first monthly update on all things Korean Hip-Hop and R&B. K-pop is a great genre filled with many talented musicians, but for those who are looking for more, I’m here to help you find it.
The hip-hop genre has been gaining popularity this past year (2016) and I believe things will continue through 2017. With veteran variety shows like Show Me The Money and Unpretty Rapstar, to newer ones like Tribe of Hip-Hop, fans can enjoy their favorite rappers and learn more about those who aren’t as popular. Wait. What if you aren’t a fan of hip-hop but enjoy it’s smoother sister, R&B? Where in the world do you go to find the underground music? Don’t worry, Ajummah’s got you covered.
Finding new music
Step one of finding new music would be to start at YouTube. I know it might be a shock since people interested in Hallyu use YouTube to watch K-pop videos. There has been a recent influx of channels that share music from artists that aren’t well known. Two such channels are We Love Kpop and Danielions Music.
We Love Kpop started their channel March 2016 and upload Korean EDM, indie, hip-hop and R&B music regularly. Each video provides a link to where you can hear the artist on SoundCloud and how to reach them on social media.
Danielions Music started his channel way back in 2011 but it wasn’t until 2014 that he started uploading music regularly. Danielions Music seems to focus on hip-hop and R&B artists that aren’t as popular as, say Dean or Crush. Like We Love Kpop, Danielions Music shares the artists’ SoundCloud and social media information. He also has a second channel called Danielions Playlists where he creates playlists for different genres.
Step two of finding new music is using SoundCloud. If you know your way around SoundCloud, feel free to start from here but if you are like me, you need familiar ground before trying something new. Once I found something I enjoyed on YouTube, I went over to SoundCloud to look for more music from the artist. That is the main reason why I mentioned the two YouTube channels earlier. They give you the links to most of the artists’ SoundCloud accounts. Once you find something you like, click the link and *boom* you have a vast amount of new music you can listen to.
Now say you listen to one artist and although you like them, you want to hear more from different artists. You can either go back to YouTube and find another artist to click on, or you can look to the lower right-hand corner of the page on SoundCloud and find related music. This is music that may not be from the same artist but has a similar sound. Some artists are even kind enough to create playlists of songs they like which means you have an almost unlimited supply of new music to find.
Step three is the easiest and by far my favorite. Share, share, share. Once you have found a new artist to fan over, make sure you get on social media and share your knowledge with others. You never know when someone (me) is also interested in hearing something new. Sharing is caring, right?
Zion.T has just released his first album in four years called OO. For those who don’t know, Zion.T is a Hip-Hop/R&B singer who originally released music on the Amoeba Culture record label. He was a featured guest during KCON LA 2015 and has toured North America with artists from Show Me The Money 5. The title song from his album is called “The Song” and there is a video available to watch. Make sure you check out this remarkable artist and support him so that he continues to make music.
Concerts to See
February 11, 2017: Palo Alto in Vancouver at the Prive NightClub. Ticket prices range from $25-$55. The concert is for 19+ audience and will require ID to enter.
February 8, 2017: Dumbfounded We Might Die Tour in Toronto at The Mod Club. Ticket price is $16. The concert is open to all ages.
March 23, 2017: Club Eskimo in Vancouver at the Vouge Theater. Tickets go on sale February 3.
March 26, 2017: Club Eskimo in Toronto at the Opera House.
Club Eskimo is a group of artists that include Dean, Miso, and OffonOff – who will all attend the concert.
That’s it for this month’s Korean Hip-Hop and R&B corner. If there is an artist you’d like to talk about or have tips on where to find new artists and music, please leave them in the comment section. Let’s all work together and give these wonderful genres more exposure in 2017! Don’t forget to check out the Korean Hip-Hop and R&B corner next month!
And if you know of any Korean hip-hop and R&B concerts in the area, please leave it in the comment section below!
Editor’s note: don’t forget to regularly check out calendar of Korean events in Toronto for concerts, films, events, festivals and more.