Summer is officially here my dear readers! I hope you’ve been enjoying our monthly chats where I bring you information on all things Korean hip-hop and R&B. The first thing I’d like to mention is that I’ll be attending KCON NY this year so if you see a tall woman with red hair, wearing a Fedora hat, that’s me! Please let me know if you’ll be traveling to the NJ/NYC area for KCON and who you’re excited to see. Can you believe Zion.T is coming? I’m still in shock.
This month we are all about the songs that get you in the mood for summer, which artist is emptying our wallets with the announcements of tours and what happens when something gets lost in translation.
Oh man, I was hyped when this MV came out! Last month we talked about the producer line up and I mentioned how excited I was to actually watch season 6 of Show Me The Money (SMTM). On May 19th Mnet released the producer cypher. For those who don’t know, a cypher (or cipher) is when a group of rappers stand around and well…rap. Sometimes the artists’ freestyle but I think this cypher was written beforehand.
Here is when being an international Korean music fan gets difficult. I found myself nodding along to the music and the bit of Korean I knew helped but… I really wish I knew what they were saying. In American hip-hop cyphers, the main enjoyment for me is to listen to the lyrics and decide whether I vibe, or agree with what the artist is saying.
In the SMTM6 Cypher, however, I could only just nod and hope that someone said a line or two in English. Now, this doesn’t mean that I want them to only rap in English, quite the contrary. I wish my Korean language skills were good enough to be able to fully appreciate what they are saying.
Which of the producer groups did you like during this cypher? Are you still looking forward to this airing (it starts June 30th)? Let me know in the comments below!
Song of the Month
I know that this song is no longer considered new but allow me to fangirl. OH MY GOSH THIS SONG IS AMAZING AND PERFECT FOR SUMMER! Thank you. I’m not sure when Dean sleeps because when he isn’t on tour (you may remember he just completed a tour with Club Eskimo around North America) he’s creating amazing songs like this. Dean released the song “Love” with American singer Syd May 19th and I have not been able to get this song out of my head. Syd’s breathy melodic voice pairs beautifully with Dean’s smooth vocals. The beat makes you automatically bob your head and wish for a day at the beach. At least, that’s how I feel. Listen to this amazing song (the MV itself is blocked in North American for some reason) and join the Dean and Syd train with me!
Concerts To See
There aren’t many concerts in Canada in June so I am listing the ones in America too, just in case you want to travel.
KCON New York
June 23-24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Artist lineup includes SF9, GFriend, CNBlue, Twice, KNK, Highlight, UP10TION and Zion.T. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster or the KCON website.
Ali & Shin Yong Jae
June 16-17 in Teculma, CA. Tickets are on sale at www.KoreanConcert.net or call 714-443-3500
Kidoh formerly of ToppDogg
June 22 in Dallas, TX at Swayz, June 23 in Atlanta, GA at Wildpitch, June 24 in Washington, DC at Eden Lounge, June 25 in Los Angeles, CA at the Union Club. Tickets available at kidoh.teambunbun.com
Universe X G2’s Life
I understand that most of these dates are in July but I want people to be as prepared as possible.
June 30 in NYC at SOBs, July 1 in Vancouver at Prive, July 6 in Toronto at Lee’s Palace, July 7 in Los Angeles at Live 333, and July 8 in San Francisco at The Grand. Ticket prices range from $25-$110 and are available for purchase. You can get Toronto tickets here.
That’s it for this month’s Korean Hip-Hop and R&B Corner. Did you learn something new? Find a concert you want to attend? Let us know in the comment section below! Also make sure you follow ATK Magazine and me on Twitter @young_ajummah to stay up to date on all things Korean Hip-Hop and R&B. Thanks for checking us out and we’ll see you next month!