Category Archives: Hip Hop

Of course I love this too

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!!!

And once again we see Bastarz, a unit with two rappers and two dancers, magically showmanship itself into a unit with three rappers and three dancers!

There’s also just a lot to be learned here about doing a cover performance. For starters, they took a solo song and very naturally made it into a song for three people–so much so that I was wondering if YDG had other people on the original song. He didn’t. (I should note in the interest of accuracy that YDG’s song is a remake of this song–which is really old skool.):

Giving the bridge to B-Bomb lets P.O back him up, which both works with the original sound and covers for B-Bomb’s soft voice and limited experience as a rapper.

And they don’t just play up the whole retro-80s thing in the choreography, they actually reference some of YDG’s performances:

So they did a really good job on a lot of levels!

ETA: I have to add that I have often wondered if U-Kwon can still do this:

And you can see that he doesn’t get down quite as far these days–but then again, he’s doing it as part of a choreography where he has to get back up out of it (with P.O’s help) very quickly. So…maybe age is taking a toll on our favorite mutant, or maybe it’s just that it wasn’t practical for him to go down all the way. Hard to say. (Yeah, he’s probably just getting old. I can dream, though.)

EATA: You can get the song on iTunes! (How am I supposed to fit that onto BlockB.com when Taeil’s song just came out? Everyone’s being too industrious!)

E(one more time!)TA: I thought P.O’s rap at the 1:50 mark rang a bell:

Still love this song!

(This post is like a Festival of Tangents, isn’t it?)

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Mad Clown + San E!!!

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Yeah! I just saw them in concert tonight–they’re having U.S. tour with about a billion dates at smaller venues, so they came to a club in Seattle!

Downtown Seattle. Which means I paid a “parking attendant” when I parked my car–hey, at least he made the effort to dress the part and show good manners. (I blew off the zombie guy who lurched out to my car in the middle of the night to get the pass back.)

The reason it was so late when I got back to my car was that the show was supposed to start at 8 but started around 8:30 with two DJs who did a set that lasted a solid hour. (It was mostly Korean hip-hop, but then at the end it hilariously degenerated into stuff like T-ara and Twice. The best part was there was older guy near me who knew the dances–and performed them!) After that, San-E and Mad Clown (along with the female singer Sobae, who was a lot of fun and sang the woman’s parts in the duets) did a set that was nearly two hour long!

And they were great–San-E is a wild man who once again made sure everyone got their cardio in, and Mad Clown is another one of these effortless rappers. Although he looks like a giant five-year-old, no lie. He’s not small like Zion T, but he’s got a real baby face and that slightly lost look to him–you know how P.O looks like a giant baby? Mad Clown is like P.O on whatever the opposite of steroids are.

Fantastic rapper, of course–honestly, I think that’s one of the great things about going to these kinds of concerts in the United States. Sure the tickets cost more (although this show had a nice discount for early buyers), but you’re seeing real top-flight talent in these intimate little venues. You wouldn’t be able to see the American equivalent in an open-floor 560-capacity club, that’s for damned sure.

Anyway, they were also very funny. San-E mostly spoke English and Mad Clown mostly spoke Korean, but they would switch out on each other, and Mad Clown’s English was good enough to really burn San-E. (“That was cute.” “I will show you how to rap.”) He also made a point of telling us that he was “not a violent person” despite song titles like “Love Is a Dog from Hell.”

They started out doing “competitive” medleys (like each rapper’s Show Me the Money songs), and then since Mad Clown “won” that, he did a solo set, then San-E did a solo set, then they both came out and did more songs with Sobae.

In San-E’s solo set, he asked for an audience member with a birthday coming up to sing a love song to, and got a young lady named Sarah. At the end of the song he was signing a hat for her (he signed another hat earlier, and then they gave away two promotional CDs–it was quite the show for swag) and a woman yelled out, “Touch him Sarah! Don’t waste your time!” which I thought was pretty funny. Of course, since it’s San-E he had already put his arm around her and hugged her multiple times and generally been…you know, San-E.

He was quite impressed by the fact that weed is legal here (but not for him!), and actually this is the first Korean concert I’ve been to where people were getting high, big time. It was a very mixed crowd with a lot of locals (although plenty of the people getting seriously fucked up were Korean), and they didn’t search bags or anything–I guess that plus the lateness of the show got an edgier crowd. There was an under-21 section, so I would assume that area was also drug-free, but it was interesting because that kind of thing simply hasn’t happened (or if it has happened, people have been very discreet about it) at other shows.

Lil Zion T Boi

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Zion T came to Vancouver, so I went to see him. Actually he came to Coquitlam, which as it turns out is an extremely Korean suburb of Vancouver. I wanted to stay near the venue, so I’m having pretty much the Full Koreaboo—didn’t really expect that, but it’s OK, I can eat meat porridge for breakfast if I need to. (While I understand that a Korean market in North America needs to differentiate itself from the mainstream supermarkets, I have to point out that I never had a problem finding Western breakfast foods–many actually made in Korea–when I was in Korea, even when I was shopping at a 7-11 in Suwon. And honestly, your only dairy offering shouldn’t be Milkis. That’s just wrong.)

Anyway, the concert was excellent. It wasn’t just Zion T but Lil Boi as well, although at this point Lil Boi isn’t such a baby face. Zion T, though—dude looks 10. His face, his size, his proportions: It’s like watching a child who’s just a incredible natural performer.

Anyway, it was interesting because Zion T is this smooth R&B singer, which attracts a mellower crowd (although not so much an older one—I saw two other gray-haired ladies but then realized that they were there with kids). The venue was seated with reserved seating. Combine those two factors (plus, this is Canada), and the concert started late because the freaking audience didn’t show up on time!

Or maybe they were just trying to miss the opening act? Joke was on them, though, because Zion T opened, did mellow songs, then Lil Boi came in and hyped the place up, and then Zion T returned and did his upbeat songs. Then he did an encore, and then he faked everyone out by turning on the house lights, and just when everyone had given up and started to leave, turned them off again and did a bunch more songs!

Zion T spoke Korean almost exclusively—apparently he’s quite funny, although of course I missed a lot of what was going on. But he had a litany of complaints: He hadn’t eaten, he was tired, his voice wasn’t good, he was all alone on stage, he had asked Crush to come with him but Crush couldn’t (the audience had to sing Crush’s part, and our singing was a sad disappointment). He kept asking if he was doing OK. He tried to make an on-stage companion from an open water bottle, but Lil Boi kicked it over, so he drew sadly on the stage with the water. He struggled (and not in silence) to put a microphone stand on its marks.

It all culminated with the audience chanting “Don’t cry!” in what I thought was a highly impressive display of group sarcasm.

Anyway, despite the late start, it was an excellent concert. Zion T was great, Lil Boi was great, and DJ Dopsh was great!

Poor Nicki Minaj

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People are talking about her ass! Again! In 2017! Whatever shall she do?

Should she send Olltii a thank-you fruit basket? Or will a card suffice?

ETA: Apparently people are trying to make a thing about this because they’re mad Zico won the MAMAs? Please read this and realize that you shouldn’t give a fuck about any of these shows–THEY’RE CORRUPT. They always have been, and they always will be. I’m sorry if you wasted your time.

SMTM concerts coming up!

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If you’re interested in going to the Show Me the Money concert in Seoul, the tickets are up, but it does not look like Jay Park or Zico are going to be there. Interpark/Play DB are also listing a few other SMTM concerts in Korean cities, but no word on who will be at those yet.

Hopefully there will be one or two concerts in the United States as well–ideally one in Los Angeles on a date when I can go! The one I went to two years ago was really awesome; I couldn’t swing it last year, but I’d love to go this year (and next, and next) if I can. Zico or no Zico, the show is basically Titans of Korean Hip-Hop, and it’s amazing.