My top 10 favorite meaningful/heartfelt Korean Rap Songs

• Like Nobody Knows - Cheetah ft. Ailee

• Fear - Mino ft. Taeyang

• Stay Strong - Jooheon & Flowsik

• Who You - No Name (Euiwoong, Jinyoung, Sanggyun)

• Unpretty Dreams - Jessi

• Black Happiness - Yoon Mirae

• Coma 07 - Cheetah

• Hood - Tablo & Joey Badass

• Forest of Dreams - Kinetic Flow

• A phone call with my dead friend - Fatdoo


• What do I do - Mino & Zico


YAAHHH guys please tell me you’ve seen this before, this guy does an impression of Korean rappers

He goes from Gaeko / Fana / Fatdoo [so on point] / San E / Zico / Don Mills / Outsider / Shinee’s Minho / Simon D [pretty legit]

but yeah, he’s a broadcast jockey, AFREECA BJ

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This track… wow, when i first heard this is was totally awe struck… it completely blew me away, this really is one of the top rap releases in 2013… The way he tells a story through this track is fucking amazing, the constant leaps from rapping to conversations and the beautiful atmospheric panned sound effects… This song really immerses you into the scene of what's happening in the song and helps create the vibe of the song… Truly an amazing thing to pull off, not many people can make a song that is as intricate as this one is and successfully achieve the effect… Oh and the composition, don’t get me started!!!! The piano melody is incredibly beautiful and it just gets even better when the flutes and strings come in, the slow build up on the composition just further accentuates the beauty of this song and the story being told within it…I seriously highly recommend that you guys give this song a listen, it is not to be missed!!!! It’s a fucking amazing track from FatDoo’s album (GO DOWNLOAD IT NOW!!!!!) and believe me when i say there are tons and tons more tracks on the album which are as good as this one.

Korean Hip-hop & Social Issues

The other day, I was watching through the final edited version of the video interview I did a couple months ago (to be released soon) with Insane Deegie, and part of it really stuck with me.

During part of the interview, Deegie spoke about running for the National Assembly in 2008, and how he never really considered himself a politician even though he is very passionate about social issues and politics related to social issues. That’s when he said this:

“As artists, we should not ignore the voices of other people.”

He went on to elaborate that he started listening to U.S. hip-hop when he was younger because they talked about the big issues that they and their community faced, one of which being racism. He then talked a bit about how in Korea, Korean hip-hop artists should address the social issues that affect them and the people around them as well. This later kind of fed into a segment where he criticized some of the current trends in Korean hip-hop. I’ll leave the rest of that for when the interview is released. 

I personally think that within Korea, hip-hop is perfectly poised to be a “voice of the people.” It already has a reputation of being a scene full of renegades and rebels. There is already a focus on “being real” and talking about life stories and experiences. Putting out songs that reflect how society feels right now about certain issues and how these issues affect society seems to be right up hip-hop’s alley. And I think this is something that could help to create a hip-hop scene that is uniquely Korean.

There is a lot of debate among fans and artists about the relationship between U.S. hip-hop and Korean hip-hop. And what makes Korean hip-hop Korean or “real.” There are artists in the scene who do want to make something that is truly Korean, so they rap in Gyeongsangdo dialect or use traditional Korean instruments. I think talking about issues that specifically affect Korea and telling the stories of Koreans could be another way of accomplishing this.

Korean hip-hop is born from U.S. hip-hop, which does have a history of addressing social issues, and still does today with certain artists. Obviously, Korean rappers can’t relate to a lot of the things that U.S. rappers have talked about in their music, because they haven’t experienced them. The issues and topics would be different, but the concept is similar.

In modern history in Korea, music has played a similar role to this before. During the military dictatorship, there were a number of artists – mostly rock and folk musicians – who used their music to talk about the biggest issue at that time: the government. Many rock folks look to Shin Joong-hyun as an example. He refused to write a song praising Park Chung-hee and was then harassed by police, had his music banned, and was eventually arrested and publicly humiliated by the government. (He was arrested for smoking marijuana, which prior to Park Chung-hee was not actually illegal in Korea. Didn’t know this until recently.) Another is Han Dae-soo, a folk artist who left Korea to escape government retribution after his music was deemed too “anti-government.”

So, the history of music sending a bigger message is already here and I’m surprised that you don’t see more Korean hip-hop artists tackling bigger issues in their music today. There are some. Fatdoo talks about social issues. Iron talked about being so poor that he stole from his friends – the growing wage gap is another big problem in Korea right now. Others have made references to the education system. In the beginning of the underground scene, you saw a fair amount of artists taking on bigger issues. Regardless, there are a number of issues that artists could attempt to take on today, from the very broad to the very specific.

They could about being young and jobless in a country where people in their 20s make up a big chunk of the unemployment bracket despite being one of the most educated generations. Where it could take over a year to find a job that barely pays enough. There’s the education system and how suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people. Chaebols. They could talk about Sewol and how the government has been so caught up in its partisan fighting that none of the new policies that were promised to build up public safety have happened in over a year since the sinking. Or how the families are still grieving, protesting and demanding answers.

Or there is the growing divide between the older and younger generations. How 50% of Korean elderly live below the poverty line and many often die alone, with no one to take care of their funeral arrangements and aren’t found until days, sometimes weeks after passing.

Of course, this is not everything going on in Korea right now. There are a number of social issues that they could tackle, both issues that affect a large part of the population and other more specific causes. Or it could be something closer to home. Talking about the struggles of military service (the military has a history of hazing, bullying and assaults, which has led to high suicide rates among conscripts, not to mention the several shootings that have happened in the last year or so). Growing up poor. Everyone has some sort of issue that hits close to home for them, even if it isn’t a massive one.

Times are hard for a lot of people in Korea right now. There are demonstrations and protests every other day near my office over different things. People are frustrated and angry. And people really don’t like the government right now, which has just been magnified thanks to all the initial blunders with the MERS outbreak.

Do I think every hip-hop artist needs to talk about social issues? Heavens no. Variety is the spice of life, and people need and like all kinds of music. Sometimes you do just need a fun song with no big message. Or something uplifting to take your mind off things. And taking on bigger issues in music isn’t for every artist. But sometimes you want to listen to something that says a little bit more and goes a bit deeper. It’s definitely good and refreshing to see Korean hip-hop artists relying on their own experiences and their own styles in their music, rather than just blindly copying what they think hip-hop is supposed to be. I also think there should be more of that as well.

But it would be cool to see Korean hip-hop start to pay more attention to others’ voices. I think there is something to be said for those artists who do step up and really be a voice for those who go unheard.

I’d like to see more of that.


THIS GUY! I laughed when he did Zico, cried when he started doing Don Mills and straight up died when he imitated our one and only Rap God Choi Minho. 

areumdawoy0  asked:

i fell in love with fatdoo's "phone call with my dead friend" that you recommended on a post before and was wondering if you knew other similar songs by him or other artists? ( thank you ◕‿◕ )

I get so glad when people mention they love our recommendations ^^

I love Fatdoo’s song because I personally like songs that have a story or moral behind the lyrics. You can refer back to a previously answered ask of a similar topic HERE. Some other songs/artists that I recommend would be the following:

Secret - Yoon Seong Ki (윤성기) [Human Race]
Even If I Die Tomorrow - Beenzino (빈지노)
Early Rain - Jung Dongha (정동하) [More ballad]

I hope this was helpful!

- Dragana


Fatdoo & 1sagain ft Saetbyul - 크리스마스엔 생겼으면 좋겠다 (What I Want for Christmas)


30 Days of Korean Hip Hop

Day 14: A song that no one would expect you to love

죽은 친구와의 전화 by Fatdoo ft Heenain. I love this song for some reason. It has a eerie feel that I just <3. Definitely Fatdoo style lol There’s truth to the lyrics of this song. Humans are slaves of death and will eventually disappear. But still, humans work hard with many dreams and still live on.

“인간은 죽음에 노예다 결국 사라진다
그래도 열심히 꿈을 꾸면서 살아간다
세상의 끝에는 도대체 뭐가 존재할까
꿈에서 봤던 것이 현실들로 다가올까”

anonymous asked:

hello! do u have any songs that talks about life or school like block b zico's battle royal and no limit.. genre probably hip hop and rap... THX IN ADVANCE!:D

Hey there!

Oh there are a ton haha. Korea’s education and economic systems are really stressful so you’ll find a lot of Korean songs about them. As I’ve said before, rap is a great medium in which to vent these frustrations. You can check this list out and also other songs by:

Olltii (올티)
Fatdoo (팻두)
Zico (지코)
BTS (방탄소년단)
Drunken Tiger/Tiger JK
Epik High (에픽하이)

You’ll be able to find a lot of deep songs by them so it’s hard to name specifics. Hope you like them! ^^

- Jane