oh my god! did you hear aabout Jay!? I'm so excited for him!!!
Short Answer: I’m not excited, and the whole thing makes me anxious and worried.
Ok so here’s my two cents about it. And this is going to be a long post. Noted Jay himself, hasn’t confirmed and broken the news to us but he has heavily hinted to some big news as well as it has been confirmed by Ben Baller. If anyone is curious to what this is about it’s the rumor (only calling it that until Jay confirms) that he has joined ROC Nation (Jay Z’s company)
And here’s why I’m not as excited as everyone else.
Now I’m a huge Jay Park fan, since he debuted in 2008. I watched him go from kpop idol to working in a tire shop and it is so incredibly surreal that he has risen from that and created his own company. This empire if you will, having employees, and a cafe, making his own music, choreography, merch all in house. Hiring his crew (such as ChaCha, and Hep) ChaCha has successfully become one of the most coveted producers in Korea despite not being Korean. Hep designs and creates all of AOMG’s merch, and logo’s, and Jay’s younger brother Jehan works in Dudart Cafe (Aomg’s cafe) Jay has always been about looking out for his own. His crew and family has always been his number one priority, and he doesn’t even make money from the artist signed to his company. All their profits go straight to them.
And these are all the reasons why I’m not excited…If Jay signs to Roc Nation what happens to AOMG? Sure Simon D is technically still the other CEO, and AOMG is an independent subsidiary under CJ E&N Music so they’ll be alright. But an AOMG without Jay…?
ChaCha uprooted and moved all the way to Korea just to be there for Jay and that’s such a real ride or die. They both made a life in Korea but I don’t know if Chahcha would stay without Jay.
It could be something as simple (and preferable for me) if ROC Nation is producing Jay’s new album, or maybe ROC Nation is going to be Jay’s American company (If he decided to promote in America, it’s much easier to be handled and promoted by a successful domestic company) But if Jay really is just signed onto ROC Nation as an artist, he more than likely will no longer be an AOMG artist.
Crews and Companies aren’t forever…They end up breakup eventually… And I don’t want AOMG to have to go through that. Epik High used to be independent before YG, now they have High Ground (still under YG) but before that they used to have Map The Soul Inc, they signed MYK, Kero One, Planet Shiver, and Dok2. In 2012 they joined YG. Map The Soul wasn’t a thing anymore… the artist moved on to different companies. Dok2 made illionaire and the rest is history. Soul Company is also a crew/company that broke up (2004-2011) It had Minos, The Quiett, Rhymer, Mad Clown, Crucial Star, even DJ Wegun… Companies are never too big to break up. And it’d break my heart if AOMG did…
Consider me more apprehensive than anything. I know this is Jay’s dream, to be able to succeed in American music industry. He could even be home and do so. But it could possibly be an end of an era.
Edit: Jay could also join ROC Nation and nothing can change. It could just be another management for Jay, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being alittle anxious
Humanseoul’s Epik High “hidden gems” recommendations
I’ve been a huge Epik High fan for a long, long, time. Their music not only gave color to my life but also healed wounds that I never knew existed and gave me comfort by keeping me company during lonely periods. The power of music is so strong and Epik High does such a magnificent job conveying emotions into their songs.
So, like I said I would here some Epik High songs that everyone needs to listen to. Some of them are title tracks, but the majority of them aren’t. That’s why I like to refer to them as “hidden gems.” 😊
These are a variety of songs created while Epik High was under various different labels such as WOOLLIM, Map the Soul Inc. (their independent label), and YG ent. As a longtime fan it’s so fun to have seen their sound evolve as the years progressed. I hope you guys will also venture out and listen to some of Epik High’s older songs because they’re just as good as their newer ones! (if not better, at least in my opinion anyways!)
These songs are all handpicked by me for you guys to listen to (which was honestly so hard because GAH all their songs are great), but the ones with the asterisks (*) are my favorites from the faves and are the ones you should FOR SURE listen to before you (possibly) scroll past this post!! if not, then you’re missing out!
OKAY ENOUGH OF MY RAMBLING, I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY~!! 😉