On hiphop/rap in Korea:
So, I have been reading through some of these discussions on @khiphop-discussions [I tagged you bc this is way too long for an ask] and I feel like saying something about “idol rappers” and “non-idol rappers” and the conflicts between both. There are idols that have the rapping position (like idk, GOT7 Jackson) and there are rappers that just so happened to be idols (like BTS Rapmon and Suga). These rappers that are also idols are aware of the different circumstances that come with being an idol versus being an non-idol rapper; they separate those two titles and have one image for idol and another image for rapper (like Zico), so to say that these people are “selling themselves out” when becoming an idol seems a little too black-and-white to me. Like… rappers can’t be idols without being written off as sell-outs now? That’s maaad wack lol (and also, most idols make little to no money until they pay off their trainee debt after several years, which means they chose to be idols because they *NEWSFLASH* actually have a passion for performing).
The only reason why these idols go on these rap shows is because they had the liberty to and they wanted to, not because the company told them to do it for publicity or some sht like that, which means *NEWSFLASH* they actually want to grow in rap (like Mark Lee). But unfortunately, many underground rappers see a few idols screw up bad (like Vernon… lol… well I mean, he wasn’t an idol back then, but he and Carats both regret his decision to go on that show lmao believe who is a Carat) or see them dancing to pop music on stage, and generalize all idol rappers as incompetent. Some students on HSR literally said that they thought Mark wasn’t good because he was an idol. Like, they literally said that LOL. So the prejudice is still there, which is why some idols still feel the need to address that prejudice. I mean, OF COURSE idol rappers have more fans because kpop is still more popular than khiphop, so big broadcasting companies lime mnet or judges on shows WILL take that into account and try to use it to their advantage (you really can’t escape the business aspect to this).
I read somewhere on the khiphop page about the kpop side not accepting hip hop artists. There is a very obvious reason for that. Pop and hip hop are two very different genres, and the Korean public almost ALWAYS sides with light pop or nice ballads. It’s the international fan base that has been down for incorporating rap/hip hop into kpop, and to be honest, that is the only reason why it has become such a trend in Korea, because of the growing international fanbase. I mean, I personally still listen to American rappers (like Kendrick and Chance and Noname) a bit more because the content is a bit different and more of what I am looking for. But yeah, that’s the reason why these two fields are kind of merging. I’m not trying to say one specific side is wrong here. All I am saying is that this who issue is not that black-and-white as it may seem, and that no one should be super salty about this because in my min, everyone works equally as hard in their craft, whether it be just rap or a bunch of art mediums. That is all