New track of the soon-to-be released album of Leessang, Korean Hip Hop Artists (and I highly recommend their previous album Asura Balbalta). You can appreciate their music even if you don’t understand the lyrics (you should try once!)
I can’t wait for the release of their next album!
It’s maybe because of the generation gap, but if I have known some Korean Hip Hop and ‘independent’ artists for a while now, I wasn’t - I’m still not - aware of Kpop (or K-pop?) music (the actual popular music). Maybe because I’m not a teenager anymore… and it’s probably because I don’t consider music in the same way than 10 years ago (more than 10 years ago actually)… Anyway.
Recently, one of my younger cousins talked to me about a Korean band called ‘BigBang’, a Korean band that he likes. I’ll be honest, I was quite circumspect and skeptical about them, especially 1) because my cousin and I have really different music tastes, 2) and because after watching a Kpop all-female band performing on a certain French tv show lately, Kpop didn’t look very appealing.
But, I was happily surprised by the quality of their music. The thing that caught my attention is the (already famous?) “Boom Shakalaka”. Actually I was sure I heard it before and after a quick research, I have found the song wherein you can hear a longer version of this “Boom Shakalaka”: it’s in the song Put’ em up by Teddy Park from 1TYM (it’s one of the first Korean groups that I have discovered few years ago).
Put’ em up - Teddy Park solo (1TYM)
"Boom shakalakalaka" at 1:53
BigBang’s Fantastic Baby Preview
Short version: “Boom shakalaka”
Maybe it’s a coincidence, a tribute or something else? Thanks to all the Bigbang’s fan who write numerous articles about them, I have discovered that the song was produced by Teddy Park!
Ah, it’s really a small world :)
PS: for those who knows Kpop music, you would probably already know that Teddy Park worked with BigBang, but it was a real surprise to me. I was also surprised to see that Tablo’s solo album, Fever’s End, was also produced by the same record label, YG Entertainment. I’m impressed. wow
I use this occasion to tell you that you should definitely listen to Korean Hip Hop music. Korean language has a great musicality.
Even this new BigBang album, Alive; actually, it’s not bad at all, it’s even better than some overrated contemporary American or European bands.
If you want to purchase the new Bigbang’s album: here