The 1992 debut of an idol group called Seo Taiji and Boys is often remembered as the Korean public's first introduction to hip hop. The trio's rap infused dance song “Nan Arayo [I Know]” would not only become a nationwide sensation, but the precedent for K-pop as we know it today (i.e. “rap dance”). While the public's introduction to hip hop was through rap, Korean hip hop grew from the mid-1990s as an artistic and cultural entity. Korean fans of American hip hop began to meet in offline places to create Hanguk hip hop (Hanguk can be used as a noun meaning “Korea” or adjective “Korean”). A club called Master...
(Re)Defining Korean Hip Hop: A Conversation with MC Meta, Tiger JK, Deepflow, The Quiett, Nucksal, and Zico
Myoung-Sun Song is assistant professor in the Department of American Culture at Sogang University, South Korea. She received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Southern California, USA. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and (national) identity in Korean media and popular culture. She is the author of Hanguk Hip Hop: Global Rap in South Korea (2019), the first scholarly book-length study in English or Korean on the subject Korean hip hop.
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Myoung-Sun Song; (Re)Defining Korean Hip Hop: A Conversation with MC Meta, Tiger JK, Deepflow, The Quiett, Nucksal, and Zico. Journal of Popular Music Studies 1 December 2019; 31 (4): 16–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2019.31.4.16
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