My first encounter with K-pop was back in the early 90′s. Courtesy of Seo Taiji and The Boys ; Nan Arayo (I know). Due to the fact that I was a young lass at the time, my path into the Kpop realm wouldn’t come to years later. When I was introduced to BoA during her invasion into the Japanese market; back in 2003. But I didn’t officially become a full fledged K music fan until 2007.
One of the things, that drew me in was the familiarity in sound. And the likeness, I found in Korean and American music. But today, the bridge between the two styles is more visible them ever. Between the reign of Gangnam Style and more recently Cohort’s It G Ma. CL of 2ne1, and her attempts at an American debut. I decided to take the time to reflect on my own journey through K-land.
Here are someone my favorite collabs between Korean and American artist. I want to start something fairly recent.
1. AEAO (Ft. DJ Premier) – Dynamic Duo
Dynamic Duo is such a talented group and I’ve been a fan for years. And when, I heard that they locked in Premo. I knew this track would be fire without question. I loved the old school vibe the beat gave me. And the scratching took it to another level. Respect.
2. Niliria (ft. Missy Elliott) – G-Dragon
Missy Eliott and GD in my opinion a golden collab. Their sound and energy was so in sync. I would love to see a part 2. Hint Hint The homage was real and risky at the same time. I applaud GD for that.
3. Man up (ft. Rain) – Omarion
JYP: The Asian Soul Presents – Almost as epic as the whisper
Rain back in his JYP days. Never really been a fan of Omarion but I really loved this song. He and rain work well together. And the fact, that this actually appeared on his album was pretty cool.
4. Ambassador Slang – Rakaa
This track has a shit load of features. Tasha, Tiger JK, Tablo, Roscoe Umali and Tablo. And a few others. Rakaa of Dilated Peoples being the driving force behind this track, it was featured on his album after all.
5 . Take Control (ft. Se7en) – Amerie
There were tons of others I could have mentioned. Like JinuSean, Baby Vox and Boa. Or even more recently, Psy, Rapmon and Girls Generation. Brian McKnight, even popped up on a track. I picked songs, that at a time were on constant repeat. But what are some of your favorite songs? Or some you think I should check out. Let me know and Thank you for passing though