Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae, Bizzy–otherwise known as MFBTY–held their first solo Concert at Seoul Hyundai Card Understage on November 20th, 2015.
This concert was especially meaningful to them as this was their very first solo concert after forming the project group MFBTY. The fans responded accordingly, with the tickets selling out within hours. The fans ranged from the teens, to the 20’s + as well as lots of international fans confirming MFBTY’s status as a true global group.
MFBTY, which stands for My Fans is Better Than Yours rocked the stage harder than ever before with their signature energetic stage presence and this was felt all throughout the crowd.
MFBTY started the concert with “Welcome to Wondaland” and Drunken Tiger’s classic, “Do you Know Hip Hop,” creating a huge sing-along.
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“Do You Know HipHop” with acoustic arrangement
MFBTY continued with Drunken Tiger’s classics such as “Good Life,” “I Want You” and “Monster” before heading off to YoonMiRae’s world with “Angel,” “Black Happiness,” “Soul Flower” and “Pay Day.” Finally, they came together in Wondaland’s space by performing “Sweet Dream,”“Get It In” and “Bang Diggy Bang Bang,” hyping the crowd even more.
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YoonMiRae “Get It In”
Tiger Jk explained to the crowd the meaning behind the MFBTY name, “MFBTY is not just our group name. It’s love, philosophy and the way of life.” He continued, “We all have our solo works lined up for release. Yoon Mi Rae is releasing her long awaited single in December and Bizzy’s solo album is waiting to be released in 2016.”
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The idea of MFBTY came about when the three decided to create music they weren’t able to try out as individual musicians. “Sweet Dream” was their first single which was released in January 2013. Since then they worked together in tracks such as Drunken Tiger’s “The Cure,” and Yoon Mi Rae’s “Angel.”
In March this year, MFBTY’s first full album, Wondaland, was released. To much surprise to the fans, the genres included in the album varied from Hip hop to rock as well as electronic, garnering extremely positive reviews from fans all over the world.
The MFBTY members are planning to concentrate on their individual works going forward.
If there is anything that we’ve learned about our boss, Tiger JK, he is extremely spontaneous. It’s something that has driven our staff crazy at times, but genius somehow comes out of it. So when MFBTY decided to drop the long awaited “6AM” MV live from their studio this morning, we were surprised yet glad they went out on this whim.
Fans anticipated they would just see the MV debut, but on top of getting the first glimpse of it, fans were treated to a tour of the studio. Their humble abode is filled with never ending shelves of rare LPs, a quaint recording studio, and random chatskis from their past music video shoots.
Extra bonus, check this old photo of them with DoubleK and a teenage Dok2.
After a brief casual sing and dance to Tiger JK’s “Reset,” Tiger JK saw Bizzy regress into quiet mode. Given the MV debut centered around Bizzy, JK encourages him to take the spotlight and sing “Love & Peace” on his own. See Bizzy fully wile out at 16:40 (finally!).
If you want to skip the fun (Booo!) and just watch the full MV, check it below:
MFBTY is now among the many Korean acts jumping on Naver V App, a phone app that lets celebs create their own channel and stream what they’re doing at the very moment. Last night, MFBTY took over the kitchen at Hopscotch restaurant, a Seoul establishment specializing in a variety of Western food. Their mission? To impress head chef David with their creations.
Top-rated rappers Tiger JK and his wife Yoon Mi-rae donated 50 million won ($42,000) for the earthquake-stricken victims in Nepal, Oxfam Korea said on Tuesday.
On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, causing 8,500 civilian casualties. Relief agencies such as Oxfam have been working to reconstruct buildings and send out aid to those in need. As the relief aid is not enough and victims face dire difficulties, the couple decided to help the people of Nepal.
“When I heard about the earthquake in Nepal, my dad came to my mind as he truly wanted to visit the Himalayas when he was alive. Then I thought, maybe I could help those people in Nepal,” Tiger JK said.
“We know that there are still people out there who suffer from the lack of clean water, food and shelter. We would like to give them both practical and sustainable help so that they can continue on with their lives,” the couple noted.
The CEO of Oxfam Korea said that the help from Tiger JK and Yoon would help those victims in need of relief supplies and reconstruction.
The donation will be used for providing clean water, supplying hygiene kits, and building temporary bathrooms and shelters to further prevent any infectious diseases or starvation, Oxfam Korea said.
There are many aspects within the MFBTY band that Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae and Bizzy created. Even though Tiger JK was out of the mainstream spotlight for over three years while he was going through the hardest moment of his life (the loss of his father), he didn’t lose the spark. Instead, he came back stronger than ever. With his long time friend, Bizzy, and his wife, Yoon Mi Rae, by his side, MFBTY wows the crowd and freshens the eardrums every time they step on to the stage. An interview filled with surprises, MFBTY speaks about their music and fashion style.
Written by SooAh Son
What was the reason you decided to form a band? Were you all originally close?
Bizzy – We’ve been on the stage together for over 10 years so we are like brothers. We started out by recording tracks freely with no confinements and one thing led to another and ended up making a full album.
JK –Bizzy is like my brother. Because we have different styles in our music, something interesting comes out whenever we work together. There are over 30 tracks in our hands that we recorded that haven’t been released yet.
Tell me about how “WondaLand” came about. What do you think about it being voted as one of the top 25 world items by MTV Iggy?
JK – A lot of people still don’t recognize the name MFBTY, but MTV IGGY named us one of the best albums this year. We’re very proud.
I heard the name MFBTY came from the fans, but it’s a hard name to remember. I’ve heard on the radio people asked you to change it to “YoonMiRae and the Flowers.” Have you thought of changing it?
Bizzy – The name is hard, you’re correct. However, we plan to keep the name as it was created by our fans. l like the name “YoonMiRae & The Flowers” though.
JK – I want to try “YoonMiRae & The Flowers” for one project. The name MFBTY was created by our fans abroad as K-pop became internationalized and for that we are very thankful.
During the intro of WondaLand, there was a very interesting message that was spoken by someone that went “I wish that everyone on this earth will be happy. Not just humans, but the bees, the butterflies, all the insects… I wish they all blossom beautifully like flowers and be healthy and live together peacefully with one another”. What’s the message you are hoping to convey to its listeners?
Bizzy- That’s the message we wanted to convey in the album. Love and peace. I think that’s the message we need to share now.
JK – The message on the intro is MFBTY’s message. “Love and Peace.” The world we live in don’t give much attention unless something is sensationalized however we strongly believe that our message will be spread worldwide (laughter)
Tiger JK/타이거 JK
You’re not new artists, but you’re living like new artists. Every time a new album comes out, you have a new style to show. Where do you get inspiration for these new sounds?
JK – I gain ideas and inspirations from the smallest of things to the big things that are happening around the world including books, movies, fashion, arts, news and dreams. These are all my tools for my work.
Who’s your favorite designer currently?
I’ve been checking out the collection from this new LA designer, Mike Amiri.
There’s a boxing scene in Angel. I hear you enjoy exercising.
The seven months before my dad passed from cancer were the most beautiful and saddest moments of my life. When he passed, I didn’t want to do anything and I hated life. I was wandering through my neighborhood and met a martial artist who had a similar experience. That moment helped me through my depression. Boxing and exercise gives me strength.
Do you have anyaccessory that you cherish? You use eyeliner often, do you sometimes use YoonMiRae’s use make up too?
Hahaha… Lee YoonJung (our stylist) from EE is in charge of styling for us. She is full of new ideas and unique directional paths that whenever we have a shoot, it feels like we are being transformed with make up and styling that looks like we are wearing costumes.
(Laughs) But on our days off, I don’t even put skin lotion on because I can get lazy.
What are 3 items you always take with you?
My father’s ring, his necklace, and his notebook.
You have some songs thatyou dedicated only to YoonMiRae.
Yes, “Undying Soul (DT6) and “Congratulations (DT8)” are a few of the ones I dedicated to her.
What’s your drink of choice, Tiger JK?
JK – From time to time, I enjoy a beer or two.
What are some of the tracks that touch your heart every time you hear it?
JK – Most notably, late singer Kim Kwang Suk’s “I Write A Letter on An Autumn Cloudy Day” and my own “8:45 Heaven.” We tend to get different things out of music depending on when and what you listen to. There are many many songs that touched my heart. I’d be able to write a book listing them all.
What’s On JK’s Itunes Playlist:
Song you most recently added: Rakka – “Delilah”
Song you listened to most recently: Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”
song you listen to most: Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”
What do you think is the most important thing to remember when you put on your clothes?
I care about the fit and comfort. I stick to one type of style rather than trying different styles.
Is there any fashion item that you’re holding on to?
II’ve been collecting shoes ever since we started album activities. I’m really into shoes ^^
What are 3 items that you always bring with you? My cellphone, my purple headphones, and my credit card.
You’re Korea’s hiphop couple, but who prepares breakfast in the morning?
I’m always busy in the morning, so I usually miss breakfast. When it’s not so busy, we prepare breakfast together.
Do you ever match your clothes with Jordan?
I’m not into the couple clothing thing, but we tend to match in color. For example, I’ll wear a black tee and then Jordan will wear black sneakers.
YoonMiRae’s ITunes Playlist:
Song you added most recently: The Internet’s “Girl”
you listened to most recently: Mase- “WhenNywasNY”
Song you listen to most often: Fabolous- “Thim Slick”
Where do you get your style inspiration?
I look for comfortable looks. I like the sharp look of gray especially. When I listen to the music I make, I think “Ah, this song is like the style I wear.” I think like that a lot.
Do you have a favorite musician?
I think I like a lot of older stuff. Even though I listen to a lot of hip-hop, I enjoy R&B. J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn HIll, Frank Ocean… I really like them a lot.
You have a style that’s a unique for a hip-hop artist. Do you have a styling tip you want to share?
I dress to feel comfortable and free. Some clothes are too heavy and don’t allow movement, so I look for things that are light and well fit.
How is working with Tiger JK & YoonMiRae?
We know when it’s good without saying anything to each other. At the same time when times are hard, we are like family. We see each other often because we’re in the same neighborhood.
I heard you’re popular overseas and that fans propose to you?
Haha it’s a bit embarassing. It seems I get more love overseas. I’m thankful whenever we’re making a new album [for them]
Do you have an ideal type, Bizzy?
Someone charming and who has a pretty smile. Someone I can talk to about anything (laughs)
Where would you take a girl you like?
I’d like to show her around. I’d like to go to the boxing ring together and then to the studio. Then suddenly, we’d go on a trip somewhere far.
What’s a fashion item that you cherish?
My glasses, my bracelet, and my earphones.
What’s an item that you collect?
I like to collect sneakers and watches. .
Bizzy’s Itunes Playlist: Song you added most recently: 50cent- “Hold on”
Song you’ve listened to most recently: J. Cole –“Love yours”
Song you listen to most: Lauryn Hill- “Cant take my eyes off you”
The Hanhwa Eagles’ new cheer song, “Eagling/Fly Like An Eagle,” by MFBTY was exciting news for most, but questions arose when The HanHwa company brainstormed the new anthem.
Hip Hop? In a cheering song? Is that possible? After MFBTY released their track, no questions remained. “Eagling,” proved MFBTY’s musical abilities once again and reaffirmed them as some of Korea’s top musicians. Most importantly, it helped reaffirm The Hanhwa Eagles’ position within the National Baseball League.
With new recruit, Esmil Rogers’ spectacular defense, and now “Eagling” blaring on the speakers, the dedicated Hanhwa Eagles fans are flocking to the stadium and their TV screens.
“Eagling” was inspired by the comments left on the fan pages and then embedded into MFBTY’s lyrics. With The Eagles recent brilliant performance and “Eagling” cheer song, it certainly looks positive for the team.
Ever since its release, the fans had one request: make the song purchasable. The track, “Eagling” was such high quality that many requested it to be released as a single. However, due to the digital music market technicalities, the HanWha company were not able to release the track for purchase at first.
Due to the ever increasing popular demand, Hanhwa Eagles and MFBTY mutually agreed to release the song, with all proceeds going to charitable organizations or other donations.
“Eagling” full version was released on August 13, 2015. It can be downloaded via Itunes & Melon.