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Tiger JK: “2017 Will Be The Last Year of Drunken Tiger”

While New Year’s Day often signals new beginnings, it was the day that Tiger JK announced the Drunken Tiger name will retire.

Feel Ghood Music has hinted of a new Drunken Tiger album, but it being the last was cemented yesterday when JK discussed his plans for 2017.

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This announcement coincides with the 18th anniversary of Drunken Tiger’s first album “Year Of The Tiger.” Drunken Tiger, then a duo with former partner, DJ Shine, was one of the most controversial yet pivotal artist debuts. Drunken Tiger strived to represent hip-hop culture to the mainstream in a time when it was not accepted. It was expected of new artists to be “packaged,” with coordinated dancing, coordinated outfits, lip-synching, and acting conservative. Drunken Tiger hardly conformed to these conventions, and utilized their fame to speak on controversial issues, both political and cultural. It was no surprise that this behavior often resulted in banning from mainstream media, with only 3 of the album’s 13 songs deemed acceptable for public play.

Despite the obstacles, Drunken Tiger exposed the country to the underground hip-hop culture then mainly known in small circles of Seoul’s Hongdae Arts District. From this scene came artists like Dynamic Duo, Leessang, and Epik High.

It is widely believed that the Korean hip-hop scene would not be where it is today if it were not for Drunken Tiger’s achievements. Drunken Tiger was the first widely recognized hip-hop artist to win #1 on chart shows like Inki Gayo, with their 3rd album single, “Good Life.” 

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Feel Ghood Music made it clear only “Drunken Tiger” will be retired, and Tiger JK will still be active in other forms. Future plans are indefinite. However, the continuance of MFBTY is still a high possibility, as well as mentoring new Feel Ghood Music artist, Junoflo. UPDATE: Tiger JK still plans to promote music under his own name. 

One of JK’s more immediate projects involves his participation in a hip-hop competition show, now known as “High School Rapper.” JK had long refused to participate in similar programs, but felt this particular project was unique.

“I got a confirmation from the producers there would be no dissing on High School Rapper,” JK says. The dissing focal point of shows like Show Me The Money has been a contention for JK, as he felt there was more to hip-hop culture. Regarding how he will be involved in High School Rapper, “I will be working with the winning participants to produce their music.”

There is no estimated date on Drunken Tiger’s last album (update: The later half of 2017 was mentioned), but it will be a bitter sweet end of an era for all of the Korean hip-hop industry.

Translated: JSK
Photo: Arena Homme, Vogue Korea

[This article was partially sourced from WikiTree and XSportsNews. Much of it is based on our own knowledge of Drunken Tiger’s history.]

-Elsa, Drunken Tiger International

Tiger JK Confirmed as Producer for Next Gen Hip-Hop Series

Shows like Show Me the Money and Unpretty Rapstar have brought the Korean hip-hop scene to the forefront of K-pop culture, providing a world stage for known and underground artists alike, including Feel Ghood Music’s newest artist, Junoflo.

While supportive of the participants on those shows, Tiger JK has chosen to partake in a hip-hop show with a social good twist. The untitled program, hosted by MC MinJi and HaHa, will give a stage to high school students wanting to enter the hip-hop world.

Tiger JK had this to say about the project:

“It doesn’t matter if you are short, tall, have scars on your body, have weight issues, or what not. If you are able to articulate your thoughts and speak your mind in your own way, that’s hip-hop. With healthy thoughts and battles, these kids’ voices will be the voice of the world. What’s scarier than a bullet? A MC’s philosophy.”

The show will debut February 2017. 

Source: ChoSun Sports

Translated by JSK
Photo Credit: 
Photo_Scent IG

-Drunken Tiger International

 

Feel Ghood Music Tribute Song Says “Thank You, A Tribe Called Quest”

On the dawn of long awaited (and sadly, last) album of hip-hop pioneers, A Tribe Called Quest, all artists from Feel Ghood Music decided to remake ATCQ’s, “Check The Rhime” as a thank you for inspiring the entire FGM team.

Upon hearing the ATCQ album announcement, Tiger JK and Yoonmirae posted the above video of themselves jamming to the original song. What was not expected was the idea that fans would plant within them:

And with that, fan dreams became real, a reminder that our celeb biases do read their comments thread (Proceed with caution!).

The track includes every member of Feel Ghood Music and its counterpart, Ghood Life Crew. If you’re not up to date, that includes Tiger JK, Yoonmirae, Bizzy, Junoflo, Ann One, Myundo, and Superbee.

The exclusive (FREE) track will be available on hiphopkr.com later today

-Drunken Tiger International

YOONMIRAE’s new single, “Hold on, Baby” confirmed for 09/13

Rumors of a new Yoonmirae single trickled down the grapevine last night, sending the music world into a whirlwind. All the sources gave us were the song would be “stylish pop.” FGM cryptically confirmed the rumors and simply wrote on their pages, “The Realest is coming.”

Come 24 hours later, fans were given the full answer. It’s the return of the Queen. Yoonmirae will be releasing her new single “Hold On Baby,” on September 13th.

 “Hold On Baby” was produced by Konrad Oldmoney, a veteran in the game who worked with Hip Hop legends such as Redman, EA Sports, Red Bull, and Nike.

Far East Movement, the Asian-American supergroup who shot to stardom with their single, “Like a G6,” also mixed down the track. The group happily agreed to help Yoonmirae and TigerJK due to their mutual respect for each other.

“We are very excited to release this track to you guys,” Feel Ghood Music said. “We hope you enjoy it.”

Translation: JSK
Source: YonHap News

-DrunkenTigerINTL 

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The New Triple Threat Known as Yoonmirae, AnnOne, & Rocky Rivera

We got word a few months ago that power vocalist and regular Drunken Tiger feature artist, Ann One, would be releasing a track with our own Yoonmirae, and Rhapsodistas collective member, Rocky Rivera. With only a short audio preview released on Instagram, fans were left wondering what was the story behind this power collab. At 7PM PST yesterday, ISA Music Global (a division of ISAtv), gave us the answer.

The song titled “Watch Yo Mouth” features AnnOne’s signature hypnotic vocals and the power verses of Yoonmirae and Rocky Rivera. Producers DJ Phatrick and Kiwi Illafonte add the intricate sounds that make this a center track for 18MillionRising‘s compilation album, which encourages Asian-Americans to get up and vote. The compilation features a number of heavy APA musical influences, and will be released at a later date.

A bigger bonus? The track can be DOWNLOADED for FREE.

Free dope music from 3 power artists? We’ll take it.

 

Tiger JK & Feel Ghood Music Welcome New Artist: Junoflo

Earlier today, Feel Ghood Music put out a teaser announcement about a new artist signing with the label. After weeks of Feel Ghood Music fam becoming close with rappers SuperBee and MyunDo, fans immediately thought the obvious new artists would be the duo. However, FGM proved they could fool even the smartest of fans.

There was no press conference, and only a very quiet build up to the moment. Leave it to boss, Tiger JK, to announce it in a less formal, but just powerful way via Instagram.

JK’s message reads, “Feel Ghood Music welcomes Junoflo to the family! Support our musical journey together. Let it be known @Junoflo! It’s official!”

To learn more about Junoflo, follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@junoflo). HipHopKR also did a great interview with him last month.

Welcome to the family, Junoflo.

-Drunken Tiger International
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MFBTY (Tiger JK, YoonMiRae, Bizzy) To Bring Wondaland To Shanghai

2016-05-07 20.55.40Summer 2012 – KPOP NIGHT OUT in Singapore got a dose of YoonMiRae, Tiger JK, and Bizzy during the pre-stages of MFBTY during a humid Asia night. Fans welcomed the trio from their first steps into the country until their take off at the airport, leaving fans waiting eagerly for their return. Despite a very warm reception, the trio has not done an Asia show (outside of Korea) since then.

But thanks to Concrete & Grass MUSIC FESTIVAL, patient fans can now relax. September 17th marks the a huge moment for MFBTY, where they will be performing amongst a mega line up of international stars. Other stars scheduled to perform include Miyavi, DJ Premiere, ASAP FERG, Zuriaake, and Re-TROS.

MFBTY will be coming with surprise rappers plus their own band, giving the international stage an extremely rare performance. If you’re in Shanghai, then we suggest fans jump on this show. Don’t make yourself wait another 4 years for another chance.

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CONCRETE AND GRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
Date:
September 17
Door time: 11am
Price: 230-360 RMB PRE-SALE, 300-400 RMB AT DOOR
Venue: Shanghai Rugby Football Club
No. 2700, Zhang Yang Road, Pudong New Area, near Wuzhou Avenue
Metro station: Wuzhou Avenue五洲大道 (Line 6, Exit 1)
English Link: Concrete & Grass Music Festival

For immediate updates, follow Concrete & Grass on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @THECONCRETEKIDS.

-Drunken Tiger International