On April 3rd, MFBTY’s appearance on YooHeeYeol’s Sketchbook aired and the three revealed what they’re like in the studio.
As previously mentioned, YoonMiRae purposely angers JK in the studio because he works better when he’s mad. Yoo HeeYeol then responded, “If you two would battle rap, it would be amazing.” Suddenly, JK started battling Tasha, to which Tasha responded back with only a few lines. JK came back talking about eating pasta, to which Tasha responded, “Pasta? What?”
Yoo also asked Tasha when her solo album would be released, and she happily told the audience she was done recording it.
The four remarked how quickly Jordan has grown and how now he is in school. Jordan has grown into a bit of a trouble maker, but still fears the wrath of mom.
“Jordan wanders off into the neighborhood sometimes,” Bizzy remarked. “But then Tasha’s voice gets so big when she calls him. He’s suddenly easily to find.”
As part of their appearance on MNET’s “4ThingsShow,” the trio filmed a mini video for “Hello Happy,” the second of three lead singles from MFBTY “Wondaland.” We’ll recap more from their hour long appearance soon.
So we’re off! MFBTY has officially released the Wondaland album, and they didn’t disappoint. While the album is considered “underground pop,” loyal hip-hop fans of the trio will not be disappointed. Before we get into the album, a reminder of the (1 of 3) debut single: “Bang Diggy Bang Bang.”
That hook just gets you, huh? As expected, the song took off, and the entire album topped charts within hours. It was so popular, that it took over 17/20 spots on Daum.net music charts.
As for the video, there have been many compliments regarding the playful vibe and MFBTY’s dance skills (Don’t worry, hip-hop OGs, it was only a few moves). The fast pace and array of colors in “Bang Diggy Bang Bang,” makes it easy to miss underlying messages. Luckily, our keen eyes and MFBTY expertise were able to catch them. Here’s what you missed:
1)There’s A Meaning Behind The Pillow Fights
When MFBTY was still a joke between Tiger and fans, they created “wonderland,” which was a figurative place where JK and fans could say and do anything, almost like a child getting lost in a mysterious world. Tiger would playfully say, “Let’s pillow fight,” if he sensed someone would disagree with something he said. It soon became a daily saying for him, and fans would reply back, “Pillow fight!” In the beginning of the video, we see JK walking with a pillow in his hand (properly marked “Bang Diggy Bang Bang”) and his destination is a pile of MFBTY pillows. Given the name came from MFBTY fans before there was an MFBTY, it was only appropriate that the debut video started with this shout out to “wonderland.”
2) The “Lost” T-Shirt
The “LOST” t-shirt appears subtly repeatedly throughout the video. While meaningless on the surface, this is another homage to the original “wonderland,” where fans could get “lost” in the madness.
3) Rap Monster’s Jasmine Poops Blow Up Toilets… Literally
We saw BTS Rap Monster already kill it on MFBTY’s “Bucku Bucku/Shy Shy,”and the last line of his verse was what really surprised people: “Even my poop smells like jasmine tea.” The video for “Shy Shy,” was shot the same day as “Bang Diggy Bang Bang,” and Rap Mon wanted to reiterate his poop smell was so unbelievably good, it would literally “blow up toilets.” Now we know his jasmine poops are green in gaseous form.
4) Duckie Dale, The Bangles, and Indiana Jones Made Cameos
If you just understood that, you are an 80’s geek who related to this vid a little too well. There were an unbelievable amount of nerdy awesome 80’s moments thrown in, but the one that stood out to us was this shot. Bizzy’s pompadour hairstyle is reminiscent of famous 80’s icon, Duckie Dale from the film Pretty In Pink. Tasha’s head band takes us back to The Bangles “Walk Like An Egyptian” music video, which helped popularize Egyptian inspired fashion in that time. Leave it to Tiger to exaggerate the turban look and go borderline Indiana Jones (We debated if it was more Douglass Quaid from Total Recall, but that movie just made it out of the 80’s).Their stylist, Little E of electronic band, EE, did a heck of a job taking us back through time.
5) Tiger’s Silent Praise of Bruce Lee
Tiger has a background as a martial art teacher, and the one person he always aspired to be was Bruce Lee. Tiger has even emulated Bruce’s hair from time to time, and never scoffed at a comparison of him and his idol.
6) Bizzy Is Part Of A Group That Only Makes Up 10% of the Population
Bizzy drops a line referring to luck on his lefty while holding up his hand in the music video. Bizzy’s nickname is “Lucky Lefty,” because he is left handed.
7) That “808” Is Not An Area Code
That haunting hook is not a shout out to Hawaii. The code “808” actually has two meanings. The first referring to the Roland TR-808 drum machine, which may have created some of the hard sounds in the song. “808” is also a police code for disturbing the peace with the sound of bass. Thus, the hook really means, “Here comes the bass that’s going to rock the neighborhood.”
The full length “Wondaland” album is now available in stores and on Itunes.
MFBTY released a teaser for the second title song, “Bang Diggy Bang Bang.” In contrast to “Bucku Bucku/Shy Shy,” this song has a more playful tone, with our trio even busting some dance moves in a colorful setting. BTS’ RapMon makes a quick cameo again on this one, and KimBanJang from Windy City is seen playing with what looks like live drums (not live as in music, but live as in living!) If you’re wondering what the pillows are about, this is an element that was developed in the original MFBTY joke, pre-debut days.
Tiger JK attended the premiere ofAround The World,March 16th in Seoul. The movie is Tiger’s first official acting role, a secondary route that Tiger is experimenting. Also on the stage were director Lee Hang Bae, Actors Kim Jung Tae, Choi Jung Woo, Lee Eun Chae, Park Ha Young, and Koo Seung Hyun.
The movie, Around The World, is about 2 kids, ages 9 and 7, tackling the world with no sleep for 2 days while trying to save their dad, who is jailed in a police station. Tiger JK plays a street musician (Pil Hong).
Pil-hong, despite his rugged appearance, shows a great amount of kindness towards the homeless siblings, Ji-ho and Sun-ho. The singer will not only act, but sing and take part in an action scene.
When asked why he took part in the film, he said, “I love the concept. It’s just the kind of story we need in this cold world we live in,”
Around The Worldwill be out in the cinemas on March 26th. Check the trailer below.
March13th-–Feel Ghood Music released the first teaser for MFBTY’s “Wondaland” album on their Twitter account. In the first scenes, we see some back footage from the “Sweet Dream,” music video, but then are taken on a wild trip through a colorful unknown. In between scenes, we get a black and white shot of MFBTY with some of the featured artists on the album, including EE, Dino-J, and most noticeably, BTS’ Rap Monster. The vid ends with a vocal rift from YoonMiRae’s 2007 song, “Goodbye Sadness, Hello Happiness.” and then the release date. It’s not clear what MFBTY has in store for their debut single, or the story of the music video, but that all fits into the theme of “Wondaland.”
Last night, MFBTY did their first and last interview for the year on Arirang’s Afterschool, a program where fans use Google Hangout to communicate with the stars directly. A year off screen took a toll on fan curiosity, and the group was not afraid to admit what they were up to during that long hiatus. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.Watch it first here.)
They started on a lighter note, with Tiger complimenting how nice the chairs were and how he was too broke to afford it. Tasha admitted her favorite color is purple, to which the hosts, Eric Nam, & Jimin, tempted her to take the purple chair back to the FGM office (Though we can’t imagine how hard that would be to haul from Seoul to UiJeongBu).
The crew have been coordinating their own marketing tactics, and Bizzy admitted he asked fans how to say “Angel,” in their own language. After some light laughs about botched pronunciations, they talked about how “Angel,” came about. The song was sitting in the archives for nearly 4 years, but came alive as they felt it resonated with their recent experiences. The death of Tiger’s father was one of noticeable influence, but Bizzy also went through some family struggles during the year, particularly with his mother. It brought Bizzy back to the death of his grandmother, and the culmination of both thoughts led Bizzy to write to the “Angel” beat, with Tiger and Tasha following.
Some mysteries about the music video were also revealed, and while it seemed that the cinematography had deep meaning, we found out the meaning evoked was actually accidental. The famous black angel shot was randomly constructed by Lumpens overnight, and the black and white shot was done moreso for simplicity than emotional response. What fans take away from the video is up to them, and MFBTY is all for open interpretation.
DT INTL also got some screen time, and we asked Bizzy and Tiger to explain why they chose Bizzy to be the winner of the famous boxing scene. Turns out this was a product of randomness as well, with Lumpens shooting them shadow boxing in through the night. We also found out Bizzy spends more time in the ring versus the studio, a decision Tiger is not too thrilled about (Side note: Tiger admitted Bizzy’s new “pecs” help with the ladies, leaving Tiger a bit jealous. Boss, you’re married.)
Fans were later invited to ask questions to MFBTY directly, but we have to thank Julisa from Texas for having the best request. A few days ago, Feel Ghood Music released two pieces ofhidden camera footage (here and here) of Tiger dancing to a beat made by producer, KonDQuest. The fam jokes often of Tiger’s “funky” moves, and Julisa was thankful for FGM’s shared video. She requested an encore; Tiger obliged.
Arirang confessed later that they also interviewed MFBTY’s managers about them. The management team only consists of two people, so the load they endure is not light. The group was at first excited to hear what they would say, but just like the rest of the fam, their managers were honest… brutally honest. The management are MFBTY’s ride home to Uijeongbu, and we have a feeling that 1.5 hour ride was very very awkward.
On a happier note, sister site, BizzionaryINTL, was lucky enough to be in the personal hangout with MFBTY. While the show didn’t let admin, Nisa, ask questions on air, she shared with us this post interview shot of her talking with Bizzy and MFBTY directly. It was their technical first time “seeing” each other, and Bizzy being the quiet one he is, had to be teased by Tasha and Tiger to open up more to the head of his fanbase. She asked who his angel was, and the answer was as you would expect.
There were many other great moments from last night that words cannot explain. See the awesomeness again at Arirang’s Youtube channel.
-MissDrunkenCamp/Cheryl S. Drunken Tiger INTL/YoonMiRaeINTL
P.S. These were the greatest fans we caught in the online audience. Can we nominate them for an Oscar?
December 8th, 2014 – After a year’s hiatus, MFBTY came back debuting under YoonMiRae’s name, now known as YoonMiRae ft. Tiger JK and Bizzy. (Update) The lyrics send a message of hope, as it chronicles the tribulations the three endured over the past year. It sends people the message that love can be found in almost anything–from a complete stranger to a a close friend. Thus, the inspiration for the end images of the trio with both personal and work (FGM) family.
The three members have been boxing as a family hobby for the past 6 months, and they are not afraid to show it off here. Yoon MiRae also busts out some of her choreographed danced moves that we haven’t seen in years (and still has it down). Warning to all the ladies though, you may need to sit down before you watch this as there are some good looking men parading around in this video.
With less than 48 hours to go (it’s already Saturday in Korea), Feel Ghood Music released another teaser for YoonMiRae’s “Angel.” This one gives us a preview of YMR’s vocals rifting with an accompanying piano. We’re treated to what looks like a potential kiss between her and husband, Tiger JK, but that’s all FGM will let us see for now.
Thanks to FGM’s resident MV director, Lumpens, we have an idea what happened the day of the “ANGEL” MV shoot. Our crew seems to have some dance moves we didn’t know about. Okay, we knew Tasha busted moves in her olden Tashannie days, but 15 years later she still got it!