If you’ve been living in the 90’s and don’t know what social media is, then you’ve completely missed the big news that Drunken Tiger, Yoonmirae, Bizzy (aka MFBTY) are coming to renowned awesome-encompassing South by Southwest.
Yes, you read that correctly: MFBTY is performing in America.
Over the weeks, we’ve been posited with a number of questions, including if the group will do extra shows nationwide, and if additional Feel Ghood Music artists are coming.
With the performance less than 3 weeks away, we’ve broken down the most common questions to help all fans attending.
The Basic Who/What/When:
The group will be performing FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH, at The Belmont, Austin, TX. They will be part of SXSW annual KPOP Night Out (hosted by KOCCA),a showcase of mainstream and independent Korean artists. Others performing include Red Velvet, No Brain, Big Phony, Hyorin, and Galaxy Express.
On The SXSW website, you will see that MFBTY technically is not listed as an artist, but Yoonmirae an Drunken Tiger are. While listed as 2 separate artists, they will have Bizzy, and two other Feel Ghood Music artists, Junoflo and Ann Onejoining them.
The set is to last 80 minutes (check SXSW GOfor details). That is A LOT OF SONGS.
Passes don’t just buy you entry into this performance, but EVERYTHING at SXSW.
Music wristbands will get you entry into all SXSW music shows.
The event is 18+, contrary to past years being 21+.
Will We (The International Website) Be There?
Yes, we will be at the show hours ahead, maybe with some fun swag 🙂
Will There Be MFBTY Merchandise?
That is something up to Feel Ghood Music. We have not heard anything about merchandise.
Can I Bring My DSLR Camera?
With the exception of press, attendees will generally not be allowed to bring professional cameras. All cameras will be inspected at the door. Phone cameras are allowed.
Will MFBTY Be Doing Any Other Shows at SXSW Or On Tour?
No, there is only one show. MFBTY hardly does US shows, so go to this or forever hold your peace.
“I Am Press And Would Like To Interview MFBTY.”
Please send your inquiry to Max Freedman firstname.lastname@example.org. For anyone who emailed us, all your inquiries were forwarded already.
Out-of-Towners, Book Your Plane/Hotels ASAP.
The number of available and affordable places to stay is drying up (AirBNB is down to less 1% availability for close places under $120/night). The area you will be looking at is Downtown/University of Texas Austin. The further out, the more availability, but less transport options. Make a decision this week if you’re still contemplating flying in.
What To Pack
Portable chargers, wall chargers, umbrella, lightweight clothing, extra shoes. It’s warm and rainy in Austin. Your phone will die, so bring everything you need to keep you connected.
Getting To The Venue
Downtown Austin is serviced by a number of rails, buses, and carriages. However, parking is a P-I-T-A. There is no Uber or Lyft either. Plan ahead for other car sharing options.
Don’t Just Go To One Show
SXSW is a massive music, film, interactive, EVERYTHING festival. Tons of free food, parties, drinks, etc. There are a number of social media accounts monitoring free events (most summarized here). Enjoy your time while in town!
Get Back To the Airport Early, Especially If You’re Leaving Sunday
SXSW brings in thousands of people, most of whom leave Sunday. The Austin airport is tiny, and lines will be backed up (yes, even with TSA Pre-Check). Allow for 3-4 hours prior to your flight.
If you have any other questions not answered here, email us or hit us up on any of our social media channels.
See you in Austin!
More SXSW here. Photo: StarDaily, Junoflo (note Myundo and Superbee are pictured, but not attending this showcase)
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 13songs 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.”
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.]
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.”
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.comlater today.
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.”
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.