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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

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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

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Yoon Mi Rae To Appear on Fantastic Duo

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Entertainment Insider confirmed that Yoon Mi Rae will take part in SBS Fantastic Duo’s, recording on July 22nd.

Fantastic Duo is a show where artists and the show applicant’s team up to be a ‘fantastic duo.’ As a massively successful rapper and singer herself, it will be interesting to see which track she will choose on the show.

Tiger JK and Bizzy previously appeared on the show to do a remake of Drunken Tiger classic, “I Want You,” with legend Kim Soo Hee. With Yoon MiRae’s appearance, all MFBTY members will have appeared on the show.

With major artists such as Lee Sun Hee, Shin Seung Hun, Lim Chang Jung, Kim Bum Soo, Taeyang, VIBE, Hwan Hee, Jang Hye Jin appearing as guests to perform on stage with the show applicant who loves their music, Fantastic Duo remains one of the most talked about Korean shows.

Translation: JSK

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MFBTY Talk Their Fave Lyrics: Slick Rick, Warren G, Mos Def

In the second MFBTY installment of Hyundai Music Library, the group are asked to talk about songs that had meaningful lyrics. They really took us back through time as they talk about the storytelling of Slick Rick, Warren G and the meaning of 213 (Westcoast hip-hop), and then the rarity of Mos Def’s “Ms. Fat Booty.” 

Newer generations will have to wait until later in the episode to recognize a song, when Bizzy talks about the rarity of Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “N*ggas in Paris.” 

Regardless if you grew up listening to these classics just like MFBTY, clearly the group is well-versed in hip-hop’s history, taking it way back to its 70s-80s origins.

Check the full episode here.

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YoonMiRae Talks Balancing Being Performer and Mom

As part of JTBC TV collaboration with magazine, Women’s Focus, the network produced a series of features on the magazine’s female leads, including this month’s cover model, YoonMiRae.

The theme of the March issue is to motivate women who feel they are trapped in the role of “an average mom.” Rather than be average, the issue tells women it is possible to live a dream and also be a mother (i.e. YoonMiRae).

In the footage, Yoon explains that it’s not easy being both. Raising Jordan has been a challenge, and sleep is rarity. She is blessed with a loving husband, Tiger JK, to help her with raising him.

JK later arrives to surprise her while on set, but admits that Jordan is less than enthused about mom being away for work.

See the full footage above.

Translation: JSK

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[show] Tiger JK, Bizzy, HanYoungAe to Perform in LA

This year’s Korea Times Music Festival brings Tiger JK & Bizzy back on a US stage!

They will be joining legendary singer HanYoungAe in a unique stage collab at the Hollywood Bowl.

The concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. Tickets and info here.

We’ll be keeping tabs on this event in case YoonMiRae is added to the line up. We suggest fans buy tickets asap if they want a chance at seeing any and all members of MFBTY.

Source: Koreaboo

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[VID] MFBTY’s Guilty Pleasure Include Def Leppard and Gwen Stefani

Hyundai Card has partnered with MFBTY to create an intimate series of music discussions at their new Hyundai Music Library. The large collection of both Korean and American LPs is a musician’s dream, where LPs have nearly died and reminiscing past music is a rarity.

In a whopping 30-min episode, MFBTY are asked to discuss their childhood idols and guilty pleasure songs that defined their younger years. Their eyes light up as they lip-synch and goofy dance to Lenny Kravitz, MC Hammer, Gwen Stefani, and Def Leppard. 

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Though the hip-hop pioneers could not complete the episode without talking about 90s hip-hop, where Tiger JK became excited talking about Wutang Clan, Nas, Biggie, and Tasha’s favorite, 2pac. 

A special bonus: Tiger JK calls Illionaire’s Dok2 mid-session.

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Check the full video below.

http://channel.hyundaicard.com/v/radio0004

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