We have received confirmation from Feel Ghood Music and UC Irvine Center for Korean Studies that MFBTY will be performing Monday, October 7th at UC Irvine. Tiger JK is also expected to partake in a panel discussing Korean hip-hop roots. The below is the preliminary announcement image, but we encourage people to join UCI Korea’s mailing list for immediate developing details.
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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.
On July 1st, TigerJK tweeted a teaser promo photo for his new single, “I Know,” marking July 2nd as its release date. Only a mere hours later, FeelGhoodMusic felt 24 hours was too long and dropped the music video early as a treat.
“I Know” takes on a different format from a traditional MV, appearing more like a webisode and only including part of the song. In the video, we see TigerJK peacefully reading at a bus stop when two thugs (Bizzy & Dino) suddenly kidnap him and stuff him into a car trunk. TigerJK raps his verses while trapped inside, his verses standing in for his screams.
The full song will still drop on Itunes and other download sites tomorrow, July 2nd.
Today, June 15th, it was unexpectedly announced that JK would drop a new single, without the other MFBTY members, on June 16th.
The song, “Nice To See You Again,” is a letter to JK’s fans who have supported him since his career started, particularly his Korean fan club, Tigerbalm. The cover photo dated 05/03/1999 is a photo he took in Los Angeles, while he was preparing for his second album, “The Great Rebirth.”
It’d be hard to find someone other than Tiger JK to fit the title “Korean Hiphop godfather.” Debuting in 1995 with his solo track, ‘Enter the Tiger, then as Drunken Tiger, and now part of his crew MFBTY, Tiger has taken on many forms since his debut.
Tiger JK has traveled on a wonderful musical journey spanning over the past 20 years. He’s witnessed Korea transforming from a hip-hop no-mans land into a country that accepts it with open arms and embrace it, Tiger JK has been through it all and made his mark in Korean Hiphop’s history. Although his age may be slighter higher than some of the other rappers on the scene, his passion and his love for hiphop cannot be superseded by anyone.
The interviewer was curious about Tiger JK. His music, life, and his interpretation of Wondaland. Meeting with Tiger JK was not easy to facilitate. Due to his shy personality and his preference to stay away from interviews, the interviewer was finally able to meet with him after a long wait.
Tiger JK definitely had a natural presence with his charisma. It did not take long for my misconceptions about him to fly out the window. With his corny punchlines such as “Without MiRae, we have no future,” he joked throughout the interview with his witty remarks.
Between all the jokes, Tiger JK expressed his love for his wife, his son Jordan, and the project group, MFBTY. He said “I’m a fool for MiRae, Jordan and people.” However, when it came to music, his tone changed into a serious note. “We are getting love from fans around the world, especially since our album Wondaland released about a month ago.” Although he advised he is getting inquiries about possible overseas concerts, he said, “There are good opportunities for us to earn good money, but shouldn’t the performance and our stage quality be the first priority?” In true Tiger JK style, he still did not want to compromise.
“Yoon Mi Rae? She’s a world-class rapper”
His love for Yoon Mi Rae was second to none. There was also the love for hip-hop blended into it as well. Tiger JK respects Yoon Mi Rae as an artist.
“Mi Rae is seriously a world class rapper. On top of her rapping skills, her lyricism is just mind blowing,” he says while putting his thumb up. However, when it came to actually saying this out loud, he was clearly shy to do so. This was evident in his recent TV appearance on Happy Together 3 Lovers Specialwhere Tiger JK had to make a call to Mi Rae to get her to say a code word. During this phone conversation, Tiger JK struggled to say lovey-dovey words. Reflecting on this, he stated “After that show aired, Mirae had a word with me. I really should’ve gave her the heads up before I made the phone call…”
Tiger JK also spoke about his son Jordan and his musical ability, shown in the track enlisted in Wondaland Album ‘Fart Dance’, which Jordan composed all by himself whilst thinking that it was a game. Tiger JK said that if Jordan wanted to pursue music as his career, he was not going to hold him back. “When I listen to Fart Dance, I really believe he is a musical genius. I know he is going to be great. (smiling) However when it comes to a point where I have a critically analyze his musical ability without any biased opinions, I am prepared to do so if need be.”
Rapper Tiger JK – a fool with a reason
Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae had their humble abode set in UiJeongBu even before they were married. Unlike popular artists setting their nests around the Gangnam area, the hip hop-couple even had their recording studio set up in city-suburban town. This is also the place where MFBTY’s first full album Wondaland was produced. The interviewer was curious about the reasons as to why Tiger JK insisted on staying at UiJeongBu.
“I love the life UiJeongBu. It’s comfortable and awesome. It’s like heaven. This is where MiRae grew up, and I want to live where she feels comfortable.”
His employees & staff members sacrificed a bit due to Tiger JK insisting on staying in UiJeongBu. However, he did not let this one go unnoticed. Bizzy and all of his staff now now reside in UiJeongBu, and he took care of everyone’s rent. For him, they were family – not just employees.
Due to his 20-year anniversary and Wondaland’s success coincidentally happening all at once, he admitted he is continuously receiving invitations for performances especially overseas. With his strong rapport around the world, Tiger JK has the power to negotiate and agree to a more lucrative deal, but Tiger JK refuses to do this. “I am not the type to ask favors on a business level. It is true that we are receiving a lot of offers, but we want to provide a good performance where the music comes first. I didn’t even realize this but apparently it’s been 20 years since my debut. It’s that long ago? I can’t remember when that was. I think it’ll be a great idea to have a meaningful event for our fans. I would want to meet them on a more personal level.”
It seems things get wild in the Feel Ghood Music studio. On March 31st, MFBTY made a guest appearance on YooHeeYeol Sketchbook, a show hosted by mentor and feature, Yoo HeeYeol. Yoo played a major influence on the making of the Wondaland album, as it was him who chose the singles and perfected the instrumentals on the album. He also played the piano rift so prominent in their single, “Hello Happy.”
The four clearly had a fun time preparing the album. JK joked, “It was Yoo Hee Yeol who told us we should have 3 title songs. If we were successful, then it’d be thanks to Yoo Hee Yeol. If we failed, it’d be his fault.” The studio responded with laughter. JK continued, “We were in Billboard overseas, but no one knows about us here in Korea.” More laughter ensued as Yoo became embarrassed.
However, it was the following behind the scenes story that really shocked the audience. “When Yoo Hee Yeol came into the studio, he was so charismatic and hyped,” JK starts. “He asked, ‘Is the piano ready? Let’s do this!'”
Yoo then admitted, “Actually, JK initially wanted me to say dirty messages into songs like ‘Hey, what are you wearing?'”
Amongst other highlights from the show, Yoo introduced Tasha as Korea’s top 3 female rappers (YoonMiRae, T, and Jordan’s mom). It’s something Tasha finds flattering, but burdensome as an expectation. JK gets jealous when he hears Tasha praised so highly, and she uses it against him. Apparently, when he’s angry, he tends to rap better.
The full Yoo Hee Yeol Sketchbook episode will air Apri 3rd, 12:15AM.
MFBTY’s official English websites (comprising of DrunkenTigerINTL, DrunkenTigerBrasil, BizzionaryINTL, and affiliate YoonMiRaeINTL) strike again with an unexpected gift. Last month’s anniversary video received such high praise that Korean pop news site, Koreaboo, felt it deserved its own article. For Bizzy’s8.75 birthday (he’s a leap year baby), the fanbase created an entire website showcasing fan favorite moments of Bizzy. As explained by DT INTL founder, Elsa, on the front page, the site shows some never before seen videos, photos, and many meaningful reflections from fans. Visitors are also treated to five lesser known features recorded by Bizzy throughout his career. You can see the website here.
For optimal viewing, we recommend fans view it from a computer. Don’t forget to leave your birthday wish for Bizzy while there!
-Drunken Tiger International, Drunken Tiger Brasil, BizzionaryINTL, YoonMiRaeINTL
The official English source for MFBTY & Drunken Tiger