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MFBTY Fashion: YoonMiRae’s Shoe Collecting, TigerJK’s Eyeliner, and How “Gray” Bizzy Is

MFBTY At Swag Concert 08/2015
MFBTY At Swag Concert 08/2015

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There are many aspects within the MFBTY band that Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae and Bizzy created. Even though Tiger JK was out of the mainstream spotlight for over three years while he was going through the hardest moment of his life (the loss of his father), he didn’t lose the spark. Instead, he came back stronger than ever. With his long time friend, Bizzy, and his wife, Yoon Mi Rae, by his side, MFBTY wows the crowd and freshens the eardrums every time they step on to the stage. An interview filled with surprises, MFBTY speaks about their music and fashion style.

Written by SooAh Son

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What was the reason you decided to form a band? Were you all originally close?

Bizzy – We’ve been on the stage together for over 10 years so we are like brothers. We started out by recording tracks freely with no confinements and one thing led to another and ended up making a full album.

JKBizzy is like my brother. Because we have different styles in our music, something interesting comes out whenever we work together. There are over 30 tracks in our hands that we recorded that haven’t been released yet.

Tell me about how “WondaLand” came about. What do you think about it being voted as one of the top 25 world items by MTV Iggy?

JK – A lot of people still don’t recognize the name MFBTY, but MTV IGGY named us one of the best albums this year. We’re very proud.

I heard the name MFBTY came from the fans, but it’s a hard name to remember. I’ve heard on the radio people asked you to change it to “YoonMiRae and the Flowers.” Have you thought of changing it?

Bizzy – The name is hard, you’re correct. However, we plan to keep the name as it was created by our fans. l like the name “YoonMiRae & The Flowers” though.

JK – I want to try “YoonMiRae & The Flowers” for one project. The name MFBTY was created by our fans abroad as K-pop became internationalized and for that we are very thankful.

During the intro of WondaLand, there was a very interesting message that was spoken by someone that
went “I wish that everyone on this earth will be happy. Not just humans, but the bees, the butterflies, all the insects… I wish they all blossom beautifully like flowers and be healthy and live
together peacefully with one another”. What’s the message you are hoping to convey to its listeners?

Bizzy- That’s the message we wanted to convey in the album. Love and peace. I think that’s the message we need to share now.

JK – The message on the intro is MFBTY’s message. “Love and Peace.” The world we live in don’t give much attention unless something is sensationalized however we strongly believe that our message will be spread worldwide (laughter)

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Tiger JK/타이거 JK

You’re not new artists, but you’re living like new artists. Every time a new album comes out, you have a new style to show. Where do you get inspiration for these new sounds?

JK – I gain ideas and inspirations from the smallest of things to the big things that are happening around the world including books, movies, fashion, arts, news and dreams. These are all my tools for my work.

Who’s your favorite designer currently?

I’ve been checking out the collection from this new LA designer, Mike Amiri.

There’s a boxing scene in Angel. I hear you enjoy exercising.

The seven months before my dad passed from cancer were the most beautiful and saddest moments of my life. When he passed, I didn’t want to do anything and I hated life. I was wandering through my neighborhood and met a martial artist who had a similar experience. That moment helped me through my depression. Boxing and exercise
gives me strength.

Do you have anyaccessory that you cherish? You use eyeliner often, do you sometimes use
YoonMiRae’s use make up too?

Hahaha… Lee YoonJung (our stylist) from EE is in charge of styling for us. She is full of new ideas and
unique directional paths that whenever we have a shoot, it feels like we are being transformed with make up and styling that looks like we are wearing costumes.

(Laughs) But on our days off, I don’t even put skin lotion on because I can get lazy.

What are 3 items you always take with you?

My father’s ring, his necklace, and his notebook.

You have some songs thatyou dedicated only to YoonMiRae.

Yes, “Undying Soul (DT6) and “Congratulations (DT8)” are a few of the ones I dedicated to her.

What’s your drink of choice, Tiger JK?

JK – From time to time, I enjoy a beer or two.

What are some of the tracks that touch your heart every time you hear it?

JK – Most notably, late singer Kim Kwang Suk’s “I Write A Letter on An Autumn Cloudy Day” and my own “8:45
Heaven.” We tend to get different things out of music depending on when and what you listen to. There are many many songs that touched my heart. I’d be able to write a book listing them all.

What’s On JK’s Itunes Playlist:

Song you most recently added: Rakka – “Delilah”

Song you listened to most recently: Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”

song you listen to most: Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”

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What do you think is the most important thing to remember when you put on your clothes?

I care about the fit and comfort. I stick to one type of style rather than trying different styles.

Is there any fashion item that you’re holding on to?

II’ve been collecting shoes ever since we started album activities. I’m really into shoes ^^

What are 3 items that you always bring with you?
My cellphone, my purple headphones, and my credit card.

You’re Korea’s hiphop couple, but who prepares breakfast in the morning?

I’m always busy in the morning, so I usually miss breakfast. When it’s not so busy, we prepare breakfast together.

Do you ever match your clothes with Jordan?

I’m not into the couple clothing thing, but we tend to match in color. For example, I’ll wear a black tee and then Jordan will wear black sneakers.

YoonMiRae’s ITunes Playlist:

Song you added most recently: The Internet’s “Girl”

 you listened to most recently: Mase- “WhenNywasNY”

Song you listen to most often: Fabolous- “Thim Slick”

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Bizzy

Where do you get your style inspiration?

I look for comfortable looks. I like the sharp look of gray especially. When I listen to the music I make, I think “Ah, this song is like the style I wear.” I think like that a lot.

Do you have a favorite musician?

I think I like a lot of older stuff. Even though I listen to a lot of hip-hop, I enjoy R&B. J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn
HIll, Frank Ocean… I really like them a lot.

You have a style that’s a unique for a hip-hop artist. Do you have a styling tip you want to share?

I dress to feel comfortable and free. Some clothes are too heavy and don’t allow movement, so I look
for things that are light and well fit.

How is working with Tiger JK & YoonMiRae?

We know when it’s good without saying anything to each other. At the same time when times are hard, we
are like family. We see each other often because we’re in the same neighborhood.

I heard you’re popular overseas and that fans propose to you?

Haha it’s a bit embarassing. It seems I get more love overseas. I’m thankful whenever we’re making a new album [for them]

Do you have an ideal type, Bizzy?

Someone charming and who has a pretty smile. Someone I can talk to about anything (laughs)

Where would you take a girl you like?

I’d like to show her around. I’d like to go to the boxing ring together and then to the studio. Then suddenly, we’d go on a trip somewhere far.

What’s a fashion item that you cherish?

My glasses, my bracelet, and my earphones.

What’s an item that you collect?

I like to collect sneakers and watches. .

Bizzy’s Itunes Playlist:

Song you added most recently: 50cent- “Hold on”

Song you’ve listened to most recently: J. Cole –“Love yours”

Song you listen to most: Lauryn Hill- “Cant take my eyes off you”

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Translation: JSK, Elsa

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[vid/news] Easter Eggs You May Have Missed in MFBTY’s “BangDiggyBangBang” MV

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

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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

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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.

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Lost tee hiding again on the right corner.


3) Rap Monster’s Jasmine Poops Blow Up Toilets… Literally

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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[news] Song Description for MFBTY’s “Wondaland”

Rappers Tiger JK, Yoon Mi-rae, and Bizzy  are releasing their first full length album together as group, MFBTY.

March 18, M Academy Concert Hall in Sinsa Gangnam—  MFBTY held a pre-listening conference to introduce their album, “Wondaland.” The album is schedule to be released today, March 19th.

MFBTY previously released a mini album in 2013 called, “Sweet Dream,” followed by “The Cure,” under the Drunken Tiger name, and then a single under Yoon MiRae’s name, “Angel.” All their title singles swept the charts, but they had never released a full length album under the MFBTY name.

“Wondaland” is not a hip-hop album, but a reinterpretation of Korean pop. It holds 16 tracks, and the group will release three title songs (“Triple Threat” Singles) at once. It includes various genres from electronic to rock, completing the spectrum of musical genres. The album features an artists from different areas of music, including legendary rock star Jeon InKwon, TV personality Yoo Hee-Yeol, BEAST’s Yong JunHyung, BTS’ Rap Monster, The Voice winner, Son Seung Yun, Illionaire’s Dok2, Windy City’s Kim Ban Jang, and electronic duo, EE. The album keeps you guessing with its outstanding 16-song track list.

# Happy Hello (Hello Happy)

This is one of the 3 triple threat singles. It reinterprets the chorus from YoonMiRae’s “Goodbye Sadness, Hello Happiness,” and is complimented by a sweet melody played by Yoo Hee Yeol, a well-known musician and TV host in Korea. Yoo did the arrangements for this song. This originally was not a title song, but they kept redoing it and Hee Yeol instantly loved it. YoonMiRae’s resonating vocals along with Yoo, Tiger, and Bizzy will stimulate the senses.

# Hey, hey, hey!

This song intro was originally supposed to be narrated by Yoo Hee Yeol. Tiger JK asked to do a provocative intro, but they could not include it due to its content. The song has a sexy feeling to it and incorporates an EDM (electronic music festival) sound. This is a genre that MFBTY has never tried.

# Bucku Bucku (“Shy Shy”)

The fun does not stop in this song. MFBTY pre-released a music video for “Shy Shy,” which features electronic duo EE, BTS’ Rap Monster, and new rapper, Dino-J. This song comes closer to MFBTY’s hip-hop origins, with every person spitting a rhyme parading their confidence. The hook is extremely catchy, and the hard hitting rhymes will leave you shaking.

# In The Eyes

This is one of the lighter, more fun, songs on the album, and the second “triple threat” single. The song is supposed to evoke getting lost in a disco ball. There is a line in YoonMiRae’s rap where she says, “I only can see my eyes.” The rhythmic beat and stomp will make you feel like you are in a real disco. This became a triple because Yoo Hee Yeol recommended it.

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# Holly Who

Tiger JK asked Dok2 to help because he knows the current trend really well. There is a funny story behind this track. Dok2’s white Mercedes SUV surprised JK’s neighbors. “The Quiett” also participated in the track and gave a lot of advice

# Bang Diggy Bang Bang*

This is one of the triple title track with Windy City’s Kim Ban Jang on the drums. Mirae thought of this song while riding 방방 with her son jordan (방방 seems like a name of an amusement ride). It harkens back to the 80s and features a retro tone music video. MiRae also shows off her cool dance moves. Tiger mentioned that Tasha used to be in an idol like hip-hop/R&B group, so she knew how to dance well. I saw her dancing at home so I secretly asked her to come up with the choreography and made the track. The song leaves an impression with its foreign sound and reminds people of martial arts movies. Amongst the three singles, Yoo Hee Yeol suggested this to be the main one.

# Fart Dance

Jordan took part in this song including the song writing, performance, and producing. When jordan saw tiger jk working on a music program, he tought it was a video game and started playing with it. When MV director, Lumpens, heard this track by accident, he thought it was JK’s track and asked him to include it on the album so he could work on it. Currently, Jordan doesn’t like the title and keeps asking to change it to, “Dub Step” (a genre he likes). The dreamy and addictive electronic sound lingers around the ear. and Jordan’s voice saying ‘방귀대장 뽀로로(Fart Captain Pororo)” brings a mother-like smile to your face.

Let It Go

This is a track with Beast’s Yong Jun Hyung. MFBTY wanted to do a song where they would break barriers, introducing an idol to the hip-hop community and a seasoned rapper to the pop audience. Yong actually hesitated for 20 days. He reinterpreted the song and did not come off as a stereotypical idol rapper. Tasha’s vocals and fast rhymes stand out. She switches back and forth, intensifying the fun almost like a roller coaster. MFBTY’s skill shined here and Yong JunHyung comes off as a brand new artist.

Love and Peace

This track is with legendary rocker, Jeon In Kwon. Tiger JK and Jeon In Kwon continued to work on the track up until the day of the listening event. It was a reggae track with rap, but the rap was taken out per Jeon’s advice. He wanted to remove everything and only have truth, roughness, and loneliness. It is a minimalistic track with vocals, no gimmicks. Jeon’s trademark voice and MFBTY’s voices come together in this calm harmony.

*Bang Diggy Bang Bang is like an onomatopoeia for hopping/jumping as well, similar to like when you are on a trampoline. Jordan enjoys trampolines.

Source: TenAsia
Translated by Sang K.  

-Drunken Tiger International 

[news] MFBTY “Wondaland” will have THREE title tracks; BTS’ Rap Monster Squashes Haters

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MFBTY (Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae and Bizzy) confirmed their album Wondaland, which will be released on March 19th, has 3 title tracks. As a preview, they released a full MV for one of their tracks 부끄부끄 (Bucku Bucku – Shy Shy).

MFBTY’s label Feel Ghood Music uploaded the “Bucku Bucku” MV on their Youtube channel as a teaser, which was wonderful news for patiently waiting fans. “Bucku Bucku” features Korean idol group BTS leader Rap Monster, electronic duo EE, as well as Feel Ghood Music’s rookie, Dino J. The hook of this song is already found to be highly addictive by fans. The artists rap in a black and white background, which accentuates their natural charisma.

Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae rapped with their untouchable flows while Bizzy had his on style combined with his signature unique gestures.

BTS’s Rap Monster shined in this track, defying all stereotypes of an “idol rapper.” Within his rap were messages to his haters who try to bring him down.  The message was cleverly delivered with his witty, confident, rhythmical flow confirming his position as one of the heavy contenders for best rapper in the music scene.

EE, with their unique style, complimented the track nicely, while Dino J showed that he meant business with his hard hitting rap.

MFBTY’s first full album, Wondaland. will include 16 tracks with 3 title songs. As well as the artists mentioned above, Wondaland will feature rock band DeulGukHwa’s leader, Jeon In Kwon, 1llonaire CEO, Dok2, Windy City leader Kim Ban Jang, The Voice winner, Son Seung Yeon, and finally BEAST’s Yong JunHyung.

For now, MFBTY has revealed “Bucku Bucku/Shy Shy” and “BangDiggyBangBang” to be 2/3 of the title tracks. The question remains as to which track they will choose as the final single.

Another interesting track that’s included is the track, “Fart Dance” made by Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae’s son, Jordan. Track number 2, “Hello Happy” has a mystery guest feature.

Wondaland is highly anticipated within Korea as well as all around the world. The album will be released on March 19th, 12PM KST via various online music sites. Pre-orders are available now from all major music retailers.

Original: ChosunSports
Translated by JSK

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Drunken Tiger International

[video] MFBTY Drops FULL LENGTH Music Video As Album Teaser: “부끄부끄/Shy Shy”

Foregoing the traditional teaser route, MFBTY dropped a full length music video as a preview for their upcoming album, “Wondaland.” The song, “부끄부끄/Shy Shy (Blush Blush)”, features possibly the most artists, with electronic duo EE, BTS’ RapMonster, and new Feel Ghood Music artist, Dino-J.

The video was apparently shot the same day as the “Bang Diggy Bang Bang, MV, which will be MFBTY’s official first single off the album.

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Drunken Tiger International

[video] MFBTY “Wondaland” Teaser Released

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.”

Photo courtesy of BTS fanbase BTS ARMY

Edit 3/13: Previously it was reported JeonInKwon was in the screen cap. Only  MFBTY, Rap Monster, Dino-J, and the members of EE appear. 

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