Allkpop had the opportunity to interview MFBTY. See what the artists had to say about their favorite songs, what inspired some of their tracks, and how it helped them grow as artists.
It is March 16, 2015 and a rapper is seen quietly psyching himself up, saying “I can do it” inside a restaurant in Gangnam. He has his game face on. It’s 3 days before his new track comes out. Is he anticipating taking the number 1 spot onthe music charts?
Not exactly. It’s because he has nominated himself to be the MC for their album release party on the 18th. It is very rare to see the artists themselves MC’ing their album release event. It’s usually a professional MC that manages the event ensuring everything flows smoothly. However this rapper is confident he can do a good job.
He is MFBTY’s Bizzy. Haven’t heard of him? It’s the person beside Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae. Yes, it is clear that compared to the other two artists, he is not as well known. This is the reason why he volunteered to MC for the night, as this was an excellent opportunity for the media and the general public to hear and notice Bizzy on the stage. He even visited the promo office to receive 1:1 media training and to practice. All preparations were done. All he could do was wait.
Now let’s switch it up a bit. MFBTY’s first full album “Wondaland” was released on March 19, 2015. They received the top spots on 4 respective music charts. However, there were some comments regarding their results saying they were not as good because fans were not aware of the project group MFBTY. In other words, if they knew Tiger JK & Yoon Mi Rae were in it, people were more likely to reach out for the tracks.
This makes sense. Many people do know Tiger JK & Yoon Mi Rae, but MFBTY, that’s a different story. So why are they calling themselves MFBTY? Because other than “My Fans [Are] Better Than Yours,” it also means, “Mother Freakin’ Bizzy Tiger YoonMiRae.”
Bizzy is used to hearing all the ‘usual’ questions, e.g. “what are you doing between that married couple?” Even the writer of this article (Osen reporter) asked him, “So what do you do in MFBTY?”.Although this might have been hurtful to others, Bizzy politely replied “Oh, this and that.”
Within his record label (Feel Ghood Music, which he, Tiger JK & Yoon Mi Rae created) he is known as General Manager, Mr. Park. As their record label just turned two, they are still in their establishment phase and will be needing hands on assistance every now and then. These days, General Manager Mr. Park, (aka Bizzy) is helping with the promotional team which is a big help to them.
It was the morning of the day when the album,”Wondaland,” was going to be announced for the first time to the media and general public. Needless to say, Tiger JK & Yoon Mi Rae had high expectations.
Unfortunately, the MC for the event was Tiger JK. Bizzy froze midway through and Tiger JK had to step in. However, the short amount of time Bizzy was MCing, it left a positive impression on the media personnel.
Rappers tell their life stories on the stages with their flows. Bizzy, a hip hop veteran is always explosive on stage. However, when he needs to talk, he freezes.
There’s a short video clip recorded from KBS, “Yoon Do Hyun’s Love Letter” that is legendary. Yoon Do Hyun asks Bizzy a question and he does not respond back. One may think it was all part of his character, a certain type of as swag, whereas others deducted that maybe he was unable to speak at that moment because he was embarrassed. Most recently on MNet’s, “4KindsShow” he spoke less than Rap Monster (BTS) who featured on their album.
Those that are in Bizzy’s close circles call him, “The music industry’s nuclear bomb with no explosion” much to Bizzy’s frustration. After the album release event, Bizzy took up boxing again (which he stopped doing for a short time). While speaking of boxing, Bizzy commented, Yoon Mi Rae’s punches hurt the most (to which Tiger JK agreed).
His long awaited solo album
There’s a good chance Bizzy’s solo album will drop in the first half of 2015. With regards to his signature energetic flow and powerful performances, he commented “To survive between Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae, I formed a habit of shouting when performing.”
In his solo album, there is an expected music style change. With jazz and R&B on his listening menu lately, he has told the writer that his music style has toned down a little bit. But don’t worry, his powerful performances will not disappear.
Bizzy was offered a lot of Korean idol spots when he returned to Korea from New Zealand. Amongst his nicknames is “Hiphop Gong Yoo,” which might sounds like it refers to the actor Gong Yoo, however this nickname was given to him after people saw him on, “Come To Play.” His positive energy is addictive and one of his greatest assets. He stated that he is at his happiest right now.
Rapper, Sean2Slow gave Bizzy his name a long time ago wishing him to be busy. When asked whether he is busy, he smiled and answered, “Much busier than before!” When you search his name, soybean curd come up first (food product, same Korean spelling as Bizzy written in Korean) he is just happy that there are a lot of “Rapper Bizzy” related posts nowadays.
This is Bizzy, who’s happily single, but would love to raise a family one day.
Source: Osen News
Translated by JSK
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.
Drunken Tiger International
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.
# 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.
Translated by Sang K.
-Drunken Tiger International
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.
Less than 48 hours to go!
Drunken Tiger International
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.
Translated by JSK
Drunken Tiger International
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.
Drunken Tiger International