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.
When people think of Bizzy, they think of him standing on stage with Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae, as part of the group MFBTY.
But now, Bizzy has released a single, “All I Need,” as a solo artist. The track has a fresh, soft feel to it, and you don’t hear the raw powerful rapping that you often see when Bizzy performs on stage. The lyrics are meant to document a real relationship’s development (“Let’s get fat together, let’s sleep together forever, grow old together and everywhere we go, we go together”).
Bizzy’s motto is simple: sing about life, not utilizing hiphop to brag about himself. He acknowledges that early in his career, he rapped with those powerful raw tones that we know. However, he now wants to do hiphop that his future wife and kids can enjoy. Bizzy met up with Daily Sports recently to discuss himself as a solo artist, as well as speaking about him fellow group members – Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae.
Q: You named your song, “Black Hair, Spring Onion Roots” (This is a correct translation of Bizzy’s song, which is a common saying in Korea at weddings stating that the wedded couple with love each other until their black hair looks like white onion roots). Please tell us more about it.
Bizzy: I attended a lot of my friends’ weddings and they asked me to sing nuptial songs. When I thought about it, all the songs I released were about breakups and sad moments. This track was created so that I have something to gift them with when I get asked to sing at weddings, but I decided to release it publicly. Honestly, I wanted to release a whole album, but due to recording “We Kid,” it got released as a single.
Q: In “We Kid,” you interacted with kids of all ages. How was that experience?
Bizzy: I learned a lot. When I was younger, I babysat kids. I love kids. I am not sure whether this is due to my mental age (haha), but I adore their innocence. It rubs off on me too. Even after the program ended, the kids texted me saying that they love the track.
Q: You are now performing as a solo artist. How do you feel standing on stage alone?
Bizzy: When I am on stage with Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae, I thought about standing on stage as a solo artist. Now that I am actually doing it, it’s a lot of pressure. It’s not an easy job to say the least. I am very thankful. I am feeling a lot of responsibility now that I am working on my solo career.
Q: Your label, Feel Ghood Music, vibe seems very family-like…
Bizzy: It’s not ‘like’ a family, we are a family. I’ve been working with them for over 4 years now and they take care of me so well. When my single got released, Yoon Mi Rae congratulated me with a cake and threw a surprise party just for me. I felt loved and at the same time, I thought to myself that I continuously need to work harder.
Q: Did Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae provide support for your solo track?
Bizzy: Yes, and it meant a lot to me. They provide everlasting support and you can see them in my music video. They advised that this solo career is like a extended MFBTY music career (to take some weight/burden off my shoulders). They are both incredibly busy, but they took a lot of time helping me out with my single. When I was emotionally stressed, they were always there for me.
Q: This is a great opportunity to raise awareness to the general public about yourself.
Bizzy: That’s what I am concentrating on. I want that to occur so that I am more an asset to the team. I want to sing my track at my friends’ weddings. Everywhere around me, I got family and friends helping me out so I want to do really well.
Q: What do you want the general public to think about you?
Bizzy: I think there are already some biased opinion about me. Everyone knows Tiger JK and Yoon MiRae. I’ve seen a lot of comments suggesting that I am riding on their backs. These kind of things motivate me rather than hurt me. I am focusing on growing musically by collaborating with artists that I am close with, such as Dok2 or YDG.
Q: What’s Bizzy’s definition of hiphop?
Bizzy: It’s “Black Hair, Spring Onion Roots.” If it wasn’t for music, I would not have had the opportunity to meet my fam and the team that I work with. Through music I loved, and for the love of music, I live.
Sidenote: Bizzy’s single hit #1 on Melon charts within 24 hours of release. It is available for download on Itunes.
The producers of “We Kid (We Sing Like A Kid)” have announced that Tiger JK will make a guest appearance.
“We Kid” invites famous personalities to write and sing songs with children. After speaking with JK, the producers were in awe how JK’s fierce on stage persona reverts to a loving father when it comes to his son.
“It’s very clear that JK’s decision to appear on the show was influenced by his son,” one staff member commented.
Staff and fans alike are hoping Jordan and mom, YoonMirae, will join JK on the show.
Korean Basketball fans have something to be excited about. Tiger JK will be releasing “Dunk Funk,” a track with a basketball theme that will get the hearts of fans racing.
MBC Sports Plus has linked up with Tiger JK to provide a special end-of-year present to the 2015-2016 Pro-Basketball fans – a unique collaboration between Hip Hop and Basketball.
The MV shooting scene featured Tiger JK and MBC Sports Announcers Jung Young Gum, Son Woo Joo and Park Shin Young.
Tiger JK was infatuated with the announcer badge worn on the announcer’s uniforms and took no time to put it on himself during the MV shoot. It was reported that his funny and often quirky acts made the environment very relaxed and humorous.
“Dunk Funk,” which will be released via MBC Sports Plus, will portray the sport’s unique competitiveness and sportsmanship over hip-hop beats. It is anticipated that with this track playing on the fields, the fans will enjoy basketball even more on a new level.
Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae, Bizzy–otherwise known as MFBTY–held their first solo Concert at Seoul Hyundai Card Understage on November 20th, 2015.
This concert was especially meaningful to them as this was their very first solo concert after forming the project group MFBTY. The fans responded accordingly, with the tickets selling out within hours. The fans ranged from the teens, to the 20’s + as well as lots of international fans confirming MFBTY’s status as a true global group.
MFBTY, which stands for My Fans is Better Than Yours rocked the stage harder than ever before with their signature energetic stage presence and this was felt all throughout the crowd.
MFBTY started the concert with “Welcome to Wondaland” and Drunken Tiger’s classic, “Do you Know Hip Hop,” creating a huge sing-along.
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“Do You Know HipHop” with acoustic arrangement
MFBTY continued with Drunken Tiger’s classics such as “Good Life,” “I Want You” and “Monster” before heading off to YoonMiRae’s world with “Angel,” “Black Happiness,” “Soul Flower” and “Pay Day.” Finally, they came together in Wondaland’s space by performing “Sweet Dream,”“Get It In” and “Bang Diggy Bang Bang,” hyping the crowd even more.
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YoonMiRae “Get It In”
Tiger Jk explained to the crowd the meaning behind the MFBTY name, “MFBTY is not just our group name. It’s love, philosophy and the way of life.” He continued, “We all have our solo works lined up for release. Yoon Mi Rae is releasing her long awaited single in December and Bizzy’s solo album is waiting to be released in 2016.”
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The idea of MFBTY came about when the three decided to create music they weren’t able to try out as individual musicians. “Sweet Dream” was their first single which was released in January 2013. Since then they worked together in tracks such as Drunken Tiger’s “The Cure,” and Yoon Mi Rae’s “Angel.”
In March this year, MFBTY’s first full album, Wondaland, was released. To much surprise to the fans, the genres included in the album varied from Hip hop to rock as well as electronic, garnering extremely positive reviews from fans all over the world.
The MFBTY members are planning to concentrate on their individual works going forward.
Top-rated rappers Tiger JK and his wife Yoon Mi-rae donated 50 million won ($42,000) for the earthquake-stricken victims in Nepal, Oxfam Korea said on Tuesday.
On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, causing 8,500 civilian casualties. Relief agencies such as Oxfam have been working to reconstruct buildings and send out aid to those in need. As the relief aid is not enough and victims face dire difficulties, the couple decided to help the people of Nepal.
“When I heard about the earthquake in Nepal, my dad came to my mind as he truly wanted to visit the Himalayas when he was alive. Then I thought, maybe I could help those people in Nepal,” Tiger JK said.
“We know that there are still people out there who suffer from the lack of clean water, food and shelter. We would like to give them both practical and sustainable help so that they can continue on with their lives,” the couple noted.
The CEO of Oxfam Korea said that the help from Tiger JK and Yoon would help those victims in need of relief supplies and reconstruction.
The donation will be used for providing clean water, supplying hygiene kits, and building temporary bathrooms and shelters to further prevent any infectious diseases or starvation, Oxfam Korea said.
The Hanhwa Eagles’ new cheer song, “Eagling/Fly Like An Eagle,” by MFBTY was exciting news for most, but questions arose when The HanHwa company brainstormed the new anthem.
Hip Hop? In a cheering song? Is that possible? After MFBTY released their track, no questions remained. “Eagling,” proved MFBTY’s musical abilities once again and reaffirmed them as some of Korea’s top musicians. Most importantly, it helped reaffirm The Hanhwa Eagles’ position within the National Baseball League.
With new recruit, Esmil Rogers’ spectacular defense, and now “Eagling” blaring on the speakers, the dedicated Hanhwa Eagles fans are flocking to the stadium and their TV screens.
“Eagling” was inspired by the comments left on the fan pages and then embedded into MFBTY’s lyrics. With The Eagles recent brilliant performance and “Eagling” cheer song, it certainly looks positive for the team.
Ever since its release, the fans had one request: make the song purchasable. The track, “Eagling” was such high quality that many requested it to be released as a single. However, due to the digital music market technicalities, the HanWha company were not able to release the track for purchase at first.
Due to the ever increasing popular demand, Hanhwa Eagles and MFBTY mutually agreed to release the song, with all proceeds going to charitable organizations or other donations.
“Eagling” full version was released on August 13, 2015. It can be downloaded via Itunes & Melon.