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Yoonmirae to finally release hip-hop album: “Gemini 2”

The first Yoonmirae hip-hop album was so precious to me, that I remember being heartbroken when someone stole it from me (yes, that album was that hot). It has remained a favorite hip-hop album 16 years later, and fans have waited ever so patiently for a part 2.

And on July 5th, 2018, we will finally have it.

Yoonmirae’s “Gemini 2” track list was released on July 3rd by Feel Ghood Music, and it was announced the title song, “YOU & ME,” will feature fellow FGM artist, Junoflo.

While the feature with Tiger JK and song, “Cookie (assumingely about Jordan)” are of interest, the first song on the album is definitely eye-catching.

The album is scheduled to drop July 5th, 6PM KST.

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Drunken Tiger “Yet” Lyrics Reflect Years of Triumphing Over Hardships

After a (thankful) year long delay, the final release of Drunken Tiger’s album has dawned upon us. The April 13th release of the single, “Yet,” took Drunken Tiger fans through memory lane, and both long time and recent fans were posed the question of, “Are you still Drunken?”

LYRICAL STORY

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“Yet”  is a visual and lyrical journey through Tiger JK’s career obstacles. While JK reminisces in a room filled with MFBTY memorabilia, his first verse takes us back to his early artist days. Long time fans can remember that although Korean hip-hop was gaining popularity during the 90s, it was still considered unprofitable and genre most mainstream labels were afraid to touch. Tiger JK was considered an outcast, for his Korean-American heritage and for the music he represented even through DT’s most successful days.

However, the “Yet” hook is an homage to the millions of fans that Drunken Tiger have gained through the era despite those obstacles. As we’re simultaneously taken through Tiger JK’s transformation and legendary performances visually, we’re reminded lyrically of “fans wearing Drunken hats (2004-2012),” and the “one shot” call is a nostalgic phrase that has prevailed through Drunken Tiger songs since the beginning.

It’s the second verse where we’re taken into JK’s deepest struggle.  We’re told a story of JK discovering trusted individuals (inferred in his lyrics as Jungle Entertainment), stealing from and betraying him. The lyrics describe these individuals misusing his, Yoonmirae’s, and his son, ‘Jordan’s “dojang” (a Korean stamp used to officiate documents) to forge documents and misuse funds for personal gain. To add insult to injury, JK’s father’s cancer diagnosis is also mentioned having happened at the same time. We’re taken through JK’s dark frustration, as he alludes to trying to raise his son, take care of his father, and dealing with a massive financial and emotional betrayal. However, we’re given a sense of promise and sense of invigoration towards the end, and he calls to fans who have stayed with him once again.

Though only a bit over 3-minutes long, the song leaves numerous contextual questions: What did JK particularly endure?

BEHIND THE SCENES

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In a recent podcast episode with Jung YoungJin and Choi Wook, JK answered numerous questions related to his career, many relating to the “Yet” single.

The first verse: When he first debuted with his solo album, Tiger JK was met with much backlash by the industry for bringing in hip-hop culture in a time where its rebellious elements were still considered taboo. JK revealed that though his solo sold 150,000 copies, a feat that defied the numerous bans on its songs, it was considered unsuccessful in comparison to other artists of the time. Censorship carried over into when Drunken Tiger the group debuted in 1998, and while they started to receive recognition in the underground scene, the label still saw Drunken Tiger as an unprofitable liability. Much of Drunken Tiger’s earlier work relied on themselves to book shows, set up studio time, and direct their own music videos. Long time fans can remember the MVs being low budget, being primarily filmed on streets, subways, and in their own clothing. However, Drunken Tiger soon proved to be an anomaly success, having prevailed locally and also within the international community.

The second verse: “Yet’s” second verse is given context midway through the interview, where JK discusses having had suspicions of his former management hiding money, despite him and Yoonmirae being at peak points of their career. While initially overlooking this as much of his management were familiar with JK for nearly a decade, the amount of work put in did not add up to what was being earned. After doing numerous advertisements with big name artists, how or why Jungle could be in deficit did not add up. During a late night where JK returned to the office, files were discovered revealing how the management were forging documents and embezzling nearly 5 million USD in album sales and appearance fees. Plans were in place to secretly sell off the company while simultaneously dumping JK and Yoonmirae. The couple have alluded to Jungle’s mishandlings for years, but to fully disclose in this matter has not been easy.

JK, Yoonmirae, and Bizzy left the label to establish Feel Ghood Music. However, the legal ordeal between Jungle lasted for years. To add insult to injury, JK’s father received cancer treatment that was initially misdiagnosed, and later inadequately treated, contributing to his death in 2014.

When asked if JK is able to legally fight for the funds, he replied, “By the time I was able to start litigations, the label was sold off to a larger more powerful corporation,” implying it would a feat to fight legally.

Although the years have been tumultuous, JK found solace that his music wasn’t a failure. He made million dollar music, but just millions that he never saw.

The podcast covers an extensive amount more that this blog space can cover (i.e. JK’s TaeKwonDo instructor days, and why he donated thousands of savings to Sewol Ferry tragedy). Set aside an hour for an interesting listen.

What are your thoughts on “Yet” and the final Drunken Tiger album?


Drunken Tiger “YET” (Eng. Translation)

[Verse 1]

If you say I’ve aged, I’ve aged.
If I’m done, above the period I’ll draw a line, an exclamation point
My ‘right to remain silent’
I breathed the Boom Bap, I danced the Boom Bap.
Even then fingers pointed at me saying my soul is black
Light turns to dark and shines only on the flashy
Exploding happiness or tears, we’d pour the shot
The Medallion that hangs now of lost values
Fills the chain around your neck taming you
Guilty principles are dirty, guilt conscience
Having nothing can become a sin, you see I jumped higher
The law is a high stonewall for the well off
We without money, get locked in
You still don’t get it
Scarier than a bullet was my MC philosophy
Now it doesn’t scare me
Those that clearly just follow
Rebellion without reason
Without souls, their bodies follow
In any case, even then it wasn’t easy
Choking with my own two fists
It’s my life
The red tattoo dripping from my body ya mean
Drunken Tiger – Feel Ghood Music

[Hook]

‘Drunken’ we’d say and sing
Saying One shot we’d raise our glass
Where are all my friends (come on!)
Yet yet…a recent once upon a time…
‘Drunken’ we’d say and sing
Saying One shot we’d raise out glass
Where are all my friends (come on!)
Yet yet…a recent once upon a time…

[Verse 2]

If you say I’m crazy, I’m crazy
If I’m done, above the period I’ll draw a line, an exclamation point
My ‘Right to remain silent’
Honest ‘Jeong’ and hero ‘Geol’, (the Chinese characters for “Jungle”)
My father gave me – Name, Trust, my everything
Those I trusted, stole from me
They took my youth, songs from my soul, Me
Night or day playing golf, playing – never satiated
My son’s seal (dojang) became the golf club,
My wife’s seal became two houses
My seal they forged then gambled, I don’t know, don’t know, intercepted
Enemies repaid their favors with a stab in the back
With nowhere to go, my family, my son’s crying steps drove me mad
I wanted to kill them, really wanted to kill them,
I could’ve killed them, really could’ve killed them
Right then the heartless heavens, father fell to cancer
Given 6 month to live, and so exact
While the scum that receives lives well
Why is it my father that has to go
Don’t go father, don’t die
What is mom supposed to do
Finally then, let’s live, I set my mind to sarang (love), the only two syllables left
The father who passed, now with grandmother, 845 to
This is not a game, was the promise made before his death
It’s the king and I – my soul dripping the red tattoo

[Hook]

‘Drunken’ we’d say and sing
Saying One shot we’d raise our glass
Where are all my friends (come on!)
Yet yet…a recent once upon a time…
‘Drunken’ we’d say and sing
Saying One shot we’d raise out glass
Where are all my friends (come on!)
Yet yet…a recent once upon a time…

[Translated by JSK & J. Libert]

-Drunken Tiger International

Drunken Tiger’s Last Album Teaser Reminds Us Why Tiger JK Is King

It’s no secret Drunken Tiger JK has been planning to retire the Drunken Tiger name for awhile, but fans were fortunate that the retirement date was delayed due to other factors. However, our relaxation period is coming to a close.

On April 4th, 2018, Tiger JK alongside MFBTY announced he was releasing “the last Drunken Tiger album” most definitely this year, with a single now scheduled for this Friday, April 13th, 6PM KST.

According to JK, the single titled “Yet,” is representative of the classic Drunken Tiger feel, but adds a modern spin for new generation fans.

The full album still has an unofficial release date, but fans have “Yet” and also a Yoonmirae (hip-hop!) single coming out next week to hold them over.

Peep the preview below and let us know what you think.

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CLAP FOR MFBTY + FEEL GHOOD EP RELEASING TOMORROW (6/27)

Leave it to the “Wondaland” artists to drop news of a new mini album unconventionally!

MFBTY members, Tiger JK and Bizzy, have become addicted to their Instagram lives as of late, dropping snippets of a Feel Ghood Music EP that’s coming out TOMORROW 6/27.

The mini album will include all Feel Ghood Music artists, including Drunken Tiger JK, Yoonmirae, Bizzy, Junoflo, and Ann One. 

The album will also feature actress/singer, Arden Cho, of Teen Wolf fame. Arden became friends with MFBTY in 2013. 

The supposed song title is “Clap Clap Clap,” with a catchy hook graced by FGM’s leading lady, Yoonmirae.

We’ve asked JK to repost his IG live previews, but he’s keeping the snippets ever elusive for those not watching his lives already! 

We recommend fans hit the follow button on IG and put boss on alert if they want to hear the album before anyone else!

Image CR: Michael Loccisano

-Elsa R, Drunken Tiger INTL 

6:06AM KST UPDATE: After TigerJK went live, more details have been released. The album will drop at 6PM KST. FGM has NOT finished recording it (LOL). Another song title, 토끼 (“MADHATTER),” was revealed. It is a collab between Arden Cho and MFBTY (Drunken Tiger JK, Yoonmirae, and Bizzy). Another song features MRSHLL (Marshall Bang), an artist that Feel Ghood Music was seen hanging out with at SXSW. 

The New Triple Threat Known as Yoonmirae, AnnOne, & Rocky Rivera

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.

A bigger bonus? The track can be DOWNLOADED for FREE.

Free dope music from 3 power artists? We’ll take it.

 

MFBTY’s Bizzy: “I Know What The Haters Say. They Only Motivate Me.”

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.

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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.

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Bumzu, Yoon MiRae, Tiger JK on set for Bizzy’s “All I Need” MV

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.

Translated by JSK
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Tiger JK Will Go Dad Mode on show “We Kid”

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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.

Air dates to be announced.

Source: Sports Chosun

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