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.
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.
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.”
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.
In this interview with YAM, MFBTY had the chance to talk about the family they work closely with, (special focus on Tasha and EE’s friendship) why they created Wondaland, and they give a deeper look into their song, ‘Rebel Music’.
Hello! While many of the YAM writers are familiar with MFBTY and were very excited when Wondaland came out, can you please give our readers an introduction to MFBTY in your own words?
Tiger JK:MFBTY is a pop trio that makes wonderful pop music. Yoonmirae is our leader, Bizzy is the face, and I am the father that fathered all of our styles. MFBTY is an underground pop music group that was made accidentally on a social network. Our fans are better than most because they can abandon us at any given time!
Yoonmirae:My name is Tasha, but I’m better known as Yoonmirae or T. For more information about myself and MFBTY please check out ourwebsite.
Bizzy:MFBTY means My Fans Better Than Yours aka mother#ckin’ Bizzy, Tiger, Yoonmirae aka My Father’s Better Than Yours for Father’s Day.
While talking about his childhood on YooHeeYeol Sketchbook, rapper San E admitted that he wanted to be like Tiger JK growing up.
When San E first explored how to rap, he stated that when he moved to the US, he was told by his parents to learn to rap fast in English and not use Korean.
Coincidentally around that time, his Korean-American friends gave him Drunken Tiger’s 2nd album. It had been so long since he had listened to Korean music and he found himself enjoying the album a lot. Because of this, he got into Korean music again.
Host Yoo Hee Yeol asked if San E ever met Tiger JK. San-E replied, “I did, and I said to him, ‘Hyung, I was a kid who grew up listening to you, and look at me now.’ He then gave me the coolest hug.”
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.”