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[news] MFBTY Sell Out First Concert; New Single Next Month and Solos 2016

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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.

“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.

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.”

Combined with a talented acoustic instrument team, MFBTY delivered a memorable show for fans.

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“Monster” acoustic

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.

Translated by JSK
Source: AsiaToday

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[news] Tiger JK & YoonMiRae Donate $42,000 to Nepal Earthquake Victims

[via KpopHerald]

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.

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[News] Some of MFBTY’s “Eagling” Lyrics Came From Eagles Fans

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.

Original article here: Ilgan Sports

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[interview] YAM Magazine Talk Long Time Friendships w/ MFBTY

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 our website.

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.

Read more here: Ghood Vibes: Interview with MFBTY

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[news] Rapper San E: “When I Was Younger, I Dreamed of Being Tiger JK”

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.”

Source: TVReport
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[interview] Tiger JK: “Hip-Hop Comes First Before Business”

[interview by Ten24] 

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.

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There is no other person fitting for the title of Korean hip-hop’s Godfather.

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 Special where 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…”

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JK fails to make Tasha say, “I miss you” during the Happy Together code word challenge

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.”

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“Without MiRae, we’d have no future. If Jordan wants to do music, I will not be biased in my criticisms.”

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.”

Source: News24

Translated by JSK

[news] Tiger JK and His Movie Debut: “If ‘Around The World’ Is A Hit, I’ll Retire From Music”

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Tiger JK, who just debuted on the big screen for the first time, has put out a dangerous statement: “If the movie does better than average, I will retire from the music industry.”

Tiger JK, aka godfather of Korean Hiphop, has immense passion for his role in the movie, “Around The World.” He made the above statement when he appeared in a TV program where he stated that if the movie does better than average, he will retire from the music industry. In saying that, Tiger JK stated that when he saw his name on the movie poster, it scared him.

“When I first learned how to play piano, I thought I was really good at it so I inserted a lot of piano instrumentals in my music. Now that I look back, I was just overreacting. I received lessons on professional acting and put my heart and soul into my character. It will be disappointing to see myself being not as good as I could be.”

Tiger JK And His Role

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Tiger JK took on the character of Phil Hong in the movie Around The World, a film about two kids undertaking an abundance of adventures while looking for their father. Phil is a busker on the streets who believes that he is a true rock star. Phil may look like someone living on the streets, but his heart is warm and friendly.

The writer of this article was curious as to why Tiger JK decided to come on the big screen.

“It’s been a while since we shot that movie. I had casting calls from others who wanted me to play all these cool characters, to which I declined all. This movie gave me a character that I never even thought of, so I accepted it. I didn’t even tell the producers, but when we were shooting the film, I took on acting classes so as not to let them down.” His efforts did pay off. On the big screen, he performed above expectations.

Tiger JK highly praised the fellow cast members, especially the child actors. “I was amazed when I watched the kids memorize their lines. It was lovely to spend time with them, not to mention their excellent acting. If I am given another opportunity, I would love to act again.”

Throughout this interview, Tiger JK seemed to be shy most of the time. It was a very contrasting image where we, the general public, associate Tiger JK as the fearless rapper with his burst of energy whenever he is rocking the mic on stage.
When we asked him for a comment on this he said, “I think as actors and musicians, it is a similar experience when going on stage. When we (Yoon Mi Rae, Tiger JK, Bizzy aka MFBTY), are about to go on stage, we always worry about if we make a mistake. However, once we go out, we become different people. The same thing happened when I was acting. Before the camera rolled, I was really shy, but once that red light came on, it felt awesome!”

Tiger JK’s Father and After He Left…

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Tiger JK had an incredibly tough time before his project group MFBTY released their first full album, Wondaland. When his father passed away last year, he felt like he lost control of everything.

“No one can evade death, but my father was my mentor as well as my best friend. After he left, I was not able to do anything. I even seriously considered just retiring altogether. Just when I got my mind set straight, I heard the movie was going to be released soon. I couldn’t believe my ears.”

His son, Jordan, is all that is on Tiger JK and his beautiful wife, Yoon Mi Rae’s, mind. It was because of them Tiger JK was able to refocus and stand on his feet again. Jordan, who is in his first year of elementary school, is a child with amazing creative thoughts that continue to dazzle Tiger JK.

“When we were having a party, we told Jordan to cut the cake and he refused. When we asked why, he replied ‘But if I cut the cake, the party will be over. How disappointed would the guests be!’”

When asked about any possibilities on having other kids, Tiger JK responded “I would love to have a daughter but Mi Rae said no. As long as I am able to, I will try.”

Source: SportsSeoul
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[Interview] YoonMirae Opens Up About Her Background, MFBTY, and the Current Korean Hip-Hop Scene

[From major French publication, Liberation.] 

Yoon Mirae, famous female rapper in South Korea, co-founder of Feel Ghood Music:

We were warned not to take pictures from her manager. She is without make up, wearing just jeans and a hoodie. YoonMiRae meets us at her label’s office north of Seoul. Born from an African-American father and a Korean mother, she’s the country’s most famous female rapper. Also known as Tasha or T, the 34-year old artist is sometimes compared to Lauryn Hill. She is married to Tiger JK, with whom she works regularly. With label mate and rapper Bizzy, they created a group named MFBTY and their own label, Feel Ghood Music.

MFBTY (which stands for “My Fan are Better Than Yours”) have just released their first full length album, Wondaland.


Why did you establish your label in UiJeongBu, far from the media and music industry?

T: My father was an American soldier. He met my mother in Uijeongbu district when he was stationed at the base here, so I lived most of my life here. I like the atmosphere since it’s a mix of city and country.

 How was it when you first debuted in Korea? At the time there was more prejudice towards mixed people.

T: I experienced discrimination from both sides. In the US, I wasn’t Black enough. In Korea, they called me “Yankee.” In primary and middle school, there wasn’t a day when I wasn’t reminded I was only half Korean. People stared at me. It was really hard. My first label asked me to hide my father’s skin color. They told me, “We will say you have far African-Americans origins.” Sometimes stylists tried to make me look “more Korean.” Later, when African-American music was the trend, they accepted my darker skin color. I was angry and lost at the same time. I put this anger into my songs.

 Tell us about Korean hip-hop in the 90’s…

T: When I debuted, hip-hop was like a secret society, a small circle of people where everything was word of mouth. Tiger JK helped me discover underground battles in Hongdae and Sinchon. The rest of society thought rappers were all gangsters. Thankfully, today things have changed.

To the point now every boy band has a rapper!

T: To be honest, this trend irritates me. Some are clearly formatted, but sometimes when I turn on the TV, I see one with good potential. Because hip-hop is now trendy, we need a bigger underground scene to show various types of hip-hop styles. However, finding this type of scene today is more difficult. In the media, there is only one style: pop. If you don’t sign with a big label like YG or SM, your chances of appearing on TV become slim. It’s disappointing, and I don’t think it’s going to change soon.

 What do you thing of shows with rappers, like Unpretty Rapstar?

T: I know this is going to sound shocking, but I don’t really get a chance to watch the show. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t support my fellow femcees. I hear some of the contestants are very talented, and that I was a major influence for some of them. I am thankful for that. Whenever I’m asked about how I feel about being the only femcee, my answer was and always will be, “I’m not the only one.” There’s a lot of talented ones out here. You just don’t get to see them because either they want to stay underground so they don’t “sell out” by signing to a huge label, or they want to blow up, but feel they will have to give up creative control of their music if they sign to those large labels. We don’t see these artists because we’re either not really looking, or because stations won’t play their songs.

 Does Korean rap focus on specific topics?

T: In Korea, like elsewhere, rap discusses many things including politics and society. However, there is censorship here even though we’re a democracy. There are a lot of things rappers can’t say, but the censors are more lenient when a pop star says it.

In 2002, the first track of my “Gemini” hip-hop album was censored by the media because I said “show me your belly button.” However, at the time, there were pop songs on radio with more explicit lyrics. Fortunately, things have been changing for the better as hip-hop has become more recognized.

Interview by E.J. (in Seoul)

Source: Liberation Next
Translated by MFBTY France

*Some parts of the interview were lost in the French translation. DT INTL was able to recover some of the original answers, thus some variations between the French and English version.

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miss A’s Min: “I Want To Collaborate With Tiger JK”

April 7th–On KBS Radio FM “JangDonMin Lady Jane’s 2PM,” miss A’s Min was very honest in her responses with host, Jang DongMin.

Min was asked if she wanted to collaborate with any male idols. She replied, “There isn’t anyone. Although I have a lot of close [male idol] friends, there isn’t anyone I want to collaborate with.”

Jang then asked, “Is there any male artist you would like to collaborate with that is not an idol?” She replied, “I want to do a song with Tiger JK.”

Miss A soared to fame in 2010 with song, “Bad Girl, Good Girl,” and Tiger JK has been open to working with idol artists before. A track between the two would be interesting, and would likely be a song pleasing both pop and hip-hop fans.

Source: StarSeoulTV

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