Tiger JK will start 2014 on the cover of magazines. Longstanding award winning magazine, KoreAm Journal, will feature an exclusive interview with him. KoreAm covers stories about the Korean American experience and KoreAms who have made pivotal moves in the world. As an LA native and hip-hop legend, whether JK fits the profile is self-evident.
The hard copy issue will be released this weekend and can be purchased online at KoreAm’s site. However, eager fans can pre-order a copy right now. The cost is $6.95 for domestic US orders, and $20 for international (quite the bargain!).
For those who prefer to go paperless, a $2.99 digital copy will be available for IPad end of this month.
In September 2013, artist, Chops (Mountain Brothers), announced he will be releasing a massive collaboration project titled, “Strength in Numbers.” The album will feature many Asian American hip-hop and R&B artists, including Ann, M-FLO, and Decipher. Most recently, Chops leaked the trailer video for his collaboration with Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae called, “Turn It Up.”
Release date for the project is expected early this year.
November 16th, 2013 – Approximately 2 years since MFBTY crew has rocked a US show. Given the rarity the crew do shows in the US, there’s always some nervousness about how the show will go, the turn out, how fans will react. The legacy of Tiger JK is 20 years old, Drunken Tiger 14 years, Tasha 16 years, and Bizzy, the youngest… at 9 years. Most artists are lucky to stay relevant more than 2 years in the industry, but even over such a long period of time, the 3 are able to bring over 2500people together for a show.
Kollaboration traditionally is a celebration of Asian-Americans in entertainment. Kollaboration Star focused on bringing together the show’s best performers from across the country. While the finalists brought a number of their own following, there was no doubt an overwhelming Drunken fan presence in the audience. Given Tiger’s long musical history, the age group spanned from fans in their teens and into their 30s. Both were equally filled with excitement, some waiting nearly 14 years to see Tiger perform live.
A week before the show, the crew hinted in on Twitter of a set consisting of old school classics and new songs. However, no one could have expected a DT2 classic, “Drunken Symphony,” to be the intro to the set. Bizzy and Tiger then took us 8 years forward, doing a small rendition of “내눈을 쳐다봐,” from the album.
The crew admitted that they rehearsed religiously for a month straight. Although they had 3 full rehearsals at the venue as well, they were filled with nerves. A personal twist was them doing almost the entire audience interaction in English, a treat for the most multiracial audience they have had Stateside. There is so much to rave about this whopping 2 hour and 20 minute set, including a surprise guest performance by Styliztik Jones on “Jet Pack,” an attempted new song over a Snoop Dogg instrumental, a guest collaboration with David Choi for the reggae version of “The Cure,” and the first time the crew did “첫눈이 오면 설레었던 꼬마아이 (Time Travel)” live. However, only the photos and the videos can speak to that.
P.S. The show was followed by a private meet and greet for fans who paid for the limited $200 Ultimate Fan package.
There was an era where I jumped on a plane once or twice a year to make it to a Drunken Tiger concert. Face it, international gigs are a rarity for Korean artists, so diehards come far and wide to see their fave artists perform. I can only imagine who and what the November 16th show of Kollaboration star will bring. With a full one hour set, this is a show that no DT fan should miss.
“Kollaboration Star”, an annual talent competition bringing in Asian talents from all over North America, is back for a second year this year. Six finalists, five of them selected based on an online vote out of thirteen city representatives of local Kollaboration talent contests, will be competing for the national title of Kollaboration Star 2013 and a $20,000 Grand Prize. This year’s competition will also be hosted by YouTube comedian David So, with guest appearances from Paul “PK” Kim and Kollaboration alumni Mike Song and KRNFX.
“Kollaboration Star 2013″ will be held on Saturday, November 16th at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Presage packages are currently on sale, with official sales starting October 10th.
Presley packages can be accessed at http://www.kollaboration.org/presale. The ultimate fan package offers the best opportunity to spend quality time with the three artists. As it includes priority seating,rehearsal viewing, and a private meet and greet ($200). Toaccess the package, type in SOOMPISTAR. These packages will only be available until October 8th.
On October 3rd, Tiger JK, Yoon MiRae, and Bizzy had their TV debut of “The Cure,” courtesy of MBC. Contrary to their usual highly energetic set, “The Cure” live set comprises of the 3 performing behind standing mics, a first in DT history. Of course, the crowd was treated to older high energy classics, such as “Get It In,” “Good Life,” and “I Want You.” However, as always with any DT performance, expect the unexpected. JK breaks through the audience barrier and performs the song while walking through the crowd and then ending “Get It In” with him relaxing on the moving camera wheelie. See photos/video below.
P.S. My camera went out during “The Cure,” so unfortunately I don’t have the full footage! Fans will have to wait until the broadcast is released.
Tiger spontaneously autographs the speaker with his microphone
In their native town of Uijeongbu, a small city an hour out of central Seoul, Tiger JK and Yoon MiRae closed their city’s 20th International Music Festival with a special concert. While they were the main names on the bill, the two surprised the 1000+ fans by bringing fellow label mates, JoMoonGun, and new hip-hop group, MIB, to perform an extended Jungle Entertainment-only concert. As a result, their performance differed from their normal set, with even MIB members rapping the first verse of “I Want You/난 널 원해” with Tiger. Below are exclusive front row HD shots/video from the performance.
“Get It In” with Bizzy, Jo Moon Gun, MIB
“I Want You/난 널 원해” with Bizzy, Jo Moon Gun, MIB
In other news, Tiger JK, Yoon MiRae, Bizzy, and MIB are to perform at Music Matters Live 2012, an annual music industry conference. This year’s conference is being held in Singapore, and will broadcast live at 9PM Korea time (8AM EST, 5AM PST).
April 28th, Hongdae Subway Station— With the fastest Internet in the world and a population open to new cellphone technology, many of the world’s wired mobile advancements are first launched in South Korea. The country’s largest cellphone carrier, SK Telecom, recently announced its phones will now offer the largest LTE (4G) data service in the country. SK’s LTE service also allows its members to stream free music from Korea’s largest online streamer, Melon, directly into their phones without using up data. SK teamed with Tiger JK to garner fans to their website, offering free concert tickets to select fans who partake in one of their online promotions.
In an effort to continuously stand out above its competitors, SK held its promotional concert in no ordinary venue. Korea is well known for its timely and convenient subway, but commuters often complain its service is not 24 hours. SK used this to their advantage, holding JK’s show at Hongdae subway station after hours. Of course, fans invited were oblivious as to how the company would pull this off. How and where would you pull off a concert in an ordinary subway station?
Outside the turnstile exits of Hongdae’s airport subway line stood a group of fans and random signage with JK’s face. The exits are wide, but still fans were left in the dark where the actual show would be. Around the ticket tables are pseudo red carpets where concert goers could take pictures with a life size JK cut out.
Fans are distracted by the cutout until 12:00pm, when the subway shuts down for the public. They are then instructed to line up near the East bound train turnstiles. At 12:30pm, the crowd is directed downstairs into an empty train, which a few minutes later suddenly closes its doors and takes surprised passengers to the next station (Digital Media City).
As the train pulls into Digital Media City, fans anticipate getting off and going to a secret location for the concert. However, the doors remain close and the lights suddenly shut off, throwing some into a panic. Dance music starts to play and SK staff walks through the train cars announcing everyone is going to a concert/party soon. Still, fans are left questioning if the concert where the venue actually is.
The train suddenly moves back west to Hongdae station, this time arriving on the West bound side of the train tracks. The doors open and a shrill of screams lets out as concert goers realize the show is on the actual platform. A mad dash to the stage occurs, passing through a now JK branded subway platform.
Fans are treated to promos featuring JK and a DJ building anticipation with recent dance hits. Around 1:30pm, JK’s DJ, DJ Juice, appears on stage and hardcore fans scream knowing the show is starting.
As usual, Bizzy starts the set and builds the energy. Bizzy’s set usually starts with “Run,” a track from Yang Dong Geun’s 4th album which him, JK, and Tasha featured. Veteran fans know the sight of Bizzy at a show surely means JK will follow, and then after wife, Tasha/Yoon MiRae.
JK doesn’t disappoint as his joins Bizzy to perform a DT’s classic, “Do You Know Hip Hop?” As JK comes out, the barrier holding the fans back shakes. JK is the first to fully step out to the crowd, causing a panic for his bodyguards. After performing “Monster,” and entertaining the crowd with jokes, Tasha joins the crew for True Romance.
The husband/wife duo always treat the crowd to a small dance in the middle of the set.
With its peaceful melody, True Romance calms the nerves of the crowd, but gets them ready to start jumping as the trio starts the hyped “Pay Day.”
However, the highlight of Tasha’s set is her online single, “Get it In.” Regardless of the crowd, “Get It In” guarantees the crowd will be jumping along with the crew mid song. (Warning: I was close to the stage, almost too close. As a result, the lights affected my camera’s focus and there are parts where it’s hard to see. I apologize!)
“Get It In,” is the apparent show closer, but fans demand the crew come back to the stage for an encore.
Soon after, the crew comes back to close with another Drunken Tiger classic, “I Want You.” Seeing the crowd enamored in the performance, JK takes the opportunity to step off stage and embed himself into the crowd. Midway through, his adrenaline tells him to take a fan’s cellphone with him, leaving her in uneasy excitement. (Again, light warning.)
Fans are always happy that JK is willing to mingle.
The crew leaves the crowd in high spirits. One fan’s love for JK is reignited to the point she wants to kiss his lifesize cut out.
And as the show ends, the subway station empties, but remnants of JK’s presence and a unique concert remain. Kudos, SK Telecom, I definitely will remain a loyal customer after this show.
Three years ago, I met with JK in a VIP balcony of the Wiltern. Dressed in a casual black jacket and jeans, most would’ve never guessed he was an honorary special guest that night, and other than a brief appearance on the red carpet, he was escorted in and out just like any other guest. The Wiltern has such historical meaning for the city of Los Angeles, with its classic Victorian structure and an array of all-star artists that have sold out its 2,300 seats. Though JK never said it, I knew his LA roots fueled his desire to be on stage that night, and it was relieving to see him fill the theater the way he did last week.
Thanks to Drunken Tiger veteran music video director, Dave Kebo, and numerous other attendees, we got some great shots. From guest appearances from JK’s musical entourage (Ann, Styliztik Jones, Dumbfoundead, Jay Park) to Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn tweeting pictures of JK himself, it was truly an unforgettable night.
On September 23rd, MTV’s international spotlight blog, MTVIggy, released their list of international female rappers dominating the world. Tasha took the #12 spot, with the title of “The Queen of South Korean hip-hop.” Alongside her on the list are UK’s Lioness and New York’s underground princess of hip-hop, Jean Grae.
Just 3 weeks later on October 14th, RollingOut.com, a digital magazine, released their own list of international hip-hop artists to know, with JK named in an unranked position.
It’s evident Korea’s hip-hop power couple is reaching beyond borders previously untouched by the Korean industry.
Times Square Mall will hold a 4-day celebration as part of Korea’s biggest mall’s 2nd year anniversary. For it’s Friday celebration, 1000 selected participants will be treated to an exclusive concert.
Who Will Perform: Drunken Tiger JK, Yoon MiRae,360 Sounds, RRM, Conan & Goldtea
Where: Times Square Mall, via train Line 1, YeongDuengPo stop. Underground exit and follow signs for Times Square Mall. If in doubt, exit towards the front of mall and enter to basement floor (LL2).
When: Friday, September 16th starting at 9pm.
How To Get a Ticket: Here’s the tricky part. Tickets will be randomly given to those signed up on the Times Square website, which is a challenge for non-Korean readers. [Note: You will need a Korean national # for this.]
On the bottom middle part, click off any of the circles. This is just asking how you heard about the party.
Click the picture link below [벙커파티 싵청하기]
You will be sent to a new screen asking to sign in. Click the blue button [회원가입]. This will allow you to create a username/password.
The next screen will have two buttons in the middle. The left button will be for 14+ nationals. The right button is for foreigners [외국인회원]. Click the right button if you hold a foreign visa of any type.
Next screen are just member agreements. Click all boxes. Don’t worry, you’re not selling your soul. Click blue button on the bottom.
On the next screen, type your name exactly as is on your ID card (WITHOUT SPACES). Type in your ID # in box 2 (part 1) and box 3.
Now at this point, you’ll need a friend to help you if you don’t speak Korean because I cannot go back to this screen since I had membership. However, from memory, I believe it will first ask you to type a username, a 6 unit password (letters and numbers included), email, your Korean address, your house # (type in 02-random 8 numbers if you don’t have one), and then cellphone #. The last line will ask if you would like to receive emails and texts. Click the right buttons if you would like to opt out of this option. Click blue button on bottom to complete sign up.
Sign in. Repeat steps 1-3.
Repeat step 1 on September 14th to see if you won tickets. Each person gets 2.
Note that this sign up process is pretty standard for most Korean sites, so definitely take a lesson from this and apply it to any Korean site where you need to sign up!
Good luck and hope to see everyone there!
The official English source for MFBTY & Drunken Tiger