Black Nut disses everybody in Korean hip-hop in “100”


Rapper Black Nut has decided to call out 100% of Korean rappers on a diss track, hence “100” … well, sort of. I can’t tell if the ending made it better or worse. Better from an immediate entertainment perspective, worse from a #TeamSchadenfreude perspective. Likely he did this so people like me would do exactly what I’m doing now, which ... Read More »

Indie Focus: Beenzino effectively delivers a concept rap album with “Up All Night”


Beenzino has been blowing up big time. Ever since debuting with ‘24:26‘, the third leg of 1llionaire Records has worked with so many people, from Hi Lite Records’ Okasian and Sean2slow to big names like Verbal Jint, Dynamic Duo, and Hyori. Seriously, the kid’s on fire, and he hasn’t even released a second LP yet. Fucking bonkers. While working on ... Read More »

[Review] SECRET’s “I’m In Love” a great example of basic K-pop executed flawlessly


SECRET may not be doing anything new with “I’m In Love”, but when everything is working in sync like it is here, that ends up not mattering much at all. SECRET has made a career out of repurposing retro 50s and 60s tunes and putting a modern K-pop twist on them, and “I’m In Love” wisely continues that tradition. The ... Read More »

WINNER makes a safe but solid debut with music videos for “Empty” & “Color Ring”


After many delays and much hang-wringing, YG Entertainment‘s new boyband, WINNER, has finally made their debut. The release is called “Empty” and it’s sort of a ballad/hip-hop mix. A solid effort and I can definitely see the potential, but I thought it was an odd choice for a debut. It actually threw me off that it wasn’t a more aggressive ... Read More »