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While artists like CL and Rap Monster are starting todiscloseinternational audiences to Korea's burgeoning rap scene, you want toneedless to say the impressionis no longer just emerging from the Korean peninsula.
Born in Argentina, based totally in Los Angeles, yet representing Korean culture, rapper Dumbfoundead remains true to his roots. On his recent unmarried "Mijangwon," released on Dec. 10, the up-and-coming MC is able to simultaneously rep Western and Eastern sides of his personality, exhibitinga absolutely uniqueviewpointthe entire while.
He has lend a hand from two guests, Crazy and Nafla, two rappers who are in a an identical way bridging the world scenes around the Pacific Ocean. Loopy represents Seoul, Nafla is from Pasadena, but along Dumbfoundead, the trio make a potent case for a hip-hop culture that reaches across borders.
Known to his folks as Jonathan Park, Dumbfoundead lives in the Koreatown group of Los Angeles, a location that figures prominently in the video for "Mijangwon."
"Mijangwon" manner "beauty salon" in Korean and this is the reason the environment of the Dumbfoundead video. To a undeniable extent, this mirrors the significance of the barbershop for American rappers starting from Murs to Killer Mike.
The comparisons and similarities are piled on all through the song, with Dumbfoundead replacing the necessary "Scarface" reference with a nod to "Oldboy," Korea's maximumwell known contribution to the culture of hyper-violent cinema. However, while "Mijangwon" is supposedto turn Korean/Korean-American rap as being equivalentavid gamers in the global rap scene, it isn't all about locating parallels. For those rapper, it is more or less proving themselves as originals, now not imitators.
With his helium-like voice and wild, triplet-flecked flow, Loopy first of all brings to brain American rapper Danny Brown. But by way of the time his verse is over, the listener realizes he iswere givenanythingauthentic going on as well. For his part, Nafla brings explosive power and aggression that compliments the song's threatening beat.
Dumbfoundead is the central spoke of "Mijanwon," offering a macho attitude, calling himself a "K-town legend."
Throughout the track, all 3 rhyme in either English and Korean. The target audienceis obviously international, but the message is the same; make way for the hot wave of Korean hip-hop.
Watch the music video for Dumbfoundead's song "Mijangwon" RIGHT HERE
Jeff Tobias is a composer, musician and authorlately living in Brooklyn, New York. As of late, he has been reading arcane systems of tuning and running on his jump shot.
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