Zico sporting hip-hop markers of faux 'authenticity': chains, grillz and tattoos.
What is authentic hip-hop?
Between the underground hip hop scene, rap battle shows, record label trainee auditions, and mainstream idol rappers, it seems like there is no shortage of methods to attain widespread fame as a rapper in the South Korean Music Industry. However, challenges have begun to rear their faces as rappers are beginning to be carefully examined for any negligence to acknowledge their own instances of cultural appropriation by international and domestic fans alike. Xenophobia, or an irrational dislike of people from other countries, exists as a rampant issue in South Koreaand is often times projected onto the genre of Rap and Hip Hop. Frequently, it is thought of as a second-class music genre and subconsciously or purposefully, artists are prone to involving themselves into scandals involving instances of utilizing the "N" word or imitating a 'black voice'. It seems that the way to attain mainstream fame as a rapperis to remain vigilant in understanding those who have set the precedent for the genre before oneself.