The Rise of Hip Hop
This is the first in a two-part series on the build-up of the expat hip-hop scene in Korea. ― Ed.
Any expat with a Facebook account knows that on any given weekend there are a number of live expat hip-hop events going on in Itaewon and Hongdae.
What many might not know is that just about four years ago, the vibrant scene was virtually non-existent, outside of a couple open mics and a few random artists and DJs such as Pinnacle TheHustler and Black Ilumin. During a time when the likes of hip-hop acts Epik High and Drunken Tiger were popular in the Korean mainstream, there was almost nothing in terms of foreign hip-hop in Korea.
And the same challenges seemed to plague every artist ― a lack of venues and gigs.
No one seems to agree on exactly when or how expat hip-hop started. For ICONZ Media LLC CEO JC, who came to Korea in 2005, his first involvement with the scene started around the end of 2007 and early 2008.
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