Bringing the Beat: Five Influential Producers in Korean Hip-Hop

Here’s a piece I wrote for the Embassy of Korea in Canada during my tenure as a guest blogger for their blog, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea.

Korea-Canada Blog

KPOP has become a major musical force in the world, for its catchy tracks, flashy videos, and sometimes outlandish stylings. Nonetheless, it’s brought a newfound sense of pride for some Koreans around the world. But another sub-culture of music from Korea is also making a big come back: hip-hop. Korean hip-hop, as mentioned in some of my previous posts has experienced ups and downs over the years, but now, many rookies and veterans are keeping scene alive and well in Korea and getting exposure around the world thanks to the Internet.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to five producers I feel have been the most influential on Korea’s hip-hop and rap scene. These five have brought distinct styles to the scene and have made it what it is today. With this, I hope to bring more global exposure to a scene that has long been underrated.

 

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