[OP-ED] Episode 1 of Koogle's SoundCloud Series

Matt Maraia, March 24, 2017, 10:09 a.m.

SoundCloud has helped so many artists from reaching new heights throughout the world. Many artists, especially in U.S., have become huge stars, such as Lil’ Uzi Vert, Lil’ Yatchy, Bryson Tiller, and G-Eazy to name a few. All of them have something special in common,  they got to where they are now because of a simple music sharing website. We’ve seen artists from the UK (Stormzy), Malaysia (Yuna), and Canada, (PARTYNEXTDOOR) all become household names in the global music industry. So where does that leave Korea?

The most notable Korean artist to explode off of the platform is easily Keith Ape. While that leadway didn’t last too long, he opened a lot of eyes to Korea’s hip-hop scene. While, Dumbfounded has been on a continuous rise, after just selling out every stop on his “We Might Die” tour, the Los Angeles based rapper can’t deny the bump in people’s interest in Korean hip-hop from Ape. While Ape may have lost some momentum, Dumb seems to be on a non-stop shot to the top. But where does that leave other underground rappers and producers from Korea? We know they’re out there but we’re still in this stage of many close minded people preaching, “what’s the point of listening to something if you can’t understand what they’re saying.” We’re hoping 2017 will bring a close to all of the excuses and musicians, not only in Korea, but across the globe can sing and rap freely without a barrier as small as language be the deciding factor on whether or not you’ll give your time listen without pre-existing notions.

With all of that said, we’ll be starting a new monthly segment in the form of a SoundCloud playlist called ICYMI (In Case You Missed It). Once a month we’ll hit you with a playlist of some of Korea’s best emerging artists/producers and DJs that you may miss out on otherwise. Happy listening!

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