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Epik High

K-Pop Throwback: Epik High Show The World What Real Hip-Hop Sounds Like On 'Watch Ya Self' From Their 2003 Debut Album [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 03.04.16 | 06:17PM EST

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of an authentic hip-hop sound produced far from the South Bronx, then Epik High's "Watch Ya Self" their 2003 album release "Map Of The Human Soul."

Beenzino North American Tour 2015 in NYC - December, 12 2015 [PHOTOS]

K-Pop Throwback: Why Beenzino's 2012 Bonus Track 'Always Awake' From '24:26' Still Tops Most Modern Hip-Hop [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 02.18.16 | 05:09PM EST

"Always Awake" may have been billed as a "bonus track" on Beenzino's 2012 album "24:26," but it deserves its due as some of the most creative music to come out of South Korea's burgeoning hip-hop scene so far.

Epik High circa 2003

K-Pop Throwback: Epik High Turns The World Into One Big Dance Party On Their 2003 Track 'GO' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 01.29.16 | 01:30PM EST

On "GO," from Epik High's 2003 debut album "Map of the Human Soul," the rap trio shows how certain styles of music hold sway across the globe, highlighting the similarities we all share over our differences.

Korea's first rap stars, Seo Taiji and Boys.

K-Pop Classics: Hallyu Forefathers Seo Taiji And Boys Bring Hip-Hop To Korea On The 1992 Track 'Nan Arayo' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.15.16 | 02:50PM EST

In 1992, Seo Taiji introduced Korean audiences to the sensation known as rap music with the hit song "Nan Arayo" and Korean music hasn't been the same since.

Korean rap star Cheetah, seen here trapped in a maze of gold.

Review: 'Unpretty Rapstar' Winner Cheetah Strikes Back With 'Star Wars' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.08.16 | 02:46PM EST

On her latest single "Star Wars," released Dec. 18, South Korean rapper and "Unpretty Rapstar" champion Cheetah captures the spirit of the moment with a current-sounding single.

Yankie's

Yankie Is Our Editor's Top Pick For The 10 Best Korean Rap Songs Of 2015 With 'Sold Out' Featuring Zion.T, Loco And Epik High's Tablo

Old K-Pop 12.18.15 | 11:12PM EST

Yankie's "Sold Out" featuring Zion.T, Loco And Epik High's Tablo may have received top honors, but all of the rappers on this list of the best rap songs of 2015 are among the most innovative performers of the genre.

album cover of f(x)'s

K-Pop Throwback: f(x) Rock Out With A Message On The Poignant 'Pretty Girl' From Their 2013 Album 'Pink Tape' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 10.15.15 | 06:37PM EDT

As much as anything in the f(x) catalog, "Pretty Girl" from the group's highly innovative 2013 album "Pink Tape" is also notable for the feminist message the group slips in between dance breaks.

album cover for Neon Bunny and Spazzkid's

K-Pop Throwback: Take The Strange Musical Journey Of Neon Bunny's 2014 Spazzkid Collaboration 'Daytime Disco' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 10.01.15 | 02:21PM EDT

When Neon Bunny and Spazzkid team up as they did on the 2014 track "Daytime Disco," they form a formidable creative force.

Zion.T and Gaeko in the

K-Pop Classics: Remember When Primary, Zion.T And Gaeko's 2012 Track 'See Through' Made You Want To Dance All Night? [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 09.01.15 | 05:12PM EDT

On his 2012 release "See Through," Primary drew from modern acts like Kanye West or Frank Ocean, but also added a clever mixture of early East Coast rap with a dash of Nile Rodgers-produced '70s disco.

South Korean hip-hop artists Mad Clown (left) and B-Free

K-Pop Throwback: The Quiett, Jerry.K, B-Free And Mad Clown Are At Their Best On 'People's Radio' From 2010 [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 08.27.15 | 03:28PM EDT

"People's Radio," the 2010 collaboration between The Quiett, Jerry.K, B-Free and Mad Clown, finds each of the rappers young, hungry and producing a sound every bit as great as the beat they are rhyming over.

The cover of Yellow Monsters' 2014 album,

Korean Rock Recall: Yellow Monsters Rocket Through A Dizzying Array Of Genres On 2014's 'Commie' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 08.19.15 | 11:14AM EDT

Korean hard rockers Yellow Monsters make it clear that they're no one-trick ponies on their 2014 track "Commie."

the album cover for

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Dok2 And Garion Start A Rap Revolution On The 2010 Track 'Pandemonium' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 07.22.15 | 05:54PM EDT

Listening back to "Pandemonium," from the South Korean underground hip-hop act Garion's 2010 album "Garion2," it's not hard to understand how they could launch a local rap movement.

Kuang Program

K-Indie Spotlight: Kuang Program Take It Even Further Out On Their 2014 EP 'Flames, Dreams, Laughter' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 07.21.15 | 04:48PM EDT

Seoul-based noise rock band Kuang Program continue to drift farther and farther out on their last release "Flames, Dreams, Laughter," released back in November.

Yoo In Na in Humming Urban Stereo's

K-Pop Throwback: Kick Back And Enjoy Your Summer With Humming Urban Stereo's 2011 Track 'You That Day' Featuring Yoo In Na [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.13.15 | 05:49PM EDT

All criticism aside, there is no one better at dialing in a mellow summer jam than Humming Urban Stereo.

video still from miss A's

K-Pop Throwback: miss A's 2011 Hit 'Breathe' Still Sounds Like Nothing Else [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.02.15 | 05:28PM EDT

miss A's 2011 hit single "Breathe" from their album "Step Up," continues to sound as inventive and original as the day it was released.

The modern punk rockers in Afro Maria.

Korean Rock Recall: Afro Maria Offer A Unique Take On Punk Rock With Their 2013 Debut Single 'Dog' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.08.15 | 04:16PM EDT

On their 2013 debut single "Dog, Afro Maria emerge from the constraints of their musical style to reveal their own melodic version of punk rock with a sound that is as distinctive as it is engaging.

The flashy power trio Idiotape.

K-Pop Throwback: Dance Yourself Silly To The Noisy Chaos Of Idiotape's 2011 Track 'Wasted' From '11111101' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 07.27.15 | 05:24PM EDT

Electronic trio Idiotape's 2014 song "Wasted" features a little bit of driving rhythm and a whole lot of noise.

The fashionable members of Hologram Film.

Korean Rock Recall: Raise Your Fist In The Air For Hologram Film's Thrill-A-Minute 2014 Track 'Return' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.20.15 | 04:18PM EDT

On their 2014 song "Return," South Korean electronic rock band Hologram Film unleash a sonic onslaught that doesn't let up.

The anti-rock stars of The Peppertones.

Korean Rock Recall: The Peppertones Push Their Sound To The Far Reaches Of The Universe On 2014's 'Solar System Super Stars' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 07.02.15 | 09:21AM EDT

On their rocking single "Solar System Super Stars, released in August, South Korean rock band The Peppertones show that you don't have to dress up to rock out.

Bada

K-Pop Throwback: Revisit The 2013 Collaboration Between BT And Former S.E.S. Vocalist Bada 'City Life' Featuring Fractal [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 06.18.15 | 09:46PM EDT

Released in 2013, producer BT's "City Life" is a space age slow jam in which he uses his creative production techniques to highlight former S.E.S. vocalist Bada's unique vocal style.

screen shot from T-ara's music video for their 2009 single

K-Pop Throwback: Why T-ara's 2009 Single 'Like The First Time' Still Holds Up [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 06.12.15 | 08:26PM EDT

what is it that makes K-pop girl group T-ara's 2009 single "Like The First Time" worth talking about after all these years? In a word, it's the songwriting.

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