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K-Pop Double Take: On 'Mijangwon' Korean-American Rapper Dumbfoundead Reveals A Unique Perspective [VIDEO]

Reviews 02.26.16 | 02:30PM EST

On " Mijangwon," released Dec. 10, Korean-American hip-hop artist Dumbfoundead is able to simultaneously rep Western and Eastern aspects of his personality, displaying a unique perspective all the while.

Korean rapper E-Sens, in happier times.

K-Pop Double Take: Supreme Team's E-Sens Continues To Amaze From Behind Bars On 'The Anecdote' [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.15.16 | 01:27PM EST

On the single "The Anecdote," released on Aug. 27, Supreme Team rapper E-Sens turns his recent trouble with the law into fuel for a fiery and cathartic performance for both him and his fans alike.

CL Alexander Wang

K-Pop Double Take: 2NE1's CL Takes America On Her Aggressive U.S. Pre-Release Single 'Hello Bitches' [VIDEO]

Reviews 02.11.16 | 11:04AM EST

On the 2NE1 vocalist's US debut, released Nov. 21, CL sets her sights on her competition across the Pacific. The result is a a warning shot across the bow of Western popular music.

Korean R&B superstar Zion. T

K-Pop Double Take: Zion. T Brings Together The Best Of The Past And Present On 'No Make Up' [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.25.16 | 08:08PM EST

On the single "No Make Up," released on Oct. 15, the 26-year-old South Korean hip-hop artist and producer Zion. T demonstrates a deep knowledge of the past while still sounding contemporary.

still shot from Laboum's music video for

K-Pop Double Take: Cyndi Lauper's Iconic Style Is Alive And Well On Laboum's Latest 'Aalow Aalow' [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.14.16 | 05:21PM EST

Laboum's single "Aalow Aalow," released on Dec. 6, is a clear riff on Cyndi Lauper's 1983 hit "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" with a bit of the sounf K-pop icons like Girls' Generation and SISTAR for good measure.

iKON at fan event on Nov. 28 in Guangzhou, China

K-Pop Double Take: iKON Are At Their Best On The Title Track Of Debut Album 'Welcome Back' [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.06.16 | 08:16PM EST

It is on their debut album's title track "Welcome Back" that iKON really seems to hit their stride, grabbing hold of the song's slinky groove and nailing it to the wall.

cover of illinit's

K-Pop Double Take: Wave Your Hands In The Air For illinit's Anthemic Album Track 'Beer In My Backpack' From 'Made In '98' [AUDIO]

Reviews 12.15.15 | 08:18PM EST

Bump "Beer In My Backpack," the standout cut from the 11-song album "Made In '98" released on Nov. 25 by South Korean rapper illinit and you may find yourself waving your hand in the air like you just don't care.

TWICE

K-Pop Album Double Take: TWICE Attain Near Perfection On Their Debut EP 'The Story Begins' [VIDEO]

Reviews 12.18.15 | 01:38PM EST

Though they were chosen from a group of previously unknown performers courtesy of the South Korean reality TV program "Sixteen," TWICE pull off an incredible feat on "The Story Begins," released Oct. 20.

album cover for Wekeyz's

K-Pop Double Take: Korean Rapper Wekeyz Teams Up With Kirin And Hoody To Create A '90s Throwback With Some Class On 'Want Me Girl' [AUDIO]

Reviews 12.09.15 | 07:35PM EST

A good example of the great results of a classic rap sound through a different cultural lens is "Want Me Girl," released Nov. 27 by Wekeyz and featuring vocalists Kirin and Hoody.

Brown Eyed Girls in the

K-Pop Double Take: Brown Eyed Girls Go Disco On The Single 'Brave New World' [VIDEO]

Reviews 11.17.15 | 05:05PM EST

On "Brave New World" the new single from Brown Eyed Girls from the album "Basic," released on Nov. 4, the South Korean girl group takes classic disco tropes and gives them a modern K-pop once-over.

KARA in the

K-Pop Double Take: Solid Songwriting Makes KARA's 'Cupid' From The 'In Love' EP A Track Worth Remembering [VIDEO]

Reviews 11.09.15 | 05:05PM EST

The compositional strength of KARA's "Cupid," released on May 26 on the EP "In Love," and the motivation of K-pop girl group to realize the writers' vision, makes the album's single worth taking another listen to.

Korean arena rockers Nell

K-Pop Double Take: The Incredible Expanding Sound Of Nell's 'Star Shell' [VIDEO]

Hot Issues 11.04.15 | 03:15PM EST

On their Sept. 17 digital release "Star Shell," Nell walk in the arena-sized footsteps of U2, Muse and Arcade Fire and find themselves clearly up to the challenge.

Giriboy and Shin Jisu in the “Back And Forth 30min” video

K-Pop Double Take: Giriboy Tackles The Awkward Aspects Of Dating On 'Back And Forth 30min' Featuring Shin Jisu [VIDEO]

Reviews 10.26.15 | 02:19PM EDT

On the single "Back And Forth 30min" from his album "Sexual Perceptions," released on March 17, Giriboy and vocalist Shin Jisu portray the challenging aspects of dating in a light-hearted way.

Red Velvet

K-Pop Double Take: On 'Cool World' Red Velvet Turn The Lyn Collins Sample Used On Rap Classic 'It Takes Two' Into Another Gem [AUDIO]

Reviews 10.20.15 | 04:35PM EDT

On "Cool World," from Red Velvet's "The Red," released on Sept. 9, the K-pop girl group use one of rap's most famous samples of all time, the Lyn Collins hit "Think (About It)," as used by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.

album cover of Lim Kim's

K-Pop Double Take: Why Lim Kim's Synth-Drenched 'Upgrader' Was The Overlooked High Point Of 'Simple Mind' [AUDIO]

Reviews 10.12.15 | 07:00PM EDT

As is clear on "Upgrader," the album cut from Kim's third EP "Simple Mind," released on April 27, whatever particular context the vocalist places herself, her own singing style stays pretty much the same.

still from former CSJH The Grace singer Stephanie's music video for the song

K-Pop Double Take: Former CSJH The Grace Singer Stephanie Salutes The Classic 1960s Girl Group Sound On 'Prisoner' [VIDEO]

Reviews 10.08.15 | 07:55PM EDT

Vocalist Stephanie formerly of CSJH The Grace pays tribute to the seminal '60s girl groups that paved the way for 50 years of performers on her single "Prisoner," released on August 11.

Hyukoh

K-Pop Double Take: South Korean Rock Band Hyukoh Push Their Sound To Unique New Heights On 'Hooka' [VIDEO]

Reviews 09.16.15 | 03:28PM EDT

Hyukoh biggest musical accomplishment in a huge year, has to be the innovative direction of the band's single "Hooka," released on May 28 as part of the EP "22."

Zick Jasper (left) in the music video for

K-Pop Double Take: M.I.B's 5Zic Rebrands Himself On 'Zick Jasper' [VIDEO]

Reviews 09.10.15 | 06:03PM EDT

On his single "Zick Jasper," released on June 12, rapper and frontman of the four-man South Korean hip-hop act M.I.B, 5Zic is using his new name, (you guessed it) Zick Jasper.

F.T. Island

K-Pop Double Take: F.T. Island Let Loose Their Inner Animal On The New Single 'Puppy' [VIDEO]

Reviews 09.04.15 | 01:48PM EDT

When South Korean pop rock band F.T. Island returned on Aug. 16 with their 22nd single release "Puppy," they unleashed a sound that is an exciting stylistic departure for the group.

album cover of Giriboy's

K-Pop Double Take: Giriboy, C-Jamm, Black Nut Mix It Up With Live Musicians On 'Like As Fixed' From 'Sexual Perceptions' [AUDIO]

Reviews 08.19.15 | 06:37PM EDT

Released back in March, Giriboy's "Like As Fixed" featuring C-Jamm and Black Nut, from the album "Sexual Perceptions," is part of a growing wave of South Korean rap acts channeling California hip-hop icons.

Beenzino in the

K-Pop Double Take: Beenzino Generates Another Hip-Hop Gem On 'So What' [VIDEO]

Reviews 08.07.15 | 08:18PM EDT

On Beenzino's most recent solo single "So What," released on March 10, the rapper once again produces something special, bringing together a drum-centric main beat a la rap pioneers Gang Starr with an unexpected rhythm-less chorus.

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