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music video for Bumkey's “backindadayz”  featuring Sanchez of Phantom Dok2, dh-style and Microdot

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Bumkey Blends Scratch-Happy Classic Rap With 1920s Jazz On 'backindadayz' Featuring Dok2, Sanchez, Microdot [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.28.16 | 08:10PM EST

On "backindadayz," Bumkey combines "Great Gatsby"-era swing and the seminal '80s rap sound from the days when acts like Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy Eric B. & Rakim turned the turntable into an instrument.

the album cover of Stellar's

Album Review: Stellar Celebrate The Eclecticism Of K-Pop On Their Exciting New EP 'Sting' [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.27.16 | 08:38PM EST

"Sting," the inventive new six-song extended play album released on Jan. 18 by the K-pop girl group Stellar is a celebration of K-pop's willingness to experiement with an endless variety of musical genres.

Epik High circa 2003

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

Reviews 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.

a screenshot from Teen Top's

Review: Teen Top Lead With Their Funkiest Song In Years On 'Warning Sign' The 1st Single From The New EP 'Red Point [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.26.16 | 07:39PM EST

Though much of Teen Top's recent material, including the EP "Red Point" released on Jan. 18, shows a more introspective side of the group, "Warning Sign" is as fired up as anything in their recorded output so far.

a screenshot from Gfriend's

Review: Why Gfriend's 'Rough' Is The K-Pop Girl Group's Best Offering Yet [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.26.16 | 02:09PM EST

On Monday, the six-member South Korean pop act GFriend's released their best song yet with the melodic dance single "Rough," proving that this girl group has staying power.

Loptimist

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Let Loptimist Rearrange Your Circuitry On 'Me' Featuring Kim And Ji Jong Hwan [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.22.16 | 06:24PM EST

"Me," the new single released Thursday by South Korean singer-rapper Loptimist and featuring Ji Jong Hwan and Kim could almost pass for a conversation between two robots if it weren't for the raw rapping on the track.

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.

VIXX

Review: VIXX's Contribution To 'Moorim School' Soundtrack 'Alive' Mixes Strings And EDM Beats To Create A Unique Mood [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.22.16 | 01:24PM EST

Released Jan. 18, "Alive," VIXX's single from "Moorim School," fuses cinematic strings and pianos with EDM trap drums and rave synths, flanked by an anthemic chorus that compliments the drama onscreen.

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.

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]

Reviews 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.

Lucky J

Review: Lucky J Combines The Best Of Then And Now On The Epic Showstopper 'No Love' [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.13.16 | 02:34PM EST

Lucky J's single "No Love," released Friday, melds a melody from the traditional Korean string instrument Haegeum with shiny synth work and modern rap drums, creating an unforced fusion of past and present.

Review: Mino And Taeyhun Strip WINNER's Sound Down To The Bare Essentials On 'Pricked' [AUDIO]

Review: Mino And Taeyhun Strip WINNER's Sound Down To The Bare Essentials On 'Pricked' [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.13.16 | 02:11PM EST

Released on Monday, the new WINNER single "Pricked" featuring band members Mino and Taehyun show fans a raw side to WINNER than they haven't seen so far.

Dal Shabet shooting the

Review: Brave Brothers's Unabashedly '80s Pop Sound Makes His 1st Single For Dal Shabet 'Someone Like U' The Highlight Of 'Naturalness' [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.12.16 | 07:39PM EST

If you're the type of person who pines for the all-but-lost art of crafting a light, upbeat '80s pop song, then there is a lot for you to like in "Someone Like U," from Dal Shabet's EP "Naturalness," released on Jan. 5.

the album cover of Jager and Lucas's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Jager & Lucas Light A Fire With A Hypnotic Electric Piano Hook On 'Talk To You' [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.11.16 | 05:31PM EST

On Jager & Lucas's latest single "Talk To You," released on Friday, the South Korean rap duo flow over a Fender Rhodes electric piano groove that reels you in and keeps you there.

Anda in the music video for

Review: Anda Cranks Up The Attitude On 'Taxi' The Vocalist's 3rd Single Since Changing Her Name From Andamiro [VIDEO]

Reviews 01.07.16 | 08:43PM EST

It is what Anda (formerly known as Andamiro) does when her vocals appear in the mix on Taxi," released Thursday, that defines why she is an artist to watch.

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

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

Reviews 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.

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.

album cover for Olltii's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Get Lost In Space With Olltii On 'Outer Planet' Featuring Chatterbox [AUDIO]

Reviews 01.04.16 | 05:31PM EST

The celestial void may be the theme of "Outer Planet" featuring Chatterbox, the new single released Wednesday by Olltii, but the earthy R&B sound keeps the MCs deeply rooted on soulfully solid ground.

album cover for Red Velvet's

'The Red' By Red Velvet Tops Our Editor's Picks For The 5 Best K-Pop Albums Of 2015

Hot Issues 12.30.15 | 09:10PM EST

There was nothing in 2015 quite like the near hallucinogenic high-energy pop of Red Velvet's "The Red," our editor's pick for the best K-pop album of 2015.

Korean electronic pop wizards From the Airport.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: From The Airport's Songwriting Is As Smart As Ever On 'Flying Walls' [VIDEO]

Reviews 12.29.15 | 05:41PM EST

On the From The Airport's single "Flying Walls," from the group's first-ever full-length album "You Could Imagine," released in January, the electronic rock act deliver the pop goods without dumbing down their sound.

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

Reviews 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.

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