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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]

Reviews 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."

Representing Korea as well as America, Dumbfoundead.

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.

album cover for the new three-song Ladies' Code EP

Review: 17 Months After The Tragic Loss Of Band Members EunB And RiSe, Ladies' Code Return With The Hypnotic New Single 'Galaxy' [VIDEO]

Reviews 02.23.16 | 07:58PM EST

On Tuesday, surviving Ladies' Code members, Ashley, Sojung and Zuny, answered the question of whether the band would survive the tragic loss of two members resoundingly in the affirmative with "Galaxy."

South Korean R&B vocalist ELO

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Relax Your Mind With ELO's Sparse And Soulful 'F.W.B (Friends With Benefits)' Featuring Hoody [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.22.16 | 05:54PM EST

The more intoxicating elements of a fling with a formerly plutonic friend are explored on "F.W.B (Friends With Benefits)," released on Friday by South Korean R&B vocalist ELO and featuring his AOMG labelmate Hoody.

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]

Reviews 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.

Reddy and Jay Park

Review: Reddy And Jay Park Team Up To Talk Some Game On The Sizzling Slow Jam 'Think' [VIDEO]

Reviews 02.16.16 | 01:14PM EST

Released on Feb. 3 by Korean hip-hop artists Reddy and Jay Park, "Think" is a brooding and atmospheric love song driven by chilly synths, plodding drum machines and half-sung, half-rapped vocals.

Zico in the

Editor's Pick: Zico Of Block B Draws You In With A Hypnotic Groove That Still Kicks On 'I Am You, You Are Me' [VIDEO]

Reviews 02.15.16 | 08:41PM EST

With production and hooky songwriting that walks the tightrope of being soothing while still exhilarating, "I Am You, You Are Me," released Jan. 25 by Block B's Zico, is one of the Hallyu highpoints of 2016, so far.

South Korean underground hip-hop artist Hwaji

Review: South Korean Rapper Hwaji Succeeds With A Sweeter Sound On 'Gypsy Girl' From His New Album 'Zissou' [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.11.16 | 07:59PM EST

The bulk of the material on "Zissou," released Feb. 2 by Hwaji, could be considered experimental, but when he strips down his sound on the track "Gypsy Girl" that the Korean rapper is at his best.

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.

zzapa

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: zzapa Shows Why He Ranks Among South Korea's Elite Talent On 'Gotta Get Along Well' [AUDIO]

Reviews 02.10.16 | 05:54PM EST

South Korean R&B artist-producer zzapa's latest single "Gotta Get Along Well," released on Thursday, has all of the consistency and creativity that has made him a difficult artist to match.

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.

Skrillex (left) with 4Minute member HyunA

Review: Skrillex Unleashes His Arsenal Of EDM Sounds To Create 4Minute's Sassy New Club Banger 'Hate' [VIDEO]

Reviews 02.02.16 | 07:21PM EST

"Hate," the new single from 4Minute, released on Monday as part of their seventh EP "Act.7," includes some highlights of the past work of the song's EDM celebrity producer Skrillex.

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.

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.

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