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Way Back Wednesday: Jinusean

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Way Back Wednesday: Jinusean

Can I rock (UH!), can I rock one time as I design rhymes divine for your mind…

Those were the opening lyrics to “Jinusean Bomb” from the debut album of the godfathers of Korean hip-hop, Jinusean. When Jinusean debuted in 1997, they were unlike any other group in Kpop at the time. Jinusean set the bar for what hip-hop should sound like and more importantly, what it could sound like in Korea. They were also just the second group to debut from a young YG Entertainment and would help launch the company into the powerhouse it is today.

The Beginning The name Jinusean is an amalgamation of the names of the two members, Kim Jinu and Noh Seung-Hwan (Sean). Both members were recruited by Yang Hyun Suk of YG Entertainment as his new company at the time was focused on bringing hip-hop culture and music to the Korean mainstream. Kim Jinu had already debuted in 1994 with his song “I Was the Captain” and was living in Los Angeles, CA when he joined YG and partnered with Sean to form the duo Jinusean.

Their debut album was 1997’s Gasoline with a debut single of the same name. “Gasoline” was a gangster rap influenced song with a West Coast sensibility that could be attributed to the albums producer Perry who was also the main producer for their albums. While Gasoline wasn’t a huge hit, it introduced mainstream audiences to a different brand of music and made YG Entertainment synonymous with hip-hop in Korea.

Watching Jinusean perform for the first time was an eye-opening experience. Their music was different from the style of Kpop out at the time which was heavy on the pop, bubble gum and ballads. “Gasoline” was aggressive and the look and feel of the performance was different. Sean had a Predator-like dreadlock look and there dance moves were more based on and hip-hop than the other groups of the day.

The Smash Hit The biggest hit from the album (and probably the biggest hit of their career) was their second single, “Tell Me”. “Tell Me” featured singer Uhm Jung Hwa, who was arguably the most popular female artist in Korea at that time. Uhm Jung Hwa’s singing infused with the catchy melody created a song that veered more towards mainstream music but stayed true to their roots with Jinusean’s rapid fire rapping. The dance for the song also became a hit across Korea. To this day, if this song starts playing, more likely than not, people will be dancing right along with it.

Although “Tell Me” was the only #1 hit from their first album, the album itself is still considered one of the best complete albums of that era. Tracks like “Young Nation”, “Celebrate” and “I Will” were well-received and are still considered classics to this day. “Young Nation” also featured Mr. YG himself- Yang Hyun Suk, and former Deux member Lee Hyun Do who contributed to the album.

Jinusean’s follow up “1.5” album The Real was released in January of 1998 and featured a number of remixed and English versions of songs from their previous album in addition to a few new tracks. While the new songs didn’t blow up the charts, they remained true to their style and continued to be the trendsetters of hip-hop in Korea.

Jinusean’s second full album Taekwon V was best known for the remake of the Bee Gees 1977 hit, “How Deep is Your Love”. The song was an instant classic that melded the well-known hook from the original version with the Jinusean signature fast-paced rapping and an upbeat energy similar to their other works. The song never hit the top spot but rivals “Tell Me” as the fan favorite song from the group. It certainly is for me and to this day, when spring starts rolling around and weather begins to get a little warmer, you can find me rolling down the windows of my car with the volume up.

Their 2001 third album The Reign was more focused on getting back to a harder style of hip-hop and featured a number of tracks with collaborations from some of the biggest names in American music including Cypress Hill, Chino XL and Mobb Deep. These collaborations were a big coup for Jinusean and YG Entertainment because it was rare for Kpop groups to work with American music groups especially in the areas of rap and hip-hop.However, the most popular track from this album was another remake of another 1977 classic. Jinusean took Rose Royce’s song “Ooh Boy I Love You So” and performed their Jinusean magic by working with Kpop singer J who’s sweet vocals provided the chorus with boys providing their signature rap style.

The Boys are Back After a three year break, Jinusean released their fourth and final album, 2004’s Let’s Play. The album was well-known for comprising a number of tracks featuring their fellow YG label mates like Wheesung, Gummy, and 1TYM. The album also has a track featuring Warren G and Snoop Dogg called “2 All My People”. The track is a nod to the west coast G-Funk sound that features two of G-Funk’s biggest stars. The most popular song from the album was “Phone Number” which was probably even better known for its music video. The video had appearances from many of YG’s artists like Lee Eun Joo from Swi.T (now Yang Hyun Suk’s wife), G-Dragon, Taeyang , Psy (who wasn’t a member of YG then) and more. There were also cameo’s made by Kim Ha Neul of DJ DOC and one of the dancers in the video is Park Kahi, now the leader of girl group After School.

The Legacy Today Kim Jinu and Noh Seung-Hwan can still be found in and around the music industry but are also pursuing their own paths. Both are still involved with YG Entertainment and are still active in the YG Family concert tour. Jinu is now an executive with the company and has helped to develop current artists like Seven and 2NE1. He was even featured on a Discovery Channel documentary about the spreading popularity of Kpop around the world.

JYP Hints at Upcoming Two times Comeback

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JYP Hints at Upcoming Two times Comeback

JYP Hints at Upcoming Two times Comebackehk38 February 10, 2016 0 Seems like TWICE is gearing up for a comeback!

On February 10, JYP Entertainment founder and CEO Park Jin Young posted a photo on Instagram of himself and the women of TWICE at a barbeque restaurant.

It turns out like he treated the girls out to barbecue out of guilt for making them prepare over the Lunar New Year holidays. He writes, #JYP #Twice #트와이스 Felt a little sorry to have them practice new songs on a holiday weekend so : ).

Photos Lee Hyun-woo, "Park Bo-geom is special", "We glance alike"

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About his look-alike actor Park Bo-geom, Lee Hyun-woo said, "I have turn out to be near alongside many buddies in my profession just Park Bo-geom is special. We met in a study room at university. I had heard someone gave the glance of me but we ended up getting close temporarilyperhaps because we appearance alike".

JYJ's Junsu thank you fanatics after final functionality of musical 'Dracula'

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JYJ's Junsu thank you  fanatics after final  functionality of musical 'Dracula'

Afterward, Junsu thanked the lovers with, "'Dracula' is a work I wish to exist with forever. Thank you to all your cheers, I used to bevery much encouraged and used to beready to give my all till the end. Thank you such a lot for your love and support. Look forward to seeing me thrumany various activities in the arrival year." 

Brave Women Set Comeback Date and New Song

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Brave Women Set Comeback Date and New Song

Brave Women fix Comeback Date and New Songhellohalcyon February 10, 2016 0 On February 3, it used to be announced that Brave Girls will returning with five new members. Now a comeback date been announced and their new song is published to be titled, Changed.

After the free upin their single, For You, in 2013, Courageous Girls is creating a grand comeback in 3 years as a seven member group. Normalparticipants Yoojin and Hyeran are joined by capability of new additions – Minyoung, Yoojung, Eunji, Yuna, and Hayoon.

A representative from Brave Entertainment said, It glancedecades for this comeback because we needed to be completelyreadyto turn our very best image. Please watch over the rebirth of Brave Girls who have turn into more glamorous with more potentabilities and looks.

Community Post: Call That Drama!

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Community Post: Call That Drama!

Community Post: Call That Drama!kingkongna February 10, 2016 0 How many of you in the market have that one drama that you have faith y'all studied once yet can’t to find again? Most likely you forgot the title, or many of the plot. Perhaps you simplestkeep in mind one particular scene, or portions of the theme song. Now it’s change intoyour own unicorn, that elusive creature that you must, no, need to seek down.

I’ve watched my fair proportion of dramas, so this occurs to me all of the time. The problem? Every so often aneget starteda sequencethis isin the midst of airing and then overlookto test back for the following episode. Or I can’t locate information technology with subtitles and I tell myself that I'llglanceback later. Or, I just get busy and then it’s unexpectedly a year later and all I do not forget is the anguished appearance in the hero’s eyes as he tells the heroine she’s too just right for him.

So, fellow Soompiers, lend a hand me out! Here are some of my private unicorns:1. I watched this whilst in Korea around 2011/2012 – I believe it used to be still airing at the time. It turned into a romantic comedy with two chaebol cousins, yet another competent than the other, and a fewlady that worked for them and it was an epic love square. The non-competent cousin was at all timesin point of factworried and sucked at his activity and the lady helped him get better. I know this is actually vague, but I bear in mindobserving ten episodes in a row right through Korean Thanksgiving and then I were given busy and not watched the rest, but now I'm incredibly curious.

Park Seong-woong in the midst of luck with "Remember" and "A Violent Prosecutor"

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Park Seong-woong plays Park Dong-ho in "Remember" and is aidingSearch engine marketing Jin-woo (Yoo Seung-ho) get his revenge on Nam Gyu-man (Nam Goong-min). He's pretending to be on Nam Gyu-man's facetyet is in factdelivering all knowledge to Seo Jin-woo and is trying to findsome wayto show Nam's corruption to the world.

Not handiest that, in "A Violent Prosecutor", Park Seong-woong plays Yang Min-woo who dreams of being a celeb prosecutor. He is easily suited and should do the rest for his luckfirstly of the motion picture but as the movie is going on, his personality is clumsy and filled with holes.

Rainbow drops album preview for 'Prism'!

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Rainbow drops album preview for 'Prism'!

DSP Media introduced the album preview forward of the group's upcoming liberate on February 15th. Rainbow's 4th mini album 'Prism' is composed of name song "Whoo" and 4 other tracks - "Saying I Omit You", "Black White", "Click" and "Eye Contact".

Along with just the very minimum snippets of each and every song, revel inthe pretty Rainbow contributors in their colorful jacket photos, and be certain to catch the group's album release and exhibit this coming 15th!

"Time Slip: Ryeo" Lee Joon-ki and IU's global ritual

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Lee Joon-ki who takes on the role of Tae Jo's fourth prince Wang So, said, "I wish no person gets harm in the process. As I'min the midst ofall of the cast, I canbe certain you get along neatly alongside everyone". IU, who plays Hae-soo, a 21st century lady who time slips to the Koryeo times, said, "I will do my best".

Jo Min-ki who takes on the role of Tae Jo, the king and father of 4excellenttaking a look sons, "I hope this drama cooperates with all my sons, seniors and juniors, directors, manufacturers and staff. I just hope no person gets disregarded or hurt".

Stills prove a pig head with the Korean Won, Eastern Yen, US Bucksor even British Pounds. The NBC Universal body of workers were at the ritual and also wantedthe simplest for "Time Slip: Ryeo".

Park SEO Joon picked up his Valentine's gift off the streets?

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Park SEO Joon picked up his Valentine's gift off the streets?

To this, he responds to his lovers with, "Don't get this wrong. I did not upload this photo simply soit is really helpful to see it. My finger slipped. Get off of me? Is that actually what you want to haveto mention to me? Just kidding, Glad Valentine." 

15 Footage Of Sulli Lookin Drop-Dead Stunning Whilst In The Tropics

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15 Footage Of Sulli Lookin Drop-Dead Stunning  Whilst In The Tropics

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterWith Sullis authentictaste and blameless look, she’s a charmer for sure! In thosepictures she can also benoticedtaking phase in the warm sun rays of the tropics, whilst on her go back and forth to Hawaii and other destinations of paradise.

Cold iciness bringing you down? Heres your remedy! Bring a little tropical warmth in your day with this new list of 15 Gorgeous Photos of Sulli in the tropics!

Sulli is a key member of SM Ent, with her exclusivefashion and harmless look, she’s a charmer for sure! In this shoot she shows her herbal elegance among the scenery of the volcanic isles of Hawaii.