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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.
On the November 22 episode of “Section TV,” actor Ryu Seung Ryong opens up about what it’s like operating with miss A‘s Suzy.
When asked what it used to be like operating with Suzy, Ryu Seung Ryong says, “I’m rather resentful of her. there has been a gigantic difference on set between the days she became there and the days she wasn’t. She made it an relaxing filming enjoy for everybody concerned with her sure power and cheerful passion.”
She debuted as a soloist with "You End, And Me" ultimate year, and now she"s back with a self-composed song! She now not simplest composed the song herself, yet also wrote the lyrics for it, and it"ll be the primary time we see a self-composed song from Raina.
Kim So Hyun (born June 4, 1999) is a South Korean actress. She started her occupation as a kid actress when she became seven years old, and to start with rose to popularity in 2012 for gambling a villainous young queen-to-be in duration drama Moon Embracing the Sun, and a lady who falls into tragedy in 2013 melodrama lacking You. Other notable series come with black comedy The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013), mystery mystery Reset (2014), and teenager drama Who Are You: faculty 2015.
As the concert holds a special meaning, the girls put a massive number of work into the level production. International famend choreographer Rino Nakasone, who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Chris Brown and Janet Jackson, turned into accountable for the entire production, and a 50m x 13m stage in addition a 17m x 15m primary LED screen were a choice of the grand-scale functions of the concert.
Sooyoung said, "We′re thankful to be the 1st girl neighborhood to carry a tour. Gazing our firm sunbaenims grasp concerts each and every year, i used to be either green with envy and concept it was incredible. I feel SNSD may be taking the ones steps and that we′ve created a logo concert. If possible, I′d like to satisfy the enthusiasts thru concerts each year."
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Singer-songwriter IU looks flirty and adorable at the hide of GQ!
IU is featured in the December factor of GQ with a photo shoot and interview, and she displays off her stunning figure on the canopy as she stretches her palms up above her head in a cropped top.
More shocking pictures of IU have hit newsstands this month as she’s also December’s cover lady for the mag Marie Claire.
On the November 22 broadcast of SBS’s “Running Man,” Lee Kwang Soo and Teen Top’s Niel get ready to move on a fall camping shuttle together.
Before Lee Kwang Soo unearths out who his spouse will be, he’s excited when he’s told that he'll be visiting the dorm of an idol singer, because he assumes it is going to be a feminine idol. He is terribly disappointed, however, to look Niel from the boy workforce Teen most sensible open the door.
The “King of Mask Singer” contestant that’s been acting below the call Cosmos has had a hugely impressive winning streak, yet her time at the display has now come to an end!
Cosmos has been appearing on the prove for ten weeks, winning 4 “King of Mask Singer” competitions, and is in the running for her 5th win on November 22′s episode. She blows each person away with her robust functionality of the song “In a Dream” via Jo Duk Bae.
The landscape of Korea"s retail industry has shifted over the outdated few years because of the developing selection of singles, online purchases and frugal procuring patterns. classic retail giants like branch and superstores have observed revenues drop, whilst convenience shops and online buying groceries malls are booming. Shinhan Card analyzed spending patterns via 700,000 heavy spenders who account for 10 % of general credits card users in 2010 and in March to would possibly of this year.It discovered that the share of credit-card spending at department stores, supermarkets and television house looking channels fell from 46.1 percent to 31.1 percent during the last five years, while that of convenience stores and online shopping malls rose from 30.1 percent to 43.5 percent.
◆ unmarried Men Convenience stores stood out among 14 retail sectors regarded as in the survey. according to credit card spending, convenience stores" percentage of the retail industry rose from 1.6 percent in 2010 to 5.7 percent this year, a 3.5-fold increase. In contrast, department stores" share dropped by 25.7 percent, and superstores" 34.2 percent. The share of television domicile shopping channels plunged 37 percent.One 36-year-old single administrative center employee on a normal basis department shops for groceries at the local convenience store. He buys principally milk and beverages and ready-to-eat foods for 2 to 3 at a time, with an eye on special offers. "Products are more pricey in convenience stores, yet I don"t actually purchase much", he said. He hardly ever buys brand new produce since he does now not cook at home. most effective once each and every two to 3 months does he cross to the supermarket. in terms of garments be buys online. Single men in their 30s are most commonly liable for boosting convenience shop sales. One out of each three consumers or 32.5 percent are men between the ages of 28 and 37. But a rising variety of men in their 40s also are switching to convenience stores. The intake patterns of singles here are very an identical to the ones in Japan, which saw a upward push in one-person families and an aging society 10 to twenty years previous than Korea.◆ Online Shopping Malls Online shopping malls have also received a cast share of the domestic retail market, accounting for 37.8 percent of credit card spending, which is upper than the marketplace stocks of supermarkets (18.6 percent) and superstores (18.4 percent) combined. when it comes to per-capita per month credit card spending, Koreans spent W365,000 at online shopping malls, in comparison to W159,000 at superstores and W122,000 at department stores (US$1=W1,164). cellular shopping accounted for 48.5 percent of online shopping center revenues.◆ Prudent SpendingAs unemployment remains prime among young people, buyers in their 20s are keeping their wallets shut. Credit card spending in March to may just by men in their 20s rose only W50,000 as compared to 5 years ago, and credit card spending by ladies in the age crew only W90,000. In contrast, credit card spending among shoppers in their 30s to 60s rose by around W100,000 to W220,000. Kim Dae-jong at Sejong University said, "Women in their 20s in maximum cases invest in cosmetics, clothing and accessories but are scaling down on needless purchases due to the the harsh task market. But as increasingly folks eliminate marriage till later in life, spending by running women in their 30s has increased".