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Rookie Group Rappers Rejuvenate Music Quality

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In an industry of young ins that all want to make it, companies have to make sure that every aspect of a debuting K-pop group is ready. This means no weak members of any kind. In the past, groups have gotten away with the standard formula but had situations where each member was perhaps not the best at what they needed to be doing musically. We all know what role Im talking about: the rapper.

Within K-pop idolsthere are plenty of decent rappers outside of the idol sphererapping tends to be that skill that is acquired through training, yet its the skill that, for true mastery, needs to come from genuine interest, dedication, and talent from the individual. Not everyone can just walk on stage and spit out rhymes with enough authenticity to sell the show. Before the recent rookie scene, it was okay to not have that rapper that stood out, that wrote their own rhymes, that sold it as a rapper from their body language to their facial expressions, to their vocal indications. But when competition gets so close, and everyone can sing, you know its time to step up. The next logical place to focus on is the rapping.

Its a staple for every idol group to have a singer. After all, they are supposed to make some sounds on stage, and its preferred that those sounds are pleasant to listen to. As such, while the talent of singers should not be undermined, it is fairly common for every idol group to have that one singer that stands out as being able to carry those high or long notes. But with rapping, its not so much the case. You can train a rapper, but theyre going to most likely have a bland style that is decent enough, but nothing outstanding. Heck, the song they rap in probably doesnt even need a rap sequence. So with rookies of 2011 and 2012, its easy to see that they stand out because they have members that are either genuinely interested in rapping and that style of music, or they can bring a new style to the K-pop scene in a relevant manner.

For example, in 2011, Block B hit the scene: A hip-hop group that would clearly have rapping as the emphasis. Though they might not have blown everyone out of the water until NalinA, they still made a statement that they had talent and were going to show just how much, no matter their differences from the rest of the idols. Also in 2011, perhaps an unconventional pick, was B1A4 with main rapper Baro. The cutesy boy group came armed with the deep-voiced rapper who, though a bit inexperienced, can rap with his own style. Hes also taken part in writing his own parts and is a solid addition next to Sandeuls strong vocals.

With 2012, oh the groups you could name: B.A.P, EXO, NUEST, EvoL, D-Unit, among others. B.A.P brings Bang Yong-guk and Zelo with their complementary rapping styles. EXO-Ks Chanyeol is probably SM Entertainments best rapper, and he has actual interest in styles of music that consistently use rapping. NUEST has Aron to pull of those grammatically and logically correct English raps that are soothing to international English speakers ears. EvoL is coming out as a hip-hop girl group in early August, having Juni.J, an experienced rapper, on board. All members of D-Units trio are experienced both in singing and rapping, as their debut song Im Missin You showed.

Its clear that becoming an idol is no longer just about an image. While some visuals may have been able to get away with contributing little musically before, in order to stay competitive, thats not going to be allowed any longer. But is this going to continue as a trend? Is it possible that the perfect idol group is going to be formed in the near future, where every member is talented musically, visually gifted, and has the gift of gab?

Probably not. Rapping is, as mentioned before, necessary in only a few styles of songs. If anything, rap breaks seem to be added in so those members designated as rappers have their time to shine. Its also an easy to spice up a song without having to put in much creative input. For groups that focus on vocals or stick with a more popular style, having a legitimate rapper is a waste not only for that rapper within the group, but also for the company that went through the effort of finding that rapper and signing them into the company. It becomes a case of mismanagement as opposed to low talent. Theres no reason for a company intending to put out popular music that isnt going to need real rapping to find someone with interest in rapping and all the effort that goes into the art. And over time, whoever ends up taking that supposed rapping role in the group is going to have a style that becomes characteristic of that group, regardless of how good they are. SHINees Minho, someone who has been mentioned countless times for his questionable role in his groups music, isnt the greatest rapper, but the style he has developed does fit in with SHINees sound. Would a more talented rapper fit SHINee? Quite honestly, no. That more talented rapper would seem like a joke in SHINee because of the limited roles he would have and the talent that would seem out of place in that setting. And dare I say it? Minho does sell his raps, to an extent, through the pure confidence he displays about how the words pass out of his mouth.

However, what companies do need to be aware of is this upward shift in talent that newer groups are bringing. Groups with these rappers tend to have those members write their own parts. And it makes sense. While writing a rap takes effort and talent, its easier than writing the lyrics to a whole song or doing all of that plus the composition. That type of writing is the first step to becoming more musically involved with the music that the group puts out, which in effect, makes that music really the groups own. Through this method, these groups are honestly able to own their songs because they arent just random tracks given to them by their company; they have investment by the group. If that group puts effort into a song, its going to be a song they are proud to promote. In other words, its going to be good. In addition, this added involvement in the music-making process gains respect from their audience. Though the group may not have a fanbase waiting for them when they debut, there will certainly be some noise over how the group isnt just made from a cookie-cutter formula: they mean business. And in fact, of these newer groups, it could be argued that some of them have the idol title only because of their age and the fact that they gave it to themselves. Should they have debuted without that title, there wouldnt have been much of a difference.

As a result, larger companies need to be more aware of the groups they are putting out. Of the Big Three companies that put out rookie groups in 2012, when it comes to level of respect that they have plus their fanbase size, its safe to say that EXO and JJ Project arent at the top of the list. These groups are doing fine, but they havent reached the musical accolades that some other groups have for truly being distinguishing and their personal involvement in their music. This runs back to the benefits of a smaller company that needs each group to be a stand-out rather than a larger company that can put out anything and support it with its wealth. Audiences of course are going to continue to eat up the image of flower boys or adorably awkward and dorky ones, but when theres the added influence of music that has a message that the group themselves was involved in, that group can create fans for life, fans that dont just enjoy groups for their personalities or how amusing they are in variety appearances. Instead, it gets back to the very essence of what these groups arguably should be at the core: musicians.

It may seem like a far-fetched tie-in: an increase in rapper quality increases music quality. But quite honestly, its a correlation that is present in groups with both variables. Big Bang has G-Dragon and sometimes T.O.P writing lyrics and composing, and their songs tend to be successful, not just because of their fans, but that sound produced attracts a variety of listeners. If we even look at Super Junior, when the members are involved in composition and writing lyricsmainly Henry, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Donghae, the end result is music that often surpasses the rest of their songs in quality. And though all of those members arent the greatest at rapping, they all have taken on that role at some point in Super Juniors lifetime.

These past two years seem to be defining what a K-pop group needs to be through the increased competition that demands higher quality music. Its not that the years before didnt have sound quality. But the years before seemed instead to develop the idea of an idol group and how they could become successful. There wasnt as much focus on the groups being active in their own music production because it was okay to not be involved that much. Idols were idols, aiming to show off their performance skills and dashing personalities. But over time, when every group can perform and have those endearing members, it becomes time to return back to the roots and develop music, which is what these recent years have been leaning towards. While rappers arent the only ones that can get involved with music, the shortage of experienced rappers in the idol industry is apparent, highlighting their involvement when it does happen, bringing prestige to their group.

Along this vein, though this year is only 2/3 finished, itll be interesting to see the type of competition 2013 will bring, whether theres another aspect to improve on, or if older groups will need to up their A-game, despite their established fanbases.

Seoulmates, how do you see idol rappers from the more recent years? Has music quality gone up, or am I just off my rocker? And can you think of any other groups heavily involved in their music production?

(LOENENT, DBusinessENT, D-Business Entertainment, WM Entertainment, SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, TS Entertainment, Brand New Stardom)

Park Bo Gum And Red Velvet Irene’s Hanbok Selca Is going VIRAL In Korea Among Netizens

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Park Bo Gum And Red Velvet Irene’s Hanbok Selca Is going VIRAL In Korea Among Netizens

And whilst many idols and actors glancewonderful wearing the normal Korean hanbok, netizens had been going loopy over the beautiful couple visual of Music Bank MCs Park Bo Gum and Red VelvetIrene. Already known for their unbelievable chemistry, a selca featuring the 2 wearing traditional Korean garbs have long past viral online, with enthusiasts once back raving over how excellent the two appearance together.

Koreaboo has amassed reactions from Netizens who commented at the original article from our Korean source. The beneath comments are the preferred comments at the time of this article being published.

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A Pink's Bomi is helping her mom in the kitchen for Lunar New Year preparations!

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A Pink's Bomi is helping her mom in the kitchen for Lunar New Year preparations!

Bomi also left a lovely message which reads, "I think I understand howmoms feel now....I feel like dying....but......it's a laugh hahahaha whew perhaps anemust get married! Hehe it looks scrumptiousdoes not it????? Let's all lend a hand out our mothers haha..."

Hanok Village in Jeonju Is Favourite Lunar New Year's Destination

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Motorists' favourite destination on Lunar New Year's Day is the folkloric hanok village in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province.The locating comes from research of subscribers to the navigation app Mappy all over the vacationsclosing year. The village is popular for methods like basic games and hands-on activities.

Next got here Wolmi Island in Incheon, the Everland theme park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, Haeundae Coastline in Busan, Daebu Island in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, the N Seoul Tower at Mt. Nam in Seoul, Nami Island in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, and Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Chungcheong Province.Most of the destinations are in or close to Seoul and Busan.Other users talk over with their ancestors' graves, veterans memorial parks, and the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, Gyeonggi Province that overlooks the demilitarized zone, or watch the primarydawn of the hot lunar year in a scenic spot.

19 Times Male Idols’ Glad Trails Were Exposed

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19 Times Male Idols’ Glad Trails Were Exposed

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Whilst Korean menwould most likely not be referred to as the maximum hairy men, sometimes, it’s tremendoushornyto look them with some body hair ㅋㅋㅋ Chances are you'llno longer acceptspotted IT before, yetthose idols have some hair sprouting out in their bellies!

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Noh Hong Chul Meets a Witness from the Day of His Inebriated Using Incident

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Noh Hong Chul Meets a Witness from the Day of His Inebriated  Using Incident

Noh Hong Chul Meets a Witness from the Day of His Under the impression of alcoholRiding Incidentehk38 February 7, 2016 0 At the February 7 episode of tvNs new Side roadDisplayTelevision personality Noh Hong Chul meets an eyewitness to his drunk driving incident.

During your drunk driving incident, I saw you at Garusogil. I told my buddies that I saw you and that very evening articles surfaced regarding your incident, he continues. I must have stopped you, but I didnt, and thats why I feel what came about happened, the guy jokes.

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★QUIZ Which EXO Superpower Must You In fact Have?

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★QUIZ Which EXO Superpower Must You In fact Have?

39kstocksShare on FacebookShare on Twitter Do you're feeling like you need to lift from the floor and fly away? Or do you've the burning flame inside that may just ignite with a snap of your fingers? To find out which EXO superpower suits your personality and belongs to you, in our new quiz: Which EXO Superpower Do You Have?

As any genuine fan would know, the lads from Planet EXO each and every have authenticparticular person powers, reflective in their characteristics and strengths Yet make you lot also have the similar endearing qualities that deserve super-human powers? Take our amusing new quiz to determine which member is your superpower soul-mate!

Can you shuttlevia time? Lift items alongside your mind? Or shoot beams of mild from your hands? Let your buddies know, and situation them to take the quiz too! There are 12 powers in general which one belongs to you?

Why Song Ji Hyo Is Continuously Curious about 'Running Man' Dating Rumors

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Why Song Ji Hyo Is Continuously  Curious about 'Running Man' Dating Rumors

A blog post titled, "Running Man's Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo in Love, Marriage, They Will have to Be Congratulated" went viral after it was once published, yetturned into unsubstantiated by representatives for either stars.

Both Song and Gary have again and again denied the claims, with the LeeSang rapper offering a concise remark some their relationship in August 2015, following footage that depicted them retaining hands in a Chinese airport.

He went directly to explicate about the difficulties in being paired with the actress, in particularduring periods when he learned that she could also beindividuallyinquisitive about an job or subject.

11 Idols Who Had Unexpected Other Careers Prior to Turning into Celebrities

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11 Idols Who Had Unexpected  Other Careers Prior to  Turning into Celebrities

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Sooner than they were idols, actors, and actresses in Korea, they had beyond jobs very equivalent to y'all and I! From fuel station attendants, to corner shop workers, those idols in reality worked challenging to transform who they are.

We  put in combinationan inventoryof a few of your favourite celebrities and their past jobs in a photo list for you to enjoy! Take a glance at this list titled, “11 Sudden Past Jobs Of K-Pop Idols

“Running Man” Contributors Are Terrified by potential of the Unknown All the style through Courage Test

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“Running Man” Contributors Are Terrified by potential of the Unknown All the style through Courage Test

“Running Man” Contributors Are Terrified by way of the Unknown All through Courage Examine ilmare42 February 7, 2016 0 The forged of “Running Man” has been via some frightening missions in the past, yetthe newest episode of the display literally puts their courage to the test!

In February 7s episode, the team tries to see how brave the cast members are with a frightening test. They present them with six covered boxes that they've gotto be successful in into so as to grasp the glass balls that experience been placed inside. Of course, the glass balls aren’t the sole things in the boxes, and so the forged has to get over their worry of the unknown and touch the more than a few slimey, sharp, hairy, and creepy things within the boxes as they hunt for their treasure.

Before the test starts, it’s printed that “Running Man” has compiled a listing of the entire times the members have shown their fear at theprove by screaming, pronouncing “I can’t do this!”, making pained sounds, chatting with themselves, and more. Kim Jong Kook takes the pinnacle spot on the list of the members with the maximum courage in reaction to this data, with Yoo Jae Suk coming in remaining place.

Netizens Criticize A “Produce 101” Contestant For Her “Strange” Fats Distribution

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Netizens Criticize A “Produce 101” Contestant For Her “Strange” Fats Distribution

For example, even if one contestant has been praised for her lovable face, shes these days facing complaint from audience for allegedly having fats arms. In a contemporary mail in Pann, screen shots featuring the singer were used to supply an explanation for her surprising visuals. Yetin position ofthat specialize in her cute facial features, the netizen focused her hands for performingto seem disproportionately higher than the rests of her body. Whilst the post has woncombined responses, many netizens still shared the posts opinion.

Koreaboo has accrued reactions from Netizens who commented at theusual article from our Korean source. The underneath comments are the preferred comments at the time of this article being published.

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