It's at all times tempting when assembling all these end-of-the-year roundups, to seem to which songs sold the maximum copies or made the largest wave on social media. Yetthat is what popular charts, trending hot lists and awards displays are for. When you asked 50 Korean hip-hop lovers for their 2015 height 10, they wouldmost definitely respond with 50 totallyother lists. But as a living, respiring human, I will alonetruthfully tout the songs that get my own heartbeat racing. The rappers in this list are some of the well-nighcutting edge performers of the genre. So, sit down back, click the ones underlined links and let's get this celebration rolling.
1. Yankie - "Sold Out" featuring Zion.T, Loco and Tablo of Epik High
In a year that the Korean song scene had more than its fair proportion of high-profile collaborations, it is only fitting that the 2015's most productive K-hip-hop track would be one of them. For his part, Tablo brought the similar infectious power that made his crew Epik High's own all-star collaboration from 2014, "Born Hater," featuring Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I of iKON, one of the most year's highpoints to "Sold Out." As the ringleader of a four-MC lineup this strong, Yankie does what any wonderful leader does, he works as demanding equally anyone, whilst laying back when it's time for the others to shine. The result'sa legitimatethis isjust aboutnot possiblenow notto transport to. Upload to that the truth that this talented ensemble turns out to be actually having amusing without someone taking the court cases (or themself) too seriously pushes the vibe on "Sold Out" over the top.
The Quiett's float sackusually merely be heard saturated with with high-speed hi-hat and keyboards. But once he were giventhe distance on this track for his flow to breathe, the unique MC used to bein a position to ascend to new heights. Even thoughthere's no denying that The Quiett has been perfecting his craft for some time, one of the riveting things about "Bentley" is how it kind of feels to be one of these songs that even shocked its creators with how tremendous ITgrew to become out. And although rap music has had a long love affair with automobiles like rock 'n roll prior to it, The Quiett injects a cinematic urgency over a beat possessing a nearly mystical quality to create that sought-after dynamic of sounding either new and vintage at a similar time.
3. Peejay - "I Get Lifted" featuring Beenzino
One exciting fashion that endured in Korean rap in 2015 turned into a go toward the more jazz-inflected sound of the classic technology of the 1990s. Nowhere was embracing the cool more a hit artistically than on Peejay's "I Get Lifted." Teaming up with one of the country's most prolific and consistent rappers never hurts either. Beenzino is helping take this cast throwback beat and turn it into a drama in 3 acts. And just if you finish upcertainthe entire lot was built on two turntables and a microphone (plus a sampler or two) a blistering saxophone solo makes you reconsider the song's construction.
4. Zico of Block B - "Well Done" featuring Ja Mezz
The Thankful Dead aren'tgenerally the go-tosource subject matter for hip-hop manufacturerssearching for hot beats. But on "Well Done," Zico and Ja Mezz turn the vocal hook at theliked Dead classic "Dark Star" (often regarded as the most sought-after of the band's are living set by way of bootleggers because of its infrequent appearance in concerts after 1974) and use it as the springboard for an edgy sound, burning with attitude, directly from the streets. Jerry would be proud.
5. GD TOP of huge hit - "Zutter"
For hardcore Large Bang fans, there might bejust onecall that mattered in rap in 2015, or two names actually, as so-called band "sub-unit" GD TOP were accountable for the ingenious highpoint of the per thirty daysflow of singles that ended inthe crowdalmost owning the pop charts all summer. All stated and done, the "MADE" series sold over thirteen million singles worldwide, all still without the neighborhoodfreeing a full-length album. But just as very important for the group's cultural have an effect on as their advertisementgood fortune is that while a majority of the 8 "MADE" singles unveiled between April and August veered toward an eclectic, though most commonly mainstream pop sound, on "Zutter" the Hallyu icons proved they is also able to tear up the track with the most efficient of them. For all the musical styles that adolescencebuddies G-Dragon and T.O.P check out on for size, it's miles when the duo are losing rhymes that they appear to be the most at home. Whatever your mind are on Big Bang, there just isn't any denying the duo is dropping hot hearth here.
6. illinit - "Beer In My Backpack"
Anyone sufficiently old to be partial to the brew recalls that early excitement of heading house alongside a bag stuffed with beers, prepared to kick a couple of back for a few kicks. With the manner rapper illinit attacks the track with fierce precision on this infectious song, it's transparent he hasn't had one too many. With a sound that's both grounded with forgedabilities and obscured with psychedelic production flourishes, illinit proved to be a big innovator this year. His album "Made In '98," though yet to acquire any mainstream press, announced the arriving of a different voice on Korea's hip-hop landscape.
7. MaseWonder - "Summer Night"
"It was a summer night throughout the weekend," MaseWonder said of his moody end-of-summer opus when I interviewed him remaining month. "My pals and I were drinking and dining at the riverside. You notice them precisely like that during the music video. I believe ane succeeded in shooting the fever of the night." Capture it he did. MaseWonder would most likely not take created much of a stir in the West with "Summer Night," but he crystalized a temper on the track, a good expression of a super moment as he experienced it that might now continuously exist there for all folks to enjoy. More than any song on this list, "Summer Night" is a curative tonic.
8. Deepflow - "Lookin' Good"
One glance at Deepflow and it'sratherclean this guy is not very messing around. Built like a truck, there is without a doubtquite so much ofpaintings for the MC in safety or ultimate struggling with if your complete rap thing does not work out. But if he alternatives up on the mic, Deepflow is as gentle as a feather. And as a substitute of gambling up his difficult guy persona, he instead chooses to laugh it up, opening the song with a clip from some tacky US truth show. And Deepflow's nuanced artistry extends to the way "Lookin' Good" was produced. The morphing layers of synths harken back to the days when Dr. Dre was still hungry.
9. 5Zic of M.I.B - "Zick Jasper"
Zick Jasper wasn't just a song identify for 5Zic, he rebranded with the name for his solo career. And with the bombastic beefed up low end of a hot bass drum propelling the songs despair piano loop for all time forward, the song doe have that feeling of a declaration of principles. In renaming himself, Jasper also staked his claim on darker territory than his band would ever tackle. His long run is wide open.
10. P-Type - "The Stranger"
Zico wasn't the only real Korean MC to discovertrendy day magic in North American classic rock, as P-Type turned Neil Young's 1970 hit "Southern Man" into one of the year's most propulsive beats. And though the haters would be fastto indicate that with the bite of "Southern Man" sampled on "The Stranger," it's actually more of a mash-up than a new song, it is P-Type's electrified rapping that makes it among the year's best. If Kanye can patternmassive chunks of songs, why cannot P-Type?
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