The New Wave #1: Geeks, Reddy, & Kkalchang
Lil Boi: It was around the winter of second year in high school and I was preparing for a school festival. While digging through various websites for the MR of Drunken Tiger’s “Stubborn Person,” I ended up joining a website called “Jungle Radio.” They had a free board where people were allowed to upload their own recorded sessions so I thought, “Hrm, should I try too?” With the same mindset, I started recording and for about a year, I was constantly working on music that it became a naturally thing for me opposed to coming to a conclusion and saying, “I’m going to pursue in music.”
Louie: I first started off writing lyrics and in wanting to record my work, I bought a 3,000 won (roughly $3 USD) microphone at the neighborhood stationary store. With time passing by up till present day, I guess I’m able to tell the public that I’m pursuing in music because of the habitual routine I made myself go through in recording and composing lyrics.
Lil Boi: The nickname means “little boy” and I ended up using this because I’m short (laughter).
Louie: The CEO, Rimi nuna, and Gamja hyung thought of this nickname together for me after putting much thought into it. They gave it to me because they said I look like an heir of France but I’m not so sure about it.
Lil Boi: I’m under the crews Do’main, Buckwilds, and Cookiz. For Do’main and Buckwilds, I joined the two crews naturally while for Cookiz on the other hand, I joined through an audition.
Louie: I joined JUJUBE which is where I first started exchanging music with my peers. I joined Cookiz with Lil Boi and my friends in Do’main are those I chatter with when I go to Hongdae and nod my head along with to hip hop songs. I’m not really the type to go out and play but whenever I meet up with these friends, I become a person who can be an outgoing whenever. We’re not just a bunch of cool peers that exchange music together, but a group that can talk about the deep aspects of life. For Buckwilds, I went to perform at one of the South Town Shows in Busan and I met up with Jtong hyung but I can’t remember exactly since I was pretty drunk but I remember him telling me, “Be a part of Buckwilds. You’re a true lunatic that I even approve of” so since then, I became a part of Buckwilds. They’re my colleagues who are very warmhearted people and sincere towards music so to me, they’re very, very important.
Lil Boi: For my personal representative song, I think the track “Once” off of my personal mixtape, “Good Time” and the reason being that I composed the lyrics truthfully in regards to my family, friends, and music.
Lil Boi: To not do music for business, and that’s something I should abide by till I die.
Louie: An artist needs to have an efficient mindset for art and for a hip hop artist, I believe that they have to work hard for the art genre that is hip hop. I haven’t accomplished much in order to be prideful, but I always know that one thing I need to keep habit of is “sincerity.” Your motive relies on the responsibility of what you accomplish is how I look at it. As an emcee, you need to take actions that aren’t embarrassing as written in your self-composed lyrics, but also reflect over yourself once again and share that path; I myself am working hard to become an amazing artist who can direct others into this better path.
Lil Boi: I just set foot into the scene so as a fellow artist, I believe that paying respect towards previous generation artists is a given fact. Of course, I respect my fellow friends who started at the same time around as me as well as to the younger generation also.
Louie: I always feel gratitude towards the older generation artists of Korean hip hop. If it weren’t for them, I think it would’ve been harder for me to be able to tweak my rhymes or organize them. It’s given for awesome hip hop artists to be given respect and for me to share the same backstage room as them is an honor, as I’m unable to hide my overwhelmed feelings most times.
Lil Boi: Kanye West.
Louie: Like the lyrics by my friend TakeOne, I want to consistently pursue in music in an honest matter to the point where I don’t need to mention “honesty.” Many lines of his lyrics inspired me and I want to be able to compose lyrics and make music like that in return.
From now on
Lil Boi: Geeks is preparing for our official 1st album. In order to put out the best quality, we’re still trying hard to earn more inspiration.
Louie: I’m working hard with Lil Boi and we’ll try to have it out by this year.
Lil Boi: For the fans and artists (hyungs, friends, dongsengs) who always keeps interest in us, we thank everyone and I’ll always keep a student mindset of growing and working hard to make music. Peace.
Louie: One love.
Reddy: To be honest, I didn’t really engage into it but more so started off working on my mixtape alone because I enjoyed listening to hip hop. I think that’s when I first started rapping – I used to have more interest in singing so I bought more R&B artists’ albums…but thanks to a friend who I got to know in the military, my spectrum in hip hop music broadened; I used to listen to mainly Korean hip hop before.
Reddy: My real name is Kim Hong Woo. People tend to have fun with the spelling of “hong.” For example, younger friends would call be Hong hyung before…the “hong” doesn’t mean the bright hong but the representative definition for it is usually red. Also, I do happen to like red so I thought of the term “red” but in order to make it easier for others to call me by, I added the suffix “-dy” so it became “Reddy.” There’s no special meaning behind it.
Reddy: I’m a member of the crew called The Cohort. At first, I was contacted through Twitter and the friend who had contacted me was in America but he had heard of my mixtape and saw clips of me. Since there are limitations to the internet, we decided to meet up the next time he’d be in Korea so we set up a date and when I first met them, I had a good vibe from them. The directions of our thoughts were headed in a similar direction, and so I thought it’d be fun to hang around these guys. We’re not a rapping crew – we’re a crew that likes culture. We also have different roles as well. In Cohort, it’s only Jiyong (Okasian) and I that rap.
Reddy: I’ve only had one single and two mixtapes out, so there isn’t a lot however if I had to choose one, it’d be the track “Buzzer Beater.” It was extremely difficult for me to work on the single. While working on it alone, I felt pressured with the feeling that this became a job almost and there were a lot of parts I was stuck on. Though later on, it was like pricking my fingers and feeling really relieved from the constipation when I worked on this track you can say. Rather than the other tracks I held onto longer, I liked this track more for how it turned out. To me, it still feels like a very refreshing track.
Reddy: Even before the day I received the interview offer, I thought a lot in regards to actions and it’s kind of baffling. Before then, I didn’t think much of my opinions and I guess I just went with the flow of things? And with my actions flowing in that direction, I began to see that my thoughts began to drift further away as well. I guess you can think of it as a good experience to put it optimistically, however now I kind of want to organize my actions and plan to work with the first feelings and determinations I enjoyed and felt to when I first started producing. I think that I’m going to work on awesome stuff from now on.
Reddy: I released a single without knowing anything and it’s been about a year now. I feel the utmost respect towards the artists who I listened to since elementary school and junior high that the fact that they’re still involving music in their lives is respectable. I feel at times that this is a very difficult lifestyle and to put a lot of time into hip hop and not any other genres, that itself deserves respect, hands down.
Reddy: I don’t have a role model, and I don’t have an ideal type either. I think that having a role model and to become like someone narrows my vision. I want to be able to see as broadly as I can and I don’t think that having a role model can do that – I want to become an artist. A true artist.
From now on
Reddy: I want to work on things that can keep me thinking about myself more. If I think about it, I don’t think I have much interest in myself. Anyway, I ask for much support either way.
Reddy: I’m at a stage of just starting off and working hard to enjoy producing. Whether it’s illegally or officially, I hope many of you can listen and for many of you to listen is the most joyful result. Also, if you don’t like it, then you don’t and if you do, you do – but make sure to tell me. I want as much feedback as I can get and I ask for much support, not just for me but for Korean hip hop as well.
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