Zico, Crush & Dean's 'Bermuda Triangle' Testifies to Importance of Hip-Hop in Korean Music

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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Crush performs at KCON 2016 in New York City. Despite Korean music’s worldwide renown as “K-pop,” the limiting moniker can diminish the importance of hip-hop and R&B in the industry. Westernized Korean music rose to prominence in Korea in the ‘90s beginning with hip-hop crew Seo Taiji & Boys disrupting the music scene with their unique sound, and R&B has an even longer history in the country. Even the most bubblegum K-pop acts incorporate those genres into their repertoire, and many idol groups have members who serve as (sometimes decent) rappers. But it’s only been in the past few years that hip-hop has returned to the mainstream Korean music industry in earnest. The revival in popularity is spearheaded by many acts -- Epik High, MFBTY, idol groups like BTS and BIGBANG -- but three of its leading talents recently came together to collaborate on “Bermuda Triangle.” Producer and rapper Zico (a member of the boy band Block B), alt R&B artist Dean, and smooth crooner Crush have each made an impact on the Korean music industry with their solo and collaborative projects. Released on Nov. 28, their single “Bermuda Triangle” is a dark, minimalistic synth and bass-heavy song that focuses on the threesome’s slick vocals. Each artist delivers verses in a style that suits his individual musicality:...

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