Welcome to Round 2 of the Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle!
The first round was a motley assortment of battles, some of them being complete runaway matches (T.O.P vs. HyunA, G-Dragon vs. Jung Hana), with no question as to the clear winner, and others with less of a split (CL vs. Rap Monster, Bang Yong Guk vs. Ilhoon). Still, some of the matches were neck and neck all the way (Jackson vs. Yong Junhyung, Taecyeon vs. Park Kyung), ending with less than a two percent difference! Especially a surprise was the victory of Taecyeon, who made a comeback late in the game, beating out Block B’s Park Kyung, who had been ahead for the majority of round one. Bet there were some sweating fans out there!
In the midst of all this, we definitely had some talented contenders knocked out very early, like Miryo (knocked out by Baro), M.I.B SIMS (knocked out by VIXX’s Ravi), and EXID’s LE (knocked out by f(x)’s Amber). At least we can all agree that these three are some pretty amazing rappers, regardless of the outcome, and if you didn’t know about them before, we hope you do now!
It’s also not too difficult to note that almost all of the female contestants were eliminated in Round 1, with the exception of Amber (who was herself up against another female). We did receive a few complaints about our decision to integrate the genders. We’d hoped that the results of the rap battle would follow more closely the pattern of our K-Pop Dance Madness battle a few months ago, where females competed against males all the way to the last few rounds, and were eliminated roughly in proportion to their presence in the contest. Certainly we don’t think that hip-hop is a guy’s game, but we acknowledge that our fans might be more likely to vote in favor of their male biases.
(Note: To limit the number of possible contestants and even the playing field, this will be an idol-only contest, meaning representative Korean rappers such as Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae, Tablo, Swings, etc., have not been included.)
Bang Yong Guk (B.A.P)
Rap Monster (BTS)
P.O (Block B)
Zico (Block B)
With the remaining rappers, it looks like we’re going to have some juicy matches coming up.
– BIGBANG vs. EXO,
– Former 2PM vs. Still 2PM,
– T.O.P vs. P.O (how low can your voice go?),
Go to the next page to vote! We’ll start with Red Division: G-Dragon, Chanyeol, Jay Park, and Taecyeon. You can vote once every three hours. Voting will close on Wednesday, August 27, KST.