Tiger JK Talks About Korean Hip-Hop As A Genre + BTS’s Influence In Global Outreach

Tiger JK recently sat down for an interview with HeraldPOP to talk about the release of his latest and final album as Drunken Tiger, “X: Rebirth of Tiger JK.”

“The album has two CDs: the first disc is for core fans of Drunken Tiger, and the second disc shows how Tiger JK is evolving,” he said.

He also talked a little about musical genres. “We’re going to lay down the roots for ‘K-Hop’ [Korean hip-hop]. I want to make it a genre that’s recognized all over the world. Calling it K-Hop doesn’t mean that it’s different from what we did before. It’s just that what we hip-hop artists are doing now is finally being exported worldwide.”

He continued, “I definitely think it’s possible for the genre to grow. No one imagined at the beginning that BTS could come this far. The whole world is focusing on our hip-hop. I think that it could be amazing.”

Tiger JK also talked about his collaboration with BTS’s RM on the album. “In terms of global marketing, we have to do what K-Pop is doing. I don’t mean to bring up RM all the time, but I’ve been contacted by famous underground rappers around the world about the song that RM and I worked on together. They tell me, ‘This is a really amazing hip-hop song.’ We didn’t make it to follow the trends, but instead captured the color of the 90’s golden age. That’s why it’s meaningful. I want K-Hop to grow in this way.”

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