Our featured artiste this week is singer, songwriter, and producer Bobby Kim. His music is very unique in today's kpop. His album is R&B oriented, but often you will hear different genres from song to song – jazz, raggae, hip-hop, ballads, etc. It's like providing listeners a clear stream instead of the similar melodies that we listen over and over again these days. Bobby Kim released his 1st album back in 1998. But he said that the album was not up-to-standard so he did not considered it as an "official" 1st album. As a result, his 2004 release "Beats Within My Soul" was his official 1st album, even though he's been around the music scene for many years. "Beats Within My Soul" received rave reviews, and is still ranked on weekly album sales charts once a while even after 3 years of release. He released his 2nd album "Follow Your Soul" in late 2006, and again it's among the top selling albums. Let's find out more about Bobby Kim:


English name: Bobby Kim
Korean name : Kim Do-kyun
Date of birth : January 12th, 1973
Physique : 176cm, 66kg
Hobbies : Baseball, drinking


Bobby Kim debuted in 1994. Kim after a short stint as rapper and singer of Dr. Reggae, the first Korean reggae group, Kim went behind the scenes to write and produce songs for artists like Sechskies, Drunk Tiger and T in the late ‘90s. It was only in 2001 that Kim returned to the stage as part of hip-hop trio Bugga Kingz with rappers GanD and Juvie. Though their first album was not a commercial success, it was recognized by fans and critics alike for its unique and stylish branding of hip-hop and soul. In 2004 Kim released the solo album, “Beats Within My Soul,” a critically acclaimed effort that earned him a Korean Music Award that year. Today Kim continues to perform with Bugga Kingz, who released their second album “The Renaissance” last year, as well as a solo artist. Bugga Kingz members as well as members of the Movement Crew, a group of hip hop artists that include Tiger JK of Drunken Tiger, Dynamic Duo, T and others, are expected to make guest appearances.


Holy Bumz Presents Bobby (1998) : Pain, Free Style, Lonely Night, Roots, I Wonder, Remember Last Christmas, Red Face, My Recipe

Beats Within My Soul (1st album, 2004) : Running Man, It’s Alright It’s Allgood, Poor Boy Rhapsody, Falling in Love Again, Harmony, One More Glass

Follow Your Soul (2nd album, 2006) : Follow My Soul, Don’t Say Goodbye, Blue Bird, Sing Sing Sing, Love Virus, You’re My Everything

credits: KBS World

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