Introducing “Your Daily Shot of Soju” This is going to be my daily format for sharing random cultural thoughts, pictures and basically anything I want to in an easy to digest and read format. Expect to be updated Monday-Thursday, and probably once on the weekend. Yes, I changed the name. I like this one better.
Something for you to read:
As a privileged, upper-middle class, white American male it is only natural that I embraced Hip-Hop at the age of 12 and have since thought of myself as kind of gangster.
I tried to feel sad when Tupac died, even though I only knew like 2 of his songs. When Biggie died I tried to feel angry as it was retribution for Tupac’s death even though I knew like 3 of his songs. I wore my pants down around my knees. I rocked flannels with only the top button buttoned and was pretty much the definition of a w-w-w-wigga
…middle school was weird for all of us.
With that said, I am still a fan of hip-hop for life. It taught me things like how to dance and how to write. I’m not sure which of these skills is more beneficial, but one of these two has helped me meet girls while the other has merely taken up lots of my free time. I think that last sentence can be described as a digression.
As I have mentioned before, Hip Hop culture is one that is fairly respected in South Korea. And while it is still commercialized by companies the art form seems to maintain a certain dignity among higher social classes that seems to be pushed to the side so easily in the States. B-boys are still called B-boys and not “breakdancers.” Dj’s perform with classical ensembles and graffiti is viewed as a viable form of art (provided it’s legal).
Perhaps I could see these types of things in larger cities, particularly New York City which is the birthplace of Hip-Hop. But as a mid-westerner from a medium sized town I really haven’t seen the culture respected on as wide a scale as I do here. And since I can only bring my unique perspective to the table I will omit New York from my discussion…besides, it would probably invalidate my point, and that would really piss me off.
Hip-Hop also taught me how to speak really fast…a skill which is not useful in Korea
Korean traditional instruments play Cannon and are accompanied by the Korean Biz Markie and B-Boys.
This really reminds me of a Sprite commercial.
More Visual Stimuli:
Dynamic Duo – Insomnia
A pretty cool video. I suggest watching the whole thing. Also, if you want to get a sense of what my apartment looks like, the mouse has pretty much the exact same set up I do.
Anyways, Dynamic Duo has been around in Korea for a pretty long time. They’re videos seem to remind me of the Beastie Boys in that they always have fun and never really take themselves too seriously. Try checking them out on YouTube.
Pretty much the rest of the post is videos:
ChopD – Dear Friend
The song is pretty cool, but for true entertainment fast forward to about the 2 minute.
Also, I originally was going to post this video by ChopD but decided for the other one at the last second…another pretty cool song.
It just feels like the DJ is more important to Korean Hip Hop than it is to it’s American counterpart.
The rapper who takes himself way too seriously…and so of course he’s my favorite:
He also has a cool name:
I recognize this beat from some Camp Lo song…ol’ skool Drunken Tiger.
I suggest that if you really enjoy Hip Hop and don’t mind not understanding all the words checking out some of these videos…they’re pretty nice.
Sorry…one more thing to read:
The word “Nehga” here is essentially a reference to oneself, kind of like saying “I am” (more or less)
Lots of songs use the word and it stands out in my mind as it is pre-conditioned to react to any word that sounds like N!&&@.
Anyways, I promise Korean people don’t hate black people…they just stare at them and hold their purses extra tight when they’re around
A few more video links then I’m going to get drunk:
Seriously though, Korean girls are insane
Election tomorrow…maybe I’ll talk about it…maybe I won’t
Planning ahead is not one of my strengths