I’m not too sure I’ll ever translate this kind of editorial/interview again because it’s really more about the writer’s opinion (although I do agree 100% with the journalist’s words here) than what the artist says. So… yeah.
Besides, I was already halfway through this translation when I realized there was an English video for this interview… * bangs head on desk * So, you can check it out here. Favorite part of this interview : when Tiger JK goes “I don’t do it on purpose, but sometimes what I say or do get them in trouble” and Yoon Mirae and Bizzy nod like “UH.UH PREACH”.
“The Cure”, the new album… Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, Bizzy’s mutual understanding
Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae. A hip-hop couple that holds a unique position on the music scene. On one hand they can grab the mic and spit their rap, on the other hand it seems like they stick together as if following a promised sound. They’re our music industry “Lovebirds Couple”, but even if it’s just through their eyes, music is the common denominator for the companion they are to each other. Walking down that single music road, Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and their partner Bizzy aimed at the world.
Their music is always hot and relaxing. The album “The Cure” released under the name Drunken Tiger (with Yoon Mirae, Bizzy) is the beginning of a trilogy they will release together. They’re known for their aggressive and cool hip-hop music, but this time, they went for the healing music style by reducing the rythmical aspect. The title track “The Cure” has a pleasant acoustic sound made to heal the pain they received.
“It’s an album full of my own life stories. We plan to change the main character by going from Drunken Tiger with Yoon Mirae, Bizzy, to Bizzy with Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mirae and so on. I’m happy to hear the good response from the fans. It had been a long time since my last album, so the love and the interest they show make me even more humble. I’ll give them even more high-quality music.” (Tiger JK)
Tiger JK goes as a veteran of the Korean hip-hop scene, a talented musician. 20 years have already passed since his debut. During this time, he found love with Yoon Mirae and they had their precious son called Jordan. That’s what brought them a new free-spirited life.
Their music became even stronger. Under the name MFBTY, Tiger JK, Yonn Mirae and Bizzy recently built a fandom even overseas like in South America. With the aggressive tone of Tiger JK and Bizzy, combined with the warm timbre of Yoon Mirae’s voice, plus their honest lyrics, they were able to create a new music conveying even more sincerity. It’s a reflection of their stories based on their music, their personal lives, through their unique persective. This is their trademark music. Besides, “The Cure” is a message of hope about Tiger JK’s father who is currently fighting cancer.
“Curing pain, I’m talking about something anyone is familiar with. I was deeply thinking about how seeing my father listening to my music and smile makes me happy. I hope he’ll be able to recover quickly. I hope my father, the people who are in pain will be happy when they listen to this song.” (Tiger JK)
Hip-hop music going against the trend… A language of confession and comfort
In a time when hip-hop music was still vague in terms of standards and direction until it took root in Korea as a genre, Tiger JK’s music was enough to satisfy the appetite of the listeners. He did so by showing the specificity of the genre and finding the connection between several styles of Black music*. The way he cleverly built the bridge between Drunken Tiger’s identity and the audience was special. What he represents in our music history is important.
When on stage, he shows charisma and his true character through their music. Tiger JK’s ever changing tone, the feel of Bizzy’s strong rap and the voice of Yoon Mirae who can rap and sing, all these elements make listening to their music a pleasant experience in a different way. He has the skills to know how to fill completely a song just by using the density of the voice. All of his (their?) hit songs such as “Do You Know Hip-Hop?”, “Monster”, “소외된 모두, 왼발을 한 보 앞으로”, “Because I’m a Man”, “The Cure” carried a special message. His smooth and charismatic groove superbly combined with a delicate touch draw the line between him and other singers. The harmony found with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy infused an ever-lasting vitality to their music.
Something great happen at the time the new album got released. The song “The Cure” the three of them sang was in competition with “Touch Love”, the song Yoon Mirae sang for Master’s Sun’s OST which grabbed the number 1 spot on Gaon charts. “Touch Love” was number 1 twice in a row of the weekly Billboard K-Pop chart.
“It felt good to sing a ballad after such a long time. I can’t express with words how happy I am it became number one,” Yoon Mirae said.
Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy are ready to make Korean hip-hop known widely by exchanging a lot with foreigner artists, a Korean hip-hop that doesn’t come from the idol core of Hallyu. As Yoon Mirae is a talented Korean female singer who can crossover the hip-hop genre and the soul genre with her ability to rap and sing, her unique musical style is also appealing overseas. Various foreign music magazines named her as a female musician who must be paid attention to.
“Yoon Mirae is a talented musician who must be recognized as a true artist. She received love calls from big music companies, but she isn’t looking for money or fame. She didn’t rush any overseas advancement, yet I’m happy to see that people recognize and acknowledge her more. I hope there will be a lot of these good rumors.” (Tiger JK)
“In today’s world, we can share our music with fans from many different countries through youtube and social networks without us having to fly out there. There’s no specific plan to enter the market abroad, but whenever we get call, no matter where it is, we want to go. We think first about doing the music we want as much as we can in Korea. If we get good response from other countries, we’re willing to go and perform over there too.” (Yoon Mirae)
When they talked about the foreign musicians they wanted to work with, they also presented Korean hip-hop. “There are a lot of musicians such as Wu Tang Clan, Prince, Nas, The Roots, D’Angelo, Kendrick Lamar we want to work with. There are also a lot of great Korean hip-hop musicians we want to work with such as Bullhandang Crew (불한당 크루), Garion, Dok2, Dynamic Duo. Their flow and their productions are excellent.”
It isn’t easy for a singer to put out constantly good music. Although it isn’t to the point where Korea is hostile to hip-hop/R&B music, things do seem hard [for those making these types of music]. As time went by, they didn’t go out of style, they found a deeper hold on life. On a music scene where instant music is switched on a daily basis in the ranking charts, their “heavy” presence is even more meaningful.
They seem to say “Becoming light like a butterfly, like the beautiful feather of a flycatcher/ I hope to fly without a word over every road/ (omitted) I hope to become light like the fog, like a flying dandelion spore and go until the end of the road”. [excerpt from “The Unbearable Heavyness of Being” by poet Baek Chang Woo.]
Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, their music carries energy and if life gave them an opportunity to take a break when they grew exhausted, they grabbed the mic again.
[t/n: this Black music thing… I still don’t get it. I never see anything about “White music”… Is there? I don’t know. One of the many cultural differences I’ll never get, not matter how hard I try]
via journalist : Park Young Wook @ billboard