Playlist time! My editor just lately instructed me that June is (amongst different issues) Black Music Month. Between the rise of the Black Lives Matter motion and producer Tiffany Crimson‘s allegations of SM withholding funds from her, this felt particularly well timed.
Immediately, we’re going to deal with the Black artists and producers working behind the scenes of a few of your favourite Korean songs. Earlier than we get began, I need to give a particular shout out to The Band 6, Massive Bang’s tour band. Whereas they’re not technically producers, they’re a fantastic band and deserve love. As somebody who’s seen “Doom Dada” reside, they deserve all of the love.
“Carry the Boys” Remix — SNSD and Teddy Riley
Confession time: I’m not an SNSD fan. They’ve songs I like, however they’re largely too polished for me. That being mentioned, the unique “The Boys” slaps, and this remix doesn’t disappoint both. It’s not too shocking since Teddy Riley produced among the greatest hits from the ’90s. The instrumental is excessive vitality and doesn’t conflict with SNSD’s clockwork precision. Plus, the brief breakdown round 2:28 provides simply sufficient grime to cease you in your tracks.
A remix with the group singing in English, it’s solely for them to cease and flex on all of us. “You didn’t need to fake you didn’t discover me.” DIVAS, YOU BETTER SLAY US ALL!!
“Nilira”– G-Dragon and Missy Elliot
G-Dragon was one of many first artists I bought into once I first found Okay-Pop. I discovered his type of hip-hip/rap very acquainted. As a Black ’90s child, I grew up with a number of nice acts. None as expensive to me as the nice rapper/producer Missy Elliot. She was groundbreaking to me, a plus-sized black lady working issues. It’s onerous to think about a pre-Missy Elliot level of my life, actually.
So image my shock once I found that GD was not solely a fan of her however they labored collectively. “Nilira” has that wild vitality of each artists, and it simply looks like a present.
“AEAO” — DJ Premier and Dynamic Duo
How can a music that appears like a throwback nonetheless sound so recent? There isn’t a lot I don’t love about this music. DJ Premier has been a producer for a very long time, beginning with Gang Starr within the 1980s. You may undoubtedly hear these years of expertise with how the beat performs with chill and majesty. He’ll sometimes punch up the horns and the bass to provide the music extra vitality solely to calm it again down.
After all, Dynamic Duo isn’t lazing round both. I’m unsure if it’s as a result of they’re already extra overtly hip-hop rappers, however they work amazingly effectively with DJ Premier. All of them deliver this vitality of veterans who nonetheless hustle for his or her crafts and aren’t slowing down. Additionally, Gaeko sings the refrain, and I’m all the time for Gaeko singing.
“Kingdom Come”– Crimson Velvet and The Stereotypes
Wow … this music. This music is so extremely balanced and crafted. The vocals don’t overwhelm the instrumental, and the harmonies are so tight, it’s scary. I’ve all the time most well-liked Crimson Velvet’s “Velvet” tracks over their pop hits. It is a nice instance.
Producers The Stereotypes actually went above and past with this beat. The synths give this nice delicate lightness, whereas the drums and high-hat act because the driving pressure. It by no means feels heavy or overstays its welcome. This might simply make you obsess over Crimson Velvet. It’s an ideal music.
“Hangang”– Hoody and Cha Cha Malone
I’d be very remiss if I didn’t add at the least one Cha Cha Malone monitor on right here. In spite of everything, he’s been an instrumental half (in addition to co-founder) of AOMG since its formation. I sometimes consider Malone as a extra occasion anthem producer. (Which isn’t a foul factor.) However I used to be pleasantly stunned when this dropped.
It is a nice team-up. It’s a enjoyable summertime monitor that has a fantastic groove and makes you jam. I particularly love the flute-like melody that comes and goes. Hoody herself has a lightweight, beautiful voice that actually sells the breezy vibe. This music made me desirous to see extra from her.
These are only a few of the wonderful Black producers working in Okay-pop as we speak. This playlist may need been essentially the most analysis I’ve accomplished for a playlist as this is a crucial topic. Whereas I like what number of Black producers made my favourite tracks, I’m unhappy that we hardly hear about it. I’d actually love to listen to extra about these artists.
Black music has been extremely foundational to fashionable pop however particularly Okay-pop. We have to speak not simply concerning the teams however the phenomenal of us behind the scenes. We have to salute these artists.
Make sure to tell us who your favourite Black producers/artist working in Okay-pop is true now