A still from B.I’s MV for “Midnight Blue.”

Straight from the dungeons of rap, where fake writers don’t make it back, here’s Elaine Nguyen with this week’s Idol Talk.

On January 18, 2021, legendary Korean hip-hop group Epik High released their tenth studio album, Epik High Is Here 上 (Part 1). The album includes numerous features from prominent figures in the Korean music industry, but one particular name leaped out at me when I spotted it on the tracklist: B.I.

Rapper B.I, or Kim Hanbin, was Epik High’s labelmate during their YG days and featured on their 2014 track “Born Hater” alongside Bobby, with whom he later debuted…


The four members of Brave Girls standing on stage holding mics and crying. One of them is holding a trophy.
The four members of Brave Girls standing on stage holding mics and crying. One of them is holding a trophy.

Back in full effect, here’s Elaine with a new piece for her column, Idol Talk with Elaine Nguyen.

Last Sunday, Brave Girls tearfully accepted their first music show win from SBS’ Inkigayo for “Rollin’”, a song released over four years prior. Less than three weeks before that historic win, the group was preparing to leave their dorm and find new careers.

How did we get here? The explosive resurgence of “Rollin’” began when a stage compilation of the song alongside Internet commentary went viral. …


Please offer a warm round of applause for our new column, Idol Talk with Elaine Nguyen. Here’s Elaine, fresh off of defeating Aoba Johsai with the power of friendship.

We need to talk about ONF’s latest album.

Or rather, I need to talk about ONF’s latest album before I vibrate out of my skin with the force of my love for it, and I’m hoping you’ll indulge me.

For those unaware, ONF (pronounced “on and off”) is a six-piece Kpop boy group that debuted under WM Entertainment with title track On/Off in 2017. Despite their laudable ambition in terms of…

Elaine Nguyen

Vietnamese student and writer living in the Bay Area of California. I love reading, my dogs, and BTS.

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