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…

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…

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. …

read the thread here: https://twitter.com/tybutdisagree/status/1179414980514500608

a tornado flew around the timeline this morning. for days, ARMY had been awaiting a much-whoopdiedooed cover story by the hollywood reporter of their beloved band, BTS. the traffic was palpable. in the midst of many likes and retweets, there were many fans who noted that they’d have to unblock THR in this one instance, just to read this big piece.

at this point, you might ask why ARMYs had THR blocked in the first place. well…

read the thread on twitter here: https://twitter.com/tybutdisagree/status/1175064380779749376

themes of self-love and maturity have been eminent in BTS’ works since they debuted at a young age in 2013. since then, they’ve grown in front of the public’s eyes at a closer angle than most any artist prior to them, a result of social media’s capacity for constant content.

ARMY has seen the boys grow from wide-eyed youths with a somewhat naive outlook on their beloved hip-hop genre to a multi-faceted, unique musical dynamo with an outreach rivaled by few (if any) in modern pop culture. …

read the twitter thread here: https://twitter.com/tybutdisagree/status/1174839251781005312

one of the great pleasures of being able to cover such a highly engaged fanbase as BTS’ ARMY is being able to shine some of that bangtan light on works & ideas that are important to me, but don’t get the level of shine or mainstream coverage as i wish they would.

my favorite rapper growing up, as an admittedly dorky hip-hop fanatic, was lupe fiasco, an emcee who’s skills as a writer are, to me, unparalleled by any artist in the history of the genre. …

you can read the twitter thread here: https://twitter.com/tybutdisagree/status/1174338163562749958

hi, i’m elliot, and i don’t speak korean. however, i’ve been a fan of the korean group BTS for a few months now, and as a hip-hop fan, i really respect how they’ve used the artform of hip-hop to communicate a message that’s authentic to them.

the group originated as a hip-hop act and, even after rebranding before their debut and becoming more of a “hip hop idol” act, still stuck to their roots as much as possible. …

read the twitter thread here: https://twitter.com/tybutdisagree/status/1173975435992031232

it’s not uncommon for twitter to hail pop stars as anti-capitalist figureheads, sarcastically or otherwise.

additionally, it’s not uncommon for people to view pop stars as equated with essentialist capitalism — after all, pop music and capitalism are two peas in a pod, with the former being a significant product of the latter.

this seems like a sensible part of a gradually shaping phenomenon wherein younger generations, particularly in america, are trending more towards favoring socialism and policies linked with a disruption, or regulation, of modern capitalism and its oft-oppressive effects.

while engels and…


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