Kendrick Lamar: Seoul’s Soul
A month after his 31st Birthday, Kendrick Lamar performed in Seoul. An extremely rare occurrence, and one that will leave its mark on Korean hip-hop culture forever.
Hip-Hop in South Korea is growing faster than any other region outside North America and Europe, as we’ve touched on before — A Look Into Korean Hip-Hop Culture — and there’s no signs of it slowing down.
I’ve always seen hip-hop within South Korea as a unique scene, that has seen extremely heavy outside influence from three specific events throughout its history.
Nas released Illmatic in 1994, and changed the level which Koreans digest, formulate, and perceive relativity in rap music, through raw and gritty lyricism and classic 90’s production. A voice to latch onto, that resonated beyond others.
Nujabes performed Modal Soul in 2006, easing tension between two countries — this made Korean and Japanese hip-hop listeners step back and focus on the culture, sacrificing hate for curiosity.
Freedom of Thought
Kanye West performed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 at Naksan Beach, and challenged the Korean hip-hop base to break doors, challenge their own creativity.
The fourth will be Kendrick Lamar’s performance in Seoul this past week.
A mix of all three.