Verbal Jint, considered as one of the foundational pillars of modern Korean hip-hop

South Korea’s hip-hop scene is among the fastest-growing in the world. After 30 years, the world is finally starting to take notice — why? A phenomenon and part of the Korean Wave sweeping the West, Korean hip-hop is something that has won over the hearts of millions in recent years.

Although always on the map, it’s now bigger (and growing faster) than ever before in the West. Modern trends within the Western world of hip-hop are still very evident in content and aesthetic, while Korea strives for its own scene — by itself, of itself.

On top of that, several artists have been putting on Korea for a decade or longer, and it’s finally starting to look up. What’s with the surge in attention? What sort of influences do these artists emulate and promote in their music?

Many appreciate the Korean hip-hop culture for the flows and production, but its roots are much deeper. The story of Korean life, through rhymes an rhythm.

Origins of Korean Rap