Friday, May 20, 2016

Crash Course on Hip Hop History

Hiphop is a culture. In that culture are three elements:
  •           Rap
  •           Dance
  •           Graffiti

To understand how HipHop became what it is today, let’s go back to where it started. This is, by no means, a comprehensive piece but will serve as a good guide to those who want a crash course.

DJ Kool Herc (real name Clive Campbell) is largely recognized as the father of HipHop. He was born and raised in Jamaica. By the 70s, he made a living as a DJ in New York. However, HipHop’s foundation was laid five decades prior.

The Foundation

Mid 20s - A street dancer named Earl Tucker (aka Snake Hips) developed dance moves that is now used as the basic foundation of HipHop dance, floats and slides. It was picked up by many other dancers and continuously evolved. 

By the 50s, Soundclash launched a contest among DJs and the two finalists were Coxsone Dodd’s “Downbeat” and Duke Reid’s “Trojan”. This is when the concept of ‘battles’ began.

Note: During this time, African Americans were still considered nothing more than slaves. They had no rights and no protection. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Gil, yo!

We will be posting more of the Gil in Show Me the Money 5. 

To those asking... yes, we are pumped that he is partnered with Mad Clown. We have written about Mad Clown several times, a testament of how much we admire him. 

LeeSsang Theater 3 Photos

Thank you everyone for posting photos. If you want us to link to your site, send us a message.

We are BACK!

Sorry for the long absence. 

We cannot tell you why we were unable to update this site but we are not allowed. Let's just say, it wasn't our choice. 

That doesn't matter now. 

We are back for more LeeSsang and Korean Hip Hop Up. Give us a moment to catch our breath. We'll start flooding you soon. 

Things to watch out for:

  • LeeSsang, Kang Gary and Gil song english translations
  • Kang Gary's and Gil's album reviews
  • New quotes
  • some updates on other Korean Hip Hop artists 
We'll try to catch up on your questions and messages. 

Thanks for the continued love. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Kang Gary's Album 2002 Track List

1. "He'll Do Well Anyway" ft. Koonta
2. "Doong Doong" ft. Skull and Deepflow
3. "Butt" ft. Jay Park - title track
4. "Rap" ft. DJ Pumkin

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Gary's Album Cover: 2002

The image was shot last year in New York. The album that was originally slated to be released shortly after his mini album has been delayed because Gary kept reworking his songs.

Working independently, Gary had no "Gil" to bounce off ideas with. This has lead him to stretch out his perfectionism.

Now, Gary is confident of all the materials and will start shooting music videos for the two carrier singles.

Any guess why he chose the title 2002?

Watch out for pre-sales!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Kang Gary Never Hesitates Admitting His Mistakes

When Kang Gary appeared as a guest on Healing Camp, he was confronted by a lot of people on many issues including the real status of the Monday Couple. What we would like to highlight, however, is when he openly admitted the reason he criticized rappers or hip hop artists appearing on variety shows when he was still unpopular in the mainstream market.

Why Gary should never wear pink. Click here.

At the time, he was struggling to make in the hiphop industry. He was buried in debt and couldn't find a label that would gamble on them.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gary's and Gil's Solo Album Coming Your Way

LeeSsang's Gary and Gil are finally pushing through with their solo projects.

Gary will release a solo album, hopefully, in August and Gil will follow with his own album in the next month.

Leessang Company will be even busier with a solo album of their long-time collaborator Jung In to be followed by the debut of Miwoo.

As of yet, no concrete promotional plans have been finalized. We will update you as soon as we get more details.

Are you excited?