"15 Korean Rappers You Should Know That Aren’t Psy" by XXL
Around mid-2000, Korean hip-hop was heavily influenced by the sounds and style of Korean-Americans that relocated back to their motherland. Out of the batch, Swings stood out as the most talented, with a clear understanding of his stylistic approach. In Korea, he’s known as the key figure who made the concept of punch lines an accepted and understood element of rapping. Of course, long before Swings’ arrival, many rappers applied the rudimentary technique in their verses, but no one did it quite like the squiggly MC, who made punch lines his muse, living up to his self-claimed boast as the “Punch Line King.” Whereas a bulk of Korean rap concentrates on the message, Swings made the art into a sport, outshining his peers with pure wit and skills. Minus all the politics and glittery packaging, Swings’ talents are above and beyond more than 90-percent of his peers. Including many on this list.
cr to: XXLmag