Sorry for the lack of a Music Monday post last week, but here is a song for you now! Curtis Mayfield is an RnB/Soul singer that started his career in the late 50s. There are not many times when I find too many artists or songs that are older than me, but I came to really like this. Then after some research, I learned that Mayfield received an incredibly amount of recognition for the music he’s produced throughout his life. I am still in awe of all of his awards and accolades such as the Grammy Legend Award, being a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and and Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In addition he’s in several of Rolling Stone’s lists of top artists such as 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, 500 Best Albums of All Time, 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, and 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. He is a very talented man.
However, today during Earth Day my English teacher decided to take us on an interesting tour of the school. He brought us around to areas we may have never visited before and spoke of a story for each spot. Although each spot was never anything special, he had some way of thinking of a greater meaning behind them. We were told to walk in silence and spent a moment sitting in a big circle in silence, backs toward the middle. The closest thing to nature for me is the local park but I’d hardly consider that a place to get some fresh air. Sometimes, an adventurous escapade into the woods wouldn’t seem like a bad idea.
I’m quite fond of this Music Monday due to the fact that I’m on Spring Break and I get to talk about a Korean group. Since I mainly listen to Korean music but try to post songs in English on this blog, I’m sometimes stumped. But this time, like GD&TOP and Royal Pirates, I get to talk about a Korean group!
Epik High is a three member group consisting of Tablo, Mithra, and DJ Tukutz. They’re quite active in the Korean hip hop scene and not too shy in the K-pop scene either. They’ve been around since 2003 (maybe further back) and have released several albums, singles, and collaborations. They’re also hilarious, especially Tablo. He may be my favorite Korean person.
I heard this particular song during a car ride with Coffee and Breadsticks. It’s a pretty awesome old school hip hop song featuring a lot of other Korean rappers.
However, that’s not all of Epik High. If you don’t mind the language barrier, they have so many more different songs. Since I like them so much, here’s a whole bunch more! Their music videos are also really really good.
Wannabe + High Technology <—- watch this because it’s hilarious
Back in November, Korean producer Primary was under fire with plagiarism with producer David Schreurs. It was incredibly complicated going back and forth between “Plagiarism!” and “Oh it’s all good.” Now I am a pretty big fan of Primary but the plagiarism accusations allowed me to find a gem, Caro Emeral. She is the recording artist that performs the songs produced by Schreurs in question. She has a very old school swing and jazz style to her music and I find it quite refreshing.