Korean Hip Hop: A Conversation and Concert with Garion, Dok2, The Quiett, and DJ Son

Korean Hip Hop: A Conversation and Concert with Garion, Dok2, The Quiett, and DJ Son

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
University Park Campus

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, October 22, at 9 a.m.

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“You and me, the connecting link between us / that is the sound within us.”—from “YGGR” by Dok2, The Quiett, and Beenzino, featuring MC Meta of Garion

Meet five iconic South Korean hip hop artists—pioneering duo Garion (MC Meta and Naachal), rap superstars Dok2 and The Quiett, and award-winning battle DJ and turntablist DJ Son—in an exciting concert and conversation.

How did hip hop travel across musical, linguistic, geographical, and sociocultural boundaries to root itself in Korea? Now that it’s there, how is hip hop understood and lived in Korea? Serving as a connecting link, or yeon-gyeol-go-ri (YGGR), music brings together people, places, histories, and cultures. We invite you to follow the global travels of music through the lives and works of five influential artists who have made history in Korean hip hop.

Professor Josh Kun and PhD candidate Myoung-Sun (Kelly) Song of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will engage these artists in a fascinating conversation about the meaning of hip hop in Korean society. Then, the artists will take the stage for an exciting live concert.

About the Artists:

Garion is a pioneering South Korean hip hop duo composed of MC Meta and Naachal, who have made a conscious decision to use only Korean in their lyrics. The team debuted in 1998 at Club Master Plan, a historic cradle for underground Korean hip hop. Today, they are among the most influential artists in the scene. The name Garion alludes to a mythical white horse with a black mane. (Facebook, Twitter)

Dok2 and The Quiett are co-CEOs of 1llionaire Records, one of the most successful hip hop labels in Korea. Dok2, who is of Korean, Spanish, and Filipino descent, is one of very few multiracial rappers in Korea. The Quiett is an award-winning rapper and producer who started his career in 2004 by co-founding Soul Company. From its inception in 2011, 1llionaire Records has set music trends and garnered fans internationally. (Dok2: Instagram, Twitter, Wikipedia / The Quiett: Instagram, Twitter, Wikipedia)

DJ Son is Korea’s first internationally award-winning battle DJ, turntablist, and Vestax Pro artist. Since 2000, he has traveled back and forth between Sydney and Seoul, actively participating in the hip hop scenes of both cities. He is the first Korean/Australian artist to have ITF, DMC, and Scribble Jam titles. His album The Abstruse Theory is considered to be the first abstract hip hop album in Korea. Currently, DJ Son heads 3rddan Records. He is also a member of Turntable Fetishistz and Back-n-Forth. DJ Son, with MC Meta, is part of Jazzhop, an innovative music group that combines jazz with hip hop. (Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter)

Organized by Josh Kun (Communication) and Myoung-Sun (Kelly) Song (Communication). Co-sponsored by the USC Korean Studies Institute.