K-Pop's Hip-Hop Roots: A History Of Cultural Connection On The Dancefloor

Although they might seem like disparate genres today, K-pop and hip-hop go way back. Their link can be traced to a single nightclub in Korea: Moon Night. Located in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood, Moon Night wasn't particularly remarkable among the many other bars catering to tourists and American servicemen at the nearby military base. However, in the late '80s and early '90s, the club was ground zero for the genesis of the nation’s first K-pop group and the founding of the country’s "Big 3" musi

LØREN is bringing Korean alt-rock up from the underground

LØREN appears in our 2023 summer issue, which you can buy here.

LØREN is the type of musician who can experience music with all five senses. As a multi-instrumentalist, he uses words like “ooze” and “smell” to describe the sensation a song gives off. His genuine love for the music he creates is evident, as well as his eagerness to grow as an artist. LØREN, born Lee Seung-joo, doesn’t want to waste any of the time he has left in Los Angeles. After this interview, he fully booked his schedule wit

'I'm Just Living My Dream': Blackswan's Fatou on Becoming K-Pop's First African Idol

There’s a good chance Fatou Samba is just like you. The 27-year-old Aries, who describes herself as a Myers-Briggs ENTP to a T, enjoys watching anime, Korean dramas, and Dylan O’Brien movies — and above all, listening to K-pop. Like fans around the world, she first encountered the genre through a friend, quickly falling in love with popular South Korean acts like Shinee, SNSD, KARA, and 2NE1.

BTS - Map Of The Soul: 7

‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ has officially been released approximately 10 months after its equally highly anticipated predecessor, ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’. There isn't any confirmation yet, but ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ is speculated to be part of a trilogy in a similar fashion to past BTS albums. Featuring five already released songs from ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’, ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ is a continuation of the (unconfirmed) series.