Recently, the married musician couple Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae was spotted on the front page of the most popular daily newspaper in Singapore, The Straits Times. They are once again proved to be the world-class musicians.
The May 31 issue of The Straits Times wrote, “Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae are South Korea’s Jay-Z and Beyoncé. (They are) In town to spread the gospel of Korean hip-hop.” Their life story and impact in Korean music industry as well as their level of recognition throughout the world were covered in details.
Under the title of leading Korean artists, the couple appeared at Music Matters with Bizzy and MIB and showed the true value of hip-hop. Music Matters is the biggest music market in Asia, and it organized a showcase in Singapore. About 600 music staff from around the world and 2,000 fans gave explosive reaction to Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae who performed passionate grand finale.
Rob Schwartz, the editor in chief of Tokyo Billboard, reported on Billboard biz, “Drunken Tiger is the godfather of rap in Korea. Tiger JK brought the energy but it was his wife’s flow that mesmerized everyone.” It is obvious that Schwartz highly valued their status.
Tiger JK has already attracted attention last year as he covered the main page of LA Times with the title “Asian rapper set to roar across L.A.” Moreover, he was selected in the 10 Hot International Hip-Hop Artists You Need to Know in a black popular music magazine Rolling Out.
Yoon Mi Rae, on the other hand, was also listed in the top 12 female rappers in MTV’s Iggy. Her recent participation in featuring on Far East Movement’s new album remix plays a crucial role in building Korean hip-hop reputation throughout the world.
In the midst of people raising concerned voices about giving spotlights only to “idol” music while talking about K-pop, Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae’s news seems to blow those worries away and bring up Korea’s national status a level higher.