Monday, April 19, 2010

If you're Epik High fan just like me than make sure help him with this ^^
I would love too help but my schedule is pack TT
Epik High's S. Korean Hip-Hop on CNN'S Talk Asia


Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
Wednesday, April 21 at 2030
Thursday, April 22 at 1130
Saturday, April 24 at 1900
Sunday, April 25 at 0330 & 1630

Bangkok and Jakarta
Wednesday, April 21 at 1930
Thursday, April 22 at 1030
Saturday, April 24 at 1800
Sunday, April 25 at 0230 & 1530

Hip Hop does not automatically spring to mind when one thinks of South Korean music, but the genre is gaining a firm following in recent years since the international emergence of Epik High. Known for their soulful and insightful lyrics, the three members avoid sugary sweet k-pop to address serious social issues such as religion, war and discrimination. Anjali Rao joins them in the studio for a wide-ranging discussion as they reveal why they're grateful for government censorship and how they are coping with the "Epik hiatus" status with member DJ Tukutz away on compulsory military service.

"To me, it's just I'm writing on a piece of paper these lyrics. It's just natural to me. When the government censors me or when they put a comment on it, it only makes me more special. So I am very grateful".

The creative force behind the band is Tablo, a graduate of Stanford University. The 30-year-old singer-songwriter recalls how he overcame two years of hardship, struggling to make ends meet, before he found chart success.

"I got screwed over by somebody that I trusted. He ran off with our studio recording money after we recorded it. So the debt fell on me…I struggled for about two years to get my album out so that I could have some company pay for the cost of that album…those two years were like hell".

Tablo also discusses his high-profile marriage to one of South Korea's most famous actress Kang Hye-jeong: "For some reasons when I first met her, she didn't appeal to me like a celebrity, I didn't look at her and think she's the actress. She just came into my heart as a very good person".

As to whether he wants his soon-to-be-born baby to follow his footsteps in the world of hip hop: "I would definitely want him or her to love hip hop. This is what I do and I want my kid to love what I do. I think that's a part of him or her loving me. Of course I'm gonna make sure that he or she listens to hip hop but at the same time I just want all the arts to be loved by my child".

The full program of TALK ASIA will be available online at Open the link after the first airing.

Airtimes are subject to change
Source : ( English Korean )

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