Nov 17, 2009

Meet the real hip hop genius, Dok2

Posted by Nez

If you ask hip hop experts in Korea who the most talented young artist is, they will all give you one answer - and no, it is most definitely not G-Dragon. The answer is Dok2 (pronounced 'dokee', meaning axe), an artist born in 1990. Aside from his Korean heritage, Dok2 also has Spanish and Filipino blood flowing through him, and was only 13 years old when he first stepped into the music industry and collaborated with JoPD.

Since then, Dok2 has joined Movement, the most prominent hip hop circle in Korea, and has produced songs for many famous names in the hip hop scene such as Drunken Tiger, Dynamic Duo, LeeSsang and Epik High. He released his first album when he was only 17 and unlike Big Bang who "co-wrote" songs with quasi-professionals like Teddy, he wrote all the lyrics and beats himself (and has not been involved in plagiarism controversy). He has also turned down G-Dragon's request to feature on one of the latter artist's songs. As seen from Maslo's Blackout, serious Korean rappers do not appear to be so fond of this so-called boy genius from Big Bang.

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Currently, Dok2, who is now 18 years old, is releasing his first official album Thunderground from Map The Soul, the label founded by none other than the famous Epik High. Tablo found Dok2 while seeking artists for his label and has been praising him through his blog and CyWorld.

The album will be sampling-free, meaning that all the beats and melodies will be original. Thunderground will be released this coming 25th, and his first solo concert to celebrate the album will be filled with big names from the Korean hip hop scene. Stay tuned for more about this up & coming artist!

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