Legendary hip-hop show to bridge US and Korean hip-hop

by Emma Kalka
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com)

Fans of hip-hop in Seoul have reason to rejoice. Some of the biggest names in West Coast hip-hop are coming to share the stage with top Korean rappers for what could quite possibly be a milestone concert – “Compton to Seoul.”

The show promoters have described the upcoming event as unique, stating “there has been no other show like this in Korean hip-hop history.”

Headlining is N.W.A. founding member DJ Yella, along with former Westside Connection member WC, producer and rapper Snoop Deville (who has produced for Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Busta Rhymes), and rapper and owner of Hi-Power Entertainment, Capone-E.

From the Korean side are artists from two of the pillars of Korean hip-hop – Hi-Lite Records and Illionaire Records, along with a strong line-up of rookies and underground artists. Performances from Dok2, The Quiett, Paloalto, Okasian, G2, Sikboy, Loopy, Nafla and many more are expected for this highlight in hip-hop.

Rising underground act, expat duo Part Time Cooks, have been given the honor of opening up the show. “We are very happy to be part of the C2S concert alongside some of the biggest Korean hip-hop and legendary international acts,” commented the duo. “We look forward to doing the stage – and our fans – justice this coming April 2.”

Bringing some reggae flavor to the stage are Korean duo Skull & Haha and rapper M.Tyson. “I’m so excited,” said Skull, regarding the show.

The concert was planned by Soul Krush and legendary Compton record store Cycadelic Records, owned by Kirk Kim. Kim inherited the shop from his father W.J.K., who opened it in the mid-80s after moving to the US from South Korea, as a way to make ends meet. Over the years, W.J.K. has helped many Compton-based rappers jumpstart their careers, according to the Cycadelic Records website.

Kim took over the legacy after his father passed away and has expanded it from just a basic record shop into a store which carries fashion items, plans concerts and works with many big-name rappers based in the area.

Kim hopes the show will bridge hip-hop between Korea and the US, possibly making “Compton to Seoul” an annual event. In more long term plans, Kim would like to expand to other Asian countries and some day even hold “Compton to Tokyo” and “Compton to Beijing.”

“Compton to Seoul” takes place on April 2 at YES24 MUV Hall in Hongdae at 8pm. Regular standing tickets are KRW 55,000 and VIP standing tickets, which include a fan-meeting and photo opportunity, are KRW 120,000.

Tickets are available on YES24 (http://ticket.yes24.com/Pages/Perf/Detail/Detail.aspx?IdPerf=23518) in Korean and English, as well as on Interpark (http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=16002370), also in Korean and English.


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