Today Tablo shares his thoughts on the groups of K-Pop, and other things. If you are a new K-Pop fan you might not have heard of Epik High, the legendary trio of hip-hop artists that have been rocking the world for eighteen years. At the time when artists Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz debuted in 2003, K-Pop was at the initial stage and did not have the hip-hop influence it has today.
Tablo is an interview told MTV News, “We were anomalies when we started.” He also added, “As time went on and other people started experimenting with different sounds in hip-hop, we became more accepted.”
Epik High is the main source that introduced rap and hip-hop into Korea’s pop music mainstream. When asked about K-Pop today, Tablo mentioned BTS’s origins as hip-hop artists.
Tablo said “I think rap and hip-hop are the most popular genres in Korea right now by far. BTS is heavily a hip-hop group as well. The members of the group started off as hip-hop artists, and even when they’ve branched out into other genres, the way they approach lyrics has never left their hip-hop roots behind, and I think that’s why they’re so popular.”
Along with BTS he also talked about BLACKPINK and their labelmate seniors BIGBANG. Both of these YG Entertainment groups have powerful, hip-hop-infused tracks.
He states, “Major groups like BLACKPINK and BIGBANG have always been hip-hop-based. Now the scene is so huge that there are so many rappers and hip-hop artists that I don’t even know. It’s very vibrant.”
On shedding light on why Tablo feels it’s so important for people to support Korean music, he said that, ” I believe that if everyone who is a fan of Korean music in one form or another can all share in this experience and get behind not just Korean music but Asian music, art, films, and culture in general, then these can do even better. We are having a moment, but I want that moment to become a movement. I really want some 12-year-old with a guitar and a unique sound somewhere in Asia to feel like the path to their dreams isn’t farther than some other kid living in Tennessee. I don’t want anyone of any race to think that their path to their dreams is farther away.”