XXX | Kim Ximya and FRNK, Bringing the Underground Back

Kim Ximya and FRNK Bringing the Underground

KIM XIMYA AND FRNK OF XXX

KIM XIMYA AND FRNK
KIM XIMYA AND FRNK

I found them through the post of Highsnobiety, which is a cultural magazine bringing up music and street culture. Korean music scenes have grown so quickly in the last few years, with and they have prominent artists like BLACKPINK, and BTS. But their underground artists like Yawah who recently released his own album seems to receive a lot of love. But I would like to discuss about XXX, the collective composed of Kim Ximya, and FRNK.

They are the uprising Korean underground artists. A lot of underground artists have received a lot of popularity due to the show called Show Me the Money. And they are coming for season 8 soon. But XXX differ themselves from the artist that going to the show. Hip-hop gained the eyes of the young generation in South Korea, and even more shows like Kill Bill; Target Billboard offered a collaboration with DJ Khaled. But on an interview with the magazine XXX stated that;





“The Korean hip-hop community is built off of this reality audition program [Show Me the Money],” Ximya explains. “The underground scene was there, and then the audition program blows up and the whole underground scene went to audition for that show and very few were left. The underground scene just disappeared as a result.” – XXX on Highsnobiety

BRINGING THE HIP HOP CULTURE BACK

Obviously hip-hop is regarded as the “realness” of the music, telling your own stories, and by rapping the best thing to do is not taking anyone culture. What XXX trying to say is that I guess a lot of artists choose to be somebody else in order to get the fame, and the money. The group got their own album called Language, and Second Language.

I think XXX are trying to make themselves to be good at their own, and finding their ground by their own music style. Even Keith Ape who previously found fame after the IT G MA song find it’s his own ground with 88rising, after previously signed with Paloalto’s record label Hi-Lite. Keith Ape himself still put a credit to the mainstream music for the fame of group like BTS. However on an interview with DAZED, he said that wasn’t not good enough. More to say that he is trying to say authentic enough?

The competition of show like Show Me the Money did affecting the career of BEWHY who rose to prominent in season 5. Since then Bewhy collaborated with arists from South Korea, and overseas. Bewhy was also part of the collaboration between GD, CL, Okasian called 1000 000 won.

What Do You Think?

I feel like the booming of the South Korean industry, a lot of artists are giving the chance to pursue their career path, and being a little bit respected as how Asian parents are always comparing the status of grades, and work. But yes, there is a point of the vanishing underground music as you probably know, some pieces of music are sounding the same.

LET ME KNOW WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE UNDERGROUND ARTISTS

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