When it comes to Korean music, Hallyu fans often generalize it to the common view of K-pop. This means they’ll think of boy bands like BTS, EXO, and Super Junior or girl groups like Twice, 2NE1, or Girls’ Generation. However, Korean rap, R&B, and hip-hop — known as K-rap, K-R&B, and K-hip-hop respectively — is starting to stand out on its own.
Technically branching off of K-pop dedicated rappers like Rap Monster of BTS and CL of 2NE1, the belief that K-rap, K-R&B, and K-hip-hop can stand on its own is starting to grow. Soloists who specialize in the genre are starting to make a name for themselves. To be fair, many of them were probably first heard when featured with a vocal or ballad soloist for a song. Verbal Jint was featured by Taeyeon in her solo debut song “I.” Loco was featured alongside Yuju of GFriend for the theme song of K-drama Girl Who Sees Smells, “Spring Is Gone By Chance.” And thanks to Korean rap competition variety show Show Me The Money, rappers like Zion T and Gray are recognized on their own. Even YouTube saw potential in K-rap and K-hip-hop when they featured “Eung Freestyle” by Live, Sik-K, Punchnello, Owen Ovadoz, and Flowsik for their YouTube Red promotions.
K-rap, K-R&B, and K-hip-hop is bigger now than before and it is still growing in popularity. Many of its soloists are now expanding upon their musical tours, some even going international. With that in mind, K-hip-hop and R&B artist Crush will have his first concerts in the United States with his upcoming tour, the 2016 Crush On You Tour. He will have stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
The news came from an exclusive press release provided by a spokesperson from CJ E&M. Shin Hyo Seob, better known by his stage moniker Crush, is embarking on his second solo tour, called the 2016 Crush On You Tour. This tour will mark his first concerts in the U.S. specifically for a tour since he has performed in the U.S. before at KCON NY 2016. Nevertheless, Crush will hold four concerts. The dates, locations, and venues are listed below for those who are interested in attending.
- November 11, 2016 in Chicago, IL — The Vic Theater
- November 13, 2016 in New York City — Stage 48
- November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, GA — The Loft
- November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA — Balasco Theater
Tickets range between $50 to $100 and are available now. More information about the U.S. concerts of Crush’s 2016 Crush On You Tour are detailed in the official website of Powerhouse Live.
For those who are unfamiliar with who Crush is, he made his debut onto the K-hip-hop scene back in 2012 with his debut single “Red Dress” featuring TakeOne. Since then, he stood out for his edgy charisma. He followed up with two more songs, “Crush On You” featuring Swings, and “Where Do You Wanna Go” featuring Taewan and Gary (formerly of Running Man fame). In 2014, he released his first studio album titled Crush On You. Two years later, he released two EPs, Interlude and Wonderlust. The latter of the two has the song “Fall” on it, which is currently being promoted (music video above).
The one song that Crush probably got a lot of attention for was his R&B duet with Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation, “Don’t Forget.” It was beautifully written, beautifully performed, and was so popular, it earned Crush his first music competition variety show trophy on Show Champion on the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
For those interested in checking out Crush’s music, his studio album, Crush On You, and his two EPs, Interlude and Wonderlust, are available for purchase on YesAsia.
[Featured Image by Amoeba Culture]