• Nate Broadus

    This new album seems like a call back to his 6th album (his first on Jungle, iirc). That older album was more experimental than his previous work, with more reggae influences and only a handful of really straight up rap tracks (one being, possibly, my favorite DT track he has ever released: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1csIBa8K8o). That or it’s a combination of the experimentation of his 6th album with the more personal work from his 7th album (8:45 Heaven).

    In any case, when I listen to Tiger’s stuff now, I find myself thinking of seniority and wisdom.

    As you get older, there is a change that happens that seems to be reflected in DT’s music. With age, your mindset starts to shift from doing what pleases people, to sharing whatever you’ve learned with others, regardless of if it is playing up to a trend. The downside is, your stuff may not relate to everyone the way your past work might have — because not everyone is in it to learn a lesson. However, once you grow older and have the wisdom of age on your side, you tend to find that being cool or trendy is nowhere near as important as imparting something valuable — some deep lesson from down into the core of your person.

    If i were to cut all that I wrote down into one sentence, it would go something like this:

    Tiger JK survived a neurological disorder, got married, had a kid, lost family, dealt with sickness IN the family, and probably just doesn’t care about being trendy anymore.

    Having said that, liking or disliking his new music is all up to the listeners. I doubt he cares too terribly much if everyone loves what he is releasing — just that what he is releasing is honest to the person he is today. He’s not a young guy trying to lay the foundation for an actual underground hip hop game in South Korea like when DT first came on the scene. He’s a husband, a father, a businessman and is probably alive longer than he ever figured he would be. The days of playing up to the crowd are probably in his rear view mirror now. All that’s left is honesty.

    When you get to where Tiger JK is, when you have been there and done it more times than you can count, still standing when a lot of your contemporaries have come and gone, you can pretty much release whatever tickles your fancy. It’s your right — because if you’re still around into your late 30’s going on 40 in the rap game, typically a young man’s game, odds are you already gave the people what they wanted and now it’s on them to listen to you or just scatter.

    • bigmamat

      Sounds good to me. When I saw this article all I could think was, “give an old guy a break”. After all he is the fricking Godfather of Korean rap. He’s entitled to have a miss now and then because his body of work up til now more than makes up for it. What’s probably the most ironic about this is that this album might turn out to be a huge seller. Driven by their rap god status and the fact that this album will appeal to a broader audience. Who cares. I’d love to see them make fat scratch off of this album. They deserve it.

    • esalocanegra

      “a combination of the experimentation of his 6th album with the more personal work from his 7th album (8:45 Heaven).”

      Which he even references in the video…

      In any case, when I listen to Tiger’s stuff now, I find myself thinking of seniority and wisdom… As you get older, there is a change that happens that seems to be reflected in DT’s music.”


      I would cut and past your entire comments, but suffice it to say… agreed.

      I rather enjoyed The Cure; no, there’s nothing bombastic about it, but I enjoyed its easy yet purposeful flow, its reggae stylngs, and sweet production. Tasha’s chorus provides an entirely different yet complementary element to the song that serves properly to hold the songs intent in place. The acoustic guitar and drums. It’s different, and very much a Drunken Tiger creation. He is a master at weaving Korean, American and world influences into his music and lyrical references. No other Korean artist does it as cleverly, as masterfully, as brilliantly, as poignantly, and as pleasingly and satisfyingly as he does. He is a very thoughtful man, with a unique life experience. Whether easy going or hard hitting, his stuff has at times brought me to tears. It’s smart music all the way around. He’s allowed to have an ebb and flow to his releases; like life, you just gotta roll with it sometimes. It’s obvious he follows his heart and stays true to himself.

      I’m happy for the three of them, and I congratulate him on this his latest effort, and look forward to his next.

      • Nate Broadus

        It’s possible that some rappers might have been intimidated to work with DT, but it isn’t a given. A lot of big name rappers become prima donnas once they get some success. They get very selective of who they work with and to what projects their names are attached. The best rappers, however, have NO qualms about who they work with — because, honestly, they know they can hang with anyone, anywhere, any time and are never going to get shown up.

        That’s why I could easily see someone like Rakim working with DT like he did on Feel gHood Muzik. Rakim is the architect of modern hip hop. There was B.R. (Before Rakim) and A.R. (After Rakim). His rhyme schemes are still sampled to this day. The man practically wrote the modern hip hop bible. Someone like that can rap on anyone’s track and be heard. A cat like Eminem could also do it, but that dude probably has his cell phone, snail mail box, email inbox and every other piece of social media he is connected to blowing up with requests.

        Beyond those two, there aren’t that many big name rappers I could see willing to work with Tiger JK, either because he probably doesn’t pay as well as some of the Big 3 (money means a lot more than artistry to the big names), or because, frankly, they are too full of themselves (like Lil’ Weezy Wayne — I don’t think a Korean studio is big enough to accommodate his head AND ego at the same time).

  • GeekGrrl

    Am I the only person who thinks Tiger JK looks like Johnny Depp?

    • esalocanegra

      Yes. : ) He’s better looking. : ) Maybe with his hair pulled back, he’s got such a great face.

    • bigmamat

      I don’t see Johnny Depp but I think Tiger is all kinds of hot.

  • itz_justme

    I liked this song, I just thought Yoon Mirae’s part was a little weak. It felt unpolished and unfinished. I’d still like to see them do extremely well though.

    • bigmamat

      Here’s the thing about a korean music video, many of them make up for weak music with good visuals. I like the video. So the tune is weak that doesn’t surprise me, a lot of music is like that, it’s not a science. So they’ve mellowed. They at least put something together after being extremely busy with life. I need to listen to it all. I haven’t yet.