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Drunken Tiger Talk Hip Hop's Early Days in South Korea: "It Was a Secret Society"

Korean MCs Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae and Bizzy talk about their quest to further hip hop in K-pop. Watch more on 'Fuse News' tonight

UPDATE: Watch the full Drunken Tiger interview now above

Today, one of K-pop's signature charms are its acts boasting the quintessential rapper—CL of 2NE1, Yubin of Wonder Girls, etc. But hip hop has only been a part of South Korea's mainstream for a little more than a decade. Korean-American rappers Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae—who, along with their longtime collaborator, New Zealand MC Bizzy, comprise Drunken Tiger—are two of the country's most respected rap artists. The real-life couple are known for leading the then-underground genre into the conservative nation's consciousness in the late '90s. 

"Back in the day it was crazy underground," Tiger JK tells Fuse News for this week's FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop special.  "Hip hop existed, but it was almost a secret society thing. [People would say things like], 'I heard there's somebody or a group of people that dress funky, they sag their pants, all their clothes are baggy and they battle.' It was really crazy because you don't hear them on the radio."

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Find out more about Drunken Tiger and their continuing quest to break into Korean pop tonight on Fuse News at 7:30/6:30C. Head back here after the show for the full interview.

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