Last March, Soul Krush Entertainment and WESKE Entertainment hosted the 2017 Korean Hip Hop Fest in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Taking place at The Grand and Live 333 respectively, the festival brought out many local and out-of-state rappers and performers aside from headliners Giriboy and BlackNut.
Stemming from diverse backgrounds and cultural upbringings, the rappers and performers of the night hailed from different areas in California to the east coasts of Georgia. Coming together on one stage, the various performers all had in common one thing, the ability to hype up the crowd with their unique musical talents. Often times, the rappers and singers would join each other’s sets in support and collaboration offering the audience the rawest form of performance.
Special Guests included:
Justin Park + YoungDemi
A break from the hip-hop festivities and performances, GIriboy, with a melodic flow rather than punchy, took the stage with a distinct style where minutely layered production takes precedence over a banging drum break. South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer of Just Music Entertainment, Giriboy, competed on season three of the TV show Show Me the Money in 2014. The Seoul-born 26 year old has a prolific discography, consisting of three EPs, two albums, and a handful singles in four years, as well as producing, writing or featuring on songs for hip hop artists and idols, including Junsu of the popular trio JYJ, mega-selling girl group Sistar, former Beast member Jang Hyunseung, and upcoming idols Monsta X. Upon his appearance, Giriboy automatically set the tone for the remainder of the night, where screams and cheers were elevated to higher frequencies.
Joining Giriboy on stage, newcomer BlackNut, commanded the stage making sure to cover the entire space. A South Korean rapper from Jeonju, and recently signed to hip hop record label Just Music Entertainment, he rose to fame following his controversial performances on the fourth season of Show Me the Money in 2015. Both headliners shut down the venue, with their own solo work as well as their collaborative acts, offering the audience a night to remember.
Photos by Kondakorea Staff
Review by Ashleigh