G.Soul ‘Circles’ Album Review

Two years after his debut — a time filled with infrequent singles and smaller EP releases, Insta-stories about his work in the studio, the passing of his father and moving from JYP’s neglected daughter label Studio J to friend Jay Park’s latest endeavor H1GHR MUSIC — G.Soul returns with his latest EP “Circles.” From the work on this album, it’s obvious this was a project … Continue reading G.Soul ‘Circles’ Album Review

Entertainment Weekly Reveals the First Look at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

On Tuesday, Sep. 5, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first image of actor Rami Malek in his portrayal of the enigmatic and deeply loved Queen frontman, the late Freddie Mercury. Malek’s turn as the singer, songwriter, composer, activist, and all-around tour de force has already sparked a great deal of conversation. Since it was first announced that director Bryan Singer was at the helm of the … Continue reading Entertainment Weekly Reveals the First Look at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Newcomer DMEANOR Doesn’t Hold Back With Debut ‘Don’t Hold Me’

After releasing cover songs for the past four years on Soundcloud, artist DMEANOR has finally unleashed his brand of smooth R&B to the masses with debut track “Don’t Hold Me.” Featuring one of Korean hip-hop’s most sought-after (and talked-about) rappers, the outspoken and oftentimes polarizing Swings, “Don’t Hold Me” proves itself a well-composed debut track. Enlisting a high-profile rapper for one’s first single is not only … Continue reading Newcomer DMEANOR Doesn’t Hold Back With Debut ‘Don’t Hold Me’

[Meet the Staff] Aiming for the Stars: An Interview With MACG CEO Ashley C. Griffin

Most of you know Ashley C. Griffin as the face of MACG Productions LLC, a woman who’s influence in the music scene, particularly as it relates to the Hallyu Wave, has made ripples in the Korean music industry — though her humility would move her to argue to the contrary. Whether in music or in business, Griffin has a passion and exuberance that pervades every … Continue reading [Meet the Staff] Aiming for the Stars: An Interview With MACG CEO Ashley C. Griffin

Streaming Sites Invade Paisley Park [OPINION]

Bear with me. This has been building up for quite some time now. As you all know, on Jan. 30, Pitchfork announced that Prince’s entire backlog would become available on Apple Music, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio’s subscription services. While many people count this is a moment of celebration, quite frankly it seems more like an outright act of vandalism. Okay, I get it. He’s gone. … Continue reading Streaming Sites Invade Paisley Park [OPINION]

Pretty, Brown & Nerdy: Cheyenne Talks to MACG About Anime, Gaming and Her Experiences in K-Pop

On Feb. 18, Cheyenne Ewulu, best known as one-third of the unit Pretty, Brown & Nerdy and her YouTube handle CheyenneKpop, took some time out of her nonstop schedule to answer some questions for the readers of MACG Magazine. Ever gracious and always energetic, even via email, Cheyenne answered honestly and thoughtfully, revealing some of her aspirations, her favorite aspects of gaming and her fondest … Continue reading Pretty, Brown & Nerdy: Cheyenne Talks to MACG About Anime, Gaming and Her Experiences in K-Pop

DPR LIVE x Dean – ‘Know Me’

On March 1, rapper DPR Live teamed up with R&B maven Dean for a duet that was both aggressive and surprisingly nuanced. The song itself isn’t anything too new in terms of content — a man gassing himself up, expounding upon the many reasons why his manhood exceeds the testicular fortitude of all the other “fake rappers” out there. That being said, there is something magical just … Continue reading DPR LIVE x Dean – ‘Know Me’

Help Send Luna to SXSW

On Nov. 15, 2016, SXSW officially announced its first round of artists invited to perform at the renowned festival. Among the announced performers was gayageum artist Luna Lee. As with many artists from South Korea, Luna’s appearance was funded by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). However, it seems KOCCA has reneged on their funding, and on Feb. 10, Luna launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the traveling, board and incidentals … Continue reading Help Send Luna to SXSW

MC Jin ‘Nobody’s Listening’ Album Review

After what seems like an eternity, fans of MC Jin, one of underground hip-hop’s living legends, are finally being gifted more of his original music. What’s more incredible is he’s offering the full-length album completely free of charge. What’s better than an artist who just owns his craft gifting people the results of their creativity? Make no mistake, “Nobody’s Listening” is most certainly a gift, one that … Continue reading MC Jin ‘Nobody’s Listening’ Album Review

Dean ‘Limbo’ Album Review

After 11 months of anticipation, fans of DEAN can now rest easy and revel in some truly marvelous new music. On Feb. 16 single album “Limbo” was released with a small amount of fanfare—Dean hosting a 30-minute countdown to the premier of the music video for lead single “Come Over.” After admittedly having the inevitable artist’s slump and a bit of anxiety over expectations from fans … Continue reading Dean ‘Limbo’ Album Review