When Being a Black Fan Girl Hurts: Antiblackness [OPINION]

“Ran into this girl. I said I’m tired of explaining. Man, this shit is draining. But I’m not really allowed to be mad.” — “Mad,” Solange I’m just going to come out and say it: Being a black fan of Korean pop music hurts. A lot. Often. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being involved (in a very small way) in the Korean music … Continue reading When Being a Black Fan Girl Hurts: Antiblackness [OPINION]

DEAN Goes Mad in the Virtual Limbo of ‘Instagram’

On Jan. 29, 2018, “Different R&B” artist DEAN released the music video for “Instagram.” The official audio for the track was released at the end of December, with a 34-second trailer as the only visual accompaniment. Never one to do anything halfway, Dean had a hand in directing the video, along with director flipEvil and long-time collaborator 96wave. So it’s no surprise to anyone that … Continue reading DEAN Goes Mad in the Virtual Limbo of ‘Instagram’

HOLLAND Debuts with a Sweet (but Typical) Romance in ‘Neverland’

And now for something a little different … On Jan. 21 at 10 am (KST), HOLLAND debuted with single “Neverland.” The song itself isn’t remarkable, the lyrics telling of a typical love affair and the desire for our protagonist to truly belong to the one he loves. It houses some nice composition. Smart. It’s comprised of the same R&B-driven pop construction of most love songs … Continue reading HOLLAND Debuts with a Sweet (but Typical) Romance in ‘Neverland’

Emotions Run High at Ms. Janet’s ‘State of the World’ in Columbia, SC

There are few experiences in my life that I would call “life-altering.” Yes, I’ve been exceptionally blessed to be able to see some artists I adore and others I’m just discovering for the first time. Each of these experiences has enriched my life in some way. However, to be truly life-altering means I’ve been forever changed in a way that shifts my conceptions about life, … Continue reading Emotions Run High at Ms. Janet’s ‘State of the World’ in Columbia, SC

[Meet the Staff] Attaining Your Goals: An Interview with TJ Cummings

If there’s one thing that runs through the MACG Community bloodline, it’s a pervasive air of determination and ambition. No matter what the goal, every member of MACG has something they’re reaching for, something they’re striving to attain while navigating through a world of instant gratification and visibility. Terrence “TJ” Cummings is a member of the MACG Community who strives everyday to not only reach, but … Continue reading [Meet the Staff] Attaining Your Goals: An Interview with TJ Cummings

[Breaking News] G.Soul to Enlist After Christmas

Hold your breath, K-R&B fans. One of Korea’s most soulful singers, G.Soul, is set to enlist on Dec. 26. According to sources at Star News, the R&B vocalist will begin his basic training with the Cheolwon Army 6th Division. As early as February of this year, G.Soul (whose real name is Kim Ji-hyeon) has shown emphatic interest in enlisting. In fact, he revealed plans to enlist … Continue reading [Breaking News] G.Soul to Enlist After Christmas

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