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X.Q | Artist of the Week

Every now and then I’ll stumble across a new artist on YouTube. Sometimes, these artists aren’t necessarily new but they’re new to me and probably will be to a lot of you as well.

Enter in the new Artist of the Week… X.Q!

I can’t really find much on him except that he is signed to Prima Music Group and has been active since 2010. (Guess I can’t really call him new…)

If you haven’t heard about him before, check out his music below!

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Okasian | [Artist of the Week]

Okay, so I know I said I was going to get into the habit of doing Wednesday Kpop Updates but to be honest, I’m really behind on the Artist of the Week posts. And so I’m going to update that today and then try to do a Weekend Update on Sunday.

It’s been a while since I featured any hip-hop artist as the Artist of the Week. But this one kinda caught my attention after being featured on XXL as an artist you should know. For those who don’t know, XXL is one of the top hip-hop magazines stateside. It’s up there with Complex, Vibe, Source, etc. So of course after seeing him on the list, I had to check him out. And I must say, I’m not actually mad at it. If you’re into rap, specifically trap music, you’ll really like his music.

With him making a name for himself on XXL, it’s only a matter of time before he starts making waves on the American music scene in the hard to break into hip-hop genre.

Check out his sample playlist below from spotify!

DANakaDAN | Artist Spotlight

I usually run across interesting topics on Buzzfeed but this particular article highlighting Asian American artists called, “Asian-American Artists Discuss How Art Has Changed Their Lives“, really stood out to me, specifically when it got to DANakaDAN. I recently watched a short interview about him on YouTube discussing his life as a Korean-American adoptee and the many struggles he faced growing up, as well as how he wants to help the adoptee community. Though I’m not adopted, I think his passion is inspiring and beautiful.

One part that stood out to me was when he was talking about his biological family. He reunited with them and found out he has a twin brother and the two of them are very similar in a lot of ways. They are both very passionate about music, specifically hip-hop.

“One of the more interesting outcomes that I like to think that pursuing art has led me to was meeting my biological family, including an identical twin brother I never knew about. We met about three years ago, and most interestingly enough, he too was a rapper. It’s crazy to think how DNA could impact something like that, especially within two different people raised simultaneously in different parts of the world.”

I especially appreciate his response when asked about his influence on his community saying simply,

“I believe that through producing the videos that I’ve been proud to do through ISAtv, we’ve been able to support many up-and-coming or undiscovered artists in our community and give them a platform to have their voice be heard.”

He goes on to discuss the voice he’s given to not only Asian-Americans, but also adoptees.

“One of our goals from the beginning was always to be a hub where up-and-coming artists could feel empowered and discovered. On the adoptee side, I believe that through the Korean adoptee documentary I made and the music I’ve produced, it’s given a voice to a community that’s seldom heard.”

I think the full article is worth checking out. He’s an amazing artist and his story is one of hope and acceptance. Regardless of your background, you can follow your passion and you can become a beacon for those who are striving to do what you do.

New Music Wednesday | CODE KUNST “Beside Me” + Kim Woobin “Picture In My Head” + JUNG JOON YOUNG “Where Are U” + DJ Juice “Higher” + BRANDNEW MUSIC(브랜뉴뮤직) “RESPECT”

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while and since it is a Wednesday post, I’m gonna use this opportunity to take a break from kpop and share some new music instead. Although, I think I just modified an old series and  created something new, “New Music Wednesday”. Maybe this should be an “every third Wednesday post”? Hmmm…

I’ve been suffering from “too much kpop news/gossip” and it’s been a bit of a downer. I just want to go back to where I started and that’s language, arts, make-up and the music. I’ll return to kpop next week. But in the meantime, if you’re suffering from withdrawals, check out twentythirdstation.tumblr.com!