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MabutiAudrey Maye MabutiSyed ShahbazENG 102-10717 May 2016K-Pop: Authentic or not?Korean Pop usually abbreviated to K-Pop is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and there is much more to K-pop than Gangnam Style. K-pop stands for popular music in Korea at the time and not necessarily pop music, so it can vary from Dance, R&B, Electro, and Hip-Hop. K-pop idols are the core of the K-pop industry and are trained at a young age for an extensive amount of time before debuting. Due to having that trainee system, there arenetizens that believe that K-pop is not real Hip-Hop. Although K-pop may contain Hip-Hop and Rap, due to how the K-pop industry is designed and controlled, how they portray the elements oftheir Hip-Hop and how K-pop appropriates the culture in music videos and live performances, K-pop will never be considered authentic Hip-Hop.In 2012 PSY took the world by storm with his hit single Gangnam Style and seemed to have started K-pop phenomenon around the globe. However that is not the case, in the 1900’s an idol group called Seo Taiji and Boys debuted and changed the entire Korean music industry by defining what K-pop is today. Seo Taiji and Boys took Korean music and fused it with the different popular aspects of American music such as electronic, rock, R&B, rap and hip-hop. They debuted with their first single called “Nan Arayo (I know)” on a music show called MBC and although they scored low, their performance and song became popular to teenagers and young adults. As their popularity grew in Korea, many entertainment companies saw this as an 1
Mabutiopportunity and began to copy the style of music that Seo Taiji and Boys created. In 1996 the group disbanded and leading them to pursue solo careers, which member Yang Hyun-suk createdYG entertainment, one of the top 3 big entertainments in the K-pop industry (Waitt 1). YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, BigHit Entertainment, and Cube Entertainment are just a few of the entertainments that make up the K-pop industry today. The creation of these entertainment agencies lead to more K-pop idols and groups, and it also lead to the idol training system that all K-pop agencies have. K-pop idols come a long way before debuting and actually reaching a level of fame. Before even being considered for a contract at an entertainment agency, participants either audition for a chance to become a trainee or they are scouted based on looks or talent. After passing auditions or being recruited they train