This is coming kind of late so please excuse my slight tardiness..... But I wanted to share some of my favorite Korean Hip Hop tracks of 2016. I'll follow this list up with my Favorite Korean R&B tracks so look forward to that. It's seriously lit.
There were better songs out there than the ones that made my list but these are the 2016 releases I listened to ALL THE TIME.
16. SURAN FT HWASA__DDANG DDANG DDANG
Twerkalicious. Suran's distinct vocals over this beat is something you need in your life.
15. JIA LIH FT PROTON & JAYALLDAY__NIGHT RIDERS
This collaboration track features Japanese producer, Jia Lih, South London hip hop artist, PROTON, and South Korean rapper, JayAllDay. It's an absolute banger.
14. TK FT BABYLON & NUCKSAL__PATHFINDER
Vismajor Company producer/artist, TK released his first full length album, Tourist this year and I fell in love with it. The album is fantastic but this track is one I had on repeat for days.
13. SIK-K FT LOCO__NOWHERE
I dig Sik-k's distorted lazy vocals and the chill vibe of this track but the highlight for me is definitely Loco's verse. He's always so clean.
12. ZICO, CRUSH, & DEAN__BERMUDA TRIANGLE
BANGER. Just an absolute banger.
11. JOSH PAN FT DUMBFOUNDEAD, SIMON DOMINIC, JAY PARK & G2__BANNED IN THE MOTHERLAND
I'm AOMG biased..... BUT DUMMY THO.
10. DYNAMIC DUO, PRIMARY, CRUSH & BOI B__HIGHFIVE
Okay for some reason I had this on repeat.... it's not really the style I usually go for but it's got this build in it that just makes the energy POP. It's kind of impossible to deny the hype of this song.
9. PART TIME COOKS & SOUL CHEF FT NUCKSAL__SMASH TOWN
Such a jam. I LOVE THE HOOK. I only discovered these fellas this year but I'm glad I did. They're not Korean (Saul is American and Black Moss is from South Africa) and they don't rap in Korean but they're based in Korea. Which I think is a great thing because it just goes to show that music is a language we all understand.
8. HASH SWAN FT D. KASH__AY
Completely addicting summer track. I love it. And that Spanish on the hook tho..... lol.
7. REDDY FT JAY PARK__THINK
This slow jam was kind of a dream come true. You know... that dream you had but didn't remember when you woke up then you heard this and you felt like that piece missing inside you was found in this song....?
6. MKIT RAIN__WEATHERMEN
This company track was LIT. And nafla... like nafla is kinda bae. He's sneaking up there for real. Y'all will prolly say Blu is where it's at but fla is where I wanna be....js. *ahem* Anyway.... I really dig company tracks in general because they show how diverse a company can be and show who's strength lies where. And everyone's verse on this is so unique and so good. If you haven't checked out anyone from MKIT Rain.. you definitely should. Like yesterday.
5. RIMI__WALKING OUT OF THE COFFIN
The only female rapper to crack my list was Rimi. She came back this year from a looooooong hiatus and snatched me with this track. I think it's killer.
4. nafla FT AP__MERCY
Uuuuuuggghhh this songgggg. Like I love nafla.... I do and this song isn't his usual style and a lot of people thought this was crap compared to what we're used to seeing from him. But I beg to differ. This album is straight up trap.... it's a style and I think he killed it.
3. OWEN OVADOZ__CITY
My God.... Groovy Room was killing it this year with the beats. This is a song you put on repeat and just sing along to until you know all the words. Also if you're feeling this check out GLENDALE by Owen and you will not be disappointed.
2. GIRIBOY__BECAUSE YOU'RE PRETTY
I had to have played this song a thousand times or more this year. I absolutely adore Giri and this song is so damn addicting.
1. LIVE, SIK-K, PUNCHNELLO, OWEN OVADOZ, FLOWSIK__EUNG FREESTYLE
Y'all prolly saw this coming but this song would not be denied this year.... IT WAS EVERYWHERE. After it dropped in March, it was picked up for a YouTube ad. GOOD LUCK FORGETTING IT.
Well this was honestly so hard to cut it down to just 16 but I think I covered most my bases.
What were your favorite Korean Hip Hop tracks of 2016?
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