Alright, let's talk about Korean Trap Music, or more accurately, a Korean rapper called Keith Ape. Here's his song It G Ma, which is 'blowing up on the internet', meaning two blogs and people who use Vine know about it.
Although Keith Ape is the lead, It G Ma features a number of rappers from both Korea and Japan. On first listen, I thought it might be the worst thing I've ever heard. But as I don't want to seem like a luddite, I've since changed my mind. I now deem it worthy of praise due to its technicolour graphics, unashamedly derivative style and because carving a niche as a music writer demands the odd display of contrarianism.
But the I'm not the only one. Noisey already wrote an extensive article praising the artist and detailing his rise to prominence via Vine.
It's no surprise that the song has gained a foothold on the video app. Like Bobby Shmurda's Hot Nigga before it, any gimmicky track with a beat simpler than a pulse is bound to complement those six second videos. What's more interesting is the effect it could have on our perspective of Korean music.
If Keith Ape and pals keep this up, we'll finally associate the country with something better than K-Pop.
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