The Jungle Concert In L.A.
Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae and Lee Ssang
The Jungle Concert In L.A. was a night of Korean hip-hop at the Wiltern, highlighted by LA Weekly favorite Dumbfoundead's appearance with the group Drunken Tiger.
Dumbfoundead -- whose real name is Jonathan Park -- has garnered much praise for his video for "Are We There Yet," released in July and already at more than a million views. He spit a verse to Drunken Tiger's song "Jet Pack," but was there largely to support his "hyung" (older brother) Tiger JK, who heads the Drunken Tiger crew, with his wife and former Uptown member Yoon Mi Rae.
Park tried to rush off the stage after he was done, but JK kept him on for at least a couple more minutes, calling him the "freestyle king."Lee Ssang first revved up the crowd with a mix of pop, hip hop and R&B. They were a fun duo, wearing shades and suits, with Kang Hee Gun in spiky blonde hair and Gil Seong Joon in a black hat. Their song "Clown" sounded like Outkast's "The Whole World," and featured a scary carnival clown on the screen behind the performers. Towards the end of the set they took off their shades, Hee Gun did a little breakdance move and body wiggle, and Seong Joon poured water over Hee Gun's head.
Rising-star rapper Bizzy spent the first 15 minutes of his set warming up the crowd, before JK joined the stage. "K-Town, Los Angeles, make some motherfucking noise," said JK, and welcomed his collaborator Stylistic Jones. JK's rap style, most times raw, deep and guttural, softened for "8:45 Heaven," about his late grandmother. "One last cry, Let me say good bye," he rapped. "Please don't let her die on me I know it's a lie."
Yoon Mi Rae joined her husband for "True Romance," and cheers roared from the audience. The poppy hip hop song had elements of Common's "The Light" and Jay-Z and Beyonce's "Bonnie and Clyde." It seemed rather fitting that Yoon Mi Rae came onstage during this song, as the couple are known as the Jay-Z and Beyonce of South Korea. Baby-faced and beautiful, the half-black, half-Korean rapper sang fluently in English and Korean with a strong, clear and magnetic voice.
The show was performed predominantly in Korean, with one or two verses or hooks in English. At one point Mi Rae asked the crowd, "How many people out here speak English?" There were screams. But when she asked how many spoke Korean, there were deafening claps and shouts.