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Rapper Tablo receives praise for debut


[JoongAng Ilbo]

Rapper Tablo’s first album has been ranked the fifth best debut album of the year by MTV.

MTV’s Iggy Web site compiled a “Best Beginnings: 2011 in 20 Debut Albums” list and ranked Tablo’s solo album “Fever’s End” as this year’s fifth best debut album. The list included debut albums of new and upcoming musicians from all over the world.

“His English-language kiss-off to the fame game, ‘Dear TV’ is a spare, envelope-pushing standout, but the whole album consists of that kind of reflective, solid material,” said MTV Iggy.

Part one of the two-part album that was released on Oct. 21 has already reached No. 1 on the U.S. and Canadian iTunes hip-hop album chart.

On the Billboard chart the album made the No. 2 spot in the world album category.

Within Korea the singer’s songwriting skills showcased in the album were well-received by critics and praised by fellow musicians such as Lee Juck, Yoon Do-hyun and Kim Tae-won. The album also reached the No. 1 spot on various Korean music charts.

The artist’s agency YG Entertainment said, “It appears that Tablo’s honesty has struck a chord with the worldwide audience. As a musician, Tablo will keep striving to make music that is deep and heartfelt.” Part two of the album was released in November.

By Carla Sunwoo [carlasunwoo@joongang.co.kr]
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