Yang Dong-keun joins rappers’ beef

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Yang Dong-keun joins rappers’ beef

Actor and singer Yang Dong-keun embroiled himself in the conflict currently stirring among Korean rappers, releasing a song critical of the verbal rally of negativity that is ironically raising the profile of the local hip-hop scene.

Yang, 34, released “Mind Control” through his Twitter account on Thursday, in which he dissed local hip-hop performers in general. “Hip-hop has gone bad. It can’t digest. Everyone throws up,” the song goes. “We are not in the United States of America, but in the Republic of Korea. This is the country of courteous people in the East. It is a small strip of land, taking only three hours to go from Seoul to Busan.”

An attack launched by E-Sens in August against his former label drew attention from not only those he criticized but also from many others in the local hip-hop scene, where beefing rarely arose. A growing number of rappers jumped on the bandwagon, aiming their thoughts and frustrations usually focused on society in general at those inside the local hip-hop community.

Yang, who boasts a wide network of local rappers, dismissed the dissing war as promotional.

“My nephews, my child listens to it, but it is only a self-promotion for rappers,” he sang.

By Moon Gwang-lip
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