Four kings and one queen of Korean rhyme and rhythm descended on Sydney Olympic Park’s The Dome last Saturday at RAPBEAT 2017 IN AUSTRALIA and the stage was LIT!
In case you had to miss this gathering of Hip Hop royalty, here’s our top five favourite performances of the night-
- Ravi – “Bomb”
Ravi was a brilliant choice as opener for Rapbeat- high energy, deep bass, spitting rap. Particularly with “BOMB”, because that song is EXPLOSIVE live! Bomb bang pow yawk!
(although special mention to his as yet unreleased track “Hong Gil Dong”, which featured traditional Korean sounds and was SO GOOD!).
- Heize – “Underwater”
Some might remember her from the incredibly popular opening to the 2016’s kdrama Goblin, but Heize wasn’t running “round and round” on this stage! And when it came to “Underwater” she had the whole crowd singing along with her (after a very brief lesson from the girl herself!). Super groovy song!
- Zion T – “Wishes (2015)”
Zion T’s “Wishes” was one of my favourite moments of the evening. Albeit slower and softer than most of the chosen tracks that night, “Wishes” featured Zion at his mic stand, with a backdrop of floating flower petals and just his incredible vocals… honestly it was such a beautiful moment. Judging by the crowd’s appreciation, everyone felt Zion T was not “just a nobody” here at Rapbeat. Zion T *praise hands*
- Loco – “We Up There 2”
Jumping from Zion’s smooth vocals into Loco’s sharper style rap was quite a shock at first, but definitely a shock of the excellent type. When Loco hit the stage the bass came on and the hands came up and with “We Up There 2” the crowd got its second wave on energy, the pounding beat was matched only by the jumping up and down of the crowd.
- Jay Park – “JOAH” / “MOMMAE”
Jay Park. SIGH. What a man. Definitely the crowned king of the night, he just KNOWS stage presence like no other. He was the only act to have backup dancers and he really just brought a whole other level to the concert- dancing, singing, rapping, taking his shirt off, jumping in the crowd… What was amazing about his performance was that he balanced his two forms perfectly. He had the more smooth rnb Jay and then he went into AOMG rapper Jay. The whole set was great really, but I personally lost it (and sang along very loudly) when he did “JOAH” as that is my favourite track by him, and given the style of the event I thought there was no way he was going to sing it. The best of surprises!
The obvious crowd favourite of the ENTIRE evening though, the moment when everyone absolutely lost their minds? MOM-MOM-“MOMMAE” 😉 feel The Dome shakeee.
Jay Park, what’s good what’s good!? YOU!