The Mid-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 4/17/14

Oh hi! I didn’t see you there. Of course, I never do since this is just a blog. OK, enough with the existential nonsense – you’re here for the videos and we’ve got the latest batch for you. So please, do partake in this half-dozen collection of music videos and feel free to tell us what you think. I certainly already have – but you probably knew that.

Far Eat Movement – “The Illest” (Ktown Riot Edit)
The original video for “The Illest” was certainly entertaining, but I’m loving this version so much more. It brings FM back to their K-Town LA roots, especially as we approach the anniversary of the ’92 LA riots. Plus, a number of hometown heroes make cameos including Dumbfoundead and TOKiMONSTA. And yes, even Uncle Snoop decides to show up too. I’m glad they dropped both versions of the video for this track.

IAMMEDIC – “Get Back Home”
IAMMEDIC, it’s been too long! News of their return was warmly welcomed around here but absence only makes the heart grow fonder – so does the new material live up to the wait? For the most part, yes. With a catchy new single and a well produced MV, it’s a great one-two punch for promoting their return to the music scene. Can’t wait to hear more.

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10 Live Performances for Your Wednesday Night

There’s something about a live atmosphere that is hard to match. True, you’re almost certainly listening to a technically inferior version of your favorite songs due to the live nature and lack of studio polish, but there is an energy present that makes it all so dynamic and memorable. Of course, this is much more amplified when this is done before an audience, which most of these clips are – but there are a few in here that are simple “living room” covers and are still very much enjoyable.

Run River North – “Growing Up”
*Note, I saw them live last night, and they are fantastic. Definitely try to catch them if they are ever in your town.

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Steve Aoki x Waka Flocka Flame – “Rage the Night Away”

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Snapshot: DFD x 1TYM’s Danny Are Dressed to Kill

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Danny x DFD

Any 90′s/early 2000′s KPOP fan should already know of 1TYM – one of the mainstay of YG’s Hip-Hop label from that era. Although they’ve been collectively inactive for almost a decade now, many of the members have gone on to do solo activities. A couple years ago, the lead singer, Danny, started up his own show on MNET America. Danny recently posted up this photo on Instagram of him and rapper Dumbfoundead in a promo show for the upcoming season of Danny From LA. I’m always a fan of seeing veterans kickin’ it with the next generation of Asian-American artists.

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Just ‘Cause: This is the Definitive “Let It Go” Cover/Reenactment from Frozen

Oh, those crazy Koreans. I still haven’t seen the film, Frozen, judge me all you want, but I feel like at this point, I don’t even need to anymore. This is as faithful a reenactment/cover of “Let It Go” as it can get. It’s also one of the most Double-you Tee Eff clips you’ll watch in a while. It’s entertaining, in a disturbing-almost-cringe-worthy-yet-hilarious kind of way. I’m both impressed and bewildered.

Why? Just ‘Cause.

Arden Cho x Anthony Lee Star In a New Wong Fu Short – ‘This Is How We Never Made Up’

When you have a video with dancer Anthony Lee and singer/actress Arden Cho, it’d be reasonable to expect a musical collaboration of some sort. But this time both decided to flex their acting chops in this new short from Wong Fu. Anyone who’s been in a relationship can likely relate to this one. Pride’s a beezy, no? It’s good we can laugh about it though.

The Mid-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 4/9/14

Hello, dear friends! We skipped a couple weeks but we’re back with the mini-review round-up and this one is a little heftier than normal. We are playing catch-up after all! But we’re bringing you nearly a dozen new music videos along with some brief commentary which you’re more than welcome to agree or disagree with and voice your own opinion! Enjoy.

DANakaDAN x Priska – “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow”
I wasn’t quite sure whether to peg this as a remix or an original that samples/borrows heavily from Rihanna’s “Stay”. I’ve opted to lean towards the latter – not that it matters though because either way this is a strong collaboration between Dan & Priska. Dan has always had an unconventional flow that is better suited to different genres of music other than straight Hip-Hop. So he definitely played to his strengths with this one – plus it’s set against an emotionally charged video that is pretty well made.

G.R.L. Featuring for Pitbull – “Wild Wild Love”
Even though Pitbull has been impossible to escape in Top 40 music the past couple years, this is one case I actually don’t mind too much. First and foremost, it has a lot to do with Emmalyn and her group, G.R.L., being prominent guest features on the track video. Secondly, it’s kind of a catchy song – and not in an annoying way. Video is standard Pop fare but everyone’s looking sharp.

AJ Rafael – “Matchmaker”
AJ & company make great use of a space to bring distinctly unique feels to this music video. It’s a fun watch set to the Pop/Rock tune and though it may not be as lavish as some of his other work – it gets the job done nicely. It almost reminded me of classic footage from American Bandstand from decades ago.

Kina Grannis & Friends – “Dear River”
Kina’s next project, Elements, ain’t too far away and with promotions ramping up we have this lyric video for “Dear River”. But what’s especially notable is the number of special cameos who help bring a little extra fun to the festivities. Ryan Higa, Kevjumba, Wong Fu, Sam Tsui, David Choi, Marie Digby, and Clara C all make appearances – and that’s just to name a few. I’m definitely looking forward to the album.

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This Final Fantasy Inspired Dance Battle Between Kinjaz & Quest is a Must See

Battling has always been a mainstay of Hip-Hop dance culture, but I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never seen it presented quite like this. Mike Song, an admitted Final Fantasy fanatic, has taken his love for the RPG series and used his passion for dance to pay a stylized homage combining the two. He enlisted the help of a few friends, mainly from Quest Crew and his Kinjaz brethren, along with some very talented video folks to bring this project to fruition and make it a reality. It’s an impressive and entertaining watch, through and through.

f I had the budget to make an entire dance movie… it would probably look a little something like this. In lieu of the new Final Fantasy releases, I wanted to create another video in the spirit of the Final Fantasy franchise. What started off as nothing but a simple “fantasy” (ha…ha…), transformed into an entire production. This is the first time I’ve tried to organize something with this many heavy hitters involved. It was definitely a learning process, but I am so grateful to have been able to collaborate with so many talented individuals on so many different levels. This would not have been possible without every single person who was involved with this project.

Secret Assassins: Ellen Kim, Jazmyne Jenkins, Megan Batoon, Happy Chad

Kinjaz: Anthony Lee, Justin Valles, Michael Fallorina, Michael Lor, Mike Song, Steven Lor

Quest: Aris Paracuelles, Hokuto Konishi, Jolee, Ryan Conferido, Steve Terada

Continue on DANakaDAN’s Journey in Discovering His Roots with Episode 6

The other big web-series that we’ve been following the past month is DANakaDAN’s amazing story in reconnecting with his birth family. It is now the 6th episode of the show and we pick back up with his experiences around Seoul and Geoje Island, the place of his birth. In case you need to catch up, you can watch all the prior episodes, here. Trust me, it’s been worth the watch.

After getting a chance to let loose in Seoul, participating in a race around the city along with a night out at one of the hottest clubs, Dan finally visits Geoje Island, the place he was born. Dan gets a chance to see what his life could have been as he discovers the island with his family.

See Ep 6 of ‘Alpha Girls’ with TOKiMONSTA x Soo Joo x Mina Kwon x Miss Lawn

Now at episode numero 6, we are approaching the end of the Alpha Girls webseries. We’ve followed their adventures over the course of the past month and change and continue to get an idea of what life is like in their shoes – whether be spinning at a club, walking down runways, being a lifestyle artist or running a small fashion empire. Don’t miss out.

We’re nearing the beginning of the end as the Alpha Girls move on to new ventures. Watch as Soo Joo, Mina, Miss Lawn & TOKiMONSTA get the job done and rewind in new environments.

In this episode:

Soo Joo networks at Vogue/H&M’s Fashion Night Out
Toki kills it in Korea and says goodbye to her new friends
Mina leaves Vegas and meets up with Ben Baller in LA
Lanie parties with The Hundreds up in Hollywood

Snapshot: Coco Lee x Bruno Mars

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Coco Lee x Bruno Mars

International Pop star, Coco Lee, tweeted this image last week of her and Bruno Mars. She’s a self-professed Bruno Fan and attended his concert in Hong Kong at the end of March. I guess it’s only fair since he took the time to perform at her wedding back in 2011! CL has been in the music biz for decades now, so I guess it’s true what they say – talent recognizes talent.

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