I gotta give it to David So, just as I was starting to lose interest with his comedic vlogs, he releases a new skit that had me chuckling the entire time. His latest work co-stars the lovely Arden Cho with an unspoken, but prominent, role by Z. Woods. Although the segment stars 3 capable singers, this isn’t musical at all but rather has David reprising his satirical take on North Korea’s late dictator. Don’t miss this one.
Although Mina Joo continues to step further and further away from her career as the rapper Knewdles (from the group Misnomer(s) with her sister SOS), we like to keep tabs on her career every now and then. She’s slowly building up some acting credits to her name, as well as the occasional role in advertisement campaigns. Perhaps her most prominent feature yet is in the new Burger King ad for their new(ish) Satisfries product. Good for her, although we hope she makes a return to the mic soon, for old time’s sake.
PS, those are some big hoops!
Happy Saturday, dear friends. It was a glorious late Winter/pre-Spring day here in the Mid-Atlantic area! But for those of you that may find yourselves indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here’s the latest batch of music videos for you to check out from the past week. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks forward!
The Bar – “Coming (to America)”
I’d be lying if I told you that The Bar’s Barkada isn’t one of my most anticipated project. We’re only a few days away, but thankfully we also have this new video from Pro & Bam. The video is full of community support, even if it’s not the sharpest visual ever. But I’m loving this soulful Hip-Hop track with it’s sprinkle of culture and Tagalog.
Clara C – “Wildflower”
The MV for Clara’s latest single is a promotional tool for Girl Rising, a movement dedicated to raising awareness and funds for girls’ education worldwide. So not only do we get a breezy new single from the artist, but we get a simple but supportive video for an important cause.
This is the kind of story you just don’t come across too often. And it’s almost one of those things you couldn’t write if you tried! DANakaDAN has quite the interesting background, having been adopted at a young age. He grew up in happy in his new household, completely separated and without contact from his birth family. But like any person curious about their past and heritage, he decided to look things up and see what happens. This documentary takes us on the journey with him… and it’s worth the watch. Thank you, Dan & ISA TV and everyone involved for sharing this with us.
This original documentary series follows adoptee musician Dan’s incredible journey to Korea to find not only his biological family but also himself. A story of identity, family, and love, the documentary also features many special guest appearances.
In this episode, Dan Matthews makes the discovery of a lifetime when he finds out he’s been reconnected with his biological family, including a twin brother he’s never known about. Follow Dan and his mother Lynne, as they prepare for his trip to Korea.
It’s been a little while since I passed the quarterlife milestone, but I can still remember some of the uncertainty that the age brought. It marked the definite end of being a “young adult” yet not everything felt like it had reached a maturation point. Actress Julie Zhan chose to commemorate the odd phase in life with a musical that also stars AJ Rafael. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, a bit poignant, but overall fairly entertaining.
Yesterday marked the unveiling of the 2nd episode of Alpha Girls, starring DJ/Producer TOKiMONSTA, fashion model Soo Joo Park, Artist Mina Kwon, and Designer anie Alabanza-Barcena. Last week’s episode served as the primer/introduction and this 2nd episode is where we dive deeper into each individual’s story.
Meet Soo Joo’s family and learn more about her injury
Toki lands in Korea and experiences the Korean music scene
Mina meets with Jay Park for dinner and takes off for LA
Lanie tell us about her crazy plans for Vegas
The Disney film Frozen took the world by (wintry) storm this season, and we thought what better way to pay it and it’s award winning soundtrack than to present you with this short compilation of recent covers. The two most famous songs, “…Snowman” and “Let It Go” are represented as well as a remix Hip-Hop song that has been retooled into a tribute for the film. Stay warm, friends.
Gunnarolla Covers “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?”
Kylee Covers “Let It “Go”
Ah, the prestigious EGOT club. There are but a dozen accomplished members in history who have earned a sweep in critical acclaim in performance media. These proud but few have earned Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys for their work… and the 12th person to pull off this feat is Filipino American, Robert Lopez. Last night, he and his wife were awarded the Oscar for their song “Let It Go” (performed by Idina Menzel) for the smash hit Disney film, Frozen. I personally haven’t seen the movie yet (don’t judge!) but I’ve heard unanimous praises sung about the feature and this recognition makes it official. I know we don’t cover much news on song writers and composers, but this is something that had to be shared. Congratulations to Robert and his wife, Kristen, on this huge and justly deserved win!
I hope you all are having a great start to the first week in March. Today brings us a handful of videos that dropped within the past week, with the lot leaning more in the Hip-Hop direction. But there are a couple of exceptions to offer some variety so take a listen and see what may strike your fancy.
Big Phony – “The Hours”
It’s been too long since we’ve last heard from Big Phony, but he has a couple new albums out – one being Long Live the Lie. “The Hours” is the first to get a music video and it’s a refreshing watch bringing a touch of surreal theatrics to the screen. I definitely enjoyed this one.
Parker – “Ganghis Kahn”
Dumb’s latest takes on a retro pop-art style that reminds me of something I could have seen on Yo! MTV Raps. Using an off kilter visual style and irreverent humor this video keeps firmly plants a foot in both goofy and cool territories. And that’s not necessarily a feat easily carried out.
I’m loving the concept of Mnet’s latest show, Alpha Girls. They follow four prominent prominent women who are rising figures in their respective fields and presents it in this documentary mini-series. Of course, the name that caught our eyes in particular was the one and only DJ & Producer, TOKiMONSTA. She’s joined by fashion model Soo Joo Park, Artist Mina Kwon, and Designer anie Alabanza-Barcena. Look for a few familiar faces throughout as well. The first episode just dropped, with new entries releasing every Wednesday.
Mnet America proudly presents its latest original series, Alpha Girls, featuring TOKiMONSTA (DJ/Producer), Mina Kwon (Artist), Soo Joo Park (Fashion Model) and Lanie Alabanza-Barcena (Designer). Surviving Fashion Week, working with new collaborators, launching new enterprises and performing in a new country? It takes an Alpha Girl to conquer all. Watch their story now! Wednesdays at 8PM!
Alpha Girls follows four jet-setting, career driven girls at the top of their creative games as they juggle work, relationships and everything in between to grow their brand and themselves personally. Capturing the essence of their hustle and the drama of their everyday lives, Alpha Girls will reveal each of their individual and universal journeys as they work with some of the biggest names in the music and fashion industries.