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Korean rapper E-Sens, in happier times.

K-Pop Double Take: Supreme Team's E-Sens Continues To Amaze From Behind Bars On 'The Anecdote' [AUDIO]

New Release 02.15.16 | 01:27PM EST

On the single "The Anecdote," released on Aug. 27, Supreme Team rapper E-Sens turns his recent trouble with the law into fuel for a fiery and cathartic performance for both him and his fans alike.

zzapa

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: zzapa Shows Why He Ranks Among South Korea's Elite Talent On 'Gotta Get Along Well' [AUDIO]

New Release 02.10.16 | 05:54PM EST

South Korean R&B artist-producer zzapa's latest single "Gotta Get Along Well," released on Thursday, has all of the consistency and creativity that has made him a difficult artist to match.

CL Alexander Wang

K-Pop Double Take: 2NE1's CL Takes America On Her Aggressive U.S. Pre-Release Single 'Hello Bitches' [VIDEO]

New Release 02.11.16 | 11:04AM EST

On the 2NE1 vocalist's US debut, released Nov. 21, CL sets her sights on her competition across the Pacific. The result is a a warning shot across the bow of Western popular music.

Skrillex (left) with 4Minute member HyunA

Review: Skrillex Unleashes His Arsenal Of EDM Sounds To Create 4Minute's Sassy New Club Banger 'Hate' [VIDEO]

New Release 02.02.16 | 07:21PM EST

"Hate," the new single from 4Minute, released on Monday as part of their seventh EP "Act.7," includes some highlights of the past work of the song's EDM celebrity producer Skrillex.

WINNER

Album Review: K-Pop Boy Band WINNER Show An Edgier Side On Their New 5-Song EP 'EXIT: E' [AUDIO]

New Release 02.02.16 | 11:51AM EST

After more than a year without any new releases, WINNER returned in a big way on Monday, with their new five-song EP "EXIT: E" revealing a whole new side to the K-pop boy band.

album cover for Korean rapper Donutman's new single

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Korean Rapper Donutman Turns A Somber Piano Riff Into A Testimonial On 'Good' [AUDIO]

New Release 02.01.16 | 08:08PM EST

Donutman doen't rely on contrived concepts or empty bombast on the mic for his single "Good," released on Tuesday, instead creating a highly musical backdrop for his skilled rapping with a somber classical piano loop.

music video for Bumkey's “backindadayz”  featuring Sanchez of Phantom Dok2, dh-style and Microdot

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Bumkey Blends Scratch-Happy Classic Rap With 1920s Jazz On 'backindadayz' Featuring Dok2, Sanchez, Microdot [VIDEO]

New Release 01.28.16 | 08:10PM EST

On "backindadayz," Bumkey combines "Great Gatsby"-era swing and the seminal '80s rap sound from the days when acts like Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy Eric B. & Rakim turned the turntable into an instrument.

the album cover of Stellar's

Album Review: Stellar Celebrate The Eclecticism Of K-Pop On Their Exciting New EP 'Sting' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.27.16 | 08:38PM EST

"Sting," the inventive new six-song extended play album released on Jan. 18 by the K-pop girl group Stellar is a celebration of K-pop's willingness to experiement with an endless variety of musical genres.

Epik High circa 2003

K-Pop Throwback: Epik High Turns The World Into One Big Dance Party On Their 2003 Track 'GO' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 01.29.16 | 01:30PM EST

On "GO," from Epik High's 2003 debut album "Map of the Human Soul," the rap trio shows how certain styles of music hold sway across the globe, highlighting the similarities we all share over our differences.

a screenshot from Teen Top's

Review: Teen Top Lead With Their Funkiest Song In Years On 'Warning Sign' The 1st Single From The New EP 'Red Point [AUDIO]

New Release 01.26.16 | 07:39PM EST

Though much of Teen Top's recent material, including the EP "Red Point" released on Jan. 18, shows a more introspective side of the group, "Warning Sign" is as fired up as anything in their recorded output so far.

a screenshot from Gfriend's

Review: Why Gfriend's 'Rough' Is The K-Pop Girl Group's Best Offering Yet [VIDEO]

New Release 01.26.16 | 02:09PM EST

On Monday, the six-member South Korean pop act GFriend's released their best song yet with the melodic dance single "Rough," proving that this girl group has staying power.

Loptimist

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Let Loptimist Rearrange Your Circuitry On 'Me' Featuring Kim And Ji Jong Hwan [AUDIO]

New Release 01.22.16 | 06:24PM EST

"Me," the new single released Thursday by South Korean singer-rapper Loptimist and featuring Ji Jong Hwan and Kim could almost pass for a conversation between two robots if it weren't for the raw rapping on the track.

Korean R&B superstar Zion. T

K-Pop Double Take: Zion. T Brings Together The Best Of The Past And Present On 'No Make Up' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.25.16 | 08:08PM EST

On the single "No Make Up," released on Oct. 15, the 26-year-old South Korean hip-hop artist and producer Zion. T demonstrates a deep knowledge of the past while still sounding contemporary.

VIXX

Review: VIXX's Contribution To 'Moorim School' Soundtrack 'Alive' Mixes Strings And EDM Beats To Create A Unique Mood [AUDIO]

New Release 01.22.16 | 01:24PM EST

Released Jan. 18, "Alive," VIXX's single from "Moorim School," fuses cinematic strings and pianos with EDM trap drums and rave synths, flanked by an anthemic chorus that compliments the drama onscreen.

still shot from Laboum's music video for

K-Pop Double Take: Cyndi Lauper's Iconic Style Is Alive And Well On Laboum's Latest 'Aalow Aalow' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.14.16 | 05:21PM EST

Laboum's single "Aalow Aalow," released on Dec. 6, is a clear riff on Cyndi Lauper's 1983 hit "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" with a bit of the sounf K-pop icons like Girls' Generation and SISTAR for good measure.

Korea's first rap stars, Seo Taiji and Boys.

K-Pop Classics: Hallyu Forefathers Seo Taiji And Boys Bring Hip-Hop To Korea On The 1992 Track 'Nan Arayo' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.15.16 | 02:50PM EST

In 1992, Seo Taiji introduced Korean audiences to the sensation known as rap music with the hit song "Nan Arayo" and Korean music hasn't been the same since.

Lucky J

Review: Lucky J Combines The Best Of Then And Now On The Epic Showstopper 'No Love' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.13.16 | 02:34PM EST

Lucky J's single "No Love," released Friday, melds a melody from the traditional Korean string instrument Haegeum with shiny synth work and modern rap drums, creating an unforced fusion of past and present.

Review: Mino And Taeyhun Strip WINNER's Sound Down To The Bare Essentials On 'Pricked' [AUDIO]

Review: Mino And Taeyhun Strip WINNER's Sound Down To The Bare Essentials On 'Pricked' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.13.16 | 02:11PM EST

Released on Monday, the new WINNER single "Pricked" featuring band members Mino and Taehyun show fans a raw side to WINNER than they haven't seen so far.

Dal Shabet shooting the

Review: Brave Brothers's Unabashedly '80s Pop Sound Makes His 1st Single For Dal Shabet 'Someone Like U' The Highlight Of 'Naturalness' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.12.16 | 07:39PM EST

If you're the type of person who pines for the all-but-lost art of crafting a light, upbeat '80s pop song, then there is a lot for you to like in "Someone Like U," from Dal Shabet's EP "Naturalness," released on Jan. 5.

the album cover of Jager and Lucas's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Jager & Lucas Light A Fire With A Hypnotic Electric Piano Hook On 'Talk To You' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.11.16 | 05:31PM EST

On Jager & Lucas's latest single "Talk To You," released on Friday, the South Korean rap duo flow over a Fender Rhodes electric piano groove that reels you in and keeps you there.

Anda in the music video for

Review: Anda Cranks Up The Attitude On 'Taxi' The Vocalist's 3rd Single Since Changing Her Name From Andamiro [VIDEO]

New Release 01.07.16 | 08:43PM EST

It is what Anda (formerly known as Andamiro) does when her vocals appear in the mix on Taxi," released Thursday, that defines why she is an artist to watch.

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