2017 has been quite a year for the Korean Hip Hop and R&B scene.
Jay Park, who has been around for quite some time, has brought to us the ultimate summer song of the scene. New faces such as Woo Won Jae surfaced from the underground, tackling topics the mainstream doesn’t talk about all too often.
It is undeniable that the Show Me The Money (SMTM) family is always prominent in the scene. Former SMTM Contestant Jung Jaewon debuted in 2017 under YG Entertainment with his songs ‘heyahe’ and ‘Gettin’ by’. Those songs were produced by two of the major players in the R&B and Hip Hop scene in Korea: Cha Cha Malone and GroovyRoom. Almost every song we heard this year included their branding. And honestly, we aren’t even surprised, considering their immense talent.
Pure talents also came together for Suran’s song ‘Wine’ which featured Rapper Channgmo and was produced by BTS‘ Suga. But the R&B and Hip-Hop scene isn’t dominated by male artists only.
Jessi, Hoody and Heize showed us that 2017 wasn’t lacking any girl power.
But not only artists under big labels such as YG, AOMG & Co contributed their fair share this year. We are also looking back on a year of Soundcloud artists that surely will continue to grow in 2018. Rheehab and SLCHLD proved that good music doesn’t need big names.
True gems can shine on their own.
To summarise a year of musical genius, we put together a playlist of the best K-HipHop & K-R&B in 2017.
The complimentary spotify playlist is at the end of the article!
(Note: Some songs contain explicit content)
1. Jay Park feat. Sik-K – Yacht
2. Dean feat. Syd – love
3. Suran feat. Changmo – Wine
4. Hash Swan feat. Silly boot – Daily Look
5. Woodie gochild, Jay Park feat. Dok2 – Let’s Get It
6. Sik-K – Your Night
7. WOO WON JAE – We are
8. Loco feat. GRAY – Summer Go Loco
9. Rheehab feat. Donutman, Dopein – IWY
10. DPR LIVE – Jasmine
11. Henry feat. Nafla – I’m good
12. Jay Park, Dok2, Ja Mezz, Ness, Woody gochild,
Junoflo – Life is a Gamble
13. Changmo – One More Rollie
14. Jessi – Gucci
15. Punchnello – Detox
16. PSY feat. G-Dragon – FACT
17. Hangzoo, Young B, Hash Swan, KillaGramz
Zico, Dean – Yozm gang
18. Zico feat. Fanxy Child Fanxy Child
19. DPR LIVE, Loco, Jay Park – Right Here Right Now
20. G.Soul feat. Hoody – Tequila
21. Dynamic Duo, Vernon, Jackson, Mark, jooheon
22. Jay Park, Double K, Boi B – REBORN
23. DPR LIVE – Martini Blue
24. Sik-K feat. Jay Park – Too Many
25. Jessi – Arrived
26. Giriboy – Hikikomori
27. WOO WON JAE feat. Tiger JK, Bizzy, MRSHLL
28. Crush feat- Beenzino – Outside
29. HEIZE – Don’t Know You
30. ONE – Gettin’ by
31. SLCHLD feat. Rhehaab – call this love
32. Hoody – Can’t Wait
33. ONE – heyahe
34. Sik-K feat Crush – party (shut down)
35. DPR LIVE feat DEAN – Know Me
36. Zico – Artist
37. Hash Swan – Ma$himaro
38. 2xxx!, DEAN, punchnello – Piss On Me
39. G.Soul – Bad Habit
40. offonoff feat DEAN – gold
41. Suran feat. Crush – Love Story
42. Epik High feat. IU – LOVE STORY
43. offonoff – Photograph
Who are your favourite Korean Hip-Hop and R&B artists of 2017?
Let us know in the comments!
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