"Timeless," by Tiger JK, feat RM.

‘Planet Hip Hop:’ The evolution of Korean rap

Planet Hip Hop

As part of our summer series, “Planet Hip Hop,” we take you to South Korea, where hip-hop found its footing in the 1990s. Haekyung Um has written extensively about Korean pop culture and also teaches global popular music and Asian music industries at the University of Liverpool. She joined The World’s host Marco Werman to talk about the evolution of hip-hop and rap in South Korea. 

Seven members of K-pop band BTS stand wearing black suits in front of a yellow background that says "BTS Butter"

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Women perform on stage in a pop band. One throws her hand in the air.

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a 65 year old south korean model on the catwalk

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Two young Japanese women are shown with there arms in the air and dancing.

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South Korean girl group GFriend rehearse in Seoul

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