Dynamic Duo celebrates 20 years of hip-hop career with ‘2 Kids On The Block’

Members of  hip-hop band Dynamic Duo, Choiza, left, and Gaeko shared their thoughts on the 20th anniversary of the duo's debut. Courtesy of Amoeba Culture

Standing out as a leading figure in the Korean hip-hop scene, Dynamic Duo — comprised of rappers Gaeko and Choiza — now celebrates its 20th year. In a recent interview marking the milestone, the two established rappers revealed that their latest studio album, “2 Kids On The Block,” serves as a tribute to their illustrious musical journey.Originating from the hip-hop trio CB Mass, Dynamic Duo embarked on its career in 2004. The duo’s debut album, “Taxi Driver,” left an indelible mark on the Korean hip-hop landscape by diverging from the typical intense underground style.The duo’s unique, casual demonstration of hip-hop resonated with a broader audience, contributing to hip-hop’s establishment as a cornerstone genre in the Korean music industry.Since founding their own agency, Amoeba Culture, in 2006, the two have consistently reinforced their standing in the industry with a series of hits, including “Gone” (2008), “BAAAM” (2013) and “Guilty” (2018).Yet, the year 2023 marked another surge in the duo’s already illustrious career.

Their 2014 hit, “AEAO,” resurfaced on global music charts, gaining popularity through TikTok videos and Instagram reels. Another track, “Smoke,” from Mnet’s reality program “Street Woman Fighter 2″ also became a massive hit, propelled by choreographer Bada’s stellar performance. The latter even earned recognition on Billboard’s list of the 25 Best K-Pop Songs of 2023. During an interview with The Korea Times at its agency headquarters in Gangnam District, southern Seoul, March 19, Gaeko and Choiza thanked their fans, saying they hadn’t anticipated the sudden resurgence in popularity.”We simply provided the music [‘Smoke’], and I believe what contributed to the song’s popularity was its exceptional choreography … For me, it honestly feels like hitting the jackpot,” Gaeko said.”The resurgence of ‘AEAO’ was equally surprising. It was astonishing to see a song we never anticipated gaining popularity, particularly due to the trend of short-form content. The fact that we, at our age, had to reinstall TikTok … That’s why last year feels even more special and gratifying.”Choiza, 44, also reflected on how the sudden rise of “AEAO,” a song released a decade ago, has prompted him to adopt a new mindset toward music releases.”I find it fascinating that past releases can hold the same value as recent ones. Nowadays, artificial intelligence recommends music that ends up on our playlists. So, I began to see old songs not as forgotten relics but rather as seeds 카지노사이트 planted by a farmer, destined to sprout someday,” Choiza said.

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