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|Origin||South Korea/United States|
|Associated acts||Roscoe Umali, Mickie Eyes, DJ JHIG, Tasha, Bizzy|
|Past members||DJ Shine|
|Revised Romanization||Deureongkeun taigeo|
Drunken Tiger (Hangul: 드렁큰 타이거) is a critically acclaimed Korean/American hip hop group which debuted in 1999 and has since released eight albums. The name of the leader of the group is Seo Jung-gweon (Hangul: 서정권)W
As of 2009, Drunken Tiger's central figure has been Korean American Tiger JK. Other members affiliated with Drunken Tiger are DJ Shine (left in 2005), Micki Eyes (Mike Amiri), DJ Jhig, and Roscoe Umali.
Tiger JK was born in Seoul, South Korea on July 29 (by lunar calendar on June 11), 1974. At the age of 12, JK moved to Los Angeles with his family. While living in LA, Tiger JK witnessed the tension between Korean Americans and African Americans during the L.A. riots. JK, already an avid follower of hip-hop, was inspired to bridge the gap between the two ethnic cultures using his rhymes. At only 16 years old, he collaborated with Drunken Tiger member Micki Eyes (Mike Amiri) and a friend, Sucram, to compete at a local hip-hop festival in 1992. He hoped that his performance as a Korean-American with other non-Koreans would relieve some of the tensions between the cultures. JK saw it initially as an experiment, but his performance caught the attention of Oasis Records in Korea. As a result, JK was later signed and released his first solo album, "Call Me Tiger," in 1992. The album had some brief buzz, however, due to censorship and restrictions put on his title song "Hide and Seek," the album received limited publicity.
JK returned to the US soon after. However, he still felt that the Korea hip-hop was slowly emerging and it needed artists to bring it to the forefront. He teamed up with partner DJ Shine in 1998 and the two debuted under the name Drunken Tiger. Their first album, "Year of the Tiger," was seen as widely controversial given that the lyrics touched upon taboo topics such as sex and anti-establishment. Their debut singles, "I Want You" and "Do You Know Hip-hop" were released in 1999. Unlike their mainstream hip-hop counterparts, Drunken Tiger wrote their own lyrics, had creative freedom and did not resort to choreographed dancing. As a result, their sound is described as 'live, energetic and very natural'.
2000 and Drug Controversy
In March 2000, Drunken Tiger released their 2nd album, "The Great Rebirth," and introduced members, DJ Jhig, Micki Eyes, and Roscoe Umali. Produced in just 2 weeks, "The Great Rebirth" introduced The Movement, a crew of Korean hip-hop artists whose goal was to bring real hip-hop into the mainstream. At the time, the Movement Crew consisted of CB Mass, Yoon Mi Rae, Uptown, and Kim Jin Pyo and has now expanded into a large collaborative of pivotal Korean artists, including Epik High, Eun Ji Won, Bobby Kim, Leessang, Dynamic Duo.
Their single, "Great Rebirth," climbed the music charts quickly, but was suddenly halted from progressing due to criminal investigation of Tiger JK for possession and dealing of narcotics in Korea during 1999. Drug tests and a passport showing JK's departure from Korea were expected to prove JK's innocence, but the Korean courts found JK guilty due to false evidence given by Movement members in Uptown and banned Drunken Tiger from performing on public media for 2 years. However, after appealing the decision, the ban was lifted, allowing a 3rd album to be released in March 2001.
The 3rd album, "The Legend Of..." is hailed to be one of Drunken Tiger's most pivotal albums. Their single, "Good Life," topped the charts and won the #1 spot on multiple charts for weeks. This was the first time Drunken Tiger had won the #1 spot on the mainstream pop charts. In that same year, the group won "best hip-hop music video" at the MNET Music Video Festival and "best hip-hop artist" at the Seoul Music Awards. By this time, the group had established a large fan base and following.
Success continued for their 4th album "Foundation" throughout their 5th album, "One Is Not A Lonely Word." The group continued to win awards and receive international invites to perform. In 2004, Drunken Tiger had already performed at near sell out venues of 5000+ in places such as Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Chicago.
In 2005, during the debut of the 6th album "1945 Liberation," DJ Shine announced he would leave Drunken Tiger, citing family reasons as a factor. Some wondered how this would affect the legacy Drunken Tiger built, however, the success of the 6th album title song "Isolated Ones! Left Foot Forward!" led to endorsements from Hite Beer and Reebok.
By 2006, Drunken Tiger established his own record label, Jungle Entertainment, as well as LUNGTA, a clothing line.
The release of Drunken Tiger's 7th album, "Sky Is The Limit," marked another pivotal point in Drunken Tiger's career. Although JK's ability to perform was inhibited by his myelitis, the artist debuted with his hit single "8:45 Heaven," a tribute to his late grandmother whom he had been close to for years. With its deep thought provoking lyrics, the song was praised by many people who had experienced the death of close ones. It was the first time that a Drunken Tiger song resulted in an official "Best Song Lyric" award.
The 8th album, "Feel gHood Muzik," was released on June 29, 2009. The double disc CD sold a total of 50,000 copies in 3 weeks. The album features hip-hop legend, Rakim, and welcomes back Drunken Tiger member, Roscoe Umali, who had not partaken in a Drunken Tiger album since 2003. It combines a unique combination of what many call the older Drunken Tiger style (raw, rugged, and uncensored) and the lighter sider of JK that has dedicated his life to his new family.
On November 11, 2009, Drunken Tiger won the MAMA (MNet Asian Music Awards) Best Male Artist of the Year award.
- Enter the Tiger(1995)
- Notable Songs: "Hide and Seek"
- Year of the Tiger (1999)
- Notable Songs: "I Want You" (난 널 원해) "Do You Know Hiphop?"
- The Great Rebirth (2000)
- Notable Songs: "Great Rebirth",
- The Legend Of... (2001)
- Notable Songs: "Good Life", "Is Ack Hizay?"
- Foundation (2003)
- Notable Songs: "Because I'm A Man (남자기 때문에)", "Thumb (엄지 손가락)"
- One is not a Lonely Word (하나하면 너와나) (2004)
- Notable Songs: "Convenient Store (편의점)," "Liquor Shots (술병에 숟가락)"
- 1945 Liberation (1945해방) (2005)
- Notable Songs: Isolated Ones, Left Foot Forward! (소외된 모두, 왼발을 한 보 앞으로!)", Love Song That Won't Get Banned (심의에 안 걸리는 사랑노래)
- Sky's the Limit (2007)
- Notable Songs: "8:45 Heaven", "I Hate Myself (내가 싫다) Feat. T" "주정"
- Feel gHood Muzik : The 8th Wonder (2009)
- Notable Song: "Monster english ver.", "True Romance (Feat. T),
- The Cure (2013)
Awards & Honors
2011 Men's Health Magazine (Best Cover Model)
2010 Style Icon Awards (Most Envied Couple - With Yoon MiRae)
2009 MAMA 남자가수상 (Best Male Artist of the Year)
2009 Golden Disk 디스크 본상(Best Disk of the Year)
2008 한국대중음악상 Korean Music Awards (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year - Artist)
2008 한국대중음악상 Korean Music Awards (Best R&B/Soul Record of the Year - Producer)
2008 한국대중음악상 Korean Music Awards (Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year - Producer)
2007 MNET/KM Music Video Festival (Best Lyrics Award)
2007 MNET/KM Music Video Festival (Song of the Year - Nominee)
2007 MNET/KM Music Video Festival (Hip-Hop Artist of the Year - Nominee)
2007 MTV Kountdown (#1 Korean Hip-Hop Artist of All-Time)
2005 Golden Disc Awards (Best Music Video)
2005 MNET Music Video Festival (Music Video Of The Year)
2003 Golden Disc Awards (Best Hip-Hop Song)
2003 서울가요대상 Seoul Music Awards (Best Hip-Hop Artist)
2001 서울가요대상 Seoul Music Awards (Best Hip-Hop Artist)
2001 MNET Music Video Festival (Best Hip-Hop Video)
2010 Rakaa Korea Album Release Party + Roscoe Umali + Stylizstik Jones + Bizzy + Yoon MiRae
2007 Linkin Park (Seoul)
2006 Jay-Z (Seoul)
2011 Los Angeles USA, Jungle Entertainment Family Concert
2006 Los Angeles USA
2004 Boston USA
2003 Chicago USA
2003 Tokyo Japan
2003 Taipei Taiwan
2002 Beijing China
2001 Washington DC USA
2000 Tokyo Japan
1999 New York / Washington DC / Chicago USA
2011 The Body Shop
2010 CJ One Card
2010 Yahoo Korea
2010 Monueal Electronics
2009 Kia Motors (Korea)
2009 Buckaroo Jeans (Korea)
2007 MTV/Body Shop AIDS campaign ambassador (Korea)
2006 Reebok (Asia)
2004 Hite Prime Beer (Korea)
2001 Karl Kani (Korea)
Unofficially, Drunken Tiger is seen as the leader of The Movement Crew, a Korean hip-hop crew which includes several other well-known hip-hop artists:
- Epik High
- Dynamic Duo/CB Mass
- Yoon Mi Rae/T
- Buga Kingz
- Yang Dong Geun
- Eun Ji Won
- Double K
- Insane Deegie
- Bobby Kim
- Explicit Linez
- MC K
- Mongo Fresh
- Micki Eyes
- DJ JHiG
- Roscoe Umali
- Kempo Han
Also, he collaborated with former The Movement Crew members such as
- Drunken Tiger's official website (Korean)
- Drunken Camp, Drunken Tiger's official website (English)
- official twitter
- official youtube
- "drunken tiger official website". Drunken Tiger. Retrieved November 27, 2009.
- "drunken tiger official website". Drunken T)iger. Retrieved November 27, 2009.
- "Rap-fueled takeover of Lotte World, Seoul", Korea Herald, 30 March 2010.
- "drunken tiger blog". drunken tiger. Retrieved November 27, 2009.