Geeks (musical duo)

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Geeks 긱스
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresKorean hip hop, K-pop
Years active2011 (2011)–present (present)
LabelsGrandline Entertainment, Rainbow Bridge World
Associated actsPhantom, Soyou, Crucial Star, Ailee
MembersLil Boi, Louie
Geeks
Hangul
긱스
Revised RomanizationGikseu
McCune–ReischauerKiksŭ

Geeks (Korean:긱스) is a Korean hip hop duo composed of rappers Lil Boi and Louie. They are signed under Grandline Entertainment and Rainbow Bridge World. They are both credited lyricists, composers, and producers, as well as notable Korean rappers in their own right.[1] They hit mainstream crossover success in a collaboration with Sistar's Soyou in the track "Officially Missing You Too," a major K-pop hit of 2012.[2]

Broadcasting[edit]

Lil boi starred in Show me the money 4 and was attracted by many producers including Jay Park, president of "AOMG". He entered the AOMG in team selection and sang "respect" with Geegooin and sik-k and called "on it + Bo $$" with Jay Park, Loco and got very popular. On the other hand, he called "on it + bo $$" and dropped to MINO with a difference of 5 votes.[3]

Career[edit]

Breakout Debut Success in 2011[edit]

Geeks debuted with their mini-album "Officially Missing You" on March 9. The title song "Officially Missing You" is a remake of an R&B hit by Canadian singer Tamia. Geeks placed first on Cyworld's daily music chart with that song.[4] Geeks participated in the 3rd Grand Line Show, a hiphop concert, and in the TV show "GEEKS TV."[5] They were also the "Rookie of the Month" for May for the Cyworld Digital Music Awards.[6]

Collaborative Success in 2012[edit]

Geeks released their second mini-album "Hang Over" with a title song of the same name and an accompanying music video on April 13.[7] They held a collaborative concert with Crucial Star on May 26.[8] Geeks also performed at 'Green Groove Festival 2012."[9] Geeks were featured in Jung Hye Min's title song "Don't Call Me Nuna", released October 18.[10]

Sistar's Soyou released a successful collaboration track named "Officially Missing You Too" on November 1, 2012. The song ranked number one on several Korean music sites.[11] The track and its accompanying collaboration album and music video were both part of a project called "Re:code" supervised and produced by Loen Entertainment to take quality tracks from underground Korean hiphop artists and arrange them to be more mainstream.[12] Geeks thus scored their first top ten hit with "Officially Missing You Too."

In December Geeks signed a contract with Kim Do Hoon(김도) of Rainbow Bridge World (formerly WA Entertainment).[13]

First Full Length Album in 2013[edit]

Geeks promoted the song "How Are You?" on Korean music shows in April. The track hit seventh place on the weekly K-pop music charts.[14] Geeks released their first full album "Geeks Vol. 1-Backpack: Lights On" that same week.[15] On April 28, Geeks released Backpack's title song "Wash Away"'s music video featuring Ailee.[16] A music video of the hiphop track "Siren" featuring Swings was released to coincide with the album release as well.[17] Geeks also performed at labelmates Phantom's first solo concert on May 17.[18]

Geeks released a single named "Fly" and its music video on July 10. The music video chronicles Geeks' impromptu June "guerrilla" concerts.[19] Geeks again hit seventh place on the Gaon Weekly Chart for the fourth week of July.[20] Geeks held their first solo concert, "Lights On" on August 17.[21] The concert featured Ailee and singer IU.[22]

Geeks were featured in Navi(나비)'s title track "I Ain't Going Home Tonight," released September 5.[23] The duo were also featured in singer A.T.'s track "Don't Be" and its music video.[24] Geeks performed at MU:CON Seoul 2013, a global music industry convention.[25] Geeks and Phantom travelled to Indonesia as Korea's representatives for "Vaganza on November" and performed there on November 24.[26]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[27]
Backpack
  • Released: How Entertainment, Grandline Entertainment
  • Label: April 29, 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8
Fireworks
  • Released: July 18, 2017
  • Label: How Entertainment, Grandline Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
34 N/A

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[27]
Officially Missing You
  • Released: March 9, 2011
  • Label: Danal Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A
Hangover
  • Released: April 13, 2012
  • Label: Grandline Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
33
  • Re-released: June 25, 2012 (as 2nd Mini Album Repackage)
  • Label: Grandline Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
36

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales (DL) Album
KOR
[30]
"Officially Missing You" 2011 56 Officially Missing You
"Just Go" (그냥 가요)
feat. Jo Hyun-ah
2012 35 Hangover
"Hangover" (아침에) 91
"Hold It Down" 70 2nd Mini Album Repackage
"How Are You" (어때)
feat. Hareem
2013 3 Backpack
"Wash Away"
feat. Ailee
4
"Fly" 6 Non-album singles
"We Are" (우리는)
feat. Crybaby, DJ Dopsh
27
"F.I.L.A (Fall In Love Again)"
feat. DJ Dopsh
2014 36
"Is You"
feat. Park Jung-hyun
2015 9
"Divin" 2016 41 Fireworks
"Dream" (가끔)
feat. Crush, Giriboy
2
"Woo" 2017
"Fireworks"
feat. Han Sang-won
N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s)
2012 "Together Forever" (머무르다) Jo Hyun-ah
"Officially missing you, too" Soyou
2013 "Brilliant is" Skull, Haha, Zico, Mad Clown, Swings, Double K, Zizo, Soul Dive, Heo Kyung-hwan, Kim Ji-min
"Mistletoe" (미슬토우) Phantom, Esna
2014 "Heeheehaheho" (히히하헤호) Mamamoo
"Let's Just Be Friends" (친구로 남아줄게) Wheesung

Nominations and awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award/Critics Category Result Reference
2013
"Washing Away"
Mnet Asian Music Awards
Song of the Year Nominated
[43]
Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Rap Performance Nominated
[44]
MelOn Music Awards
Rap/Hip Hop Award Nominated
[45]
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Hot Rapper Nominated
[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geeks' Hanteo Profile". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ Cumulative sales for "Officially Missing You Too":
  3. ^ 세계일보 (2015-08-15). "'쇼미더머니4' 릴보이, 송민호에 5표 차이로 패배 "이제 골치 아플 일 없다"". ‘쇼미더머니4’ 릴보이, 송민호에 5표 차이로 패배 “이제 골치 아플 일 없다” - 세상을 보는 눈, 글로벌 미디어 - 세계닷컴 -. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
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  5. ^ "Grand Line Entertainment reveals 3rd Grand Show and GEEKS TV news". Allkpop. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "2012 Cyworld Digital Music Awards". Cyworld (in Korean). Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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  8. ^ "Crucial Star releases first mixtape 'Drawing #1: A Dream Spokesman'". Allkpop. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Hip hop duo Geeks to stand on same stage as Akon for 'Green Groove Festival 2012'". Allkpop. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Jung Hye Min releases "Don't Call Me Nuna" feat. Geeks". Allkpop. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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  15. ^ "New Albums And Singles Preview – 2013 April Week 4". Soompi. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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  17. ^ "긱스 (Geeks) - Siren (Feat. Swings) MV". Youtube. Kt Music. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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  21. ^ "Geeks having their first solo concert". StarN News. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Geeks Holds First Solo Concert Featuring Ailee and IU". KpopStarz. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  23. ^ "Navi Releases 19+ Teaser for "I Ain't Going Home Tonight"". Soompi. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  24. ^ "Vocalist A.T. Releases Music Video for "Don't Be" Featuring Geeks". Soompi. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  25. ^ "EXO, Rainbow, Tasty, Tiger JK & Yoon Mi Rae & Bizzy and more at Mu:CON 2013". Soompi. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  26. ^ "Geeks-Phantom to Attend Indonesia's 'Vaganza on November' as Korea's Representatives". Kpopstarz. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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  28. ^ "2013년 05월 Album Chart".
  29. ^ "2012년 06월 Album Chart".
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  32. ^ "2012년 03월 Download Chart".
  33. ^ Cumulative sales of "Hangover":
  34. ^ "2012년 27주차 Download Chart".
  35. ^ a b "2013년 Download Chart".
  36. ^ Cumulative sales of "Fly":
  37. ^ "2013년 10월 Download Chart".
  38. ^ "2014년 02월 Download Chart".
  39. ^ "2015년 03월 Download Chart".
  40. ^ "2016년 08월 Download Chart".
  41. ^ Cumulative sales of "Dream":
  42. ^ "2017년 29주차 Download Chart".
  43. ^ "2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Nominees has been Announced...Let the Voting Begin!". Kpopstarz. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
  44. ^ "2013 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  45. ^ "Melon Music Awards". Melon Music (in Korean). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  46. ^ Eun, Elizabeth (18 July 2013). "[20's Choice] 2NE1's CL, Infinite, Shinhwa and More Win Big at 2013 20's Choice Awards". enewsWorld. Retrieved 18 July 2013.