Show Me the Money (South Korean TV series)

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Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money.jpg
Presented by Eun Ji-won (seasons 1-2)
Kim Jin-pyo (seasons 3-6)
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 6
Production
Producer(s) Han Dong-chul
Production location(s) Seoul, South Korea
Production company(s) CJ E&M
Distributor CJ E&M Music and Live
Release
Original network Mnet
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2012 – Present
Chronology
Related shows Unpretty Rapstar
High School Rapper
External links
Website

Show Me the Money (SMTM; Korean: 쇼미더머니) is a South Korean rap competition TV show that airs on Mnet. The show has grown in popularity since the first season aired in 2012, and it is credited with increasing the South Korean public's interest in hip hop.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

When SMTM first aired in 2012, it was the only show on South Korean television to focus on hip hop,[3] and the first show on Mnet about hip hop since the music channel cancelled Hip Hop the Vibe in 2004.[4] Han Dong-chul, the chief producer of SMTM, later said of the show, "My goal was to let people know that there is more than just idol dance music in Korea."[3]

The format of each season varies, but generally consists of contestants going head to head in a series of challenges until only one rapper remains. The show includes a mixture of rookie and experienced rappers, with the experienced rappers typically serving as "producers," a role that includes being both mentors and judges.[5]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

The first season of SMTM began airing on June 22, 2012 and was hosted by Eun Ji-won of the K-pop group Sechs Kies.[4] The season paired experienced rappers Double K, Verbal Jint, 45RPM, MC Sniper, Miryo, Hoony Hoon, Joosuc, and Garion with rookie rappers.[6] Notable contestants included Cheetah, one of the show's few female rappers, who would later become the runner-up for first season of SMTM spin-off, Unpretty Rapstar.[7]

Rookie rapper Loco, under the mentorship of Double K, won the competition and went on to sign with hip hop label AOMG. He later appeared on season 4 as a producer.[8]

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

The second season of SMTM began airing on June 7, 2013 and was again hosted by Eun Ji-won. Contestants were split into two hip hop crews, "Meta Crew," lead by MC Meta of the group Garion, and "D.O Crew," lead by Lee Hyun Do, formerly of '90s hip hop duo Deux.[9] The season's contestants included several rappers who would go on to become well-known artists, including LE of EXID,[10] Mad Clown,[11] and Swings.[12]

The winner of the second season was hip hop trio Soul Dive, mentored by MC Meta.[9]

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

The third season of SMTM saw a number of prominent Korean hip hop figures' participation. The producers split themselves loosely along the lines of larger Korean hip hop labels, leading to Tablo and Masta Wu representing "Team YG," Dok2 and The Quiett representing "Team Illionaire," Swings and San E representing "Team Brand New Music," and "Team YDG". The season was won by Bobby from K-Pop idol group iKON,[13] together with his producers Dok2 and The Quiett of Team Illionaire.

Season 4 (2015)[edit]

Mnet's fourth season of SMTM features YG judges Jinusean and Tablo, San E and Verbal Jint from Brand New Music, AOMG judges Jay Park and Loco (first season winner came back as a producer), and judges Zico of Block B and Paloalto (Hi-Lite Records). No contestants auditioned this year with more idol rappers, most notably, Song Min-ho of Winner, and veterans such as Black Nut and P-Type. Many of the contestants from Season 3 came back as well. The winner of this season was Basick with his producers team San E and Verbal Jint from Brand New Music.

Season 5 (2016)[edit]

The fifth season of SMTM featured four different producer teams consisting of: AOMG judges Simon Dominic & Gray, YG Entertainment judges Kush & Zion T, judges Dok2 & The Quiett of Illionaire Records and Gill & Mad Clown. This season held open auditions in LA for the first time with guest judge Timbaland. It also saw the participation of many popular and well known artists in the Korean hip hop scene as well as notable participants of past seasons such as G2, Reddy, C Jamm, BewhY, Bizniz, Onesun, Jin Doggae, J'Kyun, Xitsuh, Snacky Chan, One, Sanchez, Dayday, Junoflo, Myundo, Super Bee and Flowsik. This season's winner was BewhY with his producer team of Simon Dominic and Gray from AOMG.

Season 6 (2017)[edit]

Mnet’s “Show Me the Money 6” began airing on June 30, 2017 and ended on September 1, 2017. The sixth season had four producer teams, Zico & Dean,[14] Choiza & Gaeko of Dynamic Duo,[15] Tiger JK & Bizzy[16] and Jay Park & Dok2.[17] Both rappers from previous seasons and new rappers participated, including Nucksal, QWALA, Hash Swan, LTAK, NO:EL, Hanhae, Punchnello, JJK, Junoflo, J'Kyun, Ja Mezz, Rhythm Power members Boi-B, Geegoin, and Hangzoo, Microdot, Young B (winner of High School Rapper), New Champ, IGNITO, Kebee, Sleepy (Untouchable), Killagramz, Born Kim, Jin Doggae, Rudals, BIGONE (former 24K member Kim Daeil), and former SMTM1 producer, Double K.

American artist and producer Swizz Beatz was a special judge for the New York auditions of the show. "Show Me the Money 6" landed in New York and Los Angeles May 6 and May 9.

This season drew more participants than ever before. For “Show Me the Money 5”, approximately 9,000 people auditioned to have a chance to compete on the show. “Show Me the Money 6” had over 12,000 people interested in auditioning for the show—the largest applicant pool the show ever had. As a result of the huge number of applicants, the first round of auditions in Korea took place over the course of two days. First round auditions occurred April 29–30 at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon. This was also the first time that auditions were held in New York City. The format for the New York auditions will be the same as the first round auditions in South Korea. New York auditions took place on May 6 at Brooklyn Studios. The Los Angeles auditions were held on May 9 at LA Anderson Warehouse.

The winner for this season was Rhythm Power's Hangzoo with his producer team of Zico and Dean of FANXYCHILD.

Discography[edit]

International versions[edit]

  • Show Me The Money Thailand (โชว์มีเดอะมันนี่ ไทยแลนด์): 2018[18]

Plagiarism controversy[edit]

In 2017, CJ E&M, the production company behind Show Me The Money, accused the creators of the Chinese rap competition show, The Rap of China, of plagiarism. A spokesperson for CJ E&M said that even though the logo, rules, and formats of the two shows were strikingly similar, The Rap of China was not a licensed version of the original South Korean show.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bai, Stephany (28 January 2016). "South Korean Rap Competition Series to Hold Auditions in U.S." NBC News. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Lee, Madeleine (1 December 2015). "2015 Was Korean Rap's Breakthrough Year". Noisey. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c Lee, Woo-young (2016-04-12). "Han Dong-chul, mastermind of Korean hip-hop boom". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  4. ^ a b Kim, Ji Yeon (14 June 2012). "Eun Ji Won to Host Hip-Hop Program for the First Time". Yahoo Singapore. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Why You Should Watch Korea's Hip-Hop TV Contest Show Me The Money'". KoreAm Magazine. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Ho, Stewart (19 June 2012). "VerbalJint, BEG's Miryo, MC Sniper and More Show Up for 'Show Me the Money'". Mwave. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Cheetah (치타)". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  8. ^ Kim, Jae-heun (26 June 2015). "Rapper show launches new season". The Korea Times. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "쇼미더머니2 우승자, 지조와 1표차로 '극적' 우승". The Star Chosun (in Korean). 3 August 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Ng, Michelle (6 October 2017). "5 Kpop Idol Rappers Who Are As Talented As Underground Rappers". MTV Asia. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Mad Clown (매드클라운)". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  12. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (9 June 2013). "Audition program for rappers kicks off to a good start". The Korea Herlad. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Rap Battles Begin Again - Mnet Announces Season 3 Of "Show Me The Money"". KpopStarz. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  14. ^ https://www.soompi.com/2017/04/04/block-bs-zico-dean-appear-show-money-season-6-producers/
  15. ^ "Instagram post by Mnet 쇼미더머니6 • Apr 14, 2017 at 12:22am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  16. ^ https://www.soompi.com/2017/04/09/tiger-jk-bizzy-join-show-money-6-producers/
  17. ^ https://www.soompi.com/2017/04/14/jay-park-dok2-complete-producer-lineup-show-money-6//
  18. ^ "เปิดตัว Show Me The Money Thailand รายการแข่งแร็พเซอร์ไววัลชื่อดังจากเกาหลีฯ" (in Thai). Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  19. ^ Park, So-hyeon (26 July 2017). "'쇼미더머니6' 측 '中 표절프로, 판매한 콘텐츠 아냐…매우 유감'". X Sports Media (in Korean). Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "Hip-hop takes centre stage in China". BBC News. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.