While KPOP’s popularity is undeniably making it’s rounds and creating a Beatles-like sort of pandemonium around the world, let us bring your attention to something just a little different: Korean hip hop. While Korean hip hop may not be on the world map like KPOP, it is definitely an under-appreciated genre that is well deserving of more praise.
The Amoeba Culture Concert was a prime example of that.
On April 14th, Headliners (and Korean hip hop stars) Dynamic Duo and Simon D wrapped up their Amoeba Culture Concert Tour with their final show in Los Angeles at the House of Blues. With special appearances from Dumbfoundead and Kero1, the show was packed with entertainment and talent. Presented by CJ E&M and Powerhouse Live, the House of Blues was packed with fans, with a line stretching far down the street (with many waiting two hours before the show). The venue had two floors of spacious standing room, tables and chairs for sitting, and plenty of drinks to buy. This sold-out show attracted everyone from the 18 year-old undergrad to — yes, even Dumbfoundead’s mom.
They started the night off with LA’s own Dumbfoundead, who came out with Zo, Breezy Lovejoy and Wax – performed a wonderful rendition of his latest “Cellphone”, setting the mood just right. The crowd roared for more when he was forced offstage due to the time constraint. Kero One was next, who came out with some of his hits such as “When the Sunshine Comes,” “Keep Pushin’,” and his latest “What Am I Supposed To Do?”.
Opening up with a larger-than-life intro, Simon D (who’s also one half of Supreme Team) was greeted with an explosion of screams from the audience. Joining him on stage were J-Tong, underground Korean hip-hop artist and Korean hip-hop producer, Primary – who served as his DJ. In addition to performing such songs like “Stay Cool” from his solo album “Simon Dominic Presents ‘SNL LEAGUE BEGINS’”, Simon D also enthused fans with Supreme Team’s infamous hits “Dang Dang Dang” and “Super Magic“. He even presented a rousing rendition of “All I Do is Win“. Eventually, he was pulled back onstage for an encore. The audience was also thoroughly entertained by Simon D’s attempt at English.
Finally, as if the night was not already mind-blowing with three amazing acts – there was still Dynamic Duo to finish off the concert. They walked on stage with swag, donning fedoras and sunglasses, and looking ready to end the night with a bang. Playing such hits as “Without You“, “Fireworks,” and “고백,” the duo proved why they’re considered to be Korean hip-hop legends. For their encore, Simon D joined them back on stage and rocked the audience with “Friday Night” and “Ring My Bell” – ending the night on an extreme high.
Fans were extremely satisfied with their night – especially with such memorable performances in one of Los Angeles’ most famous concert spaces. Despite the small venue being packed to capacity – the great performances definitely made it seem like more of a party than just a concert.
Check out our concert footage below – and stay tuned for our interviews with Dynamic Duo and Simon D!