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BOYS LIFE

BOYS LIFE

By Bobby Hundreds

I actually used to come to Korea a lot as a kid, and up through the ’80s, pop culture was a non-issue amongst the kids here. I mean, the coolest thing was a rudimentary Nintendo system called Zemmix and banana-flavored milk. That is, until a pioneer rap group by the name of Seotaiji & Boys emerged in the early ’90s. You see, Koreans didn’t really have a cool young music scene of their own until Taiji’s rap trio broke open a can of worms that forever changed the course of not only pop music, but fashion, entertainment, and youth culture as a whole. They were kinda like the Beatles/Michael Jackson/RUN DMC/Backstreet Boys for South Korea, their music career ranging from gangster rap to Smashing Pumpkins-esque lullaby to rap-rock, depending on the album.

Anyways, we were having lunch at the huge COEX mall here and I heard that they actually built a pop-up museum dedicated to Seo Taiji for the group’s 15th Anniversary. Super random, bear with me.

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The entire Seo Taiji library, consisting of 4 regular albums and 2 live projects.

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Taiji himself was recognized for his endless array of eyewear.. like the Korean Elton John.

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There was a line just to sit in these rooms and watch Taiji’s music videos and live shows, for hours on end.

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The 15th Anniversary was commemorated with a limited-edition CD set. There were 15,000 made and they sold out in less than one minute. I’m not really sure how that works, but I’m guessing a lot of magic and sorcery were involved.

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The room was also full of people writing special notes to Taiji, folding them into Origami cranes, and filling this massive glass box. Wow.

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by bobbyhundreds

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