As one of the most influential, innovative, and talented artists out of the Korean music scene, as well as an outstanding lyricist and producer of Brand New Music, Verbal Jint is an artist that Korean hip-hop fans should definitely get to know.

Verbal Jint, whose real name is Kim Jin-tae, was born in 1980, and officially debuted in 2001 with the mini-album “Modern Rhymes“. This album has been a milestone for Korean hip-hop. The necessity of accurate grammar to create rhymes has often been forgotten in Korean hip-hop – in which Verbal Jint has been a pioneer. Verbal Jint was the first artist who was able to highlight the importance of grammatical accuracy, and even now, his rhyme schemes are seen as the “Korean standard” in hip-hop. Therefore, Verbal Jint is seen as a key figure in Korean rap.

Also known as “King of Flow“, Verbal Jint started off as an artist in the underground scene, but is also well-renowned in the mainstream music world. He gradually managed to make a greater name for himself and nowadays he’s a well known and respected artist – as well as a producer and songwriter. His work includes numerous albums along with collaborations with artists like Seo In Guk, Bumkey, Epik High, Taeyeon, Davichi or Phantom‘s Sanchez, as well as a (hilarious) judge presence in the reality show “Show Me The Money“.

There’s not much to say about Verbal Jint as a person, in fact, there’s no need to tell you about what kind of person he is as his music speaks for him in such a clear and impressive way. But you should know this – Verbal Jint is not only into music! After a successful degree in economics at the Seoul National University, he is now attending the Hanyang University School of Law.

His accuracy in creating music, his minimalistic style, as well as his care for lyrics are just a few of the characteristics which defines this artist. Verbal Jint is one of the (non-kpop) stars who never stop shining in the Korean music scene and listening to his music is the best way to prove it! Be sure to check out Verbal Jint!

 

 

Moed88, January 2016

 

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