After watching Jesse’s latest MV this week, I was a little inspired to look into the back catalog of some of the strong female rappers in the Korean hip hop scene. Much like the more masculine side of the industry, there are plenty of idol rappers in girl groups that are well trained, extremely talented, and fun to watch. But unlike the dudes, it’s a little trickier to find the true to form crazy cool female rappers. We’re seeing labels like AOMG and H1ghr pick up more and more ladies on their roster, but it’s still very much a male-dominated niche.
While I do enjoy Kpop survival shows (in the full knowledge that they are edited to the hilt and most definitely rigged), I haven’t actually watched any of the hip hop focused shows – Show Me the Money, Unpretty Rapstar, High School Rapper, etc. It’s not that I’m uninterested, on the contrary, it’s just that rap is so personal and the artists are making themselves so vulnerable that it’s really hard for me to see them being judged. I always go in and snag the songs released from the shows and follow as many of the rappers as I can as their careers unfold.
Giant Pink, the winner of Unpretty Rapstar 3 and participant on Show Me The Money 5, is a solo female rapper on the SM Entertainment owned label AIKM (All I Know Music). She’s a bold artist born in Busan with a deep, husky voice that she uses like an instrument. After officially debuting in 2018, she has released in the neighborhood of a handful of singles and EPs, many of which were associated with the shows she was participating in or collabs.
Mirror Mirror is a single released in 2019 that is 100% pure, unadulterated Giant Pink. With saturated colors, sexy moves, and lots and lots of wealth on display, the MV is a nod to the nouveau riche culture of Korean (and most) hip hop and a hat tip to all the strong ladies out there. It’s fun and empowering and hot. Please give us more than one song at a shot, Giant Pink, I want to hear what you’ve got to say.
Mirror Mirror, Giant Pink