‘Show Me the Money’ exposes good and bad of the industry

‘Show Me the Money’ exposes good and bad of the industry
MC Meta, member of hip-hop duo Garion and leader of Meta Crew on Mnet’s “Show Me the Money,” poses for a photo during an interview with The Korea Herald on Aug. 9 in Seoul. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

This is the third in a series on producers, MCs, DJs and artists working in the Korean underground hip-hop scene. ― Ed.

Despite high ratings and relative success, hip-hop artist MC Meta ― one half of established duo Garion ― said a lot needed to be done for future seasons of Mnet hip-hop audition show "Show Me the Money."

While the hip-hop talent search programme, which just wrapped up its second season, did put more up-and-coming underground artists in the limelight, Meta said for him as a producer, it was half good, half bad.

"I wanted to do a lot more things, but we weren't able to actually do them on stage, because there's a difference in what I think and what the director thinks. And the director isn't specialised in hip-hop," he said in a recent interview with The Korea Herald.

"There was a big difference between what I wanted and what he wanted."

He said a lot of meaningful footage showing the work, passion and meaning into each song was cut. Both MC Meta and leader of rival D.O. Crew, Lee Hyun-do, did a lot of experimenting, he said, but the audience at home would never know unless they were already familiar with the history of hip-hop.

He claimed that there was a lot of miscommunication, and the show wasn't really for hip-hop ― everything from the lights to the sound to the stage was made more for a show like "K-Pop Star" rather than a hip-hop show.

For his Meta Crew, MC Meta said he came up with the concept of "Reconstruction of Hip-hop." Since he got his start listening to American hip-hop, he started with that as his inspiration and incorporated hip-hop landmarks in his crew's music, such as using samples from the Beastie Boys and Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" which featured pioneer DJ Grandmixer DST.

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