SOUTH KOREA - This is the fifth in a series on producers, MCs, DJs and artists working in the Korean underground hip-hop scene.
Rapper Zizo said he walked away from Mnet's hip-hop audition programme "Show Me the Money" with many things besides coming second, one of the most important being the support his family began to show him.
"My mother doesn't really know about hip-hop, but by appearing on TV, I was able to get her support. She is proud of her son," he said.
On top of that, he said the show was a learning experience, thanks to producer MC Meta who headed Meta Crew, and has led to big changes in his career as a hip-hop artist.
Zizo said while it was difficult to be fully comfortable around MC Meta due to his senior status ― Meta is considered first generation hip-hop artist in Korea ― he felt privileged to be on his team and gained a lot of knowledge from him.
"The thing I was touched the most about working with him was that MC Meta would use me as a vessel to express some of his own musical personality. And so, the fact that I could be that vessel, I was really happy and felt privileged," the 27-year-old rapper said.
And life has certainly changed for him. Zizo said where once he had to seek others out and ask for help, now more people such as beatmakers and producers are contacting him asking to work together.
The rapper said he's not used to the attention he is receiving now because of the show, since he started from the ground up.