Recently, Big Bang’s G-Dragon was interviewed by a U.S. hip hop magazine, “XXL” and had been garnering much attention.
“XXL” reported on G-Dragon on December 11 under the title “Korean Rapper G-Dragon Talks K-Pop Hype, New album, and Past Scandals.”
The magazine introduced G-Dragon as a representative rapper from South Korea, and gave him the name as “South Korean’s Kanye West”. When asked about what brought him into Rap and Hip Hop, G-Dragon stated, “I had no idea what Rap and Hip Hop were, when I first heard Wu TangCLan’s ‘CREAM’, I fell in love with it, so I begged my mom apply forthe summer school program hosted by hip hop collective People Crew, and became the youngest rapper.” He then explained why he was debuted as a member of an idol group instead of a rapper. He said, “Taeyang and I were trainees at YG for a long time, so we figured we would debut as a hip-hop duo. I refused to debut as idol singer at the beginning, but I trusted the label’s directions, and I am not satisfied with it.”
When the question turned to his plagiarism scandal, G-Dragon said, “I thought it was just a lack of understanding when it comes to sampling in South Korea. Which is why the misunderstanding happened, it was not all about right or wrong in the incidence, I was upset if people have felt that way. But I am not ashamed in the whole situation.”
G-Dragon then talked about his path to be successful and pointed out the difference between Big Bang and other idol groups. He also talked about himself as a solo artist and as a member of Big Bang. He said, “When I am part of Big Bang, I look at us as a group and that’s the priority, and I concern about our fans reaction. But when I am on my own, I will show my own funky and punk side.”