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Who Rocks it Better: Cocoa Avenue vs 4Minute

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This song is now stuck in my head, both versions. So for me it’s a toss up on who is doing it better.

I present the original:

And the remake, which is only a few weeks older:

Coco Avenue’s cover definitely has more soul, which I’m used to.

Which, for me, leads me back to the question of black fans for KPop: where are we in that genre, can we love the music and not expect anything back from the performers we love and why is it many of the artists and record labels that are pursuing entry into our tough markets aiming more for mainstream white audiences instead of targeting specific genres like R&B, soul and forming alliances with black artists?

I guess that’s a topic for another day but I’d love to hear your thoughts as my nascent ideas begin to form. Drop your opinions below as well as who won between these two groups. For me: tie.



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18 April, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Groovin to…

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D Unit!

Hat tip to Mr. Ben’s K-Pop Power Hour for introducing me to this group.  I love them.  They remind me of how R&B used to be back in the 80s and early 90s, when people sang about love and there was a beat that you could dance to.

In an age where most artists are only good for one song, D-Unit’s whole album is buyable. I’m Missing You, Crush, some song featuring Red Roc that I haven’t translated yet — I have this album on constant repeat.

I have only one problem with the CD which is the use of auto-tune. I am not a fan of it, but when you give a song a great dance beat I can tune out along with the voice.

Give them a listen and let me know what you think.

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26 March, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Run the Devil Off with Mr. Ben

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In case you missed it on this blog, I am a big fan of K-Pop and K-Hip Hop –I like a lot of music, but Korean music I can play in the car with children or the elderly and no one will be offended.

Through my niece I discovered someone else close by who loves the music as much as I do –her uncle! 

And he not only loves it, but he can tear the floor up dancing to it.  Don’t believe me?  Look for yourself.

He also loves teaching SNSD’s dance moves to little kids…

…or just expressing himself with a slow ballad.

If you are interested in taking a class with Mr. Ben or catching one of his performances then email him at

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21 October, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Mashable: G Dragon and Flo Rida

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Another crossover with an African American rapper and a Korean artist.  Because both artistists sampled Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record) people were  saying that G Dragon’s song Heartbreaker sounded a lot like Flo Rida’s song Right Round.  So the artists came up with the perfect solution: pair up and release a song together.

Here’s hoping for more collaborations between AfAm artists and Korean artists.   Who would you like to see do a song together?

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31 March, 2010 at 10:20 am

Who Rocks it Better? SNSD vs Rihanna

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I love New Order’s song Blue Monday but since I don’t really listen to the radio I completely missed how Rihanna sampled it for “Shut Up and Drive”.

So if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery perhaps Ri-Ri will be impressed that the Korean super girl group SNSD sampled Blue Monday and lifted a line from her mashup.

So, it’s time again to play who rocks it better?



My verdict?   I guess it’s a cheat to say I prefer Blue Monday but between the other two, it’s a toss up for me.   Both made good use of the sample and they are catchy.

What’s your verdict?

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8 March, 2010 at 4:21 am

Groovin to…

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Where You At by Taeyang

I read on a KPop music blog the other day that his two releases in South Korea, “Where You At” and “Wedding Dress” aren’t getting much attention there which I find surprising because the songs are very catchy and with his looks I would suspect women would do a double take.

I would recommend Taeyang to all the young women who aren’t feeling Chris Brown right now because of his Rhianna debacle (and right so).

But check out his music, check out his moves.  Taeyang might be someone you want to know; his new CD, “Real”, will be released in early 2010.

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21 December, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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He Likes Them Girls But Do We Like Him?

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Another K-Pop Singer is Poised to Hit American Markets This Spring

My daughter is a big fan of Se7en but no word from her on his impending American debut album.

Singer Se7en likes Them Girls

Singer Se7en likes "Them Girls"

His new song “Them Girls” is hawt and Lil Kim is sounding better than she has in a long time.  The song was produced by Darkchild (Rodney Jenkins).  Still no word on the name of the CD (but if you know pass it on to me) but it’s sure to be good with Three 6 Mafia and Fabolous helping out.

Here’s a bootleg vid for it:

The ladies in the pic above are from his official video.  I’m definitely looking forward to it.

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21 February, 2009 at 3:37 pm

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