San E and Mad Clown Bring Legendary K-Hip Hop Swag to LA With 1st NA Tour ‘We Want You Tour’

30714647_1649475005147817_1354950545035997305_nHistory went down this past Friday, 4/20. While some people were busily working the day away or indulging in the pop culture meaning of 4/20, San E and Mad Clown were busy working their first tour through the United States. 4/20 was their LA stop and I happily went. If y’all don’t know San E and Mad Clown, they are big names in the K-Hip Hop scene – notoriously known also through their time on Show Me The Money and Unpretty Rapstar. San E is my more favorite out of the two as he is one of my top 3 rappers in South Korea; but it is definitely hard to choose a better favorite between the two. On this tour San E and Mad Clown also bought star features to more amp up the tour as well. They bought along the beautiful, up-and-coming artist Sobae (she has such a great voice and is definitely someone to keep your eye on in the future. She has a chill and cool personality as well which is why she was a perfect complement to San E and Mad Clown.) and renowned dj in South Korea: DJ Juice also from the hip hop based record label, San E’s label, Brand New Music.

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8:30 was when people with VIP Meet and Greet were able to enter the venue, the UNION, and go take a picture with San E and Mad Clown — and also Sobae and DJ Juice as well! It was a pretty intimate and close setting as it was done person by person. I won’t share with y’all what I said to each artist as it was a personal moment for me and the artists …but I did hug Sobae and shake hands with Mad Clown, San E, and DJ Juice. After meet and greet was over doors opened for people that got GA and the venue filled up. There were couches on the side of the venue in opposition to a choice of standing in front of the stage since the venue was a nightclub after all. Good choice White Mountain Agency and SubKulture. To open up the show they brought out these 3 artists that I never heard of, but I think they were local artists who shall not be named in this account …since I forgot their names already. I took this time to pregame before the actual artists came out on stage and grabbed myself some beers and mingled with some local LA people and made some new temporary friends for the show. DJ Juice was of course the first one to come out on stage and hype up the crowd with his set. Sobae then came out minutes later and I was glad to see her again. She performed one of her only hits so far ‘Homegirl’. After her song, after keeping the people waiting in excitement, San E and Mad Clown came out on stage together due to Sobae hyping them up and performed their first collab song that they ever worked on together ‘Sour Grapes’. People were so glad and going crazy that two of the most notorious rappers in South Korea were finally in front of them performing in this moment in time. After ‘Sour Grapes’ San E and Mad Clown had a little fun with the crowd and were having a little on-stage back and forth wager of who the crowd came to see more haha telling the crowd to make some noise for either San E or Mad Clown. Of course I made a louder response for San E, but I also gave a reasonable cheer for Mad Clown as he is a legend as well. They then each proved themselves to the crowd as each of them both spit some verses from songs they did on Show Me The Money. It was still hard for the crowd to pick a clear favorite though. Clearly (haha). The atmosphere then switched over to more of a Mad Clown vibe as Mad Clown started performing more of his hits. I liked Sobae too, because she sung for the original female collabs from San E and Mad Clown’s songs that couldn’t be there. Some of my favorites that Mad Clown performed were his OST from Descendants of the Sun, ‘FIRE’, and ‘Love is a Dog From Hell’ among others. My god, my most favorite of his performances of the night though without San E was when him and Sobae performed ‘Stupid In Love’ together (…the whole song too!). I love that song! After Mad Clown had his time, San E came out and hyped up the crowd even more; And I was ready, because I actually also know more of San E’s songs. Surprisingly there were some songs that Mad Clown and San E performed that I don’t recall listening to which is a good thing because I get to discover more of their music now. But yes, when San E came out he performed some of his loved hits as well and I was ready! Among my favorites he performed: ‘Break Up Dinner’, ‘Story of Someone I Know’, and ‘Where Did You Sleep’ – songs I’ve been waiting to hear and see performed live. It was also sweet to see him and Sobae perform ‘Me You’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness’. I like the chemistry they have together. My most favorite performance from his set though was when he performed the song that got me into him in the first place –and that was ‘Body Language’ …even though he said on stage that that song was for the ladies hahaha. But hey, you know fellas be bumping that song too sometimes. After San E wrapped up his solo time, Mad Clown came back out (Sobae and DJ Juice behind the dj table) and then they performed the song we were waiting for the whole night, ‘Butterfly’. The crowd was so hyped! They even taught us the signature dance that goes with the song haha. Easy to do. Then, with every concert, the artists came to the point where they said they had to perform their last song and close up the show which of course was disappointing to everybody because San E and Mad Clown are just so awesome and no one wanted this experience of their first U.S. tour to end. They didn’t leave us though without entertaining us for one last time haha. They did an on the spot cosplay of each other’s style. It was funny because Mad Clown from out of nowhere pulled out a wig or hat of some sort that mocked the long colorful dreads that San E used to rock. That’s all I’m going to say about them here haha. Then they got lit with the crowd one last time in LA as they performed ‘Sour Grapes’ once again. It was in that moment that everyone in that room was just so thankful that San E, Mad Clown, Sobae, DJ Juice, and U.S. fans came together for a first time. It was an awesome, unforgettable show and hands down one of my top 3 shows of this year out of all of the shows that I’ve gone to or am going to this year.
The UNION was such a good, chill venue even though it was my first time being there. The staff of the show and venue even too were all pretty cool. I liked that the nightclub was in Koreatown too. After the concert San E and Mad Clown actually had an afterparty at popular Club Bound in LA K-Town as well. But I will not talk about the shenanigans that went down there in this blog haha. When the night was over I enjoyed my coziness in my hotel bed at an adorable, fancy hotel in Koreatown called the Rotex Hotel and Condos. It was a great trip overall and I can’t wait for my next time down in LA for my next show in just 2 weeks again haha.

RD
– RD of Unordinary Fans
Vegas Admin/Concert Blogger

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Hyuna THE QUEEN’S BACK Tour in LA

When you think about March, one of the things that may come to your mind is March Madness which occurs in sports. However music, specifically K-Pop, also has had its share of madness this month with the amount of concert tours K-Pop fans are getting. One of those concert tours that began late last February and concluded last weekend was Hyuna’s first North American tour titled THE QUEEN’S BACK. It was so awesome that I had to take a week off before getting around to typing up this recollection. haha.

#Hyuna ‘s message to North American fans! Halfway through the tour #NYC tomorrow night. #HyunaTour

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I will be reviewing the tour from the Los Angeles stop perspective since that is the one me and my good friend, Pat Fu, experienced. The Los Angeles leg of the tour was held at The Novo which is located in downtown LA party hot spot LA LIVE which is next to major attractions such as the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center (where KCON LA is also held annually). Before the concert, I have never been inside The Novo before so I wondered how big and cool the venue would turn out to be. When I walked inside though I found it really cool as my first impressions were it reminded me of what an inside of a Las Vegas club might turn out to be like. There was a cool, ambient lounging area; but people were not looking to really chillax in it, because they were ready to see their queen Hyuna. Inside the lounging area was a bar. Since me and my friend are over 21, we wanted to get hyped even more and we bought drinks before heading into the seating/stage area. The staff at the bar and throughout the rest of THE NOVO were friendly and gave above average service in my opinion. We had someone escort us directly to our row, so we wouldn’t have trouble trying to find it in the dark. My favorite staff’s person though was the restroom attendant. They had someone actually hand out soap, like actually squeeze it into your hands, and pass you paper towels before even going for it yourself. That’s how you know it’s high class. hahaha. There was only one thing I caught up on that threw me off about the staff a little. I heard one of the ushers tell fans to calm down, because we were too excited. I thought by now, considering how many K-Pop concerts LA has had already, that they should know that most of us K-Pop fans have no chill and are so dedicated to our artists.
Anyways, onto the happenings of the concert. Someone actually told us before the show that there were rumors that there was going to be a 30 minute delay. To me though, the concert started good on time — or maybe it might have been because I was so excited to finally see Hyuna in person that I didn’t actually notice when me and my friend got into our seats. Before the show they had renowned dance cover group UCLA Koreos come out to open the show with a cover to Hyuna’s latest hit song 어때? (How’s This?). It was cool getting to see them perform as I missed them perform last year at KCON in the morning which I really wanted to see. Hyuna’s dancers then came out and started Roll Deep followed by the queen herself marching out with the unique swag she could only pull off herself and jumping into the first verse. The crowd went nuts as Hyuna was finally in person in front of our eyes!  Hahaha. After she performed Roll Deep she introduced herself and welcomed the Los Angeles crowd. She then gave fans a photo opportunity of her as she strolled around stage for a few minutes doing cool and cute poses giving fan service to us lucky crowd while lounge music played — which was kind of awkward but at the same time was just so right! She then thanked us for coming again and went back to performing. Throughout the show she performed more of her hit songs such as How’s This, RED, and Ice Cream. Man, this one male fan wanted her to perform Ice Cream, that he screamed out for her to perform Ice Cream and she was taken aback for a second in a funny, in a surprised way. It made us all crack up. She also promoted her latest album A’wesome more and performed songs off of that such as Do It! (for the first time on stage she said), Freaky (which me and Pat Fu were bumping to), and U&Me (my top favorite song of the night I think). She also brought back Change! A lot of fans felt nostalgic once she performed that hit from the good old days. Throughout the night she also had personal fun with her fans which is the reason why me and my friend like her a lot. She not only has her hot media image side, but she also has a down to earth, cool, friendly — real side of herself as well. She let fans ask her questions or even fulfilled some of their wishes such as take a selfie with them in the crowd. There were games played between Hyuna and her fans throughout the concert as well. One of the games was ‘How Compatible Are You With HyunA?’. Some of you might have seen it being played between idol group members on variety shows. The emcee would name two opposite things from a category, such as heels or sneakers, and at the same time after a countdown if you said the same thing as HyunA you would get a point. If you got 3 out of 5 rounds correct, you would win a prize. There were 3 people playing and they all won, so they got polaroid pictures of HyunA which HyunA kissed herself! So lucky! Another game was a dancing game where she called up 5 people to the stage and whoever was the best dancer and showed their love for HyunA the most through dance would win. The song they danced to was her latest song once again, 어때? How’s This?. I guess the prize was a back hug, because this girl got a back hug from HyunA and she was declared the winner. The show was then closing up and like other K-Pop concerts it felt so short. Me and my friend didn’t want HyunA to leave after finally seeing her in person. The show I would say ran for a good hour to an hour and thirty minutes. Like every other K-Pop concert, which makes me love these people I like to classify myself as — a K-Pop fan — people were chanting, “Encore, encore, encore…!”. There was only one song she didn’t perform that me and my friend were saying that she just HAD to perform or it wouldn’t feel right … Then after a few minutes dressed clad in her own tour merch was the queen HyunA coming out and performing the song that made her the queen that she is — BUBBLE POP! At that moment, at that closing moment of the show, me and my friend partied and sang together and knew, and appreciated, that we did it and came all the way out here to LA to show love for our homegirl, our queen, HyunA. …And that’s all I got to say. In the words of my good friend … “It was a good trip.” –in my own words now, a memorable trip that I will never forget (Thanks Pat Fu. ). ONTO KCON LA 2017!!! Where we will party even more – me and these other K-Pop fans out here! Thank you HyunA for being A’wesome. A-ing (Also her newly named fandom name)!

RD

 

–  RD
Vegas Admin/ Concert Reviewer