Rock Bottom Crew have been part of the Korean underground hip-hop scene for many years. However, in recent years their music has been gaining popularity around the world. London was lucky enough to see Marvel J, Supreme Boi, Kidoh, Hashmate, Type-C and Don’t Call Me A Dog. That’s a lot of people for a ticket of just £20, and I can tell you it was worth every penny!
The concert opened with the sad news that i11evn (who was part of the original London line up) couldn’t make it to London due to some personal circumstances, and Marvel J had therefore come in i11evn’s place. Nevertheless, the show had to go on!
Hash mate was first setting up his DJ set on stage, Marvel J then opened the concert showcasing some of his new material, teaching fans the words and encouraging them to sing along with him. He even translated some of his Korean lyrics into English especially for the London crowd! Supreme Boi was the next to arrive on stage, bringing Type-C on stage soon after to perform ‘Hawaii’ together. Supreme Boi also performed some of i11evn’s songs such as ‘ATV’, as a tribute to i11evn having missed the concert. During Supreme Boi’s time on stage fans were eager to hear his latest track ‘KFC’ and were even chanting “KFC, KFC” in-between tracks! Right at the end of his set the track finally started to play, and as Kidoh came running out on stage to perform ‘KFC’ with Supreme Boi the crowd went crazy! Kidoh then carried on maintaining the energy of the show performing tracks such as ‘Still Alive’ and ‘당연한 게 맞아 (Everything’s Natural)’ along with some new material.
As all the members came together to perform tracks such as “Nicki Minaj Girls’ and ‘Crew Love’ the crowd went completely wild. The venue was pretty small and Rock Bottom managed to create a concert that felt totally personal. Interacting with fans by taking phones to record themselves and shaking hands with at least half the audience, really gave everyone a great time. It was clear that Rock Bottom themselves were having the time of their life and this really emanated throughout the crowd too!
2016 has been a really lucky year for the UK in terms of Korean Hip Hop, with Dock2 + The Quiett playing London in February, Rock Bottom in April and Giriboy coming to London in May, the future of K-Hip Hop in the UK is looking promising. I would really recommend going to a concert if you can in the future, and lets continue to show the artists in Korea that we want them to come to the UK!
We really hope Rock Bottom continue to grow and can return to the UK soon, it’s a night that’s not to be missed!
– Written by Lizzie Shiers