Sick and tired of all the squeaky clean manufactured pop idols that are all about image? Here’s one anti-idol who really deserves to be idolized.
Make way ladies and gents! It’s TABLO, baby….
and HE DOESN’T GIVE A FUCK.
Been following Tablo on twitter lately and he had this to say about an episode when he encountered obnoxious brats in a Korean restaurant:
“btw. was eatin @ a korean restaurant last night. 2 obnoxious fuckers totally bothered me (just cuz I’m me).”
Oh hell, no!
“young kids and their rudeness… and then they threaten me, sayin’ they’ll smear my ‘image.’ luckily, my image is ‘i dun give a fuck!'”
So who’s this Tablo guy?
He is Daniel Armand Lee.
Tablo produces almost all the songs of Epik High with DJ Tukutz, and writes the lyrics with Mithra Jin. He has also produced and featured on many songs in South Korea. His work incorporates numerous musical styles, ranging from hip hop, to electronic music such as trance, trip hop, as well as rock.
Tablo has also made forays into acting, appearing in some TV dramas and films such as Nonstop 5 (2005), Fantastic Parasuicides (2007), and High Kick! (2007), August Rush (2007), Parkjunggum (2008) as a cameo.
His family relocated several times to Indonesia, Switzerland and Hong Kong for his father’s career until Tablo was six, when his family returned to South Korea. His family again moved to Canada when he was eight. Tablo attended St. George’s until he was expelled due to trouble in 9th grade. Tablo again returned to Seoul and spent three years in Seoul International School. In 2002, Tablo graduated from Stanford University with a bachelors degree in English Literature. Tablo started to play the piano when he was six, and switched to violin, which he played for 10 years
However, he ceased to play violin as he was dismissed from the orchestra after suddenly playing the soundtrack of Jurassic Park while the orchestra was playing Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in a concert. (LOL, in true Tablo style, always the non-conformist)
Epik High was relatively unknown to Koreans in the beginning of its career due to hip-hop music’s lack of popularity in Korea. Their success began with the release of their second album, titled “High Society”.
Their 4TH ALBUM was censored due to issues dealing sexual crimes, war, education and religion; the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is trying to stop air play as stated by Tablo in an interview with The Korea Times.
Epik High: Not your typical “boy band”
My two cents: Epik High has since then become one of the artists that re-shaped the Korean music and brought a revolution in the way music and lyrics were made. They’re all about expression, and they’re not afraid to cause ripples in the music industry by talking about significant issues that many pop idols wouldn’t dare (or allowed) to dabble on.
Okay enough profiles for Tablo. It’s pretty clear by now that he doesn’t want to be “defined” because he makes his OWN definition and he doesn’t want to be trapped in a particular category.
No, really. Who IS Tablo?
He gets wasted drunk just like everybody else.
He dozes off when no one’s looking.
He’s hecka crazzzzy funny.
Tablo wearing a shirt with fellow Epik High member Mithra Jin’s face on it.
and he has this to say about Mithra in his mapthesoul.com blog: “His face has always been… art.” ROFL!!
NOBODY DOES IT LIKE TABLO!
He falls in love, goes around on a date with his girlfriend, Kang Hye Jung without a care as to what obsessive fan netizens might think or say. He definitely knows how to show his love. REALLY COOL GUY. Even his name sounds cool!
He is a lyrical genius.
Epik High’s (trans.) ONE feat. JISUN from LOVEHOLIC and starring JUNG RYEOWON in the mv:
Your hand set the world on fire
You close everyone’s eyes
The suffering that was reflected in your eyes
Like stars became your city
(Are you still dreaming?) Still sleeping?
Are you measuring all the tears you’ve shed?
Hope is a paper boat that sinks
Isn’t it sad?
Maybe you wake up drenched in sweat at night
Is consciousness crawling on the floor?
Are you thinking it’s the end?
(Are you okay? ‘Cause I understand)
I’m a scar on your broken body
I’ll erase the tears you’ve hidden away in your shattered marriage
I’ll grab your hand with mine and trust you
Epik High feat. Younha – Umbrella
Umbrella that was small for two of us
That seemed like an island in a cold world
It’s now too big and awkward
My left shoulder always used to be drenched
Burdened by memory, I drop my head, there
Shoelaces are undone as if they’re chucked away
But there’s only rain and wind around, no,
no-one to hold the umbrella up for me, and I cry
…I can’t go on without you, alone in the rain…
He thinks deep.
“I once wished i would become insane.
the insane don’t know that they’re insane
but the sane know very well that they’re not insane.
i hated that.”
– Tablo’s blog, July 6th, 2009.
On a lighter note, don’t you think he and Super Junior’s Eunhyuk are brothers from anotha mother?
POP QUIZ! WHO DO YOU THINK THIS SLEEPYHEAD IS? EUNHYUK OR TABLO?
I had a hard time trying to find out too!
credits: Tablo’s blog on mapthesoul.com. I swear he posts the most random things. From intellectual musings, to the architectural designs he finds artistic—to old youtube videos of Epik High singing Kara’s Rock your Body and Wondergirls’ So Hot like there’s no tomorrow, to showing a video of Eunhyuk using clothes hanger as a mic while imitating him. ROFL. You definitely gotta check it out! He even has an English version of the blog!
Let me take this moment to post a SHOUT OUT to my friends over at Asian Pop Addict:
These girls are doing their thang!
And I quote: “So fandoms of [insert random fandom name] rejoice! You’ve come to the right spot.
So tune in, bring a sense of humor (PLS!!), enjoy the chatter and the lulz, because no topic is off limits and disorderly ranting is welcomed.”
In short, they don’t give a fuck too!
I first met them over at LJ and I’ve always thought they made the most intelligent comments. And not to mention being really Asian pop savvy too! So if you want to get your dose of uncensored news, debates, rants, raves and random lols on all things about Asian entertainment (and yes, we share the same obsession over TOP, JE spasms and general wtf reaction towards Heechul’s boy-on-boy antics too!):
You just might be witnessing the birth of something big here. Congrats ladies! I’ll hound your radio station all the way from LA soon and we’ll bring on the crack!
By the way, the answer to our little pop quiz above is….