Married hip-hop duo, Tiger JK and Tasha, have been making a big effort to become more visible in the mainstream over the past year or so. And why the hell shouldn’t they? As two of the best rappers around –not just in Korea, but the entire world– they deserve a lot more recognition than they’re currently getting. We’ve recently seen Tasha as a judge on Superstar K, Tiger JK working with idol acts like FIESTAR and Brian Joo, and the pair collaborating together with international artists like Far East Movement and Ameriie. Their next step towards mainstream domination is MFBTY: a project group the pair just formed with their Jungle Entertainment labelmate, Bizzy.
The trio just dropped a three-track maxi-single, led by the title track, “Sweet Dream.” It’s both radio friendly and club friendly, with an uplifting, somewhat repetitive chorus, and a tonne of electro for nighttime twerkin’. Tasha sings the hook and raps on the verses, which is something we’ve heard her do a lot of on her own solo stuff (just one perk of being a multi-talented bad bitch like Tasha). The whole thing sounds very Far East Movement, but the sheer skill of MFBTY as rappers pushes “Sweet Dream” far beyond anything your FEMs and Pitbulls are doing. To say that these three can spit fire would be the understatement of the century — they could literally kill folk with their flow if they wanted.
Overall, MFBTY have done a better job at testing out the top forty waters than fellow hip-hoppers, Epik High. Epik High’s last album, released through YG Entertainment, looked and sounded like a typical YG product in almost every way, whereas Tasha and Tiger have kept their own swag and style despite jumping into a more mainstream style. It also helps that they’ve done it as a project group, and not as themselves or under Drunken Tiger.
I really wouldn’t mind seeing Tasha going more commercial and even debuting in America at some point. Nicki Minaj can’t rap outside of a studio booth and Azealia Banks’ ratchet attitude is overshadowing her music. It’d be amazing just to have a normal, talented chick like Tasha who is both classy and respectful, and can also out-rap any bitch who comes within a hundred mile radius of her.
P.S. The “Sweet Dream” music video looks like a fucking PS1 game and Tiger JK looks like Jesus. That means I like it.