Live Performance Review : San E + Mad Clown

Luy Geonhwi Kim

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San E and Mad Clown, famous South Korean rappers, came over to Los Angeles as a part of their tour to all over North America. Their concert (or rather a mini-concert) was held in the Union Nightclub, so I had to sneak my way in there; just kidding, there wasn’t an age restriction — or at least they were presuming that everyone was over 18.

After entering the club, one noteworthy fact was the women to men ratio : About 30 women to 1 man. I am not joking, there were so many female fans and I was just clustered by them (Not saying I disliked it or anything, but…). Anyway, there were performers before the main rappers came onto stage, and these female fans would not cheer for them too enthusiastically. At that time, I just thought they were tired and weren’t as excited as I presumed they would be.

Obviously, I was wrong. As soon as the main rappers came onto the stage, the female fans went wild. All I heard was high pitch screams and cheers from all sides. From there on, the rappers began to introduce themselves and explained how the rest of their tour was going to go. Thankfully, that didn’t last for too long and they got straight into their performance.

They started off with their individual songs and the crowd went wild once again. One thing that I found that was different from typical American rappers was that these guys had way different tones. Typically what I hear in American rap songs nowadays (not saying all songs are like so) would be half curse, one quarter of nonsense, and the rest “bars.” These Korean rappers, however, rather rapped about situations that the audience can easily relate to : going through a relationship, breaking up, being sad and getting over it, complaining about life, etc. Perhaps more skewered to breaking up and going through a relationship, which the females somehow connected to more easily.

The stage had finally reached its finale, as San E and Mad Clown prepared to rap their collaboration song : Sour Grape – this collaboration with the song is probably the premise behind the tour. Its lines appealed more to females, as it was more for what they wanted to hear from men. It was about how a guy unceasingly attempted to appeal to a girl over and over. Of course it sounds like the guy in the song is a stalker, but it is because it is without the song’s context.

Overall, the performance was great. One thing I didn’t like was the fact that it was at a nightclub of all places (I mean, last I checked the rappers weren’t really on a budget and were quite wealthy). But, other than that, everything else was great. The songs were exciting and “hype” inducing, the rappers interacted with the audience a lot, and the audience really cheered for the rappers. It was a good chemistry to watch. Given the chance, I would probably go back to this performance once again.

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