Memories of a First Generation American Kpop Fan

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Well, I was a deprived First Generation American Kpop fan. I’m sure there were others out there who were able to read Korean, or lucky enough to find the original Soompi, (which supposedly came out in 1998. I never found it, unless it was one of those sites that sorely lacked the info I was after at the time, lol), but my 2001 fan days were full of struggles.

(Something important to note: I didn’t even know of the term “Kpop” until about 2010. To me, it was just “Korean music.”)

Imagine being a Kpop fan with no video sites, no communities like tumblr, and no news/info sites.
Imagine knowing of no other English-speaking Kpop fan anywhere besides the random fan site you run into once in awhile.
Here, I’ll tell you about my experiences….

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Artist Spotlight: i11evn

The artist this time is…

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i11evn started rapping at a later stage in life than others, discovering his abilities while in the military at about 21-years-old. He’s self-proclaimed “picky” about his tracks, and it appears that while he wants to rap, he doesn’t want the restrictions that can come with being labeled as something and seems to dislike being tied down to a label.

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Artist Spotlight: S the One/JQT

The artist this time is…

S the One

S the One was originally known as JQT, but when their contracts expired, three of the members signed over to another label and became S the One with the addition of two new members.

For the name JQT, the “J” represents how they each have that letter in their names, the “QT” stands for Quality and Quartet.
Fans speculate that S the One means “Is the One”, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed as of yet.

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