Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~
This week’s artist is…
She’s known as the fastest female rapper in Korea. She used to go by the names of Napper and E.via … and actually has a song with both her personas – Napper and E.via – performing together called “My 약” or “My Medicine”.
Because of conflict with her company over payment, (they claimed her overall earnings over 2 years were only about $2,500), she decided not to renew her contract with them. Since her company owns the name “E.via”, she was forced to choose another stage name, which is why she uses Tymee and Napper now.
Although she’s currently 25, she seems much younger… if you see her music videos, it’s pretty obvious that she likes the contrast between cute and sexy/BA. However, even though she likes to look cute, it doesn’t really reflect her music. You can’t even picture someone with that image rapping her music, but that’s one of the charms about it.
I consider Tymee an independent. She writes her own music and isn’t with any top companies. Even so, she isn’t underground and has had opportunities on the TV show Music Bank.
One of her most well-known songs is the controversial “Oppa! na Haedodwae?” or “Oppa! Can I Do It?”… which has a double meaning. It can be about her asking to rap or asking about sex. It even has her moaning in the background of it, so it’s really not surprising that it was banned in Korea from being performed on TV.
She doesn’t really seem to be mainstream yet, but I’m not sure if it would be accurate to say she’s not well-known….