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Korean-American duo says their ethnicity gets attention but their raps hold onto it

  • COURTESY YOX

    The duo Year of the Ox (YOX) harkens back to the heyday of hip-hop in that the progressive rappers take their lyrics very seriously. But as Rick “Lyricks” Lee says, “I think music, fashion — anything involving production — is a cyclic process. Out with the old, in with the new and, after the new gets old, back to the old, which is now the new, then repeat.”

In a time when melody-based hip-hop and simple, playful lyrics are taking the pop side of hip-hop by storm, Rick “Lyricks” Lee and John “JL” Lee (no relation) bring their sharp and assertive lyrics to the forefront of underground rap. Read more

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