[XG TAPE] is a collection of rap performances within K-pop band XG’s ongoing performance series [XG LAB STUDIO], which the girls have been posting even before they made their debut.
The song “[XG TAPE #1] Chill Bill (JURIN, HARVEY)” showcased their impressive rap skills over the beat of Rob $tone’s “Chill Bill ft. J.Davis & Spook”. Despite being pre-debut, it sparked a lot of hype among hip-hop fans.
“[XG TAPE #2] GALZ XYPHER (COCONA, MAYA, HARVEY, JURIN)” rap fluently in three languages, English, Japanese and Korean, while taking beats from the iconic hip-hop tracks. XG and their unique cultural influences were prominently displayed in this performance. It gained immense reaction on social media from various international artists and influencers, including J.I.D, Kelly Rowland, Bebe Rexha and Kehlani and created a huge buzz across the United States.
The newly released “[XG TAPE #3] Two Tens (HARVEY, MAYA)” embodies XG’s interpretation of the New School through the song. The second performance, “Nothin (JURIN, COCONA)”, represents a return to the Old School while expressing XG’s original hip-hop culture influences. These two releases were launched in surprise performances at the Head In The Clouds New York Music & Arts Festival organized by 88rising. They pumped up the huge New York audience and their official release has been highly anticipated.
HARVEY and MAYA skilfully ride the mellow beat of Cordae’s “Two Tens ft. Anderson Paak”, produced by J. Cole. JURIN and COCONA, meanwhile, take on N.O.R.E.’s “Nothin”, delivering a groovy and skillful rap performance over the original Neptunes track, featuring Pharrell Williams.
With each release, these rap videos have been creating waves of excitement. It’s impossible not to have high expectations for XG’s global impact.