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Today I asked: The Colleagues

– By Nico H.

Harrison Johnson (left) and Karl ‘KP’ Powell (right) of The Colleagues. Photo found on The Colleagues official website.

On Jan. 25, 2017, Red Velvet teased Rookie, their upcoming release at the time, but this time around, they brought friends. A vaguely humanoid-shaped flower thing, to be exact, and a puppet. The puppet provided the introductions.

“And we’re live. Produced by The Colleagues. Take one.”

In 17 seconds, the K-Pop world was teased with its newest hit, and formally introduced to the masterminds behind the beat. But who exactly are The Colleagues?

Karl ‘KP’ Powell and Harrison Johnson make up the duo, and they’ve produced songs for 2 Chainz, Plies, and Freddie Gibbs, among many others, including other K-Pop acts. That’s right, they also produced the NCT 127 song “Paradise.” “Rookie” isn’t their first time in the the K-Pop spotlight.

But, it is their first title track, and the mark they’ve left extends past that unique producer tag. A poppy yet funky track, with sharp horns and a bassline that’s worthy of Parliament-Funkadelic, The Colleagues provided a solid foundation for Red Velvet to showcase their own musical quirks. Combine all of that together, “Rookie” is a great song. Plain and simple.

And others seem to agree. The “Rookie” music video is up to 18 million views on YouTube, and rising, and Red Velvet has recently won their 9th award at Inkigayo. Safe to say, it’s their most successful comeback yet. That’s why I wanted to talk with The Colleagues themselves, and what it’s like to kick off not only Rookie the song, but Red Velvet’s fourth mini-album of the same name.

Here they are, the men behind the puppet.

Below is a brief Q&A with The Colleagues. Enjoy, everybody.

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Today I asked: Wildbow

By Nico H.

The web fiction world is a small yet active one. The internet tends to birth communities like that. There’s a wealth of quality stories worth sinking your time – and perhaps your life – into, and if you’re familiar with web fiction and web serials, you’ve probably heard of perhaps the richest writer out there. J.C. McCrae, better known as Wildbow, better known as the writer of Worm, Pact, and the currently on-going Twig. Good stuff, to put it lightly.

But, if the web fiction world is an alien one to you, you can’t go wrong starting off with Worm. Yeah, there’s roughly 1.7 million words, but the payoff justifies the length. It’s a worthy investment.

On Feb. 16, with two webs serials under his belt, and with his third coming along quite nicely, I decided to reach out to Wildbow himself to ask him a few things I was personally curious about, from his different web serials to upcoming projects. There’s some Worm 2 talk in here.

Below is a short and quick Q&A with the man himself. Enjoy, everybody.

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Home is Where the Lechon Is

– By A.

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Kalabasa, a mixed vegetable dish, and sinigang, a sour soup, served at Mang Dedoy.

When you think Japanese, you think sushi and ramen. When you think Vietnamese, you think Phở. Italian, spaghetti. Mexican, tacos. Generalizations aside, many cultures have plenty of staple foods in the American mainstream consciousness, instantly recognizable and appreciated by many.

What about Filipino food?

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For Isaiah Rashad, “The Sun’s Tirade” is the light at the end of the tunnel

– By A.

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Rapper Isaiah Rashad knows how to rap about his demons. Signed to label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) in 2013, the Chattanooga, TN. rapper stands among the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and Kendrick Lamar, the latter considered one of the best of the current generation. Clearly, Rashad has quite the shoes to fill. And with The Sun’s Tirade, Isaiah Rashad’s album debut, he’s out to prove that he can wear them.

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