Infinite Challenge Recap: Episode 513

Infinite Challenge Recap: Episode 513
Episode 513: Our Great Heritage III: December 31, 2016

With the Polar Bear Special and the Santa Academy Special, it’s been a while since the last Hip Hop episodes. If you need a refresher, click here to read part one and part two of the “Hip Hop x History” series.

The show opens with BewhY who studies historian Seol Min-suk’s online lecturers so diligently that he’s memorized parts of it. He then meets up with Yang Se-hyung to write their lyrics. They consider using quotes from famous independence activists as parts of their lyrics. Both are taking the task seriously. They’re very patriotic. Yang Se-hyung does a lot of rap/hip-hop skits for <Comedy Big League>, so I have high expectations for this team.

They next go to check out rehearsals for the musical <Hero> which is about the independence activist Ahn Jung-geun. It looks like they’ll be doing a collaboration which will be pretty cool. I think the only rap I’ve heard of in a musical was in <Hamilton>, but that has a completely different tone. 

We then move on to the next team. Dok2 is back from the US. He bought Yoo Jae-suk some slippers because Dok2’s obsessed with them and wants to share his love for slippers. Yoo Jae-suk says he’s never worn slippers like this before. I think he’s referring to the shininess. Yoo Jae-suk has a present too. It’s a history comic book series since Dok2 stopped studying Korean history after elementary school.

Yoo Jae-suk says that the night before, he had a dream where Dok2 showed up and told him that he completed their song. Dok2 notes that Jae-suk must be quite worried. Yoo Jae-suk admits he is indeed worried because of how busy Dok2 was with his overseas concerts. 

Dok2’s beat is called “Like” (as in the simile, and not the opposite of dislike). They also pick out a team name. Dok2 wants to go with “Homie” because they’re good friends. Also, it means hoe (like the gardening tool) which is a play on Dok2’s name which means ax in Korean. 

Next, Gaeko discusses the movie <Dongju> with Hwang Kwang-hee. One of the most memorable scenes was the part where Yoon Dong-ju waits in line while in prison, not knowing what’s going to happen to him. Gaeko said he talked to Choiza who told him to write the song from the perspective of a fan. Hwang Kwang-hee does a impromptu thank you rap letter that sounds a bit silly, but at least he tried.

Next up is Zico and Jeong Jun-ha. Zico is like, “This is not a competition.” kekeke. He’s more concerned about the delivery and his audience having a good time. 

Park Myung-soo and DinDin meet up with a Dokdo expert. The expert has a lot of Japanese books. He says that it’s important to know their “enemies.” ㅠㅠ He has a lot of information regarding claims that Dokdo belongs to Japan. DinDin comments, “What a waste of tax money.” Obviously, some Japanese have done a lot of bad things, but I’m not a fan of the blanket Japanese hate this arc keeps spouting. 

Song Min-ho and Bobby are working at dawn. A few days later, Song Min-ho, Mina Kwon, and Haha meet up to work on their songs. Song Min-ho wants twelve performers on stage (including dancers) to represent the twelve ships that Admiral Lee Sun-shin had. It’s too bad that’s all the screen time that Bobby and Mina Kwon get.

It’s the day of the collaboration. MC Yoo Jae-suk asks everyone about their thoughts on the work they’ve been doing so far. He says that some teams got along well while other teams had a lot of conflict.

Yoo Jae-suk asks Park Myung-soo how his team is doing. He responds that they’ve been doing well. DinDin is about to say something, but Park Myung-soo shuts him up saying, “Watch your words.” DinDin looks like a kid getting told by a bully that he better not tattle on him. Apparently, DinDin came up with five songs that all got cut by Park Myung-soo. 

Yang Se-hyung says that his partner BewhY only slept one hour. Yoo Jae-suk, “There are people here who’ve only slept twenty minutes.” Yang Se-hyung, “Well that’s too bad.”

I can’t believe these guys are able to memorize their lyrics with so little sleep. I hope nobody forgets their lines on stage.

It’s time to decide the order of the performances. Nobody wants to be first or second, so they choose randomly through the ladder game. Everyone gets to add one line to the graph. The final order is 

  1. Haha x Song Min-ho
  2. Hwang Kwang-hee x Gaeko
  3. Yoo Jae-suk x Dok2
  4. Yang Se-hyung x BewhY
  5. Park Myung-soo x DinDin
  6. Jeong Jun-ha x Zico

The day of the concert is a rainy day, but a lot of fans have gathered for the event. MC Yoo Jae-suk works double time introducing all the performers for today’s concert. All of the teams do a short introduction.

DinDin says, “I used a lot of historical facts about Dokdo, and I hope you guys all learn today that DinDin is indeed a rapper.”

Jeong Jun-ha says, “We’ll make some unforgettable memories for you.”

Zico says, “We have a clear message, so we think it will be meaningful.”

Yang Se-hyung says, “I always did comedy sketches on stage, but now that I’m doing hop hop, I’m nervous.”

BewhY *nods his head as the crowd cheers* Yoo Jae-suk, “You’re supposed to talk.” *nods his head again*

Gaeko says, “We’ve been working hard for two months. You’ll be shocked at Kwang-hee’s rap. You can raise your expectations.”

Song Min-ho says, “This is an honor. I hope you enjoy this with us.”

Dok2 says, “I made a song that will give strength to many people.”

Yoo Jae-suk also introduces lecturer Seol Min-seok. He’s here to watch and give feedback. He adds commentary after every performance, but he pretty much just says the same nationalistic thing after each song, “Wow history! You are such a great history reporter! Korean history is so meaningful,” so I”m not going to comment on his individual feedback. I also personally find his versions of history distasteful.

Haha and Song Min-ho’s song is titled “Shoot.” It’s about Admiral Lee Soon-ship. They’re blinged out in gold sequin jackets. The beat reminds me of Palo Alto’s “Turtle Ship.”

Gaeko and Hwang Kwang-hee have a contemplative song called “Your Night.” I like how they used mimes to make the performance feel melancholy. The song also features Oh Hyuk from the Hyuk Oh Band. Yoo Jae-suk tries to interview him, but he’s super quiet, slow, and only gives short responses. Hwang Kwang-hee jokes that Hyuk Oh and Gaeko look so similar that it’s hard to tell them apart. He’s on a roll with the witticisms.

Yoo Jae-suk and Dok2 created a hopeful song called “Like” featuring Lee Hi. There are while lanterns in the ceiling which reminds me of the candle light protests against Park Geun-hye. The song’s not bad, but I’ve never really been a fan of Dok2’s style of rapping. He makes good beats though.

Park Myung-soo and DinDin are up next with “Dokdori” featuring Mad Clown. Is DinDin finally going to have a hit song? It was hilarious on last week’s <Happy Together> where DinDin sang a jingle for a bank commercial because he doesn’t have any other well known songs.

The song uses a lot of LED lights. I expected nothing less from DJ Park Myung-soo. With the random chants of  “Dokdori” and “Ulleungdo,” the song reminds me a bit of the “Tiger Butterfly” remake, albeit less catchy.

BewhY and Yang Se-hyung perform “Manse.” (It means Hooray in Korean.) The drumbeats make this sound like a musical. I like how BewhY and Yang Se-hyung are dressed like it’s the early 1900s and I like the setpiece of the Harbin Railway Station. It makes it easier to picture their story. 

So far, the production budget for this concert seems pretty high. I can see why they tried to stretch the arc out over three episodes. It’s three and a half if you include the last ten minutes of last weeks show. 

The final performance is Zico and Jung Jun-ha with “When I’m Tired” featuring Kim Jong-hwan of Nell. Oh it has a good start with some pretty piano music. I really like the font choice used in the background. It reminds me of the first Korean characters back in the time of King Sejong the Great. 

Yoo Jae-suk ends the show telling his audience to have a happy new year. There are also a few last minute comments of everyone saying how much they appreciate Korean history.

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Just wondering, why do you find Seol Min Seok’s history distasteful? I don’t know much of anything about Korean history, and to me he presented his lectures in an extremely interesting and engaging way. Thank you in advance!

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      My main issue with him is that he spreads blanket hate for the Japanese, which I feel is a very dangerous thing to do. Hate/criticism should be directed at the relevant individuals and not the nation as a whole because every country is made up of a mix of good and bad people.

      I’m also not a fan of how he bends history in order to feed the egos of his mostly lowbrow fanbase. For example, in Korea, it’s currently very fashionable to criticize the wealthy “golden spoon” class due to the Choi Soon-shil scandal. That’s why Seol Min-seok incorporated into his lecture that time and time again, it’s the commonfolk who play the most pivotal roles in society while the rich are selfish and lazy. This is a skewed view of history especially given how in the same lecture, he praised King Sejong the Great and Admiral Lee Soon-shin who were clearly of noble birth.

      It’s little nuances in his choice of words and topics that make him distasteful, but it’s hard to pick up on if you’re not familiar with Korean history. His history is targeted at a high school level, which is why the adults who like him are generally not the most educated.

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