Blacks & Kpop: East Meets West

Kanye & Rodney

Kanye West & Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins

In 2010, JYJ released their album, “The Beginning.” Title track, “Ayyy Girl” was produced, and featured Kanye West, while “Empty,” and “Be My Girl” was produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins.

“I’m really glad to work with JYJ on their debut album.  It’s all about the East meeting the West these days and the world is becoming a melting pot of various cultures.  To have Kanye and myself champion the cause of unifying the world through the international language of music and introducing top artistes from one end of the globe to this end in America makes this a very special project to us.”

-Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins

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Ludacris

Ludacris

Ludacris signed a MOU with YG in 2012, and had Big Bang be his models for his headphones ‘Soul by Ludacris.’ It was also later revealed he collaborated with G-Dragon on his solo album, “One of a Kind.”

Big Bang

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Lil Jon

Lil’ Jon

Since 11 years old, Min was a trainee for JYP Entertainment, and was known as Lil’ Jon’s protégé. She released 3 singles with Lil’ Jon, “Dance Like This”, “Go Ahead” and “Boyfriend.”

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2ne1 & Will.I.Am

Will.I.Am

2ne1 caught the eye of Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am in 2010, and have been working with him since. He produced their pending US debut album, and he even made an appearance on the L.A stop of their world tour in 2012. The even collaborated to produce song, “Take the World On” for their work with Intel.

Take the World On

He also performed Black Eyed Peas’ hit, “Where Is The Love” at the 2011 MAMAs with member, Apl.de.ap, and 2ne1’s leader, CL.

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Teddy Riley

Teddy Riley

Rania made their debut in 2011 with “Dr.FeelGood,” which produced Teddy Riley.

After having a falling out with Rania’s agency, Teddy Riley began working with SM Entertainment. He produced Girls’ Generation’s 2012 hit song, “The Boys” for their US debut. Teddy Riley also managed to anger wonderfuls with his negative comments about the Wonder Girls on Twitter.

He also revealed he worked on a song for SHINee.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg performed at the MNet Asian Music Awards with Dr.Dre in 2011.

He was also featured on the remix version of SNSD’s “The Boys,” from their US debut single.

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Flo Rida

Flo Rida

After being accused of plagiarizing Flo Rida’s “Right Round” on his song, “Heartbreaker,” G-Dragon and Flo Rida collaborated to perform the English version of “Heartbreaker,” at Flo Rida’s concert in Korea back in 2010.

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Akon

Akon

Akon was featured on the Wonder Girls’ 2012 single, “Like Money,” and performed the song with them at the 2012 Green Groove Festival in Korea.

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Eric Benet

Eric Benet

Eric Benet has performed a duet with Kpop Star contestant Park Ji Min. He was also featured on “Days & Nights” off Brown Eyed Girls’ JeA’s 2012 solo debut album, “Just JeA.”

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Crown J

Young Dro

Young Dro was featured on Crown J’s 2009 US debut, “I’m Good.”

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