My All-Time Favorite Stages from Show Me The Money (Seasons 3-6)

After watching High School Rapper, I was curious about the big wigs of Korean rap so I looked up Show Me The Money. I found seasons 3 to 6 with English subtitles online. The earlier seasons weren’t available.

The talent and music were great as expected across seasons. I got schooled on hip-hop and rap terminologies and styles. I got acquainted with the Korean top producers, the labels, and the up and coming artists. It was awesome. I didn’t mind the twists and some controversial choices the show producers made. I’m just grateful this kind of show is on TV to train and promote great MCs and rappers. There were many awesome songs released through this show as well.

Here are my picks for each season. Apparently, Zico, YG and Illionaire suit my taste.

Season 3

  • Raise the Guard and Bounce | Performed by Bobby

Season 4

  • Turtle Ship | Performed by Team Zico x Paloalto (Song Minho, AndUp, and Ja Mezz) featuring Paloalto

  • Fear | Performed by Song Minho featuring Taeyang

  • Okey Dokey | Performed by Song Minho and Zico

  • Better Days | Performed by Basick featuring Gummy

Season 5

  • Air DoTheQ | Performed by Team Dok2 & The Quiett (Kim Hyo Eun, Superbee, myunDo, and Flowsik)

  • $insa | Performed by Team Zion T. and Kush (CJamm, Reddy, Killagramz and Xitsuh) featuring Zion. T

  • Comfortable | Performed by ONE, Simon D and Gray

Season 6

  • 1-on-1 battle between Woo Wonjae and Ignito

  • 1/N | Performed by Team Dynamic Duo (Hanhae, Rhino, Nucksal, and Jo Woochan)

  • Again | Performed by Woo Wonjae featuring Tiger JK, Bizzy, and MRSHLL

  • Red Sun | Performed by Hangzoo featuring Swings

  • We Are | Performed by Woo Wonjae, Loco and Gray

Top 30 J-Dramas before 2017

Japan is home to original concepts and genius story-telling. What fascinates me about Japanese drama is how it delves into the psychological and moral state of its characters. It can cater to extremes and somehow make it work, whether its raw and disturbing to plain and boring to crazy and weird. I also like how it always attempts to redefine humanity to a certain extent. It provides depth and breadth of insight unparalleled by any series produced by any other country. I actually liked Japanese dramas first before I dabbled into Korean and Taiwanese, which explains this relatively long list. Anyway, here are my Top 30 Japanese series aired before 2017 solely based on my level of enjoyment.

*Photos grabbed from Kissasian.ch

#1 Last Friends (2008)
ラスト・フレンズ 

Genre: Drama, Psychological, Slice of Life

 #2 A Girl & Three Sweethearts (2016)
Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto
(lit. There’s someone I like)
好きな人がいること

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama

#3 Operation Love (2007)
Proposal Daisakusen
(lit. Operation Proposal)
プロポーズ大作戦

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Melodrama

#4 Death Note (2015)
デスノート

Genre: Fantasy, Psychological, Suspense

#5 Absolute Boyfriend (2008)
Zettai Kareshi
絶対彼氏

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy

#6 Mei-chan’s Butler (2009)
Mei-chan no Shitsuji
メイちゃんの執事

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama

#7 Full Throttle Girl (2011)
Zenkai Girl
全開ガール

Genre: Law, Romance, Comedy

#8 Orthros’ Dog (2009)
Orthros no Inu
オルトロスの犬

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Psychological

#9 Hero (2001)

Genre: Law, Comedy, Melodrama

#10 The Black Swindler (2006)
Kurosagi
クロサギ

Genre: Action, Mystery, Suspense

#11 Gokusen (2002, 2005, 2008)
ごくせん

Genre: Comedy, Action, Melodrama

#12 Nodame Cantabile (2006)
のだめカンタービレ

Genre: Music, Romance, Comedy

#13 The Boys From My House (2009)
Atashinchi no Danshi
アタシんちの男子

Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy

#14 Meteor Bonds (2008)
Ryūsei no Kizuna
流星の絆

Genre: Family, Mystery, Suspense

#15 For You In Full Blossom (2007)
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
花ざかりの君たちへ

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Sports

#16 Boys Over Flowers (2005)
Hana Yori Dango
花より男子

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama

#17 Mask Rider Black (1987)
Kamen Rider Black
仮面ライダーBLACK

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery

#18 The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami (2015)
Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku
掟上今日子の備忘録

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Comedy

#19 Scum of Lawyers (2006)
Bengoshi no Kuzu
弁護士のくず

Genre: Law, Mystery, Comedy

#20 Liar Game (2007)

Genre: Psychological, Mystery, Suspense

#21 The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko (2016)
Kaitō Yamaneko
怪盗 山猫

Genre: Action, Comedy, Politics

#22 The Witch Trial (2009)
Majo Saiban
魔女裁判

Genre: Mystery, Law, Suspense

#23 Leisure Club (2007)
Yukan Club
有閑倶楽部

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Melodrama

#24 Legal Eagle, First Class (2010)
Tokujou Kabachi!!
(lit. Special Case)
特上カバチ!

Genre: Law, Romance, Comedy

#25 Suppli (2009)
Sapuri
サプリ

Genre: Business, Romance, Comedy

#26 Ouroboros (2015)

Genre: Action, Drama, Tragedy

#27 Welcome to the Fortune-Telling Shop, Onmyoya (2013)
Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyoya e Yokoso
よろず占い処 陰陽屋へようこそ

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

#28 Asuko March! (2011)
アスコーマーチ!

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama

#29 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2013)
Yamada kun to 7 nin no Majo
山田くんと7人の魔女

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

#30 Good Morning Call (2016)
グッドモーニング・コール

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama

 

World of Dance Season 1 Finale

I see what they did there. Apart from the fact that the three divisions (Junior, Upper, and Team) were different for obvious reasons, the final three acts represented different genres of dance: Les Twins is hip-hop, Eva Igo is contemporary jazz and Swing Latino is ballroom. Coincidence? Most probably not, but do I hate it? No. It ensures that more people, and a wider variety at that, will watch the finale. It helps the show survive; thus, allowing dance fans like me to see more dance on TV, as well as the general public to get more exposed to dance.

The Season 1 winner, Les Twins, is consistent and entertaining. They’re not my cup of tea but I know they have inspired millions of dancers out there even prior to the show. They didn’t need the show to be considered dance legends but this win reaffirms that.

Anyway, it’s time for the list of my favorite numbers this season.

  • Change (Kinja Bang) | Performed by Kinjaz

This was clearly the most memorable routine by Kinjaz on the show. It showcased their individuality and creativity.  How they worked those panels was ingenious.

  • Let It Go | Performed by SuperCr3w

This isn’t the WOD version but I really love their floor work in this routine. The musicality of the breaking was spot on.

  •   Someday | Performed by Keone & Mari

It was broadway infused with lyrical hip-hop and feels. I enjoyed the story they told.

  •  Ready Or Not | Performed by Eva Igo

Her lines were so clean and she gave powerful performances. I noticed two things though: one, her facial expression was always tense and two, the type of pieces she did was pretty much the same. I thought this was the number where her expression matched the dance best. I do hope she gets to work with better choreographers to help her get more accent, and help pull out more emotion in her dancing. I’d like to see those beautiful lines of hers in softer, well-thought-out pieces.

  • Conga | Performed by Swing Latino

The song did a lot for them. It brought out the spice, the authentic Latin flavor which I felt was lacking in their previous performances. The vibe was great and their tricks were phenomenal. The hanging pose at the end was 🔥.

My All-Time Favorite Group Routines from SYTYCD (Seasons 1-14)

Here are my all-time favorite group routines from So You Think You Can Dance across seasons in no particular order.

  • Beautiful Friends | Choreographed by Travis Wall (Season 12)

  • Unsteady | Choreographed by Mandy Moore (Season 13)

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  • Architect of the Mind | Choreographed by Christopher Scott (Season 9)

  • Sweet Disposition | Choreographed by Christopher Scott & Sonya Tayeh (Season 11)

  • Sand | Choreographed by Christopher Scott (Season 10)

  • Torn | Choreographed by Christopher Scott & Sonya Tayeh (Season 9)

  • Resolve | Choreographed by Christopher Scott (Season 9)

  • Wave | Choreographed by Travis Wall (Season 12)

  • Holy Ghost | Choreographed by Christopher Scott (Season 9)

  • Send in the Clowns | Choreographed by Tyce Diorio (Season 5)

  • Dance Again | Choreographed by Jason Gilkison (Season 9)

  • One | Choreographed by Mia Michaels (Season 5)

  • A Little Party Never Killed Nobody | Choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin & Jenya Shatilova (Season 13)

  • The Moment I Said It | Choreographed by Mia Michaels (Season 3)

  • Ramalama | Choreographed by Wade Robson (Season 2)

  • Aha| Choreographed by Wade Robson (Season 6)

  • Comanche| Choreographed by Wade Robson (Season 6)

  • Feathery| Choreographed by Mandy Korpinen and Elizabeth Petrin (Season 13)

  • I Know You Want Me | Choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin & NappyTabs (Season 5)

  • You Should Be Dancing | Choreographed by Mandy Moore & Val Chmerkovskiy (Season 14)

  • Call Me Mother | Choreographed by Mark Kanemura(Season 14)

  • Strange| Choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (Season 14)

  • Derniére Danse | Choreographed by Brian Friedman (Season 14)

  • Prism | Choreographed by Christopher Scott (Season 14)

  • Elements | Choreographed by Christopher Scott & Travis Wall (Season 14)

  • Hyper-Ballad (Paky Di Maio Remix) | Choreographed by Mia Michaels (Season 14)