When things are slow here at ATY (i.e. when Taeyang is missing in action) we tend to become nostalgic and start digging through old files for ways to fill our Taeyang fix. Hence this series of features on Taeyang’s old collaborations, starting with some celebrated sunbaes.
R&B superstar Wheesung was a member of YG Family until 2006. As a sunbae to then trainee YoungBae, he was quoted in the show “The Secret” as being surprised at how YB changed from rapper to singer and how he used to be so shy.
“One thing that I thought he was missing was that he looked insecure, with no confidence. But one time I went to the practice room and I heard someone singing one of my songs so emotionally, I thought, “Who is it? Oh, he’s a rapper but switched to vocals? I thought.” But then almost a year after he had totally changed. I thought, “Ah his effort was worth the while.”
Trainee YB Taekwon featured on the studio version of Wheesung’s Prayer as a rapper, though unfortunately never performed it live.
Wheesung – Prayer ft. YB Taekwon (“It’s Real”, 2003)
Se7en debuted with YG entertainment in 2003 and is famous for his superior live performances with his smooth tenor and impressive dance skills. He is one of the closest people to Taeyang (as evidenced in this TMI moment) and one of his biggest influences. As a senior to the young GDYB, he included them in a number of his recordings and performances.
Se7en Concert In Seoul AX Live
Run ft. GD+Taekwon (from Se7en’s 2006 album ‘24/7’)
Se7en– Let Me In / Give me Permission ft. Taeyang (“Se7olution”, 2006)
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I think we’ve established that Taeyang makes a much better singer than rapper. Can’t imagine how his personality would have to change if he were to succeed as a legitimate hiphop artist. But these early works are nice too, if only as a souvenir of his earlier hiphop aspirations.
Thanks to all the uploaders!
Next : Part 2 : Lexy