Music Essentials: G-Dragon
Paying tribute to the influence of music upon youth and culture, our sister publication, The HYPEBEAST Magazine, has released its 6th issue as a toast to the crossover between music and fashion, dubbing it The Rhapsody Issue and revealing its cover story as Korean music sensation G-Dragon. Having first stepped in to the Korean music scene in 2001, G-Dragon has not only succeeded musically in an array of genres that stretch from punk to pop to hip-hop and more, but also stands as an influential figure in the world of fashion, linking him with collaborations from the likes of Ambush to Stampd. His constant successes in K-Pop are a reflection of his ongoing advancement on a global scale, with his tracks not only topping Korean charts but picking up creative partnerships from across the musical spectrum with the likes of Missy Elliot, Diplo, Baauer, Sky Ferreira and Boys Noize all just within his latest album, Coup d'Etat. Looking at G-Dragon's essentials, his interest in fashion is apparent upon first glance, with everything from the embellishments of his Hermes bag to the quirky placement a Chanel shopping bag, all instantly showcasing the curation of his style and sharing an intricate peek into his creative personality.