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Who’s Who in H1GHR MUSIC: The Hip Hop Artists from Seattle

Sneak Peek: Yultron, Raz Simone, Jarv Dee, Avatar Darko, and Phe R.E.D.S of H1GHR MUSIC RECORDS.

H1GHR MUSIC RECORDS, established by Jay Park and Cha Cha Malone of AOMG (Above Ordinary Music or Always On My Grind), isn’t your average Korean hip hop record label.

H1GHR MUSIC has crossed borders and broken barriers by bringing both Korean and American (not just Korean American) hip hop artists on board. It’s a global hip hop record label—one of the first to hit the Korean hip hop scene in 2017.

In 2017 Vismajor Company also joined the ranks of global hip hop record labels in the Korean hip hop scene by signing Part Time Cooks (South Africa, North America) and Koncept (North America).

Together with Transparent Agency, Dumbfoundead established a global hip hop record label, BORN CTZN, in 2017, too.

Dumbfoundead’s first album release party under BORN CTZN was held at Octagon, one of the only hip hop clubs, bars and lounges in Gangnam, and it shook the Korean hip hop scene.

Although only Dumbfoundead and Year of the OX (YOX), a Korean American rap duo comprised of Lyricks and JL, are signed to BORN CTZN for now, the following Korean and Korean American hip hop artists made special guest appearances at his album release party, performing on a jam-packed and action-packed stage:

  • Ugly Duck
  • Simon Dominic
  • Jay Park
  • Jessi
  • G2
  • Far East Movement
  • Nafla
  • Loopy
  • and more

Along with Vismajor Company and BORN CTZN, global hip hop records like H1GHR MUSIC are proving that the future of hip hop both inside and outside of the Korean hip hop scene lies in diversity, equality and unity.

H1GHR MUSIC successfully held their first showcase at the Upstream Music Festival in Seattle, Washington on May 13, 2017. Hoody (AOMG) was a special guest performer at the showcase while Ace Chico (AOM) was a special guest DJ at the after party.

Current Hip Hop Artists

  • Sik-K
  • Woogie
  • GroovyRoom (Park Gyujeong and Lee Hwimin)
  • pH-1
  • Yultron
  • Raz Simone
  • Jarv Dee
  • Avatar Darko
  • Phe REDS (Remember Every Dream Stolen)
  • and more

H1GHR MUSIC RECORDS (EST. 2017)

The Boys From Seattle

  1. Yultron*
  2. Raz Simone
  3. Jarv Dee
  4. Avatar Darko
  5. Phe R.E.D.S.

1. Yultron

Along with Dumbfoundead, Yultron (Los Angeles, California*) is signed to Transparent Agency. Currently, he’s based in Las Vegas and has a history of being more than just a hip hop artist, having experimented with rock, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and more early on in his career.

Yultron’s first mixtape, Skywalker, features a hot track with Honey Cocaine called “Flexin.” His track “If Only I Had The Heart” is also featured on Beats & Pieces Vol. 2, a collaborative hip hop album.

Without a doubt, “Girl Scout Cookies” is more representative of Yultron’s quirky style and quick flow, although it does come with some visuals that are sure to make you queasy.

Like Sik-K, Yultron also featured on one of Jay Park’s albums, Worldwide, lending his gritty voice and energetic vibes to the song “BO$$.”

2. Raz Simone

Raz Simone (Seattle, Washington) found music through poetry after writing his own poems and performing them over movie scores. He established his own independent record label, Black Umbrella, turning his passion into his profession.

Raz Simone’s first EP, 5 Good Reasons, which was released with Black Umbrella labelmate Sam Lachow, and his second EP,  Solomon Samuel Simone, were both met with success.

However, Raz Simone was forced to halt all activities, including his tour, after facing unfair criminal charges for a gun that he legally owned.

It wasn’t long before Raz Simone made successful comeback after successful comeback, releasing a single, “Why Aren’t You Mine?,” and dropping two highly anticipated albums back to back: Cognitive Dissonance: Part One and Cognitive Dissonance: Part Two.

Nothing can stop Raz Simone or his passion for music, which took him all the way to Austin, Texas where he filmed the music video for “All In My Mind.”

Raz Simone also featured on one of Jay Park’s albums, Everything You Wanted, and the song “Only One” is one you don’t want to miss.

3. Jarv Dee

Continuing the tradition and trend that seems to be a common strain flowing through Seattle rappers like Raz Simone and Sam Lachow, Jarv Dee (Seattle, Washington), isn’t afraid to question the world around him, or the people and the politics in it.

Check out Mike Davis’ interview with Jarv Dee on The Stranger, Seattle Rapper Jarv Dee Makes Sure Not to Forget Real Life.

Jarv Dee has dropped three albums over his seven year (give or take a few) career: Satellites Swishers & Spaceships, Dopamine and The Red Eye Jedi. “Mind of The Masses”, a track on his first album, is representative of his “third eye” style and flow.

4. Avatar Darko

Avatar Darko (Tallin, Estonia and Seattle, Washington) dropped his first mixtape, Soviet Goonion, in 2012. Since then, he has dropped a number of experimental mixtapes, EPs and albums, seemingly nonstop:

Although Avatar Darko and Jay Park filmed a music video for “All My Crew”, its release was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Read all about Avatar Darko, from his cardboard home to his ill spent youth to his evolution as an anti-hero, on avatardarko.com.

5. Phe R.E.D.S.

Phe R.E.D.S. (Seattle, Washington) is a singer, songwriter and producer by the name of Leng Phe who fell in love with music after singing along to Linkin Park with his friends in elementary school.

Phe R.E.D.S. joined Jay Park’s B-boy crew, AOM (Art Of Movement) and dropped his first EP, Whiskey & Gummy Bears, with Olivia Thai, a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles.

Since then, Phe R.E.D.S. has started working on his first album, R.E.D.S. (Remember Every Dream Stolen). It’s coming soon, but you can check out his music video for “We Are The Stars” in the meantime.

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