K-pop, Hip hop music
19 October 2012
Yang Hyun-suk, Tablo
| October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19)|
Golden Disc Award Hip Hop Star Award
Epik High albums, K-pop albums
99 is the seventh studio album by the South Korean hip hop group Epik High. It was released online on October 19, 2012 and in physical CD format on October 23. The title tracks were “Up,” a hip-hop song featuring 2NE1’s Park Bom, and “Don’t Hate Me." The album also included the previously released collaboration with Lee Hi, "It's Cold."
Epik High named the album ’99′ for a number of reasons: their love of the number “9″, the 9 songs in the album (plus one short interlude), and the aim to “embrace the meaning of music” for 99% of people, not the top 1%.
Through a commentary film released on October 22, Epik High went through the album tracks, explaining it’s the kind of music that the members grew up to and enjoyed during the 1990s. “The album is like taking a time machine with us and going here and there,” explained Tablo. Particularly for their two title tracks, the members said that "Up" is meant to encourage people that the next day will be better. For "Don’t Hate Me," the members explained that even if the world hates you, if there is at least one person who loves you, life is worth living.
1UP feat BOM OF 2NE13:4199 (Epik High album) Wikipedia
2Don't Hate Me3:44