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[Exclusive Interview] Lip Service Brings Spunk and Hip-Hop to K-Pop

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2014.03.13 19:30 Mwave

In an industry filled with near-identical acts, Lip Service stands out.

For one, Lip Service is a female duo (rapper Bipa repping the Lip, singer Cora taking the Service) - and one that focuses on hip-hop and debuted with a song all about food.

The two members of Lip Service met with Mwave’s enewsWorld for an exclusive interview, where the girls talked music, dieting and goals.

[Exclusive Interview] Lip Service Brings Spunk and Hip-Hop to K-Pop

The duo’s title track, aptly named Yum Yum Yum, is all about food and the pressures of dieting, and while at first listen, the song sounds like a gag track, something that could have been put out by any of the musically-talented comediennes in the business, there’s skill beneath the funny premise.

“[The song] is pretty shocking. Some people think it’s kinda stupid because we’re not talking about love and stuff, but we like to talk about other things,” said Bipa, who clarifies that she prefers to sing more than the typical love songs, honing in on the other things that girls like to talk about.

With a hook that includes a near-hypnotic repetition of certain foods, including hamburgers, Americanos and donkatsu, Yum Yum Yum is the food-lover’s answer to Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar.

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But though there’s the declaration of love for all the delicious food in the world, there’s also choice lines like, “Tomorrow, I’m going to have to eat only a little; tomorrow, I’m going to have to skip dinner,” - things pretty much any dieter can relate to.

“Oh yes, the lyrics are all from my experiences - things learned with my tears,” said Bipa, who admits that both she and Cora were put through diets before debuting.

But while some are taking the song as commentary on the pressure for girls to be thin, especially the Korean entertainment industry, Lip Service thinks the tide is actually changing.

“I feel like it’s changed. Before, when I came to visit Korea, I felt big - it’s not like I’m fat, but I felt that everyone was so skinny and tiny,” said Bipa, who was born in Korea, but raised in America - namely Houston, where they′re much more accepting of bigger bodies. “But I think it’s changed, and Korean guys are starting to like how American girls look more too, with a healthier look - it’s sexier too.”

“I hope that the girls can be proud of their bodies the way they are,” added Cora. “It might look good on TV to be that skinny, but if you see it in real life, it’s not as attractive. And even if you are skinny, please be healthy-skinny!”

[Exclusive Interview] Lip Service Brings Spunk and Hip-Hop to K-Pop

And it’s true that, while there are some belly-baring outfits, Lip Service has chosen a less sex-driven concept, choosing to go for both the outlandish and the classic, with certain outfits paying a nod to old-school hip-hop with jumpsuits and bandanas

“We decided the styling, hair, makeup,” said Bipa. “A lot of the concept came from us putting it together.”

Of course, K-Pop has been messing around with hip-hop for awhile, but these days, hip-hop is generally a concept, rather than a genre. Lip Service is hoping to change that.

“We joined because our voice tones are very different, but they go together really well and we harmonize well together,” said Bipa. And through hip-hop too. She likes hip-hop, I like hip-hop.”

[Exclusive Interview] Lip Service Brings Spunk and Hip-Hop to K-Pop

And Bipa, who joined the game later than most young idols, stands out in the duo thanks to her quick rap skills.

“I always wanted to do what I’m doing right now. When you’re young, you always want to be on TV, or you want to be an artist or singer. But I didn’t know that I’d be wanting it this much,” said Bipa. “I went to college and I changed my major three times, but later on I just wanted it more and more and I couldn’t hold it in. So I was like, whatever - I’m going to do it because I didn’t want to regret it and not even try. If I tried, and failed, I would have been like, okay, I’m not good enough. But if I didn’t even try, I would have regretted it forever.”

[Exclusive Interview] Lip Service Brings Spunk and Hip-Hop to K-Pop

And for Cora, who has prior experience in an idol group, Lip Service is another chance to show off her skills.

“I’ve done dance for much longer, so I do want to stand out more with dance and choreography, said Cora. “If I could, if I got the chance, I would want to do the last performance in the movie Burlesque.”

And for the duo itself?

“Since we are a hip-hop duo, for our next album, we want to stick with hip-hop but get a little more relatable and a little more fun,” said Cora. “We’ll work hard to prepare our next album and get our name more known.


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