Gallant Explores the Roots of Korean R&B with Lee Hi & Tablo: Premiere

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Gallant & Lee Hi

After collaborating with K-pop stars on multiple occasions, Gallant recently shifted gears and began to explore South Korea’s R&B scene in a brand new mini-documentary Seoul Music: The Rise of Korean R&B, premiering Tuesday (Nov. 7) on Billboard.  

The seven-minute-long short explores the roots of KR&B, with Gallant guided by the likes of Epik High’s Tablo and soulpop singer Lee Hi. The doc chronicles the rise of R&B in South Korea and talks with DJ Soulscape and Jinbo the SuperFreak about how it has grown from an unrecognized music style to become one of the country’s most popular genres of music in recent years.

“The amount of love that I have for Seoul is never ending,” said Gallant. In the short clip the American artist revealed that his appreciation for South Korean music grew after he discovered the songs of the K-pop icon BoA in high school through her Japanese music, which led him down the rabbit hole of K-pop, KR&B, and other popular genres of music in the country. Seoul Music, which was put together by Red Bull Sound Select, concludes with a performance of Gallant and Lee Hi performing “Skipping Stones” at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea, the final show of the world tour for his Grammy-nominated Ology album.

Watch the Seoul Music: The Rise of Korean R&B video below.


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