Hip hop artists, Dok2 and The Quiett, started off their first U.S. tour for NO RE$T in Chicago on July 21st, 2016. The duo started Illionaire Records back in 2011 when they wanted a company that didn’t regulate the same as K-pop companies. Since then, Dok2 and The Quiett have successfully built Illionare Records and signed Beenzino.
The heat in Chicago reached a high of around 90 degrees on Thursday, but that didn’t prevent fans from waiting outside of Concord Music Hall.
Before the start of the concert, Diamond ticket holders were let in early and had the opportunity to have a meet and greet with Dok2 and The Quiett. Afterwards, the venue slowly began to fill with the rest of the fans who were eagerly waiting for the concert to begin.
With the lights dimmed and fans waving their flashy light sticks in the air, an introduction video began to play on the screen at the front of the stage, causing huge roars from the crowd. Dok2 and The Quiet suddenly appeared moments later in the introduction video, giving their own twist to the Beverly Hills life.
The beat then dropped to the remix of “Beverly 1lls” and you could tell that this was what a Korean hip hop concert is all about. And despite the unlucky weather outside, Dok2 and The Quiett continued to perform and even cooled the audience by splashing water on them from time to time.
Other songs that Dok2 and The Quiett performed at the concert include, “Don“, “1 Life 2 Live“, “Future Flame“, “On My Way“, “Bentley“, “Body 2 Body“, and many more tasteful hip hop tracks.
Unfortunately, the night came to an end by 10 o’clock, but before departing the duo performed one last encore stage for their fans.
To say the least, Dok2 and The Quiett surely didn’t disappoint anyone with their high energy, professionalism, and good vibes that night in Chicago.
And if you thought this was the end of it, you’re definitely wrong as we also received access to Dok2 and The Quiett’s press conference.
So here it is!
Q: You’ve done a lot of collaborations. Is there any artists that you want to collaborate in the future with (in Korea)?
Dok2: In Korea, no, nobody.
Q: How about the States?
Dok2: Anybody. *laughs*
Q: I know you’ve (The Quiett) been in the hip hop scene since 2004 in Korea, how do you feel that it’s changed from then until now?
The Quiett: I think it’s great right now because there was nothing back in 2004 and 2005. So right now the hip hop scene in Korea got bigger so much and it’s easy to get money and respect. So right now, it’s great.
Q: Since this is the first time you’re touring the U.S., is there any hope or expectations you have that your U.S. audience would get out of the concert?
Dok2: No no, there’s nothing special. They just gotta enjoy it. Yeah, that’s it. We don’t expect something.
Q: In particular, are there any Chicago-based hip hop artists that you’re inspired by such as Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, or someone else?
Dok2: A lot of people, you know. I grew up listening to R. Kelly a lot and Common Sense and on my last album I did a song with Young Chops. He’s from Chicago too.
The Quiett: Chief Keef. Twister. Many rappers from Chicago that we’re definitely inspired by.
Q: Are you guys thinking about releasing another album soon? Or are you guys working on anything currently right now?
Dok2: We put out a lot of music, so you know, he’s (The Quiett) working on this new album. I’m working on my new single, new anything. Yeah, we put out a lot of music. We’re always working on our music. Like 365, like 365 like the whole year. We do concerts, music, concerts, put out music. It’s like that, so…
Lastly, we at K-popped! would like to give a huge thank you to Mandoo Entertainment and Illionaire Records for having us.