Uptown (업타운)is a South Korean hip hop and R&B group which first debuted in 1997. Uptown was first created in 1996 when R&B and hip-hop were first introduced to Korea.The group's four original members are Chris Jung, Carlos Galvan, Steve Kim and Tasha Reid . The group underwent several lineup changes and then disbanded in 2000. The group made a comeback and released their album,Testimonyin May 2006. Steve Kim, Carlos Galvan and Chris Jung returned to the group without Tasha Reid. The female spot in the group was initially given to half- Caucasian half- African American rapper Say, but was soon replaced by teenage artist Jessica H.o. who was featured in their 2006 album,Testimony.For their 2009 album,New Era,the group went through yet another lineup change, replacing Steve Kim and Carlos Galvan with Roy Kim, Jonathan Moon, and Michael Horton.

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    Way Back Wednesday: Solid - The Kings of Korean R&B

    This is Way Back Wednesday where we feature a blast from the past.Way back in 1993, the pop music in Korea began going through a transformation as it began to incorporate some of the styles and sounds found in American music. Hip-hop and R&B began making its way into the Korean music i…

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    [ASKKPOP] Way Back Wednesday: Replying to 1997

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  • by withdonut  -  August 11, 2012 07:00 AM

    [ASKKPOP] A-Narin will not renew contract with M. Creative

    M. Creativehas informedallkpopthat singerA-Narinhas decided not to renew her contract. A-Narin signed with M.Creative in 2009, and her three year contract with the agency ends after August.A staff member from M. Creative stated,"After promoting her 4th single album, which will be released …

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 Uptown's Current members

Chris Jung

Chris Jung (born January 5, 1968, Seoul), also known as XL, is a Korean singer-songwriter. He is member of Korean hip hop and rhythm and blues group Uptown, duet Slow Jam and project group SOUL-TOWN.

Roy Kim

Roy Kim, who goes under the moniker Big Chan or Snacky Chan, is a hip-hop artist originally from the United States (Boston & New York). He joined the group for their 2009 comeback. He is known for his deep, story telling lyrics along with punchlines and smooth flow. Many American fans were disappointed with his decision to work in Korea.

Jonathan Moon

Also known as Swings or Moon Swings, he is from the underground hip-hop crew Overclass. With the title of "Punchline King," he delivers his lyrics passionately with a perfected flow.

Michael Anthony Horton

Michael Horton, also known as Maniac, is a half-black, half-Korean underground hip-hop artist in Korea. He is known for his husky voice and speed.

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 Uptown's Former Members

Tasha Reid

Bohra Kim

Young John Kim

Tam Hee Park

Carlos Galvan

Carlos Ricardo Galvan (born February 5, 1978) is a hip hop artist who is the founder/member of the Korean hip-hop group Uptown He's known better by the nickname "Carlitos" and the alias "Cali-Mexci" & "SoLRaC". In 2009, he released his first solo album, "Still Standin'" and was even able to cross-promote with American R&B artist Ne-Yo by hosting his concert after-party in Seoul. His first single, "U R My Girl", charted in Korea. He also featured in these albums 1999 대한민국(daehanminkook) - Girlfriends 1집 - 간종욱(kan jong wook) 1집 - Bae Seul Ki 1집 - KCM 4집 - Allstars 겨울바다

Steve Kim

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 Uptown's Discography

  • 1997: Represent
  • 1997: Represented... Now Believe
  • 1998: Mutual Best
  • 1998: Chapter 3 in History
  • 1998: Absolute Power
  • 1998: Verbal Medication
  • 2000: History
  • 2006: Testimony
  • 2009: New Era Release
  • 2010: Surprise!

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 Uptown's Spin off groups of Uptown

  • Uptown 3000
  • Tashannie
  • T , solo moniker of Yoon Mirae

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 Uptown's References


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