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Way Back Wednesday: When YG was a tight-knit family

By GhostWriter   Wednesday, April 27, 2016   47,012   3,869   64



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This is Way Back Wednesday where we feature a blast from the past.

Nostalgia is a funny thing, you can hear an old song come and think to yourself, "Man things were much better back then." Thinking fondly of a simpler time to briefly get away from the fast paced environment we're in today. This feeling came over me during a recent late night YouTube browsing session and I came across this:

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I watched the video from 2003 (incorrectly labeled as 1999) with a smile on my face and said, "Whatever happened to the close knit YG family?" You had the mastermind talented producer / rapper in Perry, 1TYM with a raw Teddy who was just discovering his dormant producing powers, the sexy Lexy who just made her debut, and Jinusean. Hell, even YG himself got in on the act (check out the video above).

Many of you reading this don't know about the good old days as you were too young (or not even born) to consume old school K-pop but I kind of miss it. The YG Family these days seems a bit discombobulated, you don't really see the tight-knit family kin relationship with Big Bang, 2NE1, WINNER, PSY, iKON, Akdong Musician, Lee Hi, Epik High, etc. It's a different time now, things evolve, it's easier when things were small but now you're a big corporation and priorities change. This was put into clear focus when Minzy left 2NE1, a tight-knit family doesn't have a family member wanting to leave. It's sad but that's just the way it is.

I could go on and on but I don't want to turn this into an OP-ED, so I'll end it with this. YG faces a bit of a dilemma now with Big Bang going to the army, member changes in 2NE1... who will carry the torch for the next generation? Like waiting for George RR Martin to finish up 'A song of Ice and Fire,' only time will tell. Thanks to video though we can always reminisce on the past and not just on Wednesday's.

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  3. Big Bang
  4. Lee Hi
  5. Psy
  6. Epik High
  7. Akdong Musician
  8. Lexy
  10. Jinusean
  11. iKON
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Erisadesu Monday, May 23, 2016

As all families, YG family has also grown to a massive big family. I wish they stayed small but everything evolves and when you are as good as yg you have to grow big.

Laylay_99 Thursday, April 28, 2016

*Casually goes on Youtube and listens to first generation Kpop*

BornEpik Thursday, April 28, 2016

That video damn haha, yg all the way~

Troof Thursday, April 28, 2016

Seriously, it's like AKP hires 12-year-olds to write their articles.  Really, a reference to George RR Martin?  Really solid parallel there, you should win an award.

JoeHahnLP Troof Friday, April 29, 2016

Oh look a butt hurt YG fan, almost every site references George RR Martin and pop culture in general, you should win an award for dumbass comment of the week.

Troof JoeHahnLP Friday, April 29, 2016

I think it's so funny how you automatically assume I'm a YG fan because I criticize the caliber of an article. How in the world does that make sense? Also, read between the lines, buddy - I'm not criticizing the use of a reference to George RR Martin in general, I'm criticizing HOW it was used - nonsensically. So, really, that award you mentioned should go to you, Joe.

Erisadesu JoeHahnLP Monday, May 23, 2016

I even made a reference to my worksplace site about him.

babyblackjack Thursday, April 28, 2016

Omg, AKP, I didn't know you guys were so close to the current YG Family and knew all about their personal relationships with one another! I wish I could determine what actually goes on in YG artists' private lives just by seeing and reading about them on social media like you guys can... -____-

kpoplover308 Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AOMG is like the old YG. It's the same for any small start up company. You are tight knight at the beginning and if you ever get really big it becomes more of a business.

Erisadesu kpoplover308 Monday, May 23, 2016

my thoughts exactly.

Vincent_False Wednesday, April 27, 2016


BCSN24 Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Too bad. I'm not that into the new direction.

shinelovesyounot Wednesday, April 27, 2016


elly2k Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Of course it's easier to bond and move about as a tight-knit family when you're small and just starting up. But YG is so big now, it's impossible to get everyone into one a room at a time; what more to showcase their tight-knit family relationship. But I don't doubt a bit that all of them are very close as they are often seen supporting their fellow family members. .As for leaving, Minzy is not the only one. There's Wheesung, Lexy, Big Mama, Gummy etc. And let's not forget Se7en as well. Those who left have their own reasons but some still keep very close contact with their old labelmates like Se7en and Gummy

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