More factoids about Tablo, the ever-eloquent lyricist of hip-hop trio Epik High (and of two-person side project Eternal Morning) —
The rapper and songwriter recently appeared on the OBS TV program Watch a Show, Watch a Movie [쇼도 보고 영화도 보고] with his Eternal Morning partner Pe2ny in “The Interview” segment (the episode will air on the 12th). I’m not sure if Tablo’s promoting anything these days or if he’s just on the regular talk-show circuit, but he talked some more about his background, which I find particularly fascinating since he happens to straddle the East-West divide more evenly than any other entertainer, at least on an intellectual level.
I’ve also got major admiration for smarties, which is one of the tags Tablo’s most often pegged with, understandable given his educational background. Speaking of which:
“On the whole, many people think of needing to be smart in order to attend Stanford, but more than smarts, the fact that I wrote a lot since I was young helped in my college admission.”
Family is another topic figuring heavily into many of the interviews he’s given:
“My father may have grown up as an orphan, but he’s accomplished a tremendous amount, and never once forgotten about his family.”
“I borrowed money from my family to pay for my college tuition, and paid for my living expenses by working part-time at a campus coffee shop called CoHo [Coffee House]. After I graduated and started earning money through music, the very first thing I repaid was that school tuition money.”
However, Tablo acknowledges that his Stanford history has sometimes proved a burden as an entertainer, particularly when he’d make the broadcast rounds — “While taping, if I was expressionless or untalkative, I’d be misunderstood as putting on an arrogant air because I went to Stanford.” He continued, “It wasn’t that I hated my school days, but I disliked attending school and even considered dropping out of Stanford. I even filled out the paperwork, but my family held me back, so I stuck it out.”
Furthermore, he had a different career path in mind: “Originally, my dream was to be a film director, so I’d applied to film school and even gotten accepted, but my family stopped me so I wasn’t able to attend.”
Tablo also expressed having harbored thoughts of quitting the entertainment industry — clarifying that he didn’t mean retiring as a musician but as a celebrity, as being a celebrity has exposed his family to lots of talk: “Because of my high profile, my family’s endured more pain than they should have.”
SONG OF THE DAY
Eternal Morning – “Holden Caulfield.” Ahh, Salinger references in hip-hop. [ zShare download ]
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