Fans excitedly waited inside Granada Theater‘s low-lit concert hall on December 9th. A large projector screen hung over the stage with the tour title, “Beenzino North American Tour 2015,” along with, “presented by Platinum K and CHL Entertainment.” Fans bought drinks and chatted while waiting for the show to begin.
“The vibe was very relaxed, and the ambiance was good,” a fan described upon entering the theater. She went on to express her appreciation for Beenzino as an artist. “I’ve been his fan for a long time – ever since I got into hip-hop.”
Beenzino fans, both old and new, stood together along the center section of the theater. While many came with groups of friends, others came solo and met friends while waiting in line or at nearby restaurants in the lower Greenville area.
Leslie from Arlington met other fans at a restaurant nearby before the show and waited in line together. “[I’ve] been a Beenzino fan for years! This is my third time seeing him [perform]. I’m big into underground hip-hop music.”
“I love Korean music and Korean hip-hop.” Christina from Fort Worth enthused. “I got here at 3:30[PM]. Everyone seemed really excited when the line started to get long.”
“I [am] nervous and excited. It’s gonna be lit! This is my first time seeing [Beenzino] live,” another fan raved.
Beenzino took several short breaks throughout the show, sharing his experiences as an artist.
“When I first started making music, I never thought I’d be here. I thought I’d just be doing shows in Hongdae,” he said, eliciting cheers from the crowd. “Have you been to Hongdae? It’s really small. Look at this place! It’s really beautiful. It’s perfect.”
He performed several more sets, adding “I never sold my soul. I just did what I wanted to do. You guys all listen to my music,” he said while gesturing towards the crowd. “…and I make so much money from it!”
The crowd cheered and laughed.
“I’m so proud of myself, and I really, really wanna say thank you,” he continued. “Self-made!” he exclaimed, “with Illionaire.”
Beenzino later shared his feelings in the making of his latest title track, Break. “When I made this song, I was so super depressed. I was so f****ng emotional,” he described, which elicited a unison of ‘awws’ from the crowd.
“Because of the military, I couldn’t perform outside of my country. I really wanted to perform in front of [American] fans,” he continued. “A lot of people hated [Break]. Even though haters were mean to me, it was on the chart,” he added, to which the crowd cheered.
“I’ll be back soon; don’t worry!” he reassured the crowd.
Thank you to Platinum K Shows, CHL Entertainment, Beenzino, and Illionaire Records for inviting Officially KMUSIC to cover this magnificent show!
Stay tuned for more exclusive pictures from this show and coverage from the upcoming NYC stop!