After debuting as a part of WINNER, rapper Song Mino debuted as a K-pop idol as opposed to his early underground hip-hop days.
For the December issue of The Star magazine, Mino discussed his career with WINNER and his fans from before and after his debut under YG Entertainment.
“There are many fans who have shown their undying support and unchanging love for me since a long time ago. Those fans from a few years back are more hip-hop fans, I’d have to say. However, even the rest of the public’s ears have changed. A lot of the songs that top the music charts these days are all hip hop genres. It surprises me. Also, I have fans that care for my physical well-being. They gift me with a lot of vitamins.”
Mino also reminisced on his performances as an underground rapper compared to now.
“It was definitely a lot different for underground because underground concert venues only held a small scale of audience,” said the 21-year-old rapper.
“I feel like I was a lot more nervous back then. I was young, inexperienced and underground performances tend to be extremely up-close to the audience. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more opportunities to gain experience soon, though.”
“I’m very happy that I’m able to stand on a bigger stage now.”
Last week, YG Entertainment began teasing fans with teaser images for WINNER with the caption “WWIC 2015.” Fans are already theorizing on a potential comeback after the group’s very successful year.
“YG always likes to get influence from places outside the music industry,” wrote allkpop reader Qurios in a comment posted to the website earlier this week.
“WINNER S/S was a fashion concept. WWIC is similar to a business concept. Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from apple was used to showcase their new technologies. You can see the similarities in wording, it’s done intentionally. So it’s most likely a concert, but considering that it’s a ‘showcase’ for something new, there is a glimmer of hope that they will tease us for a comeback for sure.”