Seattle native Jay Park will be at the State Theater with his 2019 SEXY 4EVA WORLD TOUR on Friday, November 22nd. Show starts at 8pm. The Minneapolis stop comes over halfway through the Kohai-handled North American leg of this four-continent tour. It’s also Jay Park’s first performance in Minnesota.
With his numerous Hip Hop and R&B records in both Korean and English, prepare for a bilingual performance with a heavy side of dance. Ladies, consider bringing a bra to spare.
Tickets are still available HERE.
Who is Jay Park?
Seattle B-boy. Former K-pop Idol. International TV Star. Independent, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist. Record Label Founder (x2: AOMG & H1GHR Music). Roc Nation Member. Sex Symbol.*
One foot in Hip Hop and the other in R&B, well established in South Korea and breaking ground in the U.S. music industry, Jay Park is a solid genre performer. Yet even within his genres, he is still a bit of a chameleon. His identities are quite fluid and it is difficult to pin or typify with a single song or video.
Some may recognize him from recent efforts in American hip hop: “SOJU” Feat. 2 Chainz off his debut Roc Nation EP, Ask ‘Bout Me (2018) and his recent Hit-Boy collaboration “K-Town” (2019).** (Some may have also spotted him in Charlie XCX’s “Boys” video and noticed that he featured on her track “Unlock It” along with Kim Petras back in 2017.)
But before Jay-Z’s entertainment company (or Charlie XCX) came calling, Jay Park was already well known for his diverse personas. He is the sweet boyfriend in his solo debut “Count on Me” (2011) and “Joah” (2013). He’s a smooth dance king in “So Good” (2014), “All I Wanna Do” (2016), and “Yacht” (2017). He is a snap-backed slayer of verse in “On It” (2015), a ring-leader and party club sultan in “Mommae” (2015), and a heart-broken crooner in “The Truth Is” (2016).
Most recently in Korea, Jay Park’s versatility is again on display: as an impish lover of all ladies in “V” (2018) and now a slick, professional rap boss supporting Jessi on her new (English) single, “Drip” (2019).***
He is simply Jay Park. And he is Sexy 4Eva.
JAY PARK 2019 SEXY 4EVA WORLD TOUR: NORTH AMERICA
November 4, 2019 – Los Angeles – The Novo
November 6, 2019 – San Francisco – The Warfield
November 8, 2019 – Calgary – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
November 10, 2019 – Vancouver – The Orpheum
November 12, 2019 – Toronto – Rebel
November 14, 2019 – New York City – Terminal 5
November 16, 2019 – Miami – The Fillmore
November 18, 2019 – Atlanta – Tabernacle
November 20, 2019 – Dallas – The Bomb Factory
November 22, 2019 – Minneapolis – State Theatre
November 24, 2019 – Chicago – Riviera Theatre
November 27, 2019 – Honolulu – Hawaii Theatre
December 1, 2019 – Seattle – Showbox SoDo
*Born and raised in the Seattle area, Jay Park spent his teens years as a b-boy embedded in hip hop dance and culture. After four years of training with JYP Entertainment, he debuted with the K-Pop idol group 2pm in 2008 (their first release was “10 out of 10”). Park left the group in 2010 and returned as a solo artist later that year with EP Count on Me. His follow up mini album, Take a Deeper Look, came out the next year and went multi-platinum in South Korea. These early R&B-driven releases also firmly established Jay Park’s image in the realm of Sexy.
Over the last nine years, Park has built a remarkable and diverse solo career in music and television: He spent a year as a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live Korea (2012). More recently, he has served as a judge on South Korea’s rap survival tv series, Show Me The Money (Seasons 4 and 6), and as a judge on Asia’s Got Talent (Seasons 2 and 3) produced by AXN Asian.
In addition to founding two record labels –Above Ordinary Music Group (AOMG) in 2013 and H1GHR MUSIC in 2018- and on-boarding and supporting numerous up and coming artists, he continues to grow his own musical career. In 2017, Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation signed Park, and now promotes him in the U.S. as one of their artists in partnership with AOMG.
If you’re looking to get to know Jay Park better, there are many recent video interviews floating around on YouTube, but this casual interview done by Woo Won Jae (one of his AOMG artists) is a fun and easy place to start. (English subtitles available in the captions.) And if you are a YouTube Premium subscriber, you can check out the four-part documentary Jay Park: Chosen1.
**Keep an eye out for L.A. K-Town local and hip hop artist, Dumbfoundead (Jonathan Park) in the “K-Town” video. You may also want to check out Dumbfoundead’s interviews with Jay Park on his Fun With Dumb podcast: Ep 3 (2018), Ep 35 and Ep 42 in 2019.
***Jessi is currently one of the most visible female rappers in South Korea. She took second place on the first season of rap survival tv show, Unpretty Rapstar, and she is currently signed with P NATION (Psy’s new record label).