Show Me The Money
Show Me The Money (SMTM) is a South Korean rap competition TV show that airs on Mnet. The show has grown in popularity since the first season aired in 2012, and it is credited with increasing the Korean public’s interest in hip hop.
The format of each season varies, but generally consists of contestants going head to head in a series of challenges until only one rapper remains. The show includes a mixture of rookie and experienced rappers, with the experienced rappers typically serving as “producers,” a role that includes being both mentors and judges.
Show Me The Money Season 1
The first season of SMTM paired seasoned rappers Double K, Verbal Jint, 45RPM, MC Sniper, Miryo, Hoony Hoon, Joosuc, and Garion with rookie rappers. Eun Ji-won, formerly of k-pop group Sechs Kies, hosted the season. Notable contestants included Cheetah, one of the show’s few female rappers, who would later win the first season of SMTM spin-off Unpretty Rapstar. Rookie rapper Loco, under the mentorship of Double K, won the competition and went on to sign with hip hop label AOMG. He later appeared in the show’s fourth season as a producer.
Show Me The Money Season 2
The second season of SMTM split the contestants into two hip hop crews, “Meta Crew,” lead by MC Meta of the group Garion, and “D.O Crew,” lead by Lee Hyun Do, formerly of ’90s hip hop duo Deux. The season’s contestants included several well-known artists, notably LE of girl group EXID, Jucy of girl group EvoL, Mad Clown, and Swings. The winner of the second season was the trio Soul Dive, who competed as members of Meta Crew.
Show Me The Money Season 3
The third season of SMTM saw a number of prominent Korean hip hop figures’ participation. The producers split themselves loosely along the lines of larger Korean hip hop labels, leading to “Team YG,” Team Illionaire,” “Team Brand New Music,” and “Team YDG”. Previous contestant Swings returned as a producer. The season was won by Bobby of iKON, together with his producers Dok2 and The Quiett of Team Illionaire.
Show Me The Money Season 4
Mnet’s fourth season of SMTM features YG judges Jinusean and Tablo, San E and Verbal Jint from Brand New Music, AOMG judges Jay Park and Loco (first season winner came back as a producer), and judges Zico and Paloalto (Hi-Lite Records). Over 7000 contestants auditioned this year with more idol rappers, most notably, Song Min-ho of Winner, and veterans such as Basick and P-Type. Many of the contestants from Season 3 came back as well. The winner of this season was Basick with his producers team San E and Verbal Jint from Brand New Music.
Show Me The Money Season 5
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