Here’s a little history lesson. On the left is the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson. On the right is the 8th President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung. The two connected because of their belief in world peace and respect for each other’s humanitarian work. This was a photo taken on Kim Dae-jung’s inauguration. Yes, MJ flew out to Seoul for this. It’s incredible how two world-class figures in completely different fields connected for politics, ditto. MJ passed away five years ago on June 25th, while former President Kim passed away less than two months later on August 18, 2009. Whether you liked them or not, you can’t deny one’s achievements as a musician, and the other’s fight against Korea’s military regime, which earned him The Nobel Peace Prize. Real bosses, and real OGs. Though it’s already been five years since their passing, @essenticnyc will continue to tip our hats (fitteds and snapbacks) to these world-class leaders. | #essenticppl | 1998 | #essentic #essenticnyc #michaeljackson #mj #kimdaejung #restinpower

Here’s a little history lesson. On the left is the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson. On the right is the 8th President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung. The two connected because of their belief in world peace and respect for each other’s humanitarian work. This was a photo taken on Kim Dae-jung’s inauguration. Yes, MJ flew out to Seoul for this. It’s incredible how two world-class figures in completely different fields connected for politics, ditto. MJ passed away five years ago on June 25th, while former President Kim passed away less than two months later on August 18, 2009. Whether you liked them or not, you can’t deny one’s achievements as a musician, and the other’s fight against Korea’s military regime, which earned him The Nobel Peace Prize. Real bosses, and real OGs. Though it’s already been five years since their passing, @essenticnyc will continue to tip our hats (fitteds and snapbacks) to these world-class leaders. | #essenticppl | 1998 | #essentic #essenticnyc #michaeljackson #mj #kimdaejung #restinpower

Yuri Kochiyama’s family suffered as a result of the Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. After the War, Yuri and her husband moved to Harlem, New York, where she became an activist, who fought alongside Malcolm X until his death (she was right next to him when he was assassinated). Throughout her life, she continuously fought as a figure against injustice, and served as a mentor to several generations of human rights activists and freedom fighters. She passed on June 1st, 2014, at the age of 93. This photo was taken by our friend @anrizzy, who had the honor of meeting her several years prior. May she rest in power, and her legacy lives on. | #essenticppl | 2010 | #essentic #essenticnyc #yurikochiyama #restinpower

Yuri Kochiyama’s family suffered as a result of the Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. After the War, Yuri and her husband moved to Harlem, New York, where she became an activist, who fought alongside Malcolm X until his death (she was right next to him when he was assassinated). Throughout her life, she continuously fought as a figure against injustice, and served as a mentor to several generations of human rights activists and freedom fighters. She passed on June 1st, 2014, at the age of 93. This photo was taken by our friend @anrizzy, who had the honor of meeting her several years prior. May she rest in power, and her legacy lives on. | #essenticppl | 2010 | #essentic #essenticnyc #yurikochiyama #restinpower

As we proceed to give you what you need. @badrapfilm is in full effect. Find out what you can expect from the film as @awkwafina breaks it down. Please support us by making a contribution (check out the link on our profile). | #essenticppl | 2014.05.20 | #essentic #essenticnyc #film #documentary #indiegogo #asianhiphop #dumbfoundead #awkwafina #lyricks #rekstizzy #theoneshots

Follow @badrapfilm (#badrap) an upcoming feature documentary co-produced by @essenticnyc and @the_oneshots. Starring @dumbfoundead @awkwafina @lyricksva and @rekstizzy, the film details the obstacles and successes of Asian-American rappers, their history, and four friends coming up in the game. Please support us by making a contribution or sharing our page! And check out the fundraiser campaign via @indiegogo. | #essenticppl | 2014.05.15 | #essentic #essenticnyc #film #documentary #indiegogo #asianhiphop #dumbfoundead #awkwafina #lyricks #rekstizzy

Start off your Monday right by liking this photo of @rekstizzy flexing with a hot dog. Check out his great American rap album, Whatever You Say, via iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp. | #essenticppl | Bushwick, Brooklyn | 2014.05.03 | #essentic #essenticnyc #barbecue #hotdog #rekstizzy #whateveryousay #godblessamerica #bushwick #brooklyn

Start off your Monday right by liking this photo of @rekstizzy flexing with a hot dog. Check out his great American rap album, Whatever You Say, via iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp. | #essenticppl | Bushwick, Brooklyn | 2014.05.03 | #essentic #essenticnyc #barbecue #hotdog #rekstizzy #whateveryousay #godblessamerica #bushwick #brooklyn

The big homey @slscp (DJ Soulscape) stopped by New York City for less than 24 hours after making multiple stops below the Mason-Dixon Line, digging through the crates of every record store you could think of. The @360soundsteam head honcho and creator of the popular Sound of Seoul series stays busy with his weekly radio show, collabos with other musicians (@ziont @moodschula), and his Seoul-based record shop Room 360. Be sure to check out his movement and live DJing gig (he’s still strictly vinyl) if you’re ever in Seoul. | #essenticppl | Flushing, Queens | 2014.05.11 | #essentic #essenticnyc #unionstreet #signs #souslcape #360sounds #soundofseoul #flushing #queens

The big homey @slscp (DJ Soulscape) stopped by New York City for less than 24 hours after making multiple stops below the Mason-Dixon Line, digging through the crates of every record store you could think of. The @360soundsteam head honcho and creator of the popular Sound of Seoul series stays busy with his weekly radio show, collabos with other musicians (@ziont @moodschula), and his Seoul-based record shop Room 360. Be sure to check out his movement and live DJing gig (he’s still strictly vinyl) if you’re ever in Seoul. | #essenticppl | Flushing, Queens | 2014.05.11 | #essentic #essenticnyc #unionstreet #signs #souslcape #360sounds #soundofseoul #flushing #queens