South Korea's popular cable music channel Mnet is set Friday to air the first episode of an experimental competition show for high school rappers following its successful adult programs that played a crucial role in boosting the popularity of hip hop and rapping.
The rap battle series involving high school rappers selected through a regional contest will be aired every Friday night as a follow-up to two popular male and female rap competitions "Show Me The Money" and "Unpretty Rapstar".
The popularity of "Show Me The Money" has grown since the first season was aired in 2012. It's credited with increasing South Korea's public attention to hip hop.
The fifth season of "Show Me The Money" held open auditions in Los Angeles for the first time with guest judge Timbaland. It also saw the participation of many popular and well-known artists in the Korean hip hop scene and propelled BewhY, 23, to stardom.
K-hip hop, a subgenre of hip hop music from South Korea, has become a new trend of K-pop and popular at home and abroad. Many Korean hip hop artists have collaborated with K-pop artists.