Who is Korin-G?
Korin-G (also known as Rick Tank) was born Koring Saka in MLNC Hood (Maring Lane, New Checkon) in Imphal. His parents Amoshel Saka (dad) and Darshim Saka (mom) have seen hard times and young Korin has been a witness to all the struggles. Hip Hop and Rap music has played a big impact on his attitude to life. From his childhood days, he had been exposed to the Hip Hop culture through television and song tracks.
Korin-G had been rapping since he was 8. He has been part of Jams with Imphal based bands. The big break came in May 2004 when he joined up a tour of Nagaland with the Bands ‘On the Verge’ (OTV) and ‘Overlap’. He was asked to take up the microphone and managed to impress the crowd almost immediately. Korin remembers this concert as his most memorable concert experience till date. About his first performance, Korin recounts, “It was in Nagaland Kohima, I was with Rav Moore (OTV guitarist) on the stage. I was a bit nervous but I gritted my teeth and start performing. As soon as the crowd heard my rap song, I felt good.”
After the memorable concert in May 5, 2004 in Nagaland, he went back to his home town and started working with OTV. Very soon next year, in June 2005, Korin’s manager Phalwtrim S. organized a concert in Imphal, Manipur at BOAT. The concert was met with an overflowing crowd and Korin was given the much needed boost to start the career in Hip Hop in the most unlikely place called Manipur. Remembering those moments, Korin says “I never imagined my crowd will be so much. It was over flow… I ain’t wanna let all this out of my mind!”
The year 2006 saw the recording of his first album Gangsta Rhyme. The album was recorded at the ‘Shallow River Studios’ at Khuyathong, Imphal. “When we talk about recording I wanna bring back all the past memories again… I mean, working with Dave Ashes, Sunil, Devadutta, Shankar, Chaoba and the whole crew of Shallow River Studios was so awesome. I gained so many things working in Shallow River Studios; every single word I rhyme; every single beat we make. It worked successfully!“.
Korin-G knows that he uses expletives in his lyrics. He informs us that he has been rapping since he was eight years old and has been living the dream. He raps about his life, his struggle and his past. “I rap about my life my way my past.” He has been fortunate that his parents has supported his love for this type of music. “Yeah! my parents and my whole family support me a lots; they support me from the deep of their heart.”
Many artist also have also supported Korin-G. ‘On The Verge’, Alvina, Roukang, Young Jo Z, Jackson C, JJ and “Shalow River Studios’ have supported his music and his foray into this genre. Korin-G still remembers the moment that he shared the stage with OTV and Alvina gonson for the last performance in the June 2005 concert.
“I usually most collaborated with the band called On The Verge. I was on the stage with Alvina G in my concert and my man Roukung (Overlap vocalist). We hit it in the capital of India and we did it unplugged. Everything work out so great. My homey Young Jo Z, Jackson C. and my queen JJ, thanks for being with me in my record.”
"In my album called Gangsta Rhyme, I used a lot of dirty words - words that I shouldn’t use. The meaning of my album is a Dream. Since I was eight(8), I start rapping and I like the black attitude since childhood, so in my album I make an intro like a new MC is born in MLNC hood and my attitude is to act like black, speak like a black and Rhyme like a black. But in my outro I make all things clear. Everything was my dream, Damn!"