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Roo'Ra

Formed: July 22 1994
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Roo'Ra

Roo'ra ("Rulla") was a South Korean hip hop and dance group founded in 1994. Its name is an abbreviation meaning "Roots of Reggae".

Many of the group's albums were the top selling of their time in South Korea, with their debut album selling over 280,000 copies. They hold the record of first artist to sell one million albums in the dance and hip-hop genre in South Korea. The group also caused significant controversy in 1996 through the discovery of their unattributed sampling of a Japanese track called "Omatsuri Ninja" (Japanese: お祭り忍者) by Ninja directly in their own song "Cheon sang yu ae" (Hanja:天上有愛; Hangul: 천상유애).

This incident raised a heated debate "[...] about the nature of "Korean-ness in popular music" and pushed this pointy but long dormant issue to the forefront in the mid-1990s. The group nearly split in 1996 due to the controversy, but eventually only came to an end in 2001 after the release of a final album.

In 2008, the group was reunited with Lee Sang-min, Go Young-wook, Kim Ji-hyun, and Chae Ri-na to work on an upcoming album. In the middle of the project, Shin Jung-hwan and Go Young-wook formed a temporary duo group, "Roo'ra Man", and released a single, "The Reason Why I Hate Winter" in December 2008. The single was produced by Lee Sang-min. Roo'ra's last album, Again, was released in July 2009 with "Going Going" as the first single.

The group was also an important stepping stone for many Korean pop stars and songwriters.



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