11 episodes

Korean hip hop star Tablo was at the height of his career when a rumor started spreading on the internet that he was a liar. As a trivial accusation explodes into an international obsession, host Dexter Thomas Jr follows a bizarre conspiracy that asks one fundamental question: are we who we say we are? From VICE and iHeart Podcast Network.

Authentic: The Story Of Tablo iHeartPodcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Korean hip hop star Tablo was at the height of his career when a rumor started spreading on the internet that he was a liar. As a trivial accusation explodes into an international obsession, host Dexter Thomas Jr follows a bizarre conspiracy that asks one fundamental question: are we who we say we are? From VICE and iHeart Podcast Network.

    God-Blo

    God-Blo

    A Korean superstar. A genius rapper. A liar and a cheat. Labels like these have followed Tablo for more than a decade. And now, he’s ready to tell the whole truth, once and for all.

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    • 38 min
    Tajinyo

    Tajinyo

    Parents loved Tablo for his Stanford pedigree and teens for his rebellious attitude. But this dichotomy that made for great TV, would also draw in a new set of haters.

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    • 40 min
    The Sellout

    The Sellout

    Underground Korean hip-hop heads accused Tablo of appealing to the K-pop mainstream. Tablo’s success was a double edged sword that Tajinyo would use against him.

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    • 36 min
    Hell Korea

    Hell Korea

    Why would hundreds of thousands of people join a forum dedicated to finding out if someone lied about their Stanford diploma? There’s history here.

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    • 33 min
    Consequences

    Consequences

    An international hunt leads to a national police investigation. As the truth is finally revealed, the investigation takes an unexpected turn.

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    • 30 min
    Jeong-ui (Justice)

    Jeong-ui (Justice)

    To get closer to why this all happened, we go on a journey to find a Tajinyo leader.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Kat_Kim ,

An almost unbelievable story..

This podcast tells the story of Tablo, an angry internet mob & insight into academic pressures in Korea. As someone who was already familiar with the story, I was so impressed by the research & determination of the producers. They tracked down, interviewed & got responses from so many different sources. The entire story is almost unbelievable.. Also, to hear from Tablo directly.. so raw & emotional.. Wishing him & his family the best 💪🏽💪🏽

Jac the podcast reviewer ,

Interesting story but so many ads

About 20% of the show is ads. Be prepared. Story is interesting tho. I can’t believe Tablo rehashed this story given how deep a scar it left. I really enjoyed the dive into the cultural context that allowed this to happen. I do wish they strayed a little more into those peripheral things.

suuthi ,

informative and thought provoking

really glad this is coming to light in this way as it’s very well produced and presented. a deep dive investigative podcast that looks at multiple angles to truly understand what went on and gives cultural background to help non-korean audiences better understand what happened in ways that articles can’t relay. i really appreciate all the effort that’s gone into this! being a tablo fan certainly doesn’t hurt (i promise it makes your life better) but you don’t have to be in order to listen as it provides enough background.

wishing tablo all the best, always.

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