I know I’ve been relatively MIA over the past few months – I’ve been going through a creative block but Jae from Day6 released a new solo song under Eaj and its just an incredible song.
Lyrically wise, its an extremely emotional song – To me it sounds like someone who is struggling with understanding if the person they love even loves them back. The alternating shots of him singing and almost shouting, is like a conversation between partners. The simplistic cinematography really heightens the emotions conveyed in the lyrics.
I honestly wish it was longer. I don’t think I can say much more because it really speaks for itself.
I have posted about Dumbfoundead quite a while ago for a Mellow Monday and I had to squeeze him in. I know some people might argue he isn’t technically in the ‘Korean Hip Hop’ category but oh well.
The whole Foreigner album for me was great, I loved how this album was an exploration towards his Korean heritage. As someone who would be considered an outlier, I thought this album was a great bridge to potential Korean fans.
This song has quite a hypnotic element through the hook and G.Soul’s vocals really add to this song and give it a new dynamic!
I would also suggest checking out his youtube channel and podcast series ‘Fun With Dumb’ aptly named after his ’09 album. Its such a fun and entertaining podcast series with some amazing guests on there, from Jay Park, Wax, Ph-1 to GroovyRoom.
Because I wrote so much about Old Boy Jon, I won’t this time haha. But I really hope you enjoy and check out his other music – he has an insane way of expressing himself and I think you will find something you really love!
My journey to discovering this song was a little backwards. I found this song whilst watching the Korean talent show Dancing High. Team Hoya’s Jisung and YoonJun danced to this as part of their ace performance and I really loved it. I added it to my playlist and went on about my day.
Recently I decided to watch another Korean talent show – sue me, they have really great talent shows over there and their a lot less bland than the drivel we have in the UK. This time I watched School Rapper 2. I really love the concept of this show as it really shows the talent the younger generation harbour, plus I love the mentor choices in this season.
Cue my sudden realisation that the above song was from this season.
I really loved watching their friendship blossom. I love how Haon, completely oblivious to the atmosphere in the room in there first episode, wanted to befriend him. And the fact that Vinxen wanted to produce a song with him after hearing his cypher.
When Vinxen raps about mental health, depression and anxiety without embellishing it, is something to be in awe of because it’s that raw nature that just pulls you to him. Couple that with Haon’s infectious positivity and high energy is just so refreshing.
As you can probably tell I just really love them. And this song. Everything about it to be extremely honest.
I will also link below the amazing dance performance from dancing high where I originally heard this song. Talking about the performance brings me to an entirely new realm of ‘fangirling’ – by far one of the best performances on the show for me.
Definitely check out both videos and really appreciate the pure genius in both.
I will be posting the last few songs tomorrow because I went out yesterday, and by the time I got home I was beyond tired and knew half of what I would write, would make absolutely no sense haha.
Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed the song!
Number 8 in this Mellow Monday! onslaught is this wonderful feel good song by Ph-1.
This is really my morning song, without fail it always makes me smile when I’m getting ready.
The song is very easy on the ears and the beat isn’t too busy to distract you from the lyrics. The pre-chorus really breaks up the flow a bit and the bridge is just great – the fact there is a lyric that literally say ‘little baby with an arrow help a brother. If you got bad aim, just don’t bother‘ really just makes me chuckle. Plus its relatable XD
The music video, even though just a lyric video, is super creative and I always find myself distracted watching it when it comes on!
I really hope you enjoy this song and hopefully aren’t too bored with these posts right now. It’s been really difficult picking songs for these as a lot of then are just really good!
DPR in general as a collective is just a hub. A hub of so much creative talent its actually quite scary. I love that these talented individuals have channeled their talents to create such amazing pieces of work. From music production, visuals to the lyrics themselves. It’s art at its finest.
This song for me is just so damn catchy; the beat from the get go is just hypnotic. I love how DPR Live so seamlessly transitions from Korean to English without it sounding forced.
I wish I could just post all their songs as part of this Top 12 list, but then I wouldn’t be able to share other incredible K HipHop & R&B songs. Its tough choosing but I will add some notable mentions on the last post.
I really hope you enjoy and let me know if I should create a Spotify playlist linking all these songs.
I remember a few years ago, randomly stumbling across Crush in a cover he filmed with Lydia Paek for Pusher Lover Girl and just being mesmerised by his voice and the pureness in it.
After then, I will admit, he did kind of, completely by accident, drop off my radar. That was until I heard his song Oasis with Zico and he has been a firm staple in my playlists – Sorry Crush for spending 2 years completely forgetting about you >.<
But lest we digress, today’s song is None by Crush. The big thing I love about this song is just how easy he makes you feel the lyrics he’s singing, whether you understand them or not, you feel every emotion he literally breathes into this song.
Crush could literally sing a song about peeling potatoes and I’m sure I’d still feel some type of way.
But alas, I won’t vote you much more with my ramblings. I will however be linking his Colors Session below. If you thought his voice was beautiful in the mv, it live is just insane – it’s like he ate his CD for breakfast that day.
This is a relatively new addition to my playlist but its such a great song, a true summer anthem. I love the creative textures in the song and Hwasa’s vocals really compliment the song.
We won’t delve deep in to the lyrics as well, I suggest googling a translation to see what I mean – I try and keep this blog PG13 by just having a smidge of bad language in here. So I think if I describe the lyrics, it may change this rating drastically haha.
I’m in awe at the fact he is literally 3 days older than me and so talented – well, in truth I’m not because apparently the talent gene has been spreading like wildfire in everyone except me. I mean I can’t even blog on time, let alone be trusted with a skill
Even though the video at times can be a bit trippy I hope you enjoy this song!
I can promise you, that this is not the only entry from Dean in my top 12.
Dean for me is just an amazing artist and producer. His vocal range, creativity and personality are just incredible. I also love reading about his journey into music – I love the fact that the route he took wasn’t the clean cut and simple one and his body of work that has seamlessly worked its way into my life is just. Amazing.
I thought I’d put both the original version of the song on this post and the colors session. I honestly believe the above live really just showcases how beautiful his voice is and we should all appreciate him and his pure talent.
I really hope you enjoy this song and look forward to post the next one!
I remember a few years ago randomly stumbling across this song and just being taken by the sound of the song – I know most of you are thinking, well no shit sherlock, all songs have sound. But Crucial stars rap with the juxtaposition against Surim’s vocals is really beautifully pieced together, the gentle nature of the chorus, and the beat change in the last minute really make this song for me.
This song is from his 2012 single Fall and the rest of his discography following this is just as good so I definitely suggest checking it out.
I hope you enjoy the song and I will be posting either tomorrow or Thursday 🙂