The world of Korean hip-hop can be a wildly uneven one. On one hand you can have unstoppable underground rappers out-rhyming your American faves and rich production influenced by multiple musical genres (much like K-pop is), and on the other you can have generic outdated shit like Yoon Mi Rae’s “Angel” or whatever gaudy, embarrassing clusterfuck G-Dragon has regurgitated after streaming Hot 97 on his Samsung Galaxy.
Thankfully, Gaeko‘s new all-star single “Cheers” (it features Yankie, Beenzino, and the adorable Babylon) does not belong to the latter category.
Like many good K-pop songs, it borrows fragments of Western music but turns it into something bigger, poppier, and more diverse. At one point, my boo Babylon sings about weekend party antics over squelchy “Loyal” synths, before the beat switches to radio-friendly Stargate snares, then to feel-good guitar riffs and handclaps.
It’s a lot of fun.
If you want more of the nation’s new first love, you can check him out in Untouchable’s funky “Clockwork.”
By the way, I just checked Melon, and for some reason “Cheers” is being outsold by the 8-week-old “Angel” and Mad Clown’s boring new single with Goddess Hani in the video.
WTF is wrong with Korea?
Maybe The ROK just isn’t down with the edgy lyrics of “Cheers,” which alludes to picking up an underage girl at a party then driving home drunk with her while the cops follow.
Their loss tbh.