After almost 2 weeks, I’m finally back! And boy do I have a lot to catch up on! The past few weeks were absolutely packed with releases and while I eagerly wanted to write about them, my academic life was equally cluttered with assignments and tests at every corner. But now that I have some time up my sleeve, get ready for a number of reviews coming up in rapid succession. To start things off, we’ve got Agust D’s long anticipated mixtape and its lead single Daechwita.
When it comes to Suga’s initial mixtape, I have mixed feelings about it. I loved the singles, especially the self titled Agust D, but the rest of project kind of just blended together. And while I haven’t had the chance to listen to all of ‘D-2’ yet, lead single Daechwita definitely makes a bombastic first impression. BTS have always taken a particular liking to utilising traditional Korean instrumentation in their hype tracks, and Daechwita is no exception, pummelling its listeners with a powerful mix of Eastern instrumentation and trap. And while I definitely prefer one of those elements over the other, the final product feels much more cohesive than I would have expected. Most of this can be attributed to Suga’s incredibly delivery which singlehandedly elevates it above most other recent hip-hop hype tracks. The hook, while repetitive still pulses with unrelenting energy and works well as the tracks centrepiece. The same could be said for the verses, though to a lesser extent.
BBut while I do enjoy the track quite abit, Daechwita feels a minute too long. This might be due to the sheer repetition of the hook or my brain just playing tricks on me but it just keeps on going when I expect it to end. It’s one of the reasons why I think that I won’t really be revisiting it much in the future, although I do enjoy the sheer bombast. I’ve never really been the biggest fan of the trap genre, and thats another reason why Daechwita doesn’t appeal to me as much as it does others. This isn’t the fault of the song in any way, just my personal biases coming in. But that doesn’t change the fact that Daechwita is a strong return for one of K-pop’s strongest and most popular rappers.
Final Rating: 8 / 10