To tell the truth, I’m don’t follow current music very closely. I mostly listen to music that was popular in the US from the 60s-90s. Still, I have picked up some K-pop favorites from watching variety shows, and I really like Korean rap, as long as it doesn’t dip too far into African American stereotypes.
I ran across 18 years by So Ji Sub and I thought it seemed really personal and compelling. I’ve only ever seen one interview of So Ji Sub, and I remember thinking that he seemed a bit introverted (the kind that can come off as stuck-up if you don’t know better.) I also thought he seemed way more into music than anything else, and that it must be weird to be kinda hip-hop inclined and forced to wear ascots and suits all the time. So Ji Sub has been forced to wear some pretty horrendous things in the name of modeling and acting. I loved The Master’s Sun, where some of those fashion crimes were committed, but at least that was a bit tongue in cheek. Beyond that, I wondered if acting was actually what he wanted to do. (Not that I don’t think he’s good, although I do think he’s better at action/revenge type films than romance.) I don’t usually spend time trying to figure out the inner thoughts of actors, especially ones I don’t really follow, but something about So Ji Sub seemed kinda, I don’t know, restless. This song underlines the feeling I got from the interview.
Anyway, the video sells the story. The song is good, but I think So Ji Sub needs to really focus on what makes his voice good. I think it’s best when he’s rapping fast and the higher timbre of his voice is audible.
This blog has an English translation of the lyrics.