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K-Pop A-Z Review: EXO – Two Moons (ft. Key)

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Two Moons (ft. Key) (from Mama – 2012)

As EXO’s earliest rap song, Two Moons had a precedent to set. To help accomplish that, the track enlisted SHINee’s Key as a counterpoint to Kai, Chanyeol and Sehun. I’m not sure he was needed, as Two Moons is a fun and exciting track on its own. It’s hard to believe that there was a time where idol rap could consist of anything other than trap, but Two Moons proves that you can marry hard-hitting hip-hop to a more experimental, big-budget beat. The instrumental is constantly in flux, skittering here and there with distorted synths and mechanical rhythm. The hook is a little one-note, but gets by on its goofy charm and militant delivery.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8


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