It feels like rumblings of a second Agust D mixtape have been circulating for years now. In case you didn’t know, Agust D is the name BTS’s Suga has taken for his solo work. His first mixtape dropped in the summer of 2016, and boy has a lot happened since then! It’s fitting, then, that Daechwita (대취타) has a bold, swaggering energy to it. He’s earned the right to be braggadocious, even if I personally find these kind of “I’m the best” hip-hop tracks to be a little tiresome.
Daechwita is not the first idol rap track to feature traditional Korean music as a backbone. It’s a tried-and-true formula, and almost always results in a satisfying instrumental. In this case, the production is particularly robust – booming and in-your-face. The clattering percussion that immediately precedes verse one points toward a very unique rhythmic structure, but Daechwita retreats to a more standard trap-rap beat for much of its running time. The traditional elements are omnipresent, but I think they could have taken even greater precedence. Still, I appreciate the overall approach.
When it comes to mixtapes, I’m probably not the best person to offer a critical review. Hip-hop is not my forte, but I know when a groove hits me. Daechwita’s hook hits hard, and is all the stronger for it. However, I’m not a huge fan of the flow during the verses. Apart from a few diversions here and there (mostly in verse two), the whole thing feels a bit repetitive. From what I can gather, that’s kind of the trend in this generation of hip-hop, but for me it gets old real fast. Still, I suppose it matches the track’s boastful nature. Daechwita will surely pump up a lot of fans, and that’s an energy that many of us need right now.
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