Review

Buried Treasure: ATEEZ – Good Lil Boy

Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.


ATEEZ’s new album plays more like a collection of outtakes from their previous campaign than the start of something new. It’s not bad, but most of it is unexciting in a way I wouldn’t expect from the group. This comes despite adhering to the same songwriting/producing team that built their incredible sound. While standout Thanxx promises to be bolstered by an impending music video and will receive a full review when that’s released, today I’d like to focus on Good Lil Boy.

Of all Fever’s b-sides, Good Lil Boy stretches ATEEZ’s style in the most interesting direction. That’s due to an injection of drum and bass – a genre the group hasn’t yet explored. Its verses dutifully follow ATEEZ expectations, fusing hard-hitting hip-hop and aggressive percussion. They’re successful in parts, while distracting in others. But, once the song shifts to a more acoustic arrangement for its pre-chorus, Good Lil Boy begins to reveal its charms.

I love the chorus on this track. That drum and bass percussion comes in, underpinning a catchy hook that takes advantage of ATEEZ’s rollicking energy. This climaxes in a punky refrain, and you can practically envision how an imaginary music video might look. Unfortunately, Good Lil Boy’s full potential is undercut by a tempo-shifting second verse, similar to how Inception collapses mid-way through. It’s not enough to completely derail the track, but it does hold it back from becoming a new classic in their discography.

 Hooks 9
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.5

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5 thoughts on “Buried Treasure: ATEEZ – Good Lil Boy

  1. Parts of this remind me of africa by Toto, I don’t know why? Also that chorus is to die for.
    Personally I wasn’t really sure wether I liked Good Lil Boy or To the Beat more. Though over time this song just couldn’t get out of my head and I knew which one I liked more.

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  2. I hope Good Lil Boy will get a new performance video and if it does I hope you’d count it as a title track!
    The rap effects doesn’t bother me , But It would’ve been way better without it and also I love The Ending!
    I’ll give it 9.25 , for now and I hope Thanxx will rate high

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      • I thought I was the only one who noticed this!! Something about this album really doesn’t agree with him… But given how much he’s highlighted in the previous albums, that’s kinda fine for me.

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