Victon is slowly proving to be a group of successful soloists. Han Seungwoo carved out a nice career for himself prior to enlistment, and now it’s rapper Do Hanse’s turn. His debut comes in the form of a digital album, with Take Over as the first of two title tracks. Surprisingly, it’s the only song not co-produced by Do Hanse himself (though he did compose the lyrics).
Because of the era I first became interested in K-pop, G-Dragon will always be my archetypal idol rapper. I can’t help but subconsciously have him in mind when listening to material like Take Over. I’m sure I’m not the only one, given his immense shadow over the idol world. There’s definitely a ton of G-Dragon in Take Over’s anarchic energy. Do Hanse has a similarly impish tone, as if he’s sneering every line. I appreciate this style – especially when paired with a good beat.
Breaking from idol rap’s expected sounds, Take Over opts for a thumping dance beat. The frenetic instrumental is the song’s greatest asset, and provides a compelling backdrop for Hanse’s spitfire rap. The production takes a glitchy turn as we head into the central drop, but I wish it would have been paired with a stronger hook. Weirdly, Do Hanse’s performance fades to the background just as it should grab us by the throat. The noisy EDM is thrilling enough to compensate, but this feels like a missed opportunity. Thankfully, Take Over’s unabashed confidence makes even these weaker moments stand out. The song may not be perfect, but I’m heartened to see Do Hanse debut with such a bold voice.