Since debuting as a soloist earlier this year, B.I has been quite prolific. It’s amazing what creative freedom and a break from YG’s restrictive release schedule can do for an artist! He’s delivered a breadth of sound I hadn’t expected, and new single Cosmos continues to push his music in new directions. Though hip-hop remains the base for the song, it bounds along a melodic through-line that lends it a light touch.
Funny enough, this is the most “YG-esque” song I’ve heard in a while. The rugged pop rock beat has shades of classic Bigbang, though it’s augmented with a few striking flourishes. I love the backing vocals in the chorus. They’re well-aligned with the sprinkles of synth, giving the track a spacey, choir-like appeal. This approach expands during Cosmos‘ climax, which swells with an alt-rock chant that feels cinematic in the best way.
But even with all these musical treats filling the mix, B.I never loosens his grip on the track. His voice drives every moment, usually perched between rap and singing. He’s not a polished vocalist, but I appreciate the rough-around-the-edges performance. Like former agency-senior G-Dragon, there’s pathos to be found in imperfections, and Cosmos’ verses have a satisfying slurred sound that offsets the ebullient instrumental. Cosmos may not feel like a monumental comeback, but I have a feeling it will age very well. After all he’s been through, it’s gratifying to hear B.I make music on his own terms, unfettered from genre restrictions.