Wednesday, September 26, 2012

K Jun releases 'Drink in the Morning' featuring Swings

Singer-songwriter K Jun releases 'Drink tin the Morning' featuring Swings.

It's hard to find singers in the hip hop industry lately and if you are a singer, you usually either have a really good company to back you up or you're known through featuring for rappers. The perfect examples of singers who went down these paths? If I can name a few, Junggigo, Soulman, and none other than the protagonist of this article, K Jun would be some.

Unlike Junggigo and Soulman however, K Jun may not be up there with the top players in terms of popularity but he's definitely got experience to back him up as a credible singer. K Jun served as a guide vocal for different celebrities in their respective CM (commercial message) songs in the past; to name a few, he's worked with artists like Psy and Jang Bum Joon of Busker Busker.

It's not just his unique voice that makes him stand out though, as he's composed clever lyrics for his last release, '28 Nom-Ah', a play on the Korean curse word for "fucker." Although I just got to know about him this past year, I went ahead and gave his other releases a listen, eventually really liking 'Haeundae' which has a summer kick to it. But I must say that in comparison to '28 Nom-Ah,' K Jun seems to be playing it too safe with this new release where the style of the two songs seem very similar but in different ways. Not comprehending? While '28 Nom-Ah' seems to be humorous and upbeat with the use of its lyrics, 'Drink in the Morning' is toned down by the beat and slight adjustment with his voice to create a softer feeling. In conclusion however, both songs are sung in the same style which makes me pay less attention to the new release.

All in all, it's not a bad song, but it's also a tiring theme to recycle of artists in the hip hop industry talking about girls and getting drunk till late in the morning. Don't get me wrong, I do end up loving several tracks that go by this theme but it has to be fairly unique and K Jun didn't seem to make himself stand out this time. The guitar riff at the end also seems a bit random and unfitting with the concept of the song but I suppose it brings nice closure to it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, Swings is featured in the track but he doesn't seem to stand out either because it's his same style in rapping copy and pasted right onto the song.

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