Previously when people mention the word ‘rap songs’, I would imagine young people spitting out many many syllables in one minute in their song. And that they are always angry at something. In a way, always loud and swearing. This is until I listened to Lessang. Specifically Kang Gary’s rap. I took an interest in him because he was my favourite in Running Man. Turns out rap can be soft-spoken? If you know what I mean… it’s like you can rap fast but you don’t have to sound very angry. You can be calm, like Kang Gary and Min Yoongi. *grin*
Many years later, BTS came into my life and I became intrigued by the rap line. I thought it was interesting that each rapper has their own style. It never crossed my mind that they could have different lenggok on how they rap their verse. That there is a technique to rap! At least that is what I heard through the BTS rap subunit – their Cyphers. I couldn’t help loving the non cypher rap-ish song Tear right now. We must also mention Agust D’s Daechwita. There was a comment on Instagram saying that the beats are the same throughout the song and that it was AgustD’s rap and change of tone is what makes the verse seems different. I really need to check it out again although to be honest, I wouldn’t really know the difference.
I bought a book a few months ago entitled BTS : The Review by Youngdae Kim. I am still halfway through the book and for someone who reads mostly science, self help and management books, this is a good change of genre. I highly appreciate the translation work as it allows international fans to understand better Hallyu wave, the rap scene and how BTS is integral to this. I am taking my time to read this book because I am also listening to the tracks awhile appreciating the highlights (mentioned in the book) at the same time. In fact, I have a list on Spotify that I am building up from time to time called Minci’s BTS.
I bought the book from Shopee Malaysia for RM85 and now I am hoping that someone would also sell Suga’s The Merchandise there soon.