You know you are in the higher echelons of skill when your old throwaway cuts still sound doper than practicallythe rest being released this facet of Kendrick Lamar.
"Always Awake" can have been billed as a "bonus track" on Beenzino's 2012 album "24:26,"but at the side of the cuts "Nike Shoes" and "Aqua Man," it merits its due as one of the mostmaximumingenious music to pop out of South Korea's burgeoning hip-hop scene so far.
Who knows what makes a super rap beat? I without a doubt don't. But if it is luck, uncookedproficiency or his starvation for notoriety as a nearly unknown artist at the time (perhaps some aggregate of all three) the musical highpoints Beenzino creates on "24:26" are striking no longeronly for their sophisticated sophistication, yet too in how pleasing they sound.
Though, as MCs in Korea and somewhere elseend up on a just aboutconsistent basis, even a superb musical rhythm can in no time exist made unlistenable by means of an MC who shouldn't be up for the task. Beenzino does not just deliver, but he brings anythingauthentic to the table. Whether or no longerhe istalking in a language that you realize any true hip-hop head will have to be interested by a go with the flowthis istough to obviously link to one influence.
With a Zen-like balance of a couple of soothing horn strains, a rawly funky drum beat or even reverberated droning vocals distantly placed in the mix, "Always Awake" has the sound of an artist willing to throw anything into a mix, but who also knows when to stop.
Perhaps the anthemic quality of the hook also played into Beenzino's impassioned birthin this lost gem from his breakout full-length release. In case you aretaking a look to convey a musical manifesto, pointing out you're "Always Awake" indeedis not very a bad position to start.
Listen to the 2012 bonus tune "Always Awake" from South Korean rapper Beenzino's vintage album "24:26"RIGHT HERE
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