G-Dragon, the leader of hip-hop group Big Bang , finally released his solo album written by him. He faced a bit of criticism with some saying his title track sounded like American rapper Flo-Rida’s ‘Right Round’.
He teamed up with his fellow labelmates(Cl and Dara of 2NE1,ncluding Jin Jung, Teddy and KUSH) as well as veteran singer Kim Gun Mo. DEspite the claims his album was number one on the charts!
The album starts off with 소년이여/A Boy. The bell chimes throughout add something to the song that would otherwise be a little obnoxious. The song tells his thoughts and struggles he had to go through as a young boy who started as a YG trainee at the age of 12.G-D you aren’t a singer, so just stick to rapping and let the singers sing for you next time, ok? okay.
Heartbreaker heavily synthed with fun beats and the fun running dance. This was a strong solo track and really showed off his creativity. Breathe may sound innocent , but it’s far from it. I like the beat, but the track is blah to me.
Butterfly (Feat. Jin Jung) has a lazy feel, but is quite sweet. ‘I get butterflies’
Hello feat Dara two words: super cute! Telling guys how to get the girl in the intro. Dara’s voice is total adorableness in this song. Gossip Man (Feat. 김건모) is quite an interesting song due to the lyrics;but Kim Jun Mo’s voice gets annoying and whiny.
Childhood friends, G-dragon and Taeyang, team up for Korean Dream (Feat. 태양). I don’t like all the synth on Taeyang’s voice, but it sounds like they had fun. He referenced SNSD’s song “Gee”, Kyujong’s “Wassup”, as well as 2NE1’s “I Don’t Care” for The Leaders (Feat. Teddy, CL). This is arguably the best song on the album; it had attitude and character, I love it.
She’s Gone (Feat. KUSH) has old school feel with the ‘Oh She’s Gone’ in the background with the layering of KUSH and G-D’s rapping. I like it; it’s different. 1년 정거장/One Year Station has a different sound, but once again, G-D’s singing is less than to be desired.
G-Dragon is an amazing composer and artist. He likes to push the envelope just a little bit and play around with different genre’s. This was a solid solo album from the leader of Big Bang. I rate it 3.5!