I have to start this post with a disclaimer: I know nothing about the technicalities that go into making a good rap. All I know is what sounds good to my ears, and what makes me punch the air when I hear a particularly good solo. So, in no particular order, here are my five favorite kpop songs with EXCELLENT raps.
BTS: I’m Fine
The first time I heard about spitting syllables was in reference to Suga/Yoongi’s phenomenal rap skills. He’s in fine form in this song, starting at about 1:50.
AKMU: How People Move
This MV really drew me into the world of AKMU, especially Chan Hyuk’s way with words. My inner linguist loves the combination of sounds he rolls together in his catchy rap, which starts at 2:22.
MONSTA X: Hero
It’s the second rap in this song that delights me–especially the short scream at the end. My kids and I stop everything to scream along. It starts at 3:10.
CRIMINAL MINDS OST: Flying by Flowsik feat. Davichi
I haven’t actually watched Criminal Minds, but I came across this video and absolutely fell in love with the contrast between Flowsik’s deep, soulful rap and Davichi’s pure, soaring vocals.
BIGBANG: Love Song
I came late to the BigBang fandom, but Kmuse finally got me there! I really love the rap in this one (starts at 2:50) for a couple of reasons–I love TOP’s smooth vocals, and I love how G-Dragon uses a breath at the end of some lines as part of the rap.
There you have it, drama fans! Some fine kpop rapping to start off your week. Tell me, are there raps that stand out to you? I’d love to hear about them!
Until next time, I remain–
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi