"It's more like I made the music that I wanted to make than to focus on trying something new. (…) What is good is good and it is up to the audience to judge. I just do what I want.
That's what August D. – – BTS ’Suga – had to say about D-2 and it was indeed the perfect way to describe his latest mixtape. D-2 is a 10-track album that is a mixtape by Suga for Suga without excuse. The mixtape brings the audience through Suga's innermost fears, his pride, the hidden insecurities and his multifaceted life among all the glamor.
There is no genre that holds the mixtape together, nor is there a single theme for the album. No, in fact, D-2 is almost like putting together random pages from Suga's diary, and that's where its charm lies. An increased extension of Agust D, D-2 from 2016 examines the disorder of existence. Our reality is a mix of contentment, pain, contentment and melancholy, and we often navigate through a mix of coexisting but conflicting emotions. Life is hardly clear in black and white; They are smeared shades of gray, and D-2 is a manifestation of it.
With tracks like "Daechwita" and "What Do You Think?" Ride Suga high on his pride and let his self-confident, tail-like self run free: a rarity for the producer idol rapper.
The title "Daechwita" is a song that is heavily influenced by traditional Korean instruments and contains an infectious chorus of "Daechwita, Daechwita, hey, play it loud, Daechwita". The way Suga calls the syllables at the beginning of the track establishes a continuous rhythm that is carried through the entire song when the instrumentation follows the same bar. Even if Suga switches the flow of his rap, "Daechwita" doesn't look as rough or incoherent.
"Daechwita" is almost an extension of "Agust D". However, where "Agust D" had anger and the need to prove himself ("some say that I got there too easily where I am, fuck you."), Portrays "Daechwita" Suga as a self-confident artist whose only competition is he himself.
A talent show with little shit.
To be honest, I find it damn ridiculous.
I kill you all, no politeness.
You bastard, yes, you, no exception.
I dont do this.
I do not need it.
In the same verse, Suga plays a four-line rhyme that makes the entire verse even more fascinating and resonates the message in your head.
"What do you think?" follows the same pattern and begins with a emphatic repetition of the sentence. As the start verse (including the chorus) continues, the listener begins to ask exactly what Suga is asking for an opinion for and what we could think about it. Then Suga suggests us:
Whatever you think, I'm sorry, but I don't give a damn.
For all of that as "What do you think?" If you continued, you would see that the track is not aimed at fans or the casual listener at all. In fact, it's a harshly polished song that questions the way the Korean music industry works.
In particular, it seems to harm journalists who use the BTS brand for unnecessary problems. From the constant question of whether idol music is still legitimate music, to the constant discussion of BTS's military operations (and the question of liberation), to the generation of fan wars, by the success of a group on the success of BTS is returned: "What do you think?" is a heavy blow to those who work in the industry. Suga states in the clearest way that he "doesn't care at all".
The problem with this track, however, is that the song starts sampling one of Jim Jones Sermon. Jones was a racist religious cult leader in the 1970s and encouraged his followers to commit mass suicides. A majority of his followers who were driven to death by drinking poison were black women and children. Was that a necessary choice, Suga?
D-2 is also a mixtape that reflects growth. Like bandmate RM's latest mixtape, introspection is a central theme of this mixtape, although Suga is less forgiving of the past than RM.
"Burn It" contrasts MAX& # 39; S stable vocals and leisurely vocals with Sugas litany of his rap syllables. The song hard explains Suga's will to burn down his past self with all his "weakness, hatred, disgust and even anger". The intensity with which he wants to burn the past is underlined by the use of electric guitar during the refrain. Suga raps "the sound in it, yeah yeah yeah, burn it, I want it.", The phrase emphasized by the use of clever instruments. The instrumental remains relatively calm throughout the song and only produces a grunge-like, jagged quality during the refrain.
This subject of self-observation is also reproduced in other tracks, but more calmly.
For example, in "Moonlight" Suga questions his own path through a light rap and a chorus in which he sings. The instrumental of "Moonlight" would sound similar Epic high"Eternal Sunshine", and that's because Suga composed it as a sketch for Epik High's song and finally made it a song of its own.
He is Suga's only competitor, but his biggest challenge is himself.
In my head, reality tirelessly struggles with the ideal.
My biggest enemy is anger in me
the most terrible struggle with laziness in me.
Sometimes I get angry with God and ask why he made me live a life like this.
what I do and whether I love music at all.
The first two verses of "Moonlight" do not let the rhymes loose and provide an appealing melody for the listeners. Indeed, “Moonlight” becomes more fascinating because the effortless energy of the instrumental and rap styles is a clear contrast to the difficult and serious tone that the lyrics themselves take on.
The self-examination extends to "Maybe I'll grow up slowly (28)". "28" starts quietly and remains relatively solemn throughout. Still, the delivery of rap and vocals (the functions NiiHWA), paired with relaxed synthesizers, snaps and percussions, makes "28" one of the best songs of the mixtape.
The clear and airy quality of the vocals makes "28" easy on the ears, and Suga's and NiiHWA's vocal harmony produces gentle verses that are just as easy to sing with. “28” comes out as gentle and relaxed, while the track brings an echo of despair and sadness.
Maybe I'm growing up.
I can not remember
What are the things I was hoping for.
Now I am afraid,
Where did the fragments of my dreams go?
Suga is personal in "28", but he delivers a message that many of us can refer to. He expresses the dejection and melancholy that can arise when his dreams begin to lose the shimmering edge of beauty and greatness. It is not uncommon for us to get blurred instead if we get closer to what we wanted. "28" is almost cathartic in the sense that it reminds its listeners that they are not alone. If you don't know that you didn't want it years ago, remember that you are not the only one who feels that way.
In "People" too, Suga scratches the layer of glamor and the person of a celebrity to look at the person he is. Like “Trivia: Love”, “People” plays a similar play on words. Suga plays with the phonetic similarity between the pronunciation of "people" (사람 / "saram"), a slang that means "life" (살아 / "sara"), and "love" (사랑 / "sarang"). Contrary to the frustration and loss that is mentioned in the tracks mentioned above, "People" shows an acceptance for the insecurity of life.
With a combination of prominent synth percussions, soft vocals and relaxed rapping, "People" radiates a calming energy. Through “people,” Suga accepts the ups and downs of life, and more specifically, how people change, regardless of what may happen. Every change flows past. Everything that begins ends.
People change – just like you.
If you live a life in the world, there is nothing that lasts forever.
Everything is just an event that passes.
Consoling “people” with the way they acknowledge the ambiguity of people and life. After all, we don't have much under control.
Similarly, both "Interlude: Set Me Free" and "Honsool" exude the same desire to look for freedom – not for external freedom, but for relinquishing the inner bonds that one has within oneself.
Listening to "Set Me Free" creates a longing to be unrestrained and to recklessly reject your responsibility. The interlude is sparse both lyrically and instrumentally, but with the economy comes the visual language of the open space. The deep timbre of Suga's voice, paired with the sounds of nature and the slow beats of synth and strings give you the feeling of floating in a huge room, liberated and separated.
The idea of flying and being free is repeated in "Honsool". ("Now I feel like I'm flying.") The chorus and post-chorus are performed similarly to "Set Me Free". However, the other verses show a rough rap that has the same point as “people”, but through a different lens.
Oh yes, money, fame, wealth,
Trophies and stadiums:
Sometimes I'm afraid of them.
and would want to run away, mm.
I thought I would celebrate every day if I became a superstar.
but the ideal is to hit reality in the back of the head.
Well it doesn't matter anyway
tomorrow it will come and go again.
Yes, life ebbs and flows, but unlike "people" there is a hint of disappointment at how everything just goes away. His life feels overwhelming to him, but even then everything goes by. This contradiction in feeling so different about the same topic can be confusing, but it's also an accurate illustration of how we can and usually feel colliding emotions in some things.
Although Suga looks at most of the album internally, he also reflects on his external relationships and questions society with his own eyes.
Presentation Kim Jongwan"Dear My Friend" examines a complicated friendship between Suga and a friend he used to have. It is an emotionally charged track that tells the story of two friends who had the same dreams, just to make one wrong decision and end up in prison and the other (Suga) to become famous.
Dear my friend, I am honest with you, I still hate you.
It is raw in the way it bitterly blames success, the inability to save a friend, and the confused feelings about a person who is important to them and which still annoy them. What "Dear My Friend" resonates with is the details in the lyrics and the way Suga illustrates the needs of his friend and himself. There is a feeling of overwhelming darkness when the mixtape ends with this track.
For Strange, Suga works with RM to skillfully examine criticism of wealth, greed, war, capitalism, and society in general. Suga presents one side of the coin:
The one who is not sick in this sick world is treated as a mutant, isn't it strange?
The one who has his eyes open in a world that has his eyes closed, now they blind him, isn't it strange?
The one who wants peace, the one who wants a fight, they are at each end of an ideology, isn't it strange?
Suga would have left it at that in the past. With D-2, however, he has grown and understands that a topic has multiple perspectives. Without watering down his own point of view, he makes RM rap a contrasting point of view:
The one who is not sick in a world and treats it as a mutant is no stranger to me.
The one who has his eyes open in the world that has his eyes closed – the fact that he has his eyes open is stranger to me.
The one who wants peace, the one who wants a fight, they are like word games, they change as easily as turning the palms of their hands.
D-2 is all about the delicacy of contrast and turmoil. "Strange" brings a funny balance to complicated topics to which there is no easy answer.
Suga or Agust D has come a long way in his production, rapping and singing since his first mixtape four years ago. Not only that, he has also shown a lot of personal growth. August D was about grappling with your past and proving yourself, but D-2 was about accepting and feeling good about your complex present and future. D-2 is all about duality: the glory of glory versus ugliness, the freedom that comes with wealth, the freedom that comes with increasing responsibility, the inevitability of change versus discomfort.
With D-2, Suga introduced himself insolently. He didn't follow a certain genre to impress, he didn't rap any kind of impress. Instead, he channeled his emotions in D-2 for a cathartic release for himself. However, this was at the expense of a problematic sample. The mixtape was about figuring out yourself and using it for your growth and music, but what does a Jim Jones sample say about its growth?
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