Each Assassin has a fighting style I just go crazy for. Altair has the more stoic and ready for battle style, Ezio’s all stylish and theatrical whenever he’s fighting, Connor’s straight up mauling his opponents, Edward’s a dirty fighter and cheats, Shay’s a cleaner and refined version of Edward’s, and the Fryes have a cartoony way of fighting.
It finally happened. Yoongi dropped his long awaited mixtape and we all dropped whatever we were doing, scrambling to get to Big Hit’s youtube page then rushing over to Soundcloud to listen to the full track list.
As predicted this whole album was fully grown and self exploratory, mixing dark with light, old school hip-hop with deep 808 baselines and pop overtones, even delving into mental illness and the politics of fame.
Shaking off any remaining boy-group stereotypes, killing the boy and showing us the mind of the man he is today. Through the bad, through the good, he poured his heart and soul into every line as we listened openly to the intimate details.
The following is a full track review with ENG SUBS and a mixtape link, please enjoy:
01. INTRO: DT SUGA (FEAT. DJ FRIZZ)
An amalgamation of every aspect of his new sound with the remixed title track backing from Agust D perfectly introducing his new era like a manifesto, wetting our appetite for the legacy he will surely set down as his career progresses.
An original sound demonstrated, a persona stated as fact. Unapologetic, aware, the claiming of a new territory.
02. AGUST D +MV
The now legendary title track whose video is a fiery Marshal Mathers-esque trailer experience attacking us at a turbulent speed. Effortlessly cool and fully grown, we watch a tied up Yoongi attempting to escape the beaten up old trailer facade like a movie anti-hero only to discover that he must ride along with these humble beginnings and get comfortable before he can smash his presence into the world.
The lyrics play into the message of the video as he roasts his own previous mixtape uncomfortable with his early work, and shows his grounding in references to the hometown from which he came up; not before shitting on every single one of his rivals with matters of improving class, climbing the ladder of fame, and the growing awareness of his own skill.
03. GIVE IT TO ME + MV
A fiery continuation of the Agust D MV with a beaten up Yoongi regaining consciousness in the wrecked trailer, scrambling from the vehicle in which his journey began, leaving behind what was, owning what is, standing atop what used to be his prison.
His appearance changes with the demand ‘Give It To Me’ to one of unapologetically jeweled urban style. Only then does he find the strength and power to smash through the facade of the world.
We ride the almost Arabic melody into a cacophony of deep echoing base, metallic vibration, and one of the sexiest beats on the whole mixtape. He breathlessly penetrates our ears with his lyrics of defiance, spitting pure reallness when it comes to his endurance to achieve his ultimate goals of honour, money, and fame.
A heartfelt blink into Yoongi’s family life as we get to overhear a touching conversation taking place between himself and his brother in a restaurant.
05. 치리사일 사팔 (724148)
A slick, edgey, rocky undertone of base guitar with pretty melodies and acoustic drums with a stark 90′s hip-hop style which wouldn’t be out of place in 8 Mile.
His lyrics charting his epic come-up from the days when he was shaded and doubted, up until his final call back from Big Hit Entertainment with the area code 02.
This is archetypal, the stuff of cinematic proportions which we remember when we’re old, the stuff of pure iconography.
06. 140503 At Dawn 새벽어ㅣ
We’re introduced relatably to Yoongi’s tired yawns, immediately logging on to his workroom computer, beginning with a bare stereo beat which gives the frustrating sensation of being held back without blossoming, never reaching its full potential.
It creates the perfect background with which to explore his themes of long hidden social anxiety and searing loneliness, a hard hitter for those of us who have, and still, go through these things every day.
The track finishes with more mouse clicks and low white noise, a mundanity which makes Yoongi’s words all the more powerful.
07. 마지막 THE LAST
One of the most moving tracks Yoongi has ever created, a high stakes pounding beat likened to heavy faltering footsteps, angry and breathless, culminating in an epic orchestral crescendo once again defiant in the face of its own themes. Exploring the deterioration of his own mental health in the throes of his social anxiety and depression fueled self hatred, allowing us to see him as we have never been able: troubled, suffering, doubting.
Going beyond the Min Yoongi we all know and love, bringing us tears and reassurance with his own incredibly human survival story.
08. TONY MONTANA (FEAT. YANKIE)
A dark and spine-tingling exploration of the ego and its pitfalls inspired by the cultural icon and most famous anti-hero of all time, the leading character ‘Scarface’ in The Godfather franchise, embodying the doomed rise from the bottom to the top.
Replete with a deep and dirty 808 base and ringing with funeral like bells fitting for an underground rap battle but with all the style of ghost riding the whip beneath hot palm trees in LA.
09. INTERLUDE: DREAM, REALITY
A stunning almost-instrumental running along with the ghost of our beloved HYYH era over arched by saintly gospel choir chants. The colours of the world and its collective expectations bleed into our minds with its sweet melodies and the prayer like mantra ‘dream’ which seems to be an all encompassing urge rather than a simple statement.
10. SO FAR AWAY (FEAT. 수란 (SURAN))
An uplifting modern day anthem with a steady unrushed beat and effortless electric guitar melodies building to Jackson-esque heights, its dream-like bridges and angelic female vocals can’t help but release an infectious buoyancy.
It is almost impossible not to sway along and visualize oneself freed, atop a snow capped mountain, arms outstretched in the sun.
It embodies Yoongi’s entire message and manifesto brought to completion, it is the gathering together of all his inspiration into one 6 minute time capsule to rest at the edges of our imagination until we need it most.
No matter what we each gained from this mixtape it is clear that even among non-kpoppers Agust D made huge waves, in a generation of meaningless hip-hop focused only on riches and demeaning lyrics, what Yoongi gave us is a psychological odyssey in which he paints himself through his mental anguish and pure heart as the archetypal anti-hero, both a fully blown inspiration and an ongoing cautionary tale of personal growth that he himself is still forging.
He has raised the bar now so high that even Namjoon’s previous mixtape surely cannot stand against it? BTS BEAT will be avidly anticipating more stunning artistry from all our Boy’s, and will be sure to report and fully review any future releases!
I like how the trailer/set-up for the app game “Attack the Light” is like
Gems: Look at this magical Gem thing! Steven: Can I touch it? Pearl: No its too dangerous. If you touch it, all hell will break loose. Amethyst: Naw, it’ll probably be OK if he touches it. Garnet: Yea, it’ll probably be OK, Steven you can touch it Steven: *touches it and all hell breaks loose*
I remember the awe I was in after I beat the Elite 4 for the first time when I was nine years old. I saw the credits and I thought that was it– imagine my surprise when I found out that there was a whole second region– Kanto– for me to explore. My pokemon adventure didn’t end; a whole new one had just begun. Pokemon GSC was two whole regions in one. That experience is something I will never forget, and of all of the pokemon memories I have that is the most impactful.
Iwata was an amazing man, and he is responsible for that memory. When the original cartridge was only going to contain one region, Johto, he said no, recoded everything, condensed the game, and expanded it so it would contain twice as much content. He took the coding of the original Earthbound game and essentially built it from scratch– one of the most iconic RPG games (if not THE most iconic RPG game) and its signature battle style– it’s all thanks to Iwata.
Iwata was a man who cut his own pay in half to keep his employees employed. Sure, going from 2 mil to 1 mil a year may not seem like much of a gesture, but we live in a world where any other company would simply have laid others off. He took one for the team.
Iwata is responsible for my childhood and all of my gaming memories. He is the man that made my life what it is today. Without him I wouldn’t have had the games I’ve grown up with and have grown to love. Without him, some designers would never have been inspired to make their own work. This man is a legend– and his legacy will live on.
Rest in peace, Iwata. I’ll never forget the silly contemplative look you gave the bananas. I’ll never forget the joy and laughter I got from your directs, as well as the smile you always had in your directs. You brightened up my life and brightened up the life of so many others.
Your legacy is legendary and it will live on. Though I never met you, it was an honor to have a small part of your legacy– your games and creations– in my life. Thank you for the memories, thank you for the smiles tears. Thank you for everything.