Swings #1 Mixtape Volume II

90% solid

Brought

  • strengths in every track
  • Still Not Over
  • Should Just Do It

Not

  • approaching over-produced
  • girlz
Worth The Money: 100%
Originality: 90%
Listenability (as a whole) : 80%

Solid hip-hop album from the Korean master of flow, Jonathan Moon Swings (스윙스).

Tracks on this album that I love, I LOVE. Tracks I’m not such a big fan of, I skip – there’s just too much good shit in here to waste my time.

I often reset my plays on tracks because I tend to listen to favorites over and over. On this album (which may even have been reset), the tracks with five stars have over 45 plays each. I don’t usually play albums by themselves, but add them to zeitgeist lists of “current” music (current for me, anyway). 45 plays is a lot.

Bonus: Korean MP3s include the lyrics. Not, unfortunately, the intro spoken-word parts. I occasionally question their accuracy because of the spelling of English words and questionable spacing, but listen to me being a grammarian on a non-American hip-hop album.

Swings is my favorite artist, and I love his razor-sharp flow – a lot of rappers can hit a beat, but his accuracy is flawless. His albums are becoming more “produced” – and less about the rap, and hopefully that’s a phase, but maybe it’s a function of popularity. I still love his UPGRADE album the most (his first EP), but anything new from Swings is good for me.

Track Listing

Disc I

  1. No Mercy  — ★★★★
  2. 못 이겨 (feat. Gray) [Can Not Win] — ★★★★
  3. The King Is Back II — ★★★★★
  4. My Way (Feat. Lovey) — ★★★
  5. Confessions (Feat. Elo) — ★★★
  6. 야 그냥 해 (Feat. Deepflow)  [Should Just Do It] — ★★★★★
  7. 자신감 과다증 [Confidence Hyperplasia] — ★★★
  8. 갑 [Former] — ★★★★
  9. 답답해 [Riveting] — ★★★
  10. 28살 쯤에 [28 Year Old About To…] — ★★★
  11. 내 몸이 불 타 오르고 있어 19세 버전 [My Body Fire Burns (A 19-year-old Version] — ★★★
  12. 김윤석 [Gimyunseok] — ★★★

Disc II

  1. Fly Back — ★★★
  2. Still Not Over (Feat. Black Nut & 노창)  — ★★★★★
  3. Love Yourself — ★★★
  4. 듣고 있어? [Are You Listening?] — ★★★
  5. 2 Cool 4 School — ★★
  6. 양아치 (Feat. Black Nut & Giriboy) [Thugs] — ★★★★★
  7. 국초세대 [Gukcho 3] — ★★★★★
  8. 엄지 두 개 (Feat. Lovey & Brothersu) [Thumb Two] — ★
  9. 정복 [Conquer] — ★★★★
  10. Hard To Understand (Feat. 노창) — ★★★
  11. Just Let Me Be Me — ★★★
  12. 찢어 (Feat. Black Nut) [Split} — ★★★