Release Date: March 10, 2010
Epilogue is a collection of Epik High’s unreleased songs from the groups discography. It’s also the first album released without their DJ (Tukutz) who is on leave from the group for mandatory military service. Does this mean that the material is just a bunch of lesser b-sides or is it something comparable to their previous works?
Unreleased eh? Well technically everything on this album can be classified as new I guess. Given their track record that isn’t exactly a bad thing. Epilogue doesn’t disappoint with 10 tracks (well 7 not counting the instrumental tracks that bookend this album & Blossom) that are reminders that great Hip-Hop still exists.
You don’t have to understand a word of Korean to enjoy this album. The beats are hot, the rhymes are on point and there is enough English spread throughout the album that you kind of get an idea of what they’re talking about. Standout tracks are the lead single Run, Wordkill and the one all English track, Over.
From what I can gather those 3 tracks share a common theme although I can’t quite clearly figure out what it would be. I can only really base my theory on Over but I’m sure there’s some sort of deeper meaning. Perhaps someone could enlighten me? Even though I may be totally off base, I’m still pleased and overjoyed that they’re not rapping about their shoes, how many women they’ve bedded or the standard lowest common denominator topics that have ruined Hip-Hop.
Overall I have to say this collection so much better than 95% of the what has been considered Hip-Hop for the past few years. If you’re yearning for days when the genre still had some substance I point you in the direction of this album. Don’t let the language barrier stop you, there’s a reason it debuted at #1 on the U.S. iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart. Not bad for a bunch of shelved tracks.
I highly recommend you pick this up and thank me later. =)