Released June 26, 2017
- Don’t Know You
- Dark Clouds feat. Nafla
- Rainin’ With U
- You, Clouds, Rain (feat. Shin Yong Jae)
- Star (Rain Version)
I’ve grown indifferent about music from South Korea. It hasn’t gotten worse per se, but it has been tough for me to find music that sticks. I continue to enjoy the acts I’ve always liked, even if they leave me wanting more. Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places. Last year, I had Kisum in my yearly wrap-up.
The only real exposure I had of Unpretty Rapstar was through Twitter. It never occurred to me that something would come out of that I would be into.
Heize was on another season of the show, and in the No Jam video. This is where I being to hate myself for not realizing it sooner. I went down a YouTube hole of related videos, and I began watching Heize stuff, the more I heard, the more I wanted to hear more. Her collabo on And July with DEAN sealed the deal. There is a rapping songstress doing music like that? I was sleeping. Well, I’m awake now.
You, Clouds, Rain was released earlier this year, and Heize gave me the fresh air I wanted. The opening track, Don’t Know You strikes the right balance between her rapping and singing, and provides that mid-tempo bounce that blends it all together. Question: Why does she treat that bear so mean?
Dark Clouds goes down the jazzy R&B route and I can’t help but nod with how smooth it actually is. Then comes the real beauty of the EP. Rainin’ With You is all piano with the sound of rain which transitions you to the slower, ballad songs. I’ve previous wrote that I’m generally done with ballads. So although there are two of them here, they work on the project. They simultaneously execute on changing weather and mood theme and showcase Heize’s true range and answers any lingering questions on how good she is.
I had no idea that Unpretty Rapstar was going to give me two people I’m into. Well, thank you to Unpretty Rapstar for injecting an energy into music that I needed from South Korea. Sorry to Heize for being late on the train.
You, Clouds, Rain