Everybody who reads this site probably already knows how I feel about Block B‘s Zico, as he’s probably the only rapper in an idol group who wouldn’t cause me to keel over in laughter if one of his stans said he has legitimate rapping talent.
His latest mixtape, “Zico On The Block 1.5“, includes the songs “Battle Royal“, “I’ll Treat You Better Next Time“, and “SAM“.
“Battle Royal” has a great sound (or maybe I just really love the piano line), and I think it would fit the standard American hip-hop/r&b hit profile if it had a guest vocalist. Admittedly though, “I’ll Treat You Better Next Time” is the more haunting of the two, which I sort of like for a change of pace.
My favorite though is “SAM”, primarily because it’s the typical “fuck you” type of hip-hop song that I enjoy listening to. Not so much because I can relate to the person or the lyrics specifically, but I can relate to the attitude, which is the same reason I can enjoy gangsta rap but obviously am not a gangster. It’s about how the music makes you feel, and this mixtape succeeds in making me feel good about my claim that’s he on another plane when it comes to idol rappers.