Brooklyn to South Korea/That’s how we do it.
At this point, if you’re a regular visitor to this site, you shouldn’t be surprised by these collaborations. At this point, a lot of western artists (especially Black and Asian artists) are beginning to see that their Korean counterparts are seeking their input and cosigns in order to reach a wider international audience and, in turn, they are finding new ears for their material. The latest team up comes by way of BewhY and Talib Kweli.
The first thing you will notice about this track is that it is incredibly upbeat. The bright horns at the forefront with a tinkling piano bringing up the background gives this track a simultaneous summer and old school feel. The two rappers give different styles when it comes to their flow and, in a way, that is reflected in the production. There are a lot of small touches here that really shouldn’t work, but they all come together with their desperate elements to make some good ear candy.
The second thing you’ll notice is that, unlike Joey Bada$$ and Tablo or DΞΔN and Eric Bellinger is that BewhY gives us very little English on his verses, giving this a true international feel. We’re pretty sure that BewhY speaks some English (no idea how fluently) and it would have been easy enough for him to tag one of his fellow rappers who does speak fluent English to write him a verse if he felt unsure about it, so doing this is a big risk. We get the gist that the two verses do line up, despite the language gap, but that took a lot of work on both his and Talib Kweli’s part to make that happen and to make a track this fluid.