Jessie drops her first solo EP and we are happy that this is several steps above Ssenunnie. Showing off both her rap and singing skills on this one, Jessi comes with something that not only has cohesion, but shows why so many thought she was robbed on the first season of Unpretty Rapstar.
The fact that she chose Gucci as the single is a mixed bag in terms of first listen impact. Based on the production and the overall vibe of the track are enough to attract listeners and the bouncy-yet-hard-hitting beat are a perfect fit for summer; but there is just something about it that can rub a lot of listeners the wrong way. Our suspicion is that it’s the uneven flow that she presents as some sections are off beat thanks to the production being a little smoother in sections than the pace she spits (or sings in a couple of places). It creates a weird disconnect that builds over the course of the track and becomes hard to ignore.
Luckily, none of the rest of the tracks have this issue.
Another thing that we like is that most of the lyrics are steps above a Ssenunni as well. Except for one line in Spirit Animal where she didn’t try to make the rhyme work, the bars are solid and the punchlines are great. Part of this is likely due to the fact that the vast majority of this EP is in English and it is probably easier to work the puns in her native tongue than in Korean (this is also why Gucci falls a little flat as well). The bilingual choice is a good one and shows her talents as rapper better than a lot of her purely Korean singles have to this point.
On the whole, this is a pretty good EP. Now, more than ever, we are actually looking forward to a Jessi album and are sure that she can support it with few features.
Our favorite tracks are Boing and Arrived. The most skippable track is Gucci.