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Review: Beenzino Explores A New Sound And Style On His Propulsive New Single 'Break' [AUDIO]

By Jesse Lent | October 13, 2015 03:23 PM EDT


"I want to be myself. I want to be different," sings the 28-year-old South Korean rapper Beenzino in an almost sarcastic voice near the end of his latest single "Break," released on Friday.

These two almost contradictory phrases actually sum up the career of the prolific MC quite well.

Though most rappers stick to the style they're best known for--Eminem's machinegun delivery, Kanye's swagger or Jay Z's monotone boasting--Beenzino mixes his style up on practically every outing, offering up the best suited rhyme for that particular song, time and time again.

Yet, it is also clear he is not following popular trends, label directives or anything other than what sounds good to him.

With a beat that would be more at home in a Cramps song and the odd acid jazz synthesizers dominating the overall mix, "Break" is not at all from you would expect from a hip-hop song, not even in the highly diverse landscape of Korean rap.

A blend of 1960s Blue Note Era organ grooves and modern indie rock (the opening beat bears more than a passing resemblance to the 2011 hit from Los Angeles's own Foster The People "Pumped Up Kicks"), "Break" is a difficult track to nail down to any one genre.

Somehow, this bizarre pairing works, laying the groundwork for Beenzino to unleash a tirade of rapid-fire rhymes that effortlessly float over the song's blues-fueled rhythm. By the time he wanly breaks into song near the song's conclusion, Beenzino has rained down a dizzying amount of lyrics but all that serve to drive home the song's emotional impact.

"Let me be who I am," is another English lyric from "Break."

As anyone who has been following this gifted MC's career knows, Beenzino's going to keep doing that whether we grant him permission or not.

And any true fan wouldn't have it any other way.

Listen to the inventive new single "Break" from prolific South Korea hip-hop artist Beenzino RIGHT HERE

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