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Agust D – Mixtape (Review)

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Suga from BTS has released his first solo mixtape as Agust D.  The entire set is a lot harder from his normal raps done with BTS — which is a given considering their idol image.  It’s pretty awesome.

[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 1: Intro Dt sugA (Feat. DJ Friz)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D, Pdogg
Scratch – Dj Friz
Recording Engineer – Dj Friz
Mix Engineer – Pdogg @ Dogg Bounce
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

To get you in the mood for the mixtape… the intro is full of various samples from other tracks and scratches via DJ Friz.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 2: Agust D (TITLE)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D
Keyboard Agust D
Synthesizer – Agust D
Gang Vocal – Rap Monster, j-hope, Pdogg, Agust D
Recording Engineer – Pdogg @ Dogg Bounce
Mix Engineer – Yang Ga @ Big Hit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters
* Contain Sample : James Brown – It’s Man’s Man’s Man’s World

 

Building on the elements from the intro, Agust D is the title track from the mixtape.  The track call out to all the haters and says how he’s a rapper with crazy skills.  He definitely doesn’t hide behind his boyband image for this track, just launching into hard hitting rhymes complete with swearing.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 3: give it to me” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D
Keyboard – Agust D
Synthesizer – Agust D
Recording Engineer – Pdogg @ Dogg Bounce
Mix Engineer – Yang Ga @ Big Hit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

The flow of this track sounds like something that could have been on a Show Me The Money episode… I mean technically they all could, but this one really sounds like one of those tracks.  To me the track is like saying to bring in the recognition but if you don’t have anything good to offer, just go away.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 4: Skit” header_color=”#1e73be”]Just a spoken skit in between tracks… my Korean is pretty bad so not gonna try to translate it but it sounds like they’re at an eating place lol.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 5: 치리사일사팔 (724148)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D
Keyboard – Agust D
Synthesizer – Agust D
Recording Engineer – Agust D @ Genius Lab
Mix Engineer – Yang Ga @ Big Hit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

The song seems like a reflection piece where he’s looking back on how he struggled in his school and pre-debut days.  He wanted to do more, be more, but it just didn’t happen.  He recalls when being signed onto Big Hit and how he was envious of some of his classmates that came from rich families (which some made fun of him and doubted him).  But in the end he stuck it out, and with hard work and perserverence he made it to where he is today.  He also calls those people out saying, “you spent all your money on alcohol” and what do you have to show for it… “look at me, I’m on TV” and now they want to call him.  Touche’ Yoongi…[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 6: 140503 새벽에 (140503 at dawn)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D
Recording Engineer – Agust D @ Genius Lab
Mix Engineer – 김보성 @ Big Hit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters
Original Beat : BTS “Rain”

The start of the track really made me laugh… cause I could see him yawning and stretching as the lazy Suga does…

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In a sense the song (which looks like it was written about 2 years ago) was about how he’s put up a wall to not show people how he’s struggling and suffering and wanting to maintain the image of everything being fine.  It’s quite a contrast to the prior songs that just full out is in your face.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 7: 마지막 (The Last)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D, June, Pdogg
Keyboard – Pdogg
Synthesizer – Pdogg
Rhythm Programming – June
Guitar – 정수완
Recording Engineer – Agust D @ Genius Lab, Pdogg @ Dogg Bounce
Mix Engineer – 김보성 @ BigHit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

This one has really nice production value with a deep bass line underlying it.  The song though, is pretty dark.  It’s like he’s coming to face his demons.  It talks about having social anxiety and how he didn’t seem to care about anything to put up walls to maintain a strong image.  The demon of the song was success and how he wanted it more than anything when he was younger.  Now since he’s starting to experience some of it after the hardships, he says, it was because of the suffering the success he earned is even better.  And the ironic part of how I mentioned Show Me The Money earlier… it’s mentioned here about how he didn’t want to be on the show.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 8: Tony Montana (Feat. Yankie)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D, Pdogg, Supreme Boi
Lyrics By: Agust D, Pdogg, Supreme Boi, Yankie
Keyboard – Agust D, Supreme Boi
Synthesizer – Agust D, Pdogg
Recording Engineer – Agust D @ Genius Lab
Mix Engineer – 김보성 @ Big Hit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

Tony Montana is the character from the movie Scarface, which is a symbol of coming up from the bottom.  (See the common theme here?).  Pretty much that’s what the song talks about throughout and how money isn’t everything; family, fans, honor mean more… though money does help.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 9: Interlude: Dream, Reality” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D, Slow Rabbit
Keyboard – Agust D
Synthesizer – Slow Rabbit
Mix Engineer – Yang Ga @ Big Hit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

After several hard hitting songs, then comes a piano interlude.  Nice contrast prior to the last song on the mixtape.  Could have used this as the trailer backing track to preview the mixtape just to throw everyone off.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Track 10: So Far Away (Feat. Suran)” header_color=”#1e73be”]Produced by Agust D, Slow Rabbit
Keyboard – Agust D, Slow Rabbit
Synthesizer – Agust D, Slow Rabbit
Chorus – Jung kook, 수란 (SURAN)
Guitar – 정수완
Recording Engineer – Agust D @ Genius Lab
Pdogg @ Dogg Bounce
정우영 @ Big Hit Studio
Mix Engineer – Yang Ga @ BigHit Studio
Mastering Engineer – Alex DeYoung @ DeYoung Masters

 

If you wanted a more pop accessible song, here’s your best bet!  It actually sounds like it could have been a BTS song except for the lyrical content in some of the versus lol.  The track seems to be about someone that just feels disconnected from the world around him.  He’s alive but not really living… just existing to exist.  If he could just escape it would be great but there are always dreams of hopes and wanting the hardships to go away.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Overall” header_color=”#1e73be”]Overall the mixtape is a a great expression of Agust D (Suga’s) style which really comes through on the tracks.  While a lot of the content is dark, you kinda had a feeling he had those feeling inside.  There aren’t too many pop leaning tracks on the mixtape save the last track, so if hiphop/rap isn’t your thing, you might not like it.  For me, the expressiveness and overall production of the mixtape was impressive and I highly recommend it if you’re a hiphop fan or a BTS fan that just wants to hear what a member would do if they had free reign.
But I really hope we get to see Suga smiling again… the dark depressing lyrics make me feel worried for him, but it’s through difficult times when you get awesome music.

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