Kahi Returns as a Solo Artist with 'It's Me'

Kahi

PLEDIS Entertainment

The original After School leader doesn't disappoint after more than a year away from the K-pop scene.

Kahi, the original leader of K-pop girl group After School, made her return to the music scene. After graduating from the group in September 2012 -- After School is the only K-pop act with a graduation/admission system -- the singer/rapper took her time to craft a follow-up to her underrated ballad-dance hybrid "Come Back You Bad Person." The result comes with "It's Me," another genre concoction with Kahi opting for a funky, tango-influenced electropop single with a side of hip-hop, courtesy of a verse by rising rapper Dumbfoundead.

Eighties synths are sprinkled over piano loops and burlesque-like snaps to back remarkably strong vocals from the K-diva. It's a refreshing aural shift when Dumbfoundead jumps in on the bridge, but it is curious why Kahi would not handle a rap section herself. The 32-year-old stunner proved her MC capabilities many times on After School and her solo material.

The accompanying visual for "It's Me" is split into two parts: Kahi wandering around beautiful Barcelona and the singer joining her backup dancers for intense chorography on an all-white music video set. While the Barcelona shots are nice, Kahi truly shines on set when the energy is kicked up tenfold as she leads the dance troupe. 

Luckily, for those left wanting more by Kahi's choreography, the singer shined an appropriate spotlight on her dance moves for her comeback performance on K-pop chart show "M COUNTDOWN." The former girl group member filmed a special black-and-white performance on a set similar to the video, letting the non-stop choreography be center stage -- as did her impressive set of abs! Fans of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video will surely enjoy when the former girl group member wiggles her hips with a female dancer on both her sides a la Bey.

The K-Pop Hot 100 did not exist when Kahi last promoted as a solo artist. After School has managed two Top 10 hits since her absense. It will be interesting to see how she performs chart-wise after a long hiatus and becoming completely removed from the After School brand.