The set includes a slew of standout guests including Beenzino, Gaeko, WINNER's Mino and iKON's BI and Bobby.
After an extended hiatus since the release of 99 in 2012 that landed them the K-Pop Hot 100 chart-topper "It's Cold," Epik High returned with recharged ambitions on its newest album Shoebox. The arresting LP -- lavish both sonically and lyrically -- dives deep into dark subjects like lament, self-torture, the pain of soured relationship while also including classic rap braggadocio. The combination has made hip-hop heads and music fans happy as it went No. 1 on various music charts in and outside of Korea and is trending towards a high debut on Billboard's World Albums chart and potentially other charts.
One of two lead singles from Shoebox, "Happen Ending" (a witty play on words as the title means "careless ending" in Korean) is a bittersweet, hip-hop ballad about one feeling hopeless and disheartened about love after yet another collapsed relationship. Over the gloomy production, members Tablo and Mithra express passive-aggressive laments while exhibiting their lyrical chemistry. Cho Wan Sun, vocalist of Rollercoaster, vocally highlights the subdued, atmospheric soundscape as she repeatedly doubts herself throughout the track's lyrics: "Am I really in love?/ Or am I dating to break up?" delivered in a blasé tone and flat vocal delivery.
Meanwhile "Spoiler," the record's angst-ridden second lead single, narrates a story of a man predicating the demise of his relationship as if he's watched a movie spoiler.