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Seventeen's Hip-Hop Unit Releases 'Trauma' Music Video: Watch

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Seventeen, "Trauma"

Four members of K-pop boy band Seventeen want to tell you all about their “Trauma” in their brand new track. Laid-back hip-hop and trap blend together on their new single, the second in Seventeen’s ongoing Before Al1 project, released on Sunday (Oct. 1).

The follow-up to last month’s “Change-Up,” which featured the three subunit leader’s of the larger Seventeen act, “Trauma” is the work of the group’s four hip hop focused members: S.Coups, Vernon, Wonwoo, and Mingyu. The quartet’s hazy bop “Trauma” is tied together by Mingyu's rough vocals -- despite him typically performing as one of Seventeen’s rappers -- while the overall song is propelled by the remaining trio's emotive raps about their personal struggles.

Vernon, one of the two Korean-Americans in Seventeen, melodically delivers Auto-Tuned rap about dropping out of school to pursue his dreams to be a star: “Basically had no friends," he says in English. S.Coups takes up the song’s pre-chorus, breathily rapping along to a snapping rhythm. Wonwoo similarly stars in a low tone, then builds into his desperate, anxiety-driven verse about his own doubts, and questioning why he is alive.

Paired with a dramatically hued music video directed by Seventeen's frequent collaborators VM Project Architecture, the foursome sing emotively as they appear trapped in rooms that represent the anxieties presented of the songs: Strings dangle from the ceiling as if tying them to the past; stage lights beam down from above; mirrored rooms represent the multitudes of anxieties depicted in the song’s lyrics. All the while, the performers charm the cameras with their soulful tune.

Continuing Seventeen’s shift away from their funkier sound of their first few singles, “Trauma” is the second of four Before Al1 releases that the boy band will drop prior to the release of their upcoming second album.

Watch the music video for “Trauma” below: