Every once in a while, there’s a power player that debuts in the K-pop scene that has everyone talking about them, and this week has seen a lot of buzz surrounding JYP Entertainment’s newest boy band, Stray Kids.
On Monday, the nine-member act dropped their first formal EP I am NOT. Featuring seven songs the album is fronted by “District 9.” An alt rock-laden dance track that leans heavily on the bands rappers, the single overflows with forceful charisma. Incorporating wailing sirens and synths, EDM breaks, and a catchy chorus propelled by guitar riffs and propulsive beats, there’s a sense of rebellious energy throughout “District 9” as Stray Kids introduce themselves as the gatherers of “stray kids everywhere all around the world.”
The anthemic song was released with a dystopian-inspired music video that shows the members as white-clad inmates in a dark facility as they plot a jailbreak upon a schoolbus. “District 9” ends with the nonet performing aggressive, punching choreography amid a burning warehouse. Fans on social media were quick to note that, like labelmates TWICE, Stray Kids' feature a school bus in their debut music video.