Upstart K-pop nonet Stray Kids are asking big questions with the release of their latest EP I Am Who. Fronted by the single “My Pace,” the album is the act’s third of 2018 and continues to show the rookie boy band’s growth.
With gritty strings and taunting “na-na-na”s opening up the song, “My Pace” is a hip-pop track overflowing with rock instrumentals, exuberant vocals and tinny beats. It keeps Stray Kids’ swaggering style, seen on past singles “Hellevator” and “District 9,” but introduces melodious, bright synths that tone down the intensity a bit as the nonet rap and sing about staying in their lane and going at their own speed. While it’s less aggressive than their prior songs, “My Pace” doesn’t do away with the boisterous nature of Stray Kids and instead offers up an alternate, grungier look at the crew.
In a gritty music video that is partially filmed as if through security-camera footage, the nine members of Stray Kids are seen as ringleaders of wild antics going on by what appear to ostensibly be the "stray" people their music is aimed at. Screen splices are utilized frequently, drawing attention to a specific member as the rest are simultaneously on screen, often serving up their powerful, stomp-filled choreography while wearing cozy looking athleisure looks and jerseys.