Yankie – Lost in Memories

Release date: February 25, 2011
Label: HIPHOP PLAYA

Tracklist:

  1. Zombie
  2. 디아블로 (Diablo)  – Featuring Akira
  3. Love – Featuring Crucial Star, Paloalto
  4. Polar Bear  – Featuring Unique One [MV]
  5. 한잔에 추억 (Cup Memories) – Featuring Supreme Team, Red Rock
  6. 식상해 (Skit) (Getting Tired)
  7. Happy Birthday (Born-Day) – Featuring BORN KIM
  8. 습관 (Interlude) (Habit)
  9. 몽유병 (Sleepwalking) – Featuring Mellow
  10. 안정제 (Stabilizer)
  11. 심술쟁이 (Hunks) – Featuring 2Wins
  12. Music That Was – Featuring DOK2
  13. Runaway

Stepping out into the spotlight on his own, Yankie of the hip-hop duo TBNY, released his first solo album Lost In Memories. The album boasts an amazing line up of featured artists, high quality production and amazing lyrics.

Yankie steps up to the plate on his own and proves that he’s not just half of a hip-hop act, he’s 100% original all on his own. With tracks like Cup Memories that have a 1930’s Spanish cantina feel, it’s hard to box this album into one style of hip-hop. The collaborations are on par with Epik High and Drunken Tiger, which makes sense because Yankie (and TBNY) are part of The Movement, a collection of hip-hop and rap artists in Korea.

Yankie brings a little fight to the table on Happy Birthday (BORN DAY) making reference to T.O.P. of Big Bang’s single Turn It Up. I like when rappers reference each other and poke fun, it’s like indirect rap battles. On Stabilizer he takes things to a new level mixing industrial, dubstep and hip-hop into a song that blows my mind. Yankie slows down on Runaway in a sound that reminds me of Epik High’s Over. When Yankie sings, “Yankie’s runnin’ away”, I find myself thinking, “Come back!” With a steady flow, great beats, and a variety of styles, this album is not to be missed.

Best Tracks: Stabilizer, Happy Birthday (BORN DAY)

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Preview on Xiami.com | Like it? Buy the album on YesAsia.com

Jenna

Part-time student, full-time media whore, fan of all things Asian.

2 Responses

  1. amy says:

    I can’t listen to hip hop in languages I can’t understand T-T the beats are tight, but it feels really empty when not understanding what they say. That’s my own fault though… I have the same issue with rap/hip-hop in Mandarin.

    • Jenna says:

      @amy, I don’t have that problem. I understand a part of what they say in most of the languages I listen to though, so maybe that’s why it doesn’t bother me. I also look up the lyrics too.

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