So with the announcement of their 8th album, I’ve noticed that quite a few people are bringing back up Epik High’s 7th album 99 into conversation and talking about how much they hope the new album won’t suck as much. Well..I do agree. 99 was certainly different from their past work and I admit I was disappointed at first when it came out. But even so, 99 holds a special place in my heart and I’m gunna tell you why with a little story.
After their hiatus following Tablo’s ridiculous scandal, this was the first album the trio released under the name Epik High. A lot of fans (myself included) had high expectations about this comeback and looked forward to an album that was emotional, deep, and down beat. However, many were disappointed when the group instead came out with a happy upbeat and what seemed like a hastily made album. Because of this, a lot of people left the fandom saying things like, ‘they’ve changed’, ‘Tablo lost his touch’, and ‘Yg turned them into idols’.
Later on, the three were asked during an interview about their sudden change of music style to which Tablo merely replied, “I purposely did exactly what my fans told me not to do.” So then why did Epik High produce something that they knew their fans wouldn’t like?
During the past decade, Epik High was able to gain a lot of popularity in the Korean market, but much of their success came from their darker and more emotional songs. Tablo’s father knew this and was worried about his son constantly making sad music, but refrained from telling Tablo afraid that he might affect his creative process. But after listening to his son’s solo album Fever’s End, he carefully expressed his concern for Tablo’s well being and told him, “if you made brighter music, without a doubt I’m sure it would be successful as well”.
But before Tablo could fulfill his wish, his father suddenly passed away.
In honor of his father, Tablo decided that His next album would only be filled with bright upbeat happy songs.
And thus Epik High’s 7th album was born. And to this day it remains as the group’s happiest, and at the same time, saddest album they ever produced.
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Epik High: Born Hater
[ft: Beenzino, Verbal Jint, Bobby, B.I, Mino]
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