I don’t follow rapper B-Free but have been consistently impressed with all that I have heard from him. His full length albums in particular have struck me with their narrative cohesion and attention to detail. He seems to have a knack for atmosphere and his smooth flow overtop doesn’t hurt. With all of these elements combined, B-Free is a quality hip-hop artist and his recent album, Korean Dream, is a testament to this.
Korean Dream is relatively lighter than B-Free’s other albums. It’s less busy, biting, and dark (with a few exceptions, such as tracks “Pray” or “On Fire”). However, the album pulls off this lighter vibe convincingly. It knows what it is and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The result is quite a smooth, enjoyable hip-hop album that is perfect for summer weather.
Korean Dream is mood-driven and emphasizes overall atmosphere more than details or musical story lines. B-Free succeeds in creating these very warm, soulful vibes for the listener to soak in. Many of these atmospheres derive from old-school hip-hop. B-Free raps in a loose, nonchalant way, which slips nicely into the relaxed personality of the album.
However, I do think that Korean Dream is a bit overlong. Almost all of the tracks on the album are four to five minutes in length, with not enough variety to justify their length. Like I said, most of the tracks are mood-led with not much structural development throughout the song, which isn’t a bad thing, but the mood loses its freshness after four or five minutes.
Korean Dream isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s cohesive, polished, and soulful. I like that it doesn’t try too hard and is comfortable with itself. The album never fails in offering solid vibes and will satisfy any hunger for some nice hip-hop.
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