With Korean American artists, I spend a lot of time trying to find new ones but always come back to the ones I’ve listened to before. Dumbfoundead is one of the early Hip-hop artists that I became an instant fan. He’s definitely evolved and progressed through each release. We Might Die is his newest, a free mixtape, and shows nothing but an impressive talent that should be more well known and blowing up across the world.
We Might Die features numerous things. For one, there are different producers. This gives the album a variety of instrumentals for Dumbfoundead to flow across, but they all have the ability to come across as cohesive to give the album a complete theme. The other feature is that there are a lot of guests. From KOHH from Japan, Too $hort, and Jay Park; We Might Die brings other talented artists who add a contrasting style. But each song doesn’t follow the same tone. “Murals” starts the album with a slower, plodding beat that allows Dumbfoundead to fill each verse completely.
“Ancestors” also produced by Stereotypes uses a similar slower beat, but Dumbfoundead manipulates his rhythm with razor precision. Then brandUn DeShay-produced “We Might Die” is a mixture of political commentary and finding someone to watch the end of the world with. His lyrics are tight as he focuses on multiple topics. Honestly, it’s amazing to digest Dumbfoundead’s point of view. He’s sharp and focused on making his point. Previously released singles “Safe” and “Harambe” are included, but in my opinion aren’t the strongest tracks, which actually makes me really happy. The songs are excellent, but other songs on We Might Die come across a level or so above these singles.
“Banned In The Motherland” featuring Jay Park, Simon Dominic, and G2 might be the only song that Korean Hip-hop fans will give a try because of who the guests are. Dumbfoundead excels yet again on the track, spitting aggressive verses before Simon D takes over. It’s awesome how easy the song can flow in English or Korean, but you know that the guests on the song are not holding anything back. I think the only disappointing aspect is that there aren’t any more songs. The last track is “Hold Me Down” produced by Getter. It feels like the album has a second act that was about to start.
I have a lot of respect for Dumbfoundead, not just his story and how he’s become a face of Asian Americans in the United States, but how he continually improves. We Might Die is polish perfect. He’s speaking his mind and asking people to listen to his thoughts. As a storyteller, he’s one of the best.