Joining the YG Family is ONE, the first male solo act to debut under YG Entertainment in 14 years. ONE, whose real name is Jung Jaewon, officially made his solo debut today with two new tracks, Heyahe & Gettin’ By. For those who don’t remember or know, ONE used to be part of a duo with Samuel Kim, known as 1PUNCH, but they disbanded as soon as they debuted. Samuel was recently seen on Produce 101 Season 2 and will be making his debut next month.
The first song, Heyahe, fits more into the YG domain. It is rooted into the hip-hop and RnB genres more, which has been YG’s thing for the past decade or so. What I personally like about the song is its upbeatness. It gives off a little more energy that way, which makes it sound better. The roughness when he delivers some his lines is pretty damn good. He is also a decent singer and you have his singing parts in the song to prove that. Overall, it is a pretty decent song. Hip-hop is not entirely my thing, but this is still a good song to listen to.
The second song is Gettin’ By and it is much slower song, compared to Heyahe. The hip-hop vibes aren’t that strong in this song, but they still are present to an extent. ONE also does a sing-rap in this song, which sounds great. But overall, I thought the song doesn’t really separate itself from the rest of the songs currently out. The song is more melodic but doesn’t really capture my attention, as much as I want it to. His raspy voice does do wonders to the song, which does appeal to me, but not enough sadly.
When looking at the music videos, I think Gettin’ By is a much better video. The editing was awesome. It has to be one of the best edits I have seen in these videos. An example of what I am talking about is when the girl is swimming, but ONE is sitting in a cafe. The rolling balls in the video serve as a great connection between scenes as well. The video was well suited for the slower but more mellow sound the song featured. That being said, Heyahe isn’t a bad video entirely. It’s a lot darker and in many other ways contrasts with Gettin’ By. The darkness fits the song quite nicely as well and the editing here is also quite good. But it doesn’t amaze me. Instead, the editing helps with the aesthetics of the music video, which turned out really well. But Gettin’ By just manages to nudge ahead with its odd nature, in my opinion.
Knowing YG Entertainment, they are going to slap a dance on these two songs for the stage performances. Hopefully not because I don’t think it is necessary, but I shall update this section once performances are uploaded.
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7.5/10
Song – 7/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 8/10