There are various feelings that So Ji Sub‘s just released new rap single elicits from me. The track is called “18 Years” and is a So Ji Sub rap ode to his eighteen years in the entertainment industry. The lyrics were self-written to express thoughts and feelings he’s not able able to share during his long tenure as a K-actor and occasional rapper. I really am floored by a reminder of how long So Ji Sub has been in the limelight starting from his modeling days in the mid-90s. His rise to fame actually mirrors his real life BFF Song Seung Heon since both were models for Storm and did then the sitcom Three Guys and Three Girls. I wasn’t totally offended by So Ji Sub’s last rap and hip-hop album but that was likely the Yoo Seung Ho effect since So Ji Sub got his mini-me to star in the title track MV “6 pm” along with Park Shin Hye. His sing effort even prior to that is the one seared into my brain, the so-bad-so-so-bad “Pick Up Line”. Even the song title is bad.
With those two extremes lurking, “18 Years” actually falls somewhere in between. It’s not bad but still comes across as So Ji Sub’s vanity project, i.e. he really likes to rap so he released a rap song that isn’t memorable or necessary in the musical world. It would even merit a second glance but for it coming from popular actor So Ji Sub. The MV is equally inoffensive and unmemorable, part of me thinks he either needs to do something as headdesk worthy of “Pick Up Line” or tap into his acting friends to star in his MV and amp it up that way. Last year So Ji Sub had The Master’s Sun lined up around this time and he usually does one drama a year but this year there is nary a peep out of his agency on any acting project. He was in Taiwan this past weekend for two sold out fan meetings and during the Q&A session he stated that he would only date openly if he was seriously considering marrying the girl. He’s actually someone with very eclectic tastes and personality in real life so I’m not sure what kind of girl will eventually snag So Ji Sub’s heart but when the times comes it’ll definitely be huge news. Continue reading