Throwback Thursday: Best of Mad Clown
A staple in the genre since his debut in 2008, Mad Clown has taken on many roles throughout his career spanning 11 years. From rapping and producing to songwriting and even utilizing alter egos to push his creative boundaries, Mad Clown seems to have done it all. Though the rapper has shown his talents through endless means, there’s no denying that everything he touches exudes talent and a certain level of wit unmatched by his peers.
“Without You” feat. Hyolyn
2014 saw Mad Clown’s first real bout of success with his song “Without You” featuring Hyolyn. The song about overcoming heartbreak features Mad Clown’s signature biting rap style, offering listeners the perfect mix of encouragement and bitterness. Hyolyn’s smooth voice in the chorus acts as the ideal antithesis to Mad Clown’s staccato rapping, exemplifying the push and pull of heartbreak.
“Fire” feat. Jinsil of Mad Soul Child
Released in 2015 was “Fire” featuring Jinsil of Mad Soul Child. Everything about this song is interesting, from its beat and its brass line to Jinsil’s lilting chorus and Mad Clown’s spitfire. Most intriguing, however, is that each aspect of the song is so incredibly different that it shouldn’t work, but it does. And guess what? It gets better: EXID’s Hani stars in the music video.
“Once Again” with Kim Nayoung
“Descendants of the Sun” is one of the most successful, well-known K-Dramas, and in 2016 Mad Clown was featured on the OST with “Once Again.” The track is a duet with Kim Nayoung, and due to its inclusion on the soundtrack of such an iconic show, this emotional song remains Mad Clown’s most popular.
“Sour Grapes” with San E
2015 brought us the first of several collaborations between Mad Clown and fellow rapper San E, starting things off with “Sour Grapes.” As both artists and people, San E and Mad Clown could not be more different, and yet their musical styles and wit match each other perfectly. “Sour Grapes” is a clever collab that allows both rappers to shine while giving listeners one of the most contagious—and pun-filled—choruses in the K-Hip-Hop industry.