Current Obsession: Mad Clown – Fierce

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More Current Obsession goodness! This week, we’ll be looking at hip-hop artist Mad Clown’s new mini-album “Fierce,” which dropped yesterday and currently dominating the music charts. And when the title track is such an easy listen and a feast for the ears, why wouldn’t you want to keep playing it on repeat for days on end?

Mad Clown (feat. Hyorin of SISTAR) – “견딜만해 (Without You)”

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The Rapper: Mad Clown (Mad C) or Cho Hyun-jin

The Backstory: I’ll admit that despite hearing Mad Clown’s name once in a blue moon, I know little to none about the rapper himself, let alone much about the Korean hip-hop world. There are a few artists I like listening to in this genre (Epik High, Leessang, Swings, Supreme Team, to name a few), but those phases come in and out depending on my mood. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of information on Mad Clown himself, but what I did find revealed that the American-born rapper appeared on the music scene with his 2008 debut album “Luv Sickness.”

Additionally, he also participated in a collaborative mini-album with fellow rapper Crucial Star in 2011 “Mad Clown vs Crucial Star” under his former label Soul Company (which has since been disbanded).  I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to tune into his music because his rapping style is right up my alley. And after listening to this song, he definitely deserves a lot more love from anyone who appreciates hip-hop and music in general.

The Song: So maybe then, it took a collaboration with Hyo-rin of SISTAR for me to finally pay attention. Perhaps some of you remember the other collaborative single back in the fall of 2013 with SISTAR member Soyu in “Stupid in Love,” another great song. And whaddayaknow — SISTAR and Mad Clown are labelmates under Starship Entertainment.

Which probably explains this silly photo of them below:

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The Lyrics: (Korean from Naver Music and English from Kpoplyrics)

402호 빈집 불 꺼졌네 온몸이 터널 같아 허전해
밤은 낮을 걷어내고 비가 내린 것 같지는 않은데 내 눈가 어? 젖었네
똑똑 넌 여기 없는 것 같아 조심스레 현관문 열고 들어간 다음
안쪽에서 문을 잠그네 철컥 너를 떠나 보내는 소리 철컥
니가 나간 추억이란 방 홀로 남아 니 멋대로 어질러놓은 기억들을 난 담아
떠나가는 입장과 떠나 보내는 입장은 항상 달라 둘은 전혀 다른 심장
니가 뭘 알아 너만 편한 거짓말로 날 계속 아프게 하지마
그래 넌 돌아서서 가 사랑했으니까 넌 다치지 않을 만큼만
날 옆에 둔거니까 니가 외롭지 않을 만큼만

견딜만해 지낼만해
어차피 다치지 않을 만큼
사랑했으니까
But I still love you
참을만해 말하지만
자존심 땜에 하지 못한 말
헤어지지 말자
Cuz I still love you
다 거짓말 I’m fine 다 거짓말 I’m fine
Even without you
Even without you

견딜만해 괜찮아 생각보다 견딜만해 내 삶에 니가 없어도
친절하지 못했던 이별의 방식이었지만 걱정 마 견딜만해 난 보기보다
빨랠 돌리다 티비를 켜 잠시 멍 때리다 책상에 앉아 책을 펴 밥을 먹어
니가 빠져버린 내 일상 별로 달라진 건 없어 사랑했거든 넌 다치지 않을 만큼만
나 이별을 똑바로 마주보는 법 몰라서 슬픔 앞에 고슴도치마냥 웅크렸어
아닌 척 정말로 나 노력하고 있지만 숨을 안 쉬는 것 빼곤 별 짓 다해봐도 아퍼
언젠가 사랑을 잃었을 때 다시는 그러지 않겠다 가슴에 아프게 새긴 노랫말
미련을 추하다 여기지 말 것 또 기꺼이 아파하고 마음껏 울을 것

견딜만해 지낼만해
어차피 다치지 않을 만큼
사랑했으니까
But I still love you
참을만해 말하지만
자존심 땜에 하지 못한 말
헤어지지 말자
Cuz I still love you

서로의 마음 각도기처럼 재곤 했던 우린 결국
딱 그만큼의 사랑 딱 그만큼의 집
쉴 곳도 돼주지 못한 채 서로를 가두기 바빴고
보금자리가 돼주기보다 문을 굳게 닫은 창고
추억은 빈집에 갇히고 우린 여기 다신 안 와
한가지 확실한 건 그런 감정 이제는 다신 안 와
잘 지내 내 모든 맘으로 널 그리워해
사랑은 갇히고 난 바깥에서 문을 잠그네 빈집

너 들리니 거기 있니
더 많이 안아주지 못한 나
이기적이던 나 정말 미안해
이별 앞에서 너 앞에서
자존심 땜에 하지 못한 말
헤어지지 말자
Cuz I still love you
다 거짓말 I’m fine 다 거짓말 I’m fine
Even without you
Even without you

 

APT 402, an empty house, the lights are off
My body’s like a tunnel, it feels so empty
Night takes over day and it’s not raining but my eyes are wet
Knock knock, I don’t think you’re here, I carefully open the door and go in
I lock the door, click, the sound of letting you go, click
I’m alone in the room called memories that you left
Taking in all the memories you lay around
The one leaving and the one letting go are always different
Two different hearts
What do you know? Stop hurting me with your comfortable lies
Fine, just go, because I loved you
I put you by my side just until you didn’t hurt
Just until you weren’t lonely

It’s bearable, it’s liveable
Because I loved you just until it didn’t hurt
But I still love you
It’s bearable, that’s what I say
But there are words I couldn’t say because of my pride
Let’s not break up
Cuz I still love you
It’s all a lie, I’m fine, it’s all a lie, I’m fine
Even without you
Even without you

It’s bearable, it’s alright, it’s better than I thought it’d be without you in my life
It wasn’t a nice way to break up but don’t worry, it’s more bearable than it seems
I do the laundry and turn on the TV, I blankly sit at the desk and read a book and eat
You’ve fallen out of my days but nothing’s really changed
I loved you just until you didn’t get hurt
I don’t know how to look at this breakup straight in the eye
So I’m balled up like a porcupine in front of sadness
I’m really trying to pretend to be fine but it hurts
Even after I tried doing everything besides not breathe
Some day, if I ever lose love again, I won’t ever be like this
I engrave these lyrics into my heart
Don’t think that not getting over you is pathetic
I’ll hurt all I want and cry all I want

It’s bearable, it’s liveable
Because I loved you just until it didn’t hurt
But I still love you
It’s bearable, that’s what I say
But there are words I couldn’t say because of my pride
Let’s not break up
Cuz I still love you
It’s all a lie, I’m fine, it’s all a lie, I’m fine
Even without you
Even without you

We used to measure out our hearts like a protractor
In the end, that’s exactly how much love, exactly how much there was
We couldn’t even become resting places for each other
But were busy trapping each other up
Instead of being a nest, we were a tightly shut garage
Memories were trapped in an empty house that we won’t ever visit again
How are you? I miss you with my whole heart
Love is trapped and I’m locking up the empty house from outside

Can you hear me? Are you there?
I’m sorry I couldn’t hug you more
I’m sorry for being so selfish
In front of our breakup, in front of you
But there are words I couldn’t say because of my pride
Let’s not break up
Cuz I still love you
It’s all a lie, I’m fine, it’s all a lie, I’m fine
Even without you
Even without you

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4 thoughts on “Current Obsession: Mad Clown – Fierce

  1. Came here from Twitter! Totally agree, Mad Clown is great but it’s hard finding people who like him as much as I do. I love him. His first album Anything Goes (it was the last Soul Company release) is also awesome and you should definitely give it a listen 😀

  2. I have been a great fan of Mad Clown since the song “stupid in love”….after listening to that song I was like- “omg…this is the one”.
    I am so fan of his songs and I always squeal when another album comes.LOL

  3. In vino veritas from anything goes is where I got hooked. The way he raps with such a classy instrumental was so different from all the mainstream electronic like instrumental that it was refreshing to hear.

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