I thought of this right when Monsta X debuted a little over five months ago, and the release of their second single reaffirmed me in this. Monsta X have a curious little problem that is holding me back from being able to like them. It’s clear that they’ve been going for a ”hardcore” or ”hiphop” concept ever since debut. And on some level they’ve achieved that. Their choruses are tight, with super great beats and well anchored. In the choruses they definitely achieve what it is I perceive them as going for. But in comparison, the verses are just so weak.
It’s not that the verses are bad per se, it’s just that they have absolutely none of the strength of the choruses. It’s not so that every kpop group that does hiphop style music always keep everything super gangsta and never have a member with a sweeter voice, but I’ve never heard something so divided as this. The only time they really keep some of the hiphop feel in the verses is when one of the rappers (there are at least two, right? Sorry, I don’t know the members.) steps in to do a part.
Thing is, I really want to like Monsta X. Every time I hear the chorus to one of their two singles I’m like ”yeeeeeaaaaaah hit it”, but the verses are just such buzzkills. Especially the chorus in ”Trespass” was flawlessly anchored by who I at least think of as being Jooheon. If it is him; he gives me life.
So, yeah. I see so much potential in Monsta X based on their choruses, but I just don’t know how to fix their verses… It might just be me who has this problem, but it’s really slapped me in the face lately, so I wanted to process it by writing it down.
Do you guys like Monsta X? Do you hear it too? Does it bother you like it does me? How can we fix it?
If you haven’t listened to Monsta X; here are their two singles:
Check them out and tell me if I’m crazy or not.