BILLBOARD revealed on Dec. 22 the chart “20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2016: Critic’s Picks” Even if the Title is K-pop, the critics pick 3 tracks related to K-HipHop and R&B:
- Shut up and Groove
- Eung FreeStyle
- Bermuda Triangle
# 9. Heize & Dean, “Shut Up and Groove”
HEIZE proved to be one of the most versatile female singer-songwriters to emerge into the mainstream this year with this playful R&B piece being the best piece of evidence. With an assist from label mate DEAN and his shadowy croons, Heize gets a chance to showcase multiple sides of her artistry on this infectious single.
#6. Live, Sik-K, Punchnello, Owen Ovadoz, Flowsik, “Eung Freestyle”
Featuring a host of hip-hop greats and exciting new prospects — a.k.a. Live, Sik-K, Punchnello, Owen Ovadoz and Flowsik — “Eung Freestyle” is undeniably one of the most impressive posse cuts of the year. The song became an viral smash without any major label backing or promotional efforts, racking up millions of views on YouTube in the process.
1. Zico, Crush & Dean, “Bermuda Triangle”
While he initially broke out as part of his boy band Block B, Zico has become the go-to rapper/producer for songs that appeal to the masses but still move K-pop to a new place with heavy influences rooted in hip-hop and R&B. “Bermuda Triangle” brought him alongside vocal wunderkinds Crush and Dean for what many expected would have been a dreamy or sexy, harmony-heavy collaboration. Instead, the trio defied expectations for an aggressive, braggadocio release that saw each artist pushing himself into new territory.
Over minimal, ominous beats, Zico sounds more confident than ever while his counterparts to rise the occasion with their dynamic deliveries. There isn’t need for flashy production or blown-out hooks here, but instead the artists themselves bring the entertainment making “Bermuda Triangle” than much more addictive than any hit song this year.
Congrats to Heize, Flowsik, Sik-K, Owen Ovadoz, Punchnello, Live, Dean, Zico an Crush for top the Billboard Best 20 Korean Songs of the Year