Epik High latest release ‘Based On A True Story’

Hip-Hop trio Epik High has finally returned with the albumEpik High Is Here Part 1 which was released on January 18, 2021. The 10th full-length album comprises 10 tracks and serves as the follow-up to 2019’s sleepless in __________.

The album is a compilation of stories, told through the voices of many collaborators, who in turn add their distinctive flavor to the track. Through a mixture of sadness, anger, loneliness, and every other emotion you may have been feeling for the past 10 months, the album delivers the ultimate message of hope. After all, we are all experiencing the same pain – together. 

Based On a True Story’ is a mellow, R&B, piano-led track featuring Heize. The song is written by Tablo and Mithra, and composed by DJ Tukutz and Tablo

 Flipping a 180 from its co-title ‘Rosario’, ‘Based On a True Story‘ is a soft track, comforting enough to put one to sleep, all in a good way. Heize’s voice, which starts off as a murmur, and is comforting, to say the least. 

At the first glance, the song is about the pain of losing somebody and the heartbreak that comes with it. The more you think about the lyrics, the more you realize that the ‘somebody’ is not limited to a partner or a lover. More people have experienced the emptiness of losing a loved one this past year than should have been necessary. This song visualizes the loneliness and isolation of coming to an empty home or picking your phone to text somebody just to realize they’ll never reply back. 

The lyrics go through the five stages of grief. It starts off with Heize’s confusion, to Tablo’s denial and anger, ultimately ending with Mithra’s acceptance. Through the course of the song, the soft piano melody also changes into a melancholic violin one.

Loss makes me selfish

Extorting others’ feelings to fill my little emptiness

I put in my heart the isolation and loneliness that are not for me

Put it in your heart and mouth and say it’s like my story

I’m scared, actually

I’m afraid I’ll feel what’s all mine, a touch of sulky emotions

I’m afraid that with just one pull, all this thread will be unraveled

‘Based On A True Story’ translated lyrics

The music video is simple and elegant, shot on an old school film camera. The main feature of the video is Heize, who is singing in a gorgeous green field, looking sad and pretty. We also see the trio rapping in the city bathed in red neon lights. 

You may watch the music video of ‘Based On A True Story‘ here :

Epik High (에픽하이) – 내 얘기 같아 (Based On A True Story) ft. HEIZE Official MV

Image/Video Credits: OURS Co.

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