I have a huge amount of respect for performers that can sing, dance, rap, what have you, songs that others have written for them. But it goes to a whole different level when the artist is actually composing and producing something either entirely from their own heads or inspired by a beat or snippet of another piece of art. I also adore finding groups of musically inclined folks that are not only doing stuff on their own but have surrounded themselves by a crew of equally but differently talented individuals that work astonishingly well together. It’s like they create their own little artistic communities that provide them an outlet for a vast number of collaborations of varying styles.
This is all a really wordy way of me saying I love when Zico, Crush, Dean, Millic, and Penomeco hang out under the name Fanxy Child. These guys all have tons and tons of stuff they’ve done independently, most of which I enjoy wholeheartedly. But so far, it has gone without exception that I love what they do together just as much, if not more (depending on the artist, as we all know Dean can do almost no wrong in my eyes). Fanxy Child is like an all-star team of Korean hip-hop.
This song, Paradise, from July 2017, is featured on the album Vida by DJ and producer Millic, currently signed to HIGHGRND. It’s a glorious R&B track highlighting the specific talents of each of the members of Fanxy Child, a wide array of hair that is tailor made for me to love (meaning it’s pretty bad), tattoos, granny glasses, suspenders, all of the good things. The backing track seems pretty simple and unobtrusive at first listen, but if you really pay attention, you can hear a lot of layers and interesting texture.
I’m pretty sure the concept of the video is that Millic is a man suffering from multiple personality disorder and eventually can’t take it anymore. He wakes up day after day as himself and then changes into someone else as he goes into the bathroom to wash his face. Eventually, he doesn’t even wake up as himself. They all grow increasingly frustrated with the state of their existence and well, there is a little bit of gun violence at the very end of the video. If you’re sensitive to that, you might want to stop the MV just a smidge early.
Paradise, Millic (ft. Fanxy Child)