Tablo needs to re-evaluate the direction he is going and stick to Hip-Hop. Epik High has been on a steady downfall. And it really baffles me given the stance he takes on so many songs about staying true to Hip-Hop and not selling out, then he goes and puts out such generic pop trash.
Pe2ny w/ Tablo and Yankie - Alive - I want more of this Tablo.
Kero One - Keep It Alive! (Jazz Remix) - It has just a nice funky rhythm I can't stop listening to this song.
I'm surprised someone from this forum knows who I'm talking about.
I've only been a fan of Epik High for about six months now, and I personally don't find much wrong with them. Yeah, with songs like Umbrella and One Second, One Minute, they're drifting away from hiphop and leaning more towards pop (reminds me of Home Made Kazoku to be honest; going from upbeat hiphop to this sappy pop stuff. I still like it, but it's not the reason I started listening to them.)
I just think that Epik High is trying to branch out. They still have kickass songs like Breakdown, and personally my favorite song of theirs is One, but yeah, I listen to songs of theirs from 2007 and compare it to their earlier stuff, it's a lot different. But still, in my opinion, their stuff is better lyrically from their fourth and fifth albums, but stylistically, it's a tossup to me.
Edit: I know why my opinion is different. I recently became a fan of theirs, so that's probably why I could care less about their change. But what you said reminds me of my feelings for FLOW and Home Made Kazoku. Both had fast, energetic songs, and I liked almost every single song. FLOW turned into a mix of pop and rock, and while I still like more than half of their new stuff, I still find myself listening to their old stuff more. Same with Home Made Kazoku. 2004-2006 they were my favorite Japanese group, but then in 2007, they started releasing slower crap, and yeah, I still liked it, and then this year, I thought everything they released was "blah."
Yeah, and Tablo needs to stop singing. Him and Micro (HMKU) are rappers who think they can sing. It may give their songs another element, but yeah, they're going into the industry norms instead of staying themselves.
Right now, I'm listening to Seamo's Lupin The Fire.