Who would've guessed that an EXO member was next in line in the growing pool of Asian artists that are re-shaping Asian music culture across the world?
Kris Wu, a former member of the K-Pop boy band EXO, was truly a gem that was hidden away and waiting to be discovered all along. The music scene is undoubtedly becoming more homogenous in various ways nowadays than ever before. Mainstream culture is being redefined and it has conquered pretty much the entire music scene to a large degree. An artist's character, musical genre, and fanbase were once some of the things that drew underlying boundaries between other artists and groups. But now, we have collaborations everywhere between artists that we would never have expected, notably the upcoming BTS x Steve Aoki x Desiigner collaboration. We have artists like Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and other solo acts who surprise the world by turning what is cheesy and fitting for mere teenage girls into something that can be appreciated by everyone, including by artists of completely different musical vibes. If your music taste includes trap and hip-hop, you'd know all about Travis Scott. The fact that a former K-Pop idol and one of the world's most bad-ass A-list rapper have collaborated says a lot about what is happening within the music scene. It also says a lot about Kris Wu. This is only the beginning for him and things are about to get turnt-up even more for him soon.
Kris Wu released his most recent single 'Deserve' on October 11th, 2017. American hip-hop artist Travis Scott is featured in the song and it has dominated the number one spot on US iTunes Hip-Hop Chart and China's QQ music streaming service upon its release.
'Deserve' is a trap song that lives up to the standards of major hit club bangers in the US. The usual 808 bass hits hard and the metallic plucks that accompany listeners throughout the song hits the right notes to form an addictive and catchy melody as well.
The pair has also performed the single in New York City at 'Up & Down Club' as well. He's been in movies, modeled for upscale fashion labels, and has worked with one of America's best. We can only wait in anticipation now to see what this artist does next.