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Rapper Zico is back as a ‘Grown Ass Kid’ in new EP

  • South Korean rapper and former Block B leader Zico dropped his new EP “Grown Ass Kid,” led by the title track “괴짜 (Freak)” on Wednesday.

  • The album contains five tracks in total, with Zico composing and writing three of them: “Trash Talk” featuring Changmo, “OMZ Freestyle” and “Nocturnal Animals” featuring Zior Park.

  • This is Zico’s first music project since his 2020 EP “Random Box” and viral hit “Any Song.”

  • Zico’s hiatus was reportedly due to a mandatory two-year military conscription, which he completed in April.

  • On Monday, his label KOZ Entertainment issued a statement saying that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and will not appear in any of his scheduled music performances for this week, such as “Inkigayo,” “Mnet Countdown” and “Music Bank.”

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South Korean rapper and producer Zico made his long-awaited return Wednesday with the new EP “Grown Ass Kid” and the title track music video “괴짜 (Freak).”

The artist posted the album’s track list on Instagram on July 13, listing five known tracks and a blank sixth slot. As seen on Spotify, the EP shows five tracks in total: “괴짜 (Freak); the pre-release “Seoul Drift,” which came out on July 19; “Trash Talk” featuring Changmo; “OMZ Freestyle” and “Nocturnal Animals” featuring Zior Park.

Zico wrote, arranged and composed the last three songs of the EP, according to his Instagram post.

 

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On Monday, Zico tested positive for COVID-19, as per an issued statement from his label KOZ Entertainment. 

“Zico tested positive through a self-test kit on the 25th and the results were confirmed through a rapid antigen test on the same day, Zico is currently showing mild symptoms of sore throat and body aches. He is in self-isolation and is being treated at his home,” the statement said.

Although the release of his new EP was not postponed, Zico’s scheduled appearances for this week on music shows such as “Mnet Countdown,” “Music Bank” and “Inkigayo,” have been canceled. 

Over two years prior to “Grown Ass Kid,” Zico released the five-track EP “Random Box,” led by the title track “Summer Hate” featuring Rain. His viral hit “Any Song,” which started a TikTok dance challenge, was also released over two years ago.

 
The artist’s long hiatus was reportedly due to a mandatory two-year military conscription, which he completed in April. 

Zico debuted in the boy group Block B in 2011. He is currently the CEO of his label KOZ Entertainment, which is now a subsidiary of Hybe Corporation.

 

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