Joohoney, rapper of K-Pop group Monsta X, has released his highly anticipated 4th Mixtape, PSYCHE. This release comes about two years after his last mixtape DWTD (Do What They Do).
PSYCHE consists of seven tracks, all of which Joohoney helped compose, arrange, and write lyrics on. This Mixtape is a deeply personal journey that takes the listener through Joohoney’s many different personas; an artist encompassing his own music, as a member of Monsta X, and as the human being Lee Jooheon.
Title track ‘Psyche’ symbolises the success and failure that happens throughout life, and these twists and turns are compared to the psychedelic lights turning on and off. Psyche is often referred to as one’s inner self, the mind, or the deepest thoughts and feelings. This track refers to Joohoney’s attitude toward his future plans, by looking back on what he felt during his past activities, and each path he has taken so far.
Accompanying the mixtape, Joohoney has also released the music video for ‘Smoky’, a rock-based sub-title track that showcases the many diverse sides of his creative process. He not only played the drums on this track, but his emotions behind the lyrics can be heard from start to finish.
“’SMOKY’ is a song that I worked on during one of the toughest times in my life. It talks about me collapsing in the darkness, losing my old-self who was so passionate. It also describes how I was stuck in the smoke, knowing that I have to move forward and trying to reach out to myself who can’t see due to the smoke in front of it. The track is like a story about me in the past, present, and future. It’s a song for myself in the future that will wake myself up in the darkness to step forward,” Joohoney says of the song.