[Review] TAKE OVER – Do Han Se (VICTON)

Do Hanse is nominated for Best Rapper, while Take Over is nominated for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Song in the 2021 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. Support Do Hanse and Take Over by clicking here to vote now.

The second track I am covering from the Best Rap or Hip-Hop song category of the 2021 KPOPREVIEWED Awards belongs to Do Han Se, who is a member from VICTON. News of solo work for Do Han Se was confirmed back in 2020, but he didn’t make his solo debut with TAKE OVER, and his first mini-album, Blaze, until the end of September of this year. Most recently, we saw Do Han Se as part of the latest VICTON release, which was Sweet Travel, a commemorative single celebrating their fifth anniversary as a group.

Two things standout of TAKE OVER for me. Firstly, the instrumental. The clanging instrumentation was just so prominent and exuded a very hypnotic effect, reeling me in. It intrigued and also felt very unique. It was by far the most memorable aspect of the instrumentation. However it was only one part of the instrumental. I also found the bridge to be very interesting, diverting into soothing and atmospheric territory with an elegant piece of music that also felt modern and aesthetic. Definitely a strong contrast to the heavy clangs of the instrumental that featured so prominently. But it somehow works and I find TAKE OVER to be quite cohesive, even though there was clear distinction between each segment of the song. The second element that stands out for me is Do Han Se himself, who added to the hypnotic effect that I already mentioned. There was something with his delivery that kept me captivated. It might have been his charisma, his fast pace in the verses, or the fact that he alone made the song so intense. It could also be the fact that at no point in the song did Do Han Se felt like he was ‘in your face’ about TAKE OVER, which is what I tend to hip-hop songs are like. Regardless, it was hard for me to tear my ears away from the moment I started to appreciate TAKE OVER in all its glory. It also didn’t help that the song’s main hook, Do Han Se’s throaty Take Take Take repetition literally takes over (pun so intended) my head. Overall, TAKE OVER impresses me for being different and mysterious.

His image and concept for this release is so different and unexpected, miles away from the Do Han Se that I remember from VICTON’s releases. The imagery is also so bold and impactful, TAKE OVER‘s music video leaves an impression. I liked how the music video didn’t go with sets, rather a big screen that was showing various effects. It was a minimal approach, but also helped complicate the video at the same time. I also thought the various camera shots, such as the up close shots and the curved camera shots looked quite cool. The video also featured drag queens, which is a fantastic idea. However, I wished their dancing was a bit more dynamic during the second verse to fit well with the song.

Further to the image of this release, I really liked that Do Han Se was not afraid to join forces with the female dancers. It definitely added to the uniqueness of this comeback. The routine was full of attitude and fierce energy. Usually, male and female in KPOP have slightly different routines that blend with one another to create a cohesive performance, or they dance as partners. But here, and on some other rare occasions, everyone share the same routine.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.8/10