It’s been a couple of years since Lee Hi last had her own solo release, a puzzling decision from YG Entertainment, considering that her past solo work from 2012-13 had been widely well-received by the public (and this blog).
Thankfully, that’s about to be rectified as it’s being reported that Lee Hi should be making a comeback soon, albeit with the assistance of Tablo’s affiliated production group HIGHGRND, not YG itself.
Apparently, YG’s schedule is so packed that they can’t handle Lee Hi’s comeback right now. HIGHGRND had this to say about the arrangement:
“Since CEO Yang Hyun Suk is so busy nowadays, he worried that he won’t be able to manage Lee Hi’s comeback to the best of his abilities. That’s why he trusted Tablo’s producing skills and left her to him. Tablo accepted his favor without hesitation and is currently under preparation to perfect Lee Hi’s comeback.”
Lee Hi is still a YG artist and she is still under the label but it will be interesting to see what Tablo has in store for the young hitmaker. Hopefully, HIGHGRND doesn’t fiddle with her sound too much because Lee Hi’s bluesy and surprisingly polished vocals don’t need that many bells and whistles to properly shine.
For what it’s worth, Tablo stated earlie this year that he envisioned HIGHGRND as a place that could work with artists from all genres, so there’s no reason to think that Lee Hi will be shoehorned into a style that doesn’t suit her (although she could probably tackle damn near anything she wants, and I won’t say differently until proven otherwise #IBelieveInLeeHi):
Since Epik High is a hip-hop group and I’m a rapper, it’s a given that everyone thinks of the label as being hip-hop. However, it will become a label about all genres. High Ground will be a label with a variety of different musicians.”