Kpop Music Video: Day 19
Bounce by JJ Project under JYP Entertainment
Sometimes I like my Kpop songs to shake it up and be a bit different. I think that’s why I replayed Girl’s Generation’s “I Got a Boy” all during the month of January. Even though it’s not my favorite song, it was something new and different. JJ Project’s song “Bounce” isn’t new and different so much as the song has rap verses with a pop and pop-rock style chorus. It fulfills all these genres and the song flows well from section to section (unlike “I Got a Boy”, which needs lyrical segues to get from one point of view to the next).
JJ project is a two person group which debuted last year. Both members of the group JB and Jr. were cast in the TV drama “Dream High 2”, which is a “Glee” style drama, where all the cast members want to be Kpop idols. Their single “Bounce” is the only single the duo has released, and it was meant to be promotional for the show, however the song did much better than anticipated, reaching 1 million views on Youtube on the second day of release. They then opened for Wonder Girls in their Asia tour.
I’m personally looking forward to a new release by this duo. I like when solo artists or groups with fewer members release songs because then each person gets more screen time and lines. I like the amount of English in this song, and I’m excited to hear how much they can actually say, since singing along to kpop songs is awesome and only impeded with my inability to learn other languages.
Anyway, not a whole ton to talk about, it’s just a feel good song. Have fun and bounce!
Choi Minho is a South Korean pop star singer, rapper, dancer, actor model and MC/radio host. He is best known for being a part of K-Pop boy band SHINee (capitalization is weirdly correct) as the main rapper and for having eyes as deep as a canyon.
For the most part, Minho has always been a part of the whole K-Pop scene and I’ve never really noticed him. He was in both versions of Girls’ Generation’s ‘Gee’ music video and yet I understandably didn’t even notice him because Jessica Jung makes me turn into a drooling idiot he’s not the focus. He has made numerous appearances on Running Man, where he displayed athleticism that was a bit unfair to everyone outside of maybe Jong Kook, but he was also usually featured with other idols as well. I am a big fan of SHINee’s music (‘Lucifer‘ and ‘Sherlock‘…
Kpop Music Video: Day 18
Right Now by PSY under YG Entertainment
PSY, aka Park Jae-sang, is as of 2012, the most famous kpop star in the world. I’m not sure if there’s a person on the planet with sufficient internet connection or a cable TV that evaded “Gangnam Style”. The world’s fascination with Gangnam Style was both exciting and bothersome to many a kpop fan. We, as fans, are always happy when someone shares in our love for the music and culture. However, because PSY’s performance style is very different from other Kpop artists, many Kpop fans are irritated that their favorite artist was not the one to break through into Western Media. Many people excited about Gangnam Style are not excited about their favorite band’s brand of music, and this creates a lot of trolls who will trash a band’s video. These fans are happy for the views on their favorite band’s music video, but aren’t happy about the spam comments and the down votes. Gangnam Style then provides a unified area where angry kpop fans can vent about the trolls found on their page.
This creates a dismissive atmosphere around PSY’s work for 2 reasons. First, Kpop fans have a hipster-esque reaction to the influx of people viewing kpop and move away from PSY’s work since now it’s “mainstream pop”. Second, people who are into pop but not Kpop know nothing more than his one single. I feel that this should be corrected, because PSY is too talented to be treated as a one hit wonder by both the fans of his genre and the new found viewers of his viral video.
I present the video Right Now. Whenever I talk about this video, I introduce it as the precursor to Gangnam Style. The theme is similar to Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO (note that Right Now was released first). A song is played over the radio in a traffic jam and people get a dancing virus. Hilarity ensues, of the fake chest and avocado football variety. If you at all enjoyed Gangnam Style as a song before it was overplayed, you’ll like Right Now. Also, note the way that Psy rhymes his words. Rhyme is both very easy and very hard to do in the Korean language, because formality of speech changes word endings so they match up, however, rhyming multiple syllables is not something easily done. Psy does this all the time. Don’t believe me? Check out his song Champion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTT9MT0rMhU. Count how much internal rhyme he uses in his verses. It’s pretty impressive.
As a Kpop fan or someone just getting introduced to the genre, I won’t judge you for disliking PSY’s music. I just hope that people are honest with themselves and why they dislike PSY instead of bashing PSY because of the exposure that he’s garnered. That’s signs of a narrow minded individual, and in this genre we don’t need any more closed minds.