bad girl gone better/badder?

I’ll never be able to figure out if that girl in the intro is saying better or badder. Someone said it’s supposed to be badder, but it clearly sounds like better, so I’m just lost. (maybe it was on purpose to mess with our minds and get us to relate to how they’re feeling in the song)

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Anyways, Dynamic Duo finally made its return after a year and half and Lucky Numbers is certainly the BAAAM we’ve been waiting.

When I listen to a new song, I usually watch the music video first,  listen to the song by itself, and then read the lyrics together. So I had such a moment when I realized that the BAAAM in the song is not BAAAM the sound effect.

dd1BAAAM = 뱀 (snake) = 꽃뱀 (flower snake)

And flower snake is a reference to a cunning woman who tricks a man to get what she wants. For Dynamic Duo, they take out the flower, so it’s just snake, but at the same time, the song is talking about a woman, who is super good at the game of push and pull, and it’s driving the guy in question absolutely crazy. Also fitting, because the girl hit him so hard in the head that he’s completely crazy despite knowing that she’s completely toying with his mind.

The lyrics are so witty and clever that I burst out laughing just reading them. You can actually hear the desperation in Gaeko and Choiza’s voices as they rap things like,

“You always leave after I pay for the coffee or drinks.
You’re bat/bad girl, the character of controversy.
You always torture my heart with the whip called hope,”
dd3“Like a light dumbbell, you pick me up and put me down.
Your vague attitude confuses me.
Where are you? I reserved movie tickets!”

(Oh how I love the frustration in the lyrics)

They’re so smooth in their actions but the lyrics only talk about how sprung they are.

I was actually talking with a friend about how lately the roles have changed in Kpop and it’s very interesting.

The men have become more emotional (B.A.P, Dynamic Duo) while the women have become overzealous to get the relationship going (HelloVenus, Girls’ Day).  It’s nice to know girls are taking the lead (although it’s not the way I would like to see them – but that’s a blog post for another day) and the men are getting more honest about their feelings instead of having the macho image all the time.

I haven’t heard the entire album in depth, but from the few songs I listened to, there’s a reason why all 13 tracks are taking over the music charts, and when I mean taking over, I mean the songs actually rank from 1 to 13 on music charts.

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On another note, I love how classy Dynamic Duo looks in the music video. Gaeko and Choiza prove that you don’t need bandanas, chains, baggy pants, ie) stereotypical ‘hip-hop’ clothes, to be amazing hip-hop artists. They look so dashing in suits and I love that.

Absolutely swoon-worthy.

SM, why have you kept Henry in hiding?

No, but seriously?
Where did this gem come from?

I’m not the most knowledgeable about Super Junior-M, except that Henry was in there and that he played violin before for Super Junior. I didn’t know if he was a singer or a rapper, but WOW.

I’m so glad that SM chose Henry over all the idols in its company to put out as a solo artist, because, really, Henry is daebak.

To be honest, I didn’t need to watch the entire music video to be convinced that Henry is freaking amazing because he did all that in the first thirty seconds. On a grand piano. In a black tux. With such passion.

But I’m glad I continued, because it seemed to get better.

Not only did the song pick up into something fantastic, he starts to dance and sing, and it’s like instant swoon.

Where did this charisma come from? Where has Henry been?

And why are Taemin and Kyuhyun even in this video?

As much as I adore Taemin and appreciate Kyuhyun, Henry was doing such a great job leading the entire video that I just kind of overlooked their cameo appearances.

Am I fangirling over Henry?
Yes. Absolutely.
How can you not, after you see all of that talent packaged into one person?

This is the best thing SM has done all year.

And this was certainly not something I was expecting out of SM, so what a wonderful breeze of fresh air.

Seriously, Henry.

Dae. Bak.

Tis exciting times in K-Pop

The mix of old and new, as well as Psy who is hot abroad~
Isn’t the music industry so exciting these days?

…as stated by Eric, following Shinhwa’s first general cable win in seven years and against Cho Yong Pil, who returned after a 10-year hiatus from producing music.

Not only are the usual young idol groups with their colorful outfits and flashy dance moves around, but there’s a good mix of all generations of K-Pop.

From LC9, who just made its debut, to Shinhwa, returning with its 11th album, and  finally to Cho Yong Pil, who just celebrated his 45th anniversary.

Right now, in the wide pool of K-Pop, there is so much diversity that it’s absolutely mindblowing. And these times prove that age does not matter – an issue that initially put so much doubt in people.

I mean, who would have thought Shinhwa would be going up against Cho Yong Pil for number one in 2013?

So just like Eric said, it is a very exciting time in K-pop.

And starting fresh,  I begin this blog to remember these exciting times.