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4Minute “Is It Poppin?” – Kpop Music Monday

July 9, 2013

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YESSSSS! A 4Minute video! We know a lot of you aren’t voting for 4Minute, because you think we’re gonna trash on em, but that’s not true! Well, not…entirely true! Sure, they suck at using phones and at generally having any self-preservation instinct, but that doesn’t make me like this song any less. Check out 4Minute’s “Is It Poppin” if you haven’t seen it yet:

It’s not as good as WASH YO NEIGH, but it’s not bad, either. It’s just not breathtakingly awesome. It’s just…ok. The verses fall rather flat and leave you yearning for the chorus to come in to save the song, and it does a great job at that. It’s light, airy-fairy, and serves as a decent appetizer, rather than as a main dish. It’s not offensively bad. It’s forgettable, but it’s something to sing along to if heard on the streets.

The video’s not great for the song. Cute and sexy don’t go together for us. Be cute or be sexy. Cuteness isn’t sexy, and mixing the two is uncomfortable, and the video does that a bit too much. The staring at the fire in the club just seems like such a needless, thoughtless addition as well. Why would everyone stop to point at a fire? Who proposed that during the script writing for the video? “Yeah: they’re all gonna dance, it’s gonna be really hot. So hot that the club catches on Fire! And then…everyone will point at the fire” You had me up until the pointing at the fire part. It would have been great if the sprinklers came on right away, instead of making everyone look like dummies waiting for Natural Selection to whisk them away.

And I’m totally confused about the message of the song and how it matches the video. They lyrics are supposed to be about a girl being sad, because her boyfriend neglects her, won’t pick up her calls, and goes out to party without her, and she feels all sad for it. Did any of you get that sense of sadness in the video? At the beginning they look a bit sad when the phone isn’t being picked up, but then the rest of the video is a sexy party. How the eff does that match up? It’s just such a sloppy and lazy and asinine video. This isn’t us trashing on 4Minute. It’s just the concept of the video that’s terrible.

Anyhoodledoodlepoodle, even if the video’s not the best, we’ve felt like there’s been a gap in our hearts with the lack of 4Minute videos on Kpop Music Mondays, and there have been some real goldmines out there (ohh “Ice Cream,” how we mourn for you), so now that they made it into the top 3 we definitely chose them above everyone else. Sorry B.A.P. fans. We like Coffee Shop, but we’ve done just about everything B.A.P. has ever made, and they make videos almost as much as U-Kiss does, which is, like, every 3 days. So, not only did we pick this video to do a Music Monday for, but we’re also giving away 4Minute’s latest CD. You want it? Here’s how we’ll give it to you!

1) Subscribe to us on YouTube: that’s the easy part!
2) Let us know in the comments what you would name their dance. We thought of fart wafting because we’re childish. What do you think?

If you want to leave your answers here rather than on YouTube, make sure to leave your YouTube username as well, so we can make sure you’re subscribed. Yay!

Other than that, we have a few bloopers this week. Spudgy had a bit of a laugh at us after he set up a trap…

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  1. According to some lyrics I’ve read, the incomprehensible English at the beginning is, “Get your big ass on right now.” which kind of makes sense (not as a sentence though), because I remember reading an article about one of the broadcast stations having a problem with the word “ass” in the lyrics, which is nowhere to be found in the rest of the song.

    And as for the contest, I would call it the “This is what you’re missing” dance, cuz yeah, whoever doesn’t pick up the phone for 4Minute is missing out.
    youtube username: homers321

    3 years ago
    • I read it online as “get your big ass home right now” which really fits in with the theme of the song of her boyfriend playing at the clubs while she doesn’t know where he is.

      3 years ago
  2. 2pm?!! vs 4 minute, Really 2PM guise!!!???!!!! that was an AMAZING DANCE, 2pm’s dance, oh the gold that it was.

    3 years ago
  3. Ok I would call their dance the Wiggle and the Wave. They wiggle their butts and wave the magical butt magic away. :)

    3 years ago
  4. Simon, actually, they used to say “get yo big ass on right now”, but they had to cut if off, that’s why that part is so weird

    3 years ago
  5. I cannot believe you guys didn’t comment on the guy wearing a shirt that said ‘Satan’ in the beginning! LOL i was like wtf

    3 years ago
  6. Call that dance a cheek-wink!

    3 years ago
  7. Can anyone explain how “Is it Poppin’?” = “Mul joa?” aka “Do you like water?”

    Don’t get it… is it a common Korean phrase that has some interesting meaning behind it???

    3 years ago
    • Yeah, what ilovesys said, but to make it a bit clearer, a better, looser translation of “mul joa?” would be “How’s the water?” which, as has been said, is slang used by guys to ask other guys before going in/on the phone if the girls in the club are hot or not. At least that’s what I’ve gathered from what I’ve read.

      3 years ago
    • “do you like water?” is apparently a phrase that guys use at clubs to ask whether a girl’s hot or not, in a sort of derogatory way. so i can kindaaaaa see how “is it poppin” would equate to the meaning for “do you like water”

      3 years ago
    • I think I prefer 4minute’s MV… I prefer the song anyway :)

      3 years ago
    • Seems like the Korean title has nothing to do with the English one, just like Dal Shabet’s latest title track. The English title is Be Ambitious, but the Korean one is Look at My Legs XD

      3 years ago
      • Ok, I can see that… but then why ask,”Do you like water?”

        The roof is on fire in the video… does it have something to do with being hot?? lol

        Oooooh…. is it like a pickup line? “You’re so hot…. do you like/want water?”

        3 years ago
        • You got me. The girls are chillin’ in a pool all dolled up to look link a pond during the video, so I guess that’s the tie to the title?

          3 years ago
  8. How did you miss the “SATAN” jerseys?

    3 years ago
    • I think that’s a legitimate name of a hockey player, no?

      3 years ago
      • taa

        yup, he’s Slovak, his name is Šatan actually. but his number is 18 or 81 or something not 13 i think…

        3 years ago
      • Miroslav Šatan is #81 for the Boston Bruins, but on SI and Yahoo! his player id is 666: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/666

        Notice that there is a caron (or haček) on top of the “S” in his name. His last name is pronounced “Sha-TAHN”.

        3 years ago
      • After just finding out that it’s a designer jersey I had the thought “Hopefully GD hasn’t gotten his hands on it.” ….
        With three proven kpop uses (4Minute, Bilasa, and GD) it appears Mr. Brohoho has a new item in stock.

        Facebook link of OG pic: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=620974967928394&set=pb.257507010941860.-2207520000.1373423699.&type=3&theater

        3 years ago
        • When I saw the Satan jersey I immediately thought “GD most likely has or wants to have this jersey.”

          3 years ago
      • Good point! There’s Miroslav Satan from Slovakia, but I don’t think he was ever number 13.

        3 years ago
        • Oh my I have too much free time on my hands. Which was really about 10 minutes :-P Miroslav Satan’s number is 81, I knew about him but didn’t think to look up his number till you mentioned it right now. However I did find where this shirt comes from. It’s from a company called KTZ. Here is the link to the collection http://www.k-t-z.co.uk/seasons/ktz-ss13-men and since it won’t go to the actually picture I’ll attach a screen shot and the back pic is from their facebook.

          I believe this jersey has become a new addition to Mr. BroHoHo’s collection.

          3 years ago
        • Yes! That’s it! And of course GD has one–our favorite fashionisto XD

          3 years ago
    • Lol I’m pretty sure Bilasa’s Jinyoung wore one of those in a couple live performances of ‘What’s Happening?’ and maybe in the MV too. He turned around and I was like WHAT?

      3 years ago
      • I bet the club caught on fire because Bilasa came on the scene and things just started randomly exploding. They’ll probably show a cut of all the behind the scenes heart-devouring carnage in the ‘making of’ clips. ^^

        3 years ago
    • I wonder if those jerseys were used purposely as some kind of pun about the hotness of the club.
      Like, “Yo! Our club is so smoking hot, we got Satan himself partying here.”
      Or I could be reading too much into it, but it gives me a chuckle nonetheless.

      3 years ago
      • Sometime I think designer put these type of things in to see if the local minister that bans all fun will see it.

        3 years ago
  9. Spudgy, “HEHEHAHHHEHEHEAHAHA I pissed there ha haheh ha”

    3 years ago
  10. I paused Lord of the Rings to watch this. Totally worth it!
    P. S. Remember how you said in the Music Monday for “Smoky Girl” that no one drinks lemon juice? My sister does! She thinks it tastes good, for some weird reason.

    3 years ago
  11. actually,hyuna’s part supposed to be ‘get your big ass home right now’ but kbs banned the word os ‘ass’ so cube puts ‘sass’ instead of ass

    3 years ago
  12. So did anyone ever answer at that number since it was ringing (after adding 02)? :) How cool would it have been if they were Nasties??

    3 years ago
  13. Oh 4Minute, I miss your glory days. I got my hopes up with Volume Up, but their latest songs just haven’t been doing it for me. I like the chorus of Is It Poppin, but that’s about it…

    3 years ago
  14. Holy gosh! I don’t know how I put this in italicized font! What did I just do?!

    Anywho, I think this may be my favourite 4Minute song EVAR. I personally could play it almost all day, because for me it is just so upbeat and catchy.

    3 years ago
  15. Ermagerd! Martina is wearing the shirt I sent way back when. Woohoo!!!!! Ok, happy fan spaz attack over, back to watching the video now :D

    3 years ago
  16. honestly Martina, I think the blonde streaks look better as the pink. :) But the pink ones look great too so yeaah!!!
    and thanks for this wonderful butt rubbing kmm :D I enjoyed it very much.

    3 years ago
    • I was thinking this too. The white streaks looked really cool in her hair and I’m kind of sad to see her finish the dye job :/

      3 years ago
  17. youtube username: annyisvip
    i would name it “showing my awesome ass right now” dance XD
    just changed the english in the beginning XD

    3 years ago
  18. Maybe “butt is getting on fire so I will shake it and bite my finger in pain dance”. ok fail martina version is better. :D

    3 years ago
  19. “It would have been great if the sprinklers came on right away, instead of making everyone look like dummies waiting for Natural Selection to whisk them away.” Sentences like this is why I love reading your blog as well as watching your videos.

    3 years ago
    • Hahaha. Glad you liked it. I don’t even notice what I’m writing sometimes until people point it out afterwards. It just…spews from me.

      3 years ago
  20. What did Fangurilla say at the end? I couldn’t understand her demon talk haha
    Martina was so funny in the phone dialing skit hahaha. I loved her voice too XD

    3 years ago
  21. Yes, and now We have TOP and GD Bubble Butt :((

    have you heard about this news guisse???

    3 years ago
  22. I demand a fanguerilla vs. Mordney sketch. I have no idea how it would work or how it would come up, but those are my two favorite characters you guys have come up with XD

    3 years ago
    • I think Fanguerilla needs Ageyo-illa as a cohost :)

      3 years ago
    • Omg yessss.
      Mordney recently (last year) worked with NU’EST so it’s not like he’s solely UKISS’s anymore too.

      3 years ago
    • Fanguerilla vs. Mordney with the Ayyy Gurl guy as the MC. This would be wonderful.

      3 years ago
    • I kinda just want Fangurilla to do a Music Monday entirely on her own. Her own dance tutorial. Her own fangurling segment. Just…let her loose into the wild and see what happens!

      3 years ago
    • And Martina can be that random backup dancer from 4min video with the Satan 13 Jersey… xD Sorry~ I was hoping it would make an appearance in this week’s KMM as a skit between Fangurilla and Satan. xDDDDD

      3 years ago
    • I think it could happen. Simon and Fanguerilla just got into an argument at the end.

      3 years ago
    • Work in TVXQ’s Balloons somehow and the world might explode!! XD

      3 years ago
  23. I love how Simon practices non-violent communication with Fangurilla at the end… It doesn’t work the whole way, but it’s a good beginning! Keep up! ^^

    3 years ago
  24. Lol the TaeMAN ringtone killed me! :)

    3 years ago
  25. Really fun video (yours, that is – 4Minute’s MV… not so much). I love your skits and love how you often pick up on small details we miss, or perhaps don’t think much of until you point it out.

    Thanks for an entertaining KMM!

    3 years ago
  26. What about the cd from Ubeat guysss? Martina your hair looks awesome

    3 years ago
  27. All this randomness between cute and sexy always remember me why I don’t hear girl groups hahahahahaha

    3 years ago
  28. ‘toilet issue’ instead of ‘hot issue’

    3 years ago
  29. The dance sorta reminds me of SISTAR’s original dance for So Cool

    3 years ago
  30. Martina! Your hair looks so pretty!

    3 years ago
  31. can I win the cd .-.?

    3 years ago
  32. Everyone is waiting for B.A.P! *w* I hope they can keep the 1st spot

    3 years ago
  33. oh fangurrila….. possibly my favorite part of kmm….

    3 years ago
  34. Yay for a 4Minute Review! :D Summer time is usually girl group time.

    What happened last week with the KMM though?

    3 years ago
    • We tried something different, and it turned out to be a bigger project than we had anticipated, so we did half of it and put the rest on the backburner. It’ll pop up one day as a random project, once we get around to it :D

      3 years ago
      • Hodor

        3 years ago
      • Ah, ok. For a moment I was worried last week that something terrible had happened to you or one of you got hurt.
        Looking forward to it popping up one day then. :D

        3 years ago
      • please tell me it includes pole dancing

        3 years ago
  35. As a B.A.P fan I’m happy that you didn’t review BAP this time. 4Minute’s song is fun. :D

    3 years ago
    • In my opinion Coffee Shop was a rawsome MV & song(heck, my mom liked the song and video and she generally dislikes Kpop) but didn’t have the makings to be a great KMM. Great song, great video, just not KMMish. 4Minute, however had a more KMMish video.

      3 years ago
    • sorry but what deserve..4niaz ,we try to stop this but again they reviewed… Just another opportunity for them to bash 4Minute

      3 years ago
      • Haha, troll you strike again! :)

        3 years ago
      • Well when S&M review a song I see it as a good thing even if they liked the song or not, or they make fun of them. It’s promotion and there were a lot of songs what I started to like after their review… even if it was positive or had some negative parts. But I think if you think this way KMM is just not for you.

        3 years ago
  36. I’m glad 4Minute got a review because it seems like not a lot of girl groups get reviews. (PS I love Simon’s shirt!)

    3 years ago
  37. I hoped for B.A.P, but another funny KMM x] thanks guys!!! (:

    3 years ago
  38. Isn’t (+)34 Spain? I didn’t understand the “this number is not available” message that wasn’t english

    3 years ago
  39. Hi Simon! Hi Martina! (Hi Spudgy & Meemers…hi Soozee and Leigh^^)
    ….just thought I’d get that in while there aren’t many comments in yet and try my luck XP

    PS Your hair looks super awesome Martina^^

    3 years ago
  40. Hey guys ^^ Love your new hair Martina!

    3 years ago