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B.A.P. – No Mercy: Kpop Music Mondays

July 31, 2012

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Well, this is the most voted for video on our KpopCharts ever! Holy smokes you guise! You destroyed the post with the mass amounts of comments, and just amazed us with your dedication. Haven’t seen the video yet? Check it out here:

Yeah…this is our least favorite B.A.P. song. Not that it’s a bad song, mind you. It’s still something we’re singing out loud, but it didn’t win us over instantly the way Warrior did. We still listen to this song and think it’s cool, but the singing really gets to us sometimes. We want to hear B.A.P. be aggressive and rap. That’s their strongest point, in our opinion, and their rapping sets them apart from other Kpop bands who quite often are really, really bad at rapping. Here, their singing isn’t bad. They’re great singers as well, but, in the context of their rapping, it just doesn’t seem to fit, you know? It’s kind of like Michael Jordan. Greatest basketball player of all time. Ok at baseball as well, but no one wants to see him play baseball, you know? They want to see him on the court, not the field. (By the way, this is sooo tooooootally Martina writing this blog post, if you couldn’t tell by the basketball analogy!)

Anyhow, one part that we were about to include in our video but cut out afterwards: B.A.P. – in our opinion – is the most successful rookie group of the year. Are we wrong here? Three songs, all of them viewed in the millions. Now, you might say “ARE YOU CRAZY?! WHAT ABOUT EXO?!?!” To which we want to respond with a bit of confusion:

EXO only “released” one song this year, even though they put out three music videos. “What is Love” is our favorite song of the year, easily, but it’s not a release from them, right? It’s a prelude song, whatever that is. There’s also the fact that SM’s YouTube channel has a buttload more subscribers to it, and people will view EXO’s videos in the context of Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, and SHINee releases, while B.A.P. is getting lots of views from a smaller YouTube channel. EXO’s been really quiet after releasing “Mama,” while B.A.P. has been regularly releasing songs and videos.
I don’t know. I think that if SM’s marketing wasn’t so confusing, EXO would be our pick for the most successful rookie group. We’re still torn about this, so let us know your thoughts (and please don’t kill us for ours)!

Anyhow, if you like this song more than we did, you can pick it up via iTunes or YesAsia. And, lastly, you can check out our bloopers for this week below! Spudgy is very difficult to work with:

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B.A.P. – No Mercy: Kpop Music Mondays

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  1. OMG Simon didn’t ruin this dance!!!! :O:O:O:O
    I THOUGHT I felt something was missing LOL

    4 years ago
  2. I think it’s good you cut out the part of the “best rookie this year” from the video… might have started a loooooot of fanwars and bashing *shudders* LOL
    (even though I do agree with you. BAP is pretty darn impressive)
    I’m kind of sad you guys didn’t include the fact about the satoori/dialect rap, but totally relieved you mentioned that the random objects are not random objects at all :D
    and the rhinestones LOL I didn’t even see that coming!!
    And Spudgy eating up poor baby zelo~~ kyah xD
    BOOM BOOM CRAP. Simon, I don’t think I’ll ever eat at taco bell again after that joke LOL
    I do hope you check out the other songs from their mini album!!!!! They’re talent and diversity is undeniable (you can’t really tell from their singles, cause they all have that warrior/fight/inyourface feel to them)

    4 years ago
  3. What about Martina’s opinion about Yongguk that you mentioned in the KPopCharts Update??? I’m surprised nothing was about it in this KPMM…
    I guess you got a phonecall from TOP again? ;-)

    4 years ago
  4. Top

    4 years ago
  5. Martine what do you expect the singers to do? xD Should Daehyun and Youngjae start rapping instead? :p But lol it´s your opinion and I respect that. This week KMM was really funny though, but there´s a lot more about the song I wish you could include. It felt like you didn´t do some “research” about the song as why did they include those instruments and why did they made it that way? Actually they described that they wants to experiments and mix differents sounds, that´s why No Mercy isn´t that “love at first sight” cause you have to warm up to it.

    Btw I might feel you´re a little bit biased to Yongguk´s dreamy voice and Zelo´s rapping. Next time maybe you should see it the other way around? Because the rapping is extremely well, but it doesn´t mean the singing doesn´t fit though. At least that´s what I feel. But yeah I just wanted you to be more open to their vocalists too, cause it seems like you underestimate them a bit.

    But yeah anyways, what did you guys mention about Himchan? :o I rofl so hard at the rhinestones toiled papers… ohh sorry :p

    4 years ago
  6. IMHO the falsetto voice is the most beautiful part in this music. It’s underlining the composition that mixed the guitar distortion, string variation, the bass and the traditional percussion. So, the singing part is also combination of the rap (hey, doing rap is also singing!) and the ballad (represented as the falsetto part). But, hey, everyone has different opinion. Thanks for the review, anyway. Groetjes van Netherlands! :)

    4 years ago
    • For me the falsetto is the most beautiful part of the song too, and I like that it´s so B.A.P, cause I can´t really imagine any other singers pull that off other than Daehyun. Not that he´s the best singer, but it´s just that his voice is so unique and the falsetto in No Mercy are just made for him.

      4 years ago
    • groetjes terug haha Cool another person from the netherlands :D

      4 years ago
  7. I am actually one of those BABYs who like No Mercy more than Warrior and Power, bc they seem happier singing it haha
    Also, they look so hawt arrrrrrr
    Their engrish is pure sex and I look forward to more engrish in the future cuz TS loves engrish lololol

    4 years ago
  8. I liked the song, though not as much as I love Power and Warrior. The dance is superbly awesome, I TOTALLY love it, but the MV is….kinda disappointing? Its not bad, but since Power had awesome props and sets for the MV, I was honestly expecting No Mercy MV to be something more than just BAP dancing in oddly lit rooms. >_<

    4 years ago
  9. I, as a b2uty, want to give a big shoutout to all the awesome Babies out there. I saw the comments on No Mercy, and they were super nice. I was really hoping B2ST would win, but I totally commend you on your dedication. I’m also really glad there were no stupid fanwars going on between B2uties and Babies. This is what all kpop battle should be like! Everyone voting up their favorites, not bashing others. You Babies are awesome, now us B2uties gotta work to make B2ST number one now!

    4 years ago
    • Because like me, I was a B2UTY first before I become a BABY, so B2UBAP all the way! :D

      4 years ago
    • i voted for B.A.P, now i will for sure vote for Beast ! ^.^/
      Like it was said, i personally got to know yongguk and heard of him for the first time with ‘i remember’ thanks to b2uties that voted for it. I’m thankful in many ways for that :)
      and i’m glad to read your comment because as i was voting for B.A.P i felt kinda bad for Beast, because i knew it was their comeback for a a long time and B.A.P was already reviewed twice this year, so, that’s cool to know there are no grudge.

      4 years ago
    • Yaaay! Me love friendly and healthy competitions and yes I love B.A.P and BEAST :D But yes I hope my fandom will not be involved in any fanwars in the future cause fanwars is just stupid and immature..=__=

      Also even though I´m a BABY I´ll vote for BEAST for next KMM :D I hope BoA would be reviewed the next week after though, that´s my secret wish :o

      4 years ago
    • I’m pretty sure Babys will help out as well :)
      (Because in the past Yong guk’s “I Remember” got reviewed because of B2uties as well)

      4 years ago
  10. I agree that BAP has done very well, especially having come from a smaller company. But, in my opinion its kind of silly to think they are the most successful rookie group just because they have released more material.

    4 years ago
    • It´s not about the quantity of materials released, but more of the quality they bring in their music with each comeback. So far they hasn´t dissapointed with their new album releases, that´s why people are amazed and giving praises.

      4 years ago
  11. Is it EXO k or EXO m? Cause I would think EXO m is getting most of the views in China, and Simon and Martina have been following EXO k’s endeavors, since, you know, they’re in Korea.

    4 years ago
  12. LOL, you guys are always making my day carry around a bucket full of happiness. By the way are you guys watching the London Olympics in Korea? I’m a Korean too, so I watch it in CA. The time here is not so bad but I heard that the time there is…yikes. So if you will watch the Olympics, I wish you good luck. ^^

    4 years ago
    • Speaking of the Olympics I watched the archery match between the US and South Korea (part of it) and the one guy on Korea’s team was legally blind! I was more than impressed with that.

      4 years ago
      • Oh really? Wow. Earth’s wonders… I am now watching fencing between South Korea and Germany I think. Very close battle. They keep scoring at the same time so it’s very thrilling.

        4 years ago
        • Wah, that’d be so cool to watch (i’m at work :p) Fencing is interesting, I mean people fighting with sort of swords, that is pretty awesome haha.

          But its amazing how much I notice South Korea’s teams in this Olympics. I only learned about kpop last year so I guess they stand out more. Last time I noticed a lot Chinese teams…granted it was held in China. Maybe that’s why. Haha

          4 years ago
  13. I def agree, the first time I heard the song I was taken completely off guard when Daehyun comes in with the vocals after Zelo’s rap. It’s grown on me though, and I think this was a really smart song for their third release. It’s different from Warrior & Power so ppl can stop complaining about them doing the same thing, but it’s not like they did a total 180. It’s still very BAP.

    Also I would def say BAP is the most successful rookie this year for the reason you mentioned. EXO is from SM. BAP is from TS Ent which only has Secret besides them. Given that, their accomplishments are more impressive.

    4 years ago
  14. This is the third No Mercy song of the year… K-pop producers need to be more creative with their titling I’m thinking…

    4 years ago
  15. it took a couple listens for No Mercy to grow on me, so I get it… I love all their songs (esp. goodbye! I hope they release a full MV for it some day, the matokis are so cute!), but nothing has been quite as instantly ear-catching and awesome as Warrior. that song was hands down the best debut I’ve ever seen.

    I respect your opinions about the singing, but disagree. I think the great thing about BAP is that they have really awesome rappers AND really awesome singers, and I love the way their voices compliment eachother. I do think that Himchan and Jongup get short sided though, and if you didn’t have Daehyun and Youngjae’s parts, then there’d be even less for the rest of the group to do… it’d be like Bang and Zelo with especially talented backup dancers/singers. I think Himchan and Jongup add a lot to the /performances/ but they definitely don’t get a lot of voice time compared to the other four. while i’m on the subject of those two I just wanna say how much I love that Himchan has a super low voice that totally matches BYG’s and then Jongup has a higher voice that matches Zelo’s sound, and they can go along with either, like complimentary colors or contrasting ones….

    I might have gotten a little off topic,

    TL;DR I really like all of their voices and I think the arrangement works really well but it’s not evenly divided.

    oh, and I thin, Judging purely from the amount of solid promotions and releases that BAP has done they deserve rookie of the year award (but i don’t think they’re going to get it because SM has a way of crushing everything in it’s path)

    4 years ago
  16. In my opinion I think that B.A.P has worked really hard and deserve the best rookie award. They have been constantly contributing with ideas, BYG has written raps for the songs and he wrote the song “Voicemail”. They also have amazing performances. I dont want to compare with EXO, but its true that EXO will somehow have it more easy since they are from SM, have a bigger budget, SM been one of the big 3 will obviously have more attention. I’m really proud of B.A.P and TS because they showed professionalism since they debuted. Well since BYG was featured in “Going Crazy”. I think B.A.P is a really talented group and if they keep using those talents smartly, they will become more successful.

    4 years ago
  17. Just wait for Exo’s comeback next month before you decide about the best rookie… Exo have been around for 3 months less, remember. And views are really not a good indication of how successful a group is, album sales and actual fans are more important, and Exo surpasses b.a.p in both. Not hating! I like both groups :)

    4 years ago
    • I think the point is, Exo should be a ton more popular with the resources they have, so they’re performance in sales might seem lackluster considering they’re signed to SM. On the other hand, BAP is not signed to “one of the big three” and they’re still doing very well for a rookie group.

      You’re right though. We’ll see what happens when EXO has their comeback.

      4 years ago
      • It isn’t that EXO actually has lackluster sales. I think she’s trying to say that B.A.P. comes from a tiny company, so that they have the number of sales and views that they do its very impressive for a rookie group. So if you compare the two, EXO is, as you said, right where they are expected as a group from the big three (people will watch EXO videos and stuff just because they’re from SM..its what happens when you stan a company), but B.A.P. is doing better than expected. EXO’s sales aren’t literally lackluster haha.

        (love both groups as well!)

        4 years ago
        • ^ That would be it xD
          I also don’t really have an opinion on the matter. From my perspective, B.A.P. has done so much more since I watch the videos on Youtube and don’t buy albums, but I know that the success of a group is not depended solely on Youtube views or breaking S&M vote counter (lol). Therefore my comment was simply trying to offer my perspective on what criteria Simon and Martina may be making that judgement.

          Also, I think unless you live in Korea (which if you do @shakethesky:disqus you can inform me) it’s hard to tell what songs are popular in public. What I mean by that is which songs get played on the radio, in the stores, get featured on TV shows. Maybe Simon and Martina have a better bead on Korean public opinion as well.

          4 years ago
        • Yeah, who knows what the Korean public thinks unless you actually live there. We’re trying to figure things out from a Western perspective and its kind of obvious that there are drastic differences in our tastes, culturally.

          And kind of related to that (sorta not really lol):
          I’ve seen some people comment that SM is trying to go abroad with EXO and B.A.P. is domestic focused. But in my personal opinion its B.A.P. that has the international appeal, and that is based off of reactions of people I know who don’t like kpop. They like how tough B.A.P. comes off and that their songs have a rock feel to them.

          But as I said, I’m a fan of EXO and B.A.P. so I’m kind of whatever haha.

          4 years ago
        • you worded that perfectly XD

          4 years ago
  18. “Like A Man” FTW
    lol at Martina around 3:55 and the rhinestone toilet paper!!

    I’m very glad they included how the images does match the lyrics.
    I agree with the rap going over to singing –
    I’ve said this before, but the transition from the rap to the actual singing, didn’t have a smooth flow. It took me a few listens to get used to it though.

    anyway….. “Baby WASSUP”

    4 years ago
  19. BABY WASSUP BABY WASSUP

    4 years ago
  20. Noooooo Himchan!! Please don’t boom boom crap anymore for the sake of your bottom!

    4 years ago
  21. they’re not falsetto random singing! they’re war cries!

    4 years ago
    • LOL because Daehyun used the rhinestone covered toilet paper too, huh? XD

      No mercy on their behind :p

      4 years ago
  22. I love that they use traditional korean drums in the song and performance even though it seems a little out of place. Maybe it’s just me, but No Mercy seems similar to I Love You since some of the parts in the song contrast with each other. Both had me addicted after my second or third time of listening.

    4 years ago
  23. Haven’t had the chance to watch it yet (i’m at work, eek!) but I read the blog post and I’m a little confused. Are you trying to say it should be just rapping with no singing? Or that in this song they didn’t flow? Or that the rapping wasn’t aggressive enough?
    I’m confuzzled over what you are trying to say..
    (You might explain it better in the video though haha)

    4 years ago
    • Ah, thanks for clarifying! :)
      Personally, when I first heard the song I thought the same thing, how it suddenly switched from Zelo to Daehyun singing was weird to my ears. But then I listened to it again and again and then it suddenly seemed to flow (not perfectly mind you, but didn’t sound as bad) haha.
      I usually tend to like things like that in songs, parts where the music changes or the tempo. That type of thing always peaks my interest.

      4 years ago
    • Yeah, same. I was quite disappointed when I first heard this song because I loved their other songs so much. It was all “rap, rap rap” and then the singing threw me right off. It’s like it’s a mash of two completely different songs. I preferred their song Goodbye over No Mercy.

      4 years ago
      • Mm, I must say I liked Goodbye a lot more too, but had the opposite problem in that song…The rapping seemed to not fit the song O_o…I dunno, just a strange response from me I guess ><

        4 years ago
  24. We got lots of Dr. Meemersworth videos uploaded in private on our Open the Happy channel. Just waiting to roll them out slowly :D

    4 years ago
  25. I think it is just awesome that even though all the comments people make at eatyourkimchi, Simon and Martina can still make such an hilarious review and make all the people smile and laugh when watching them! Great job guys!!

    4 years ago
  26. Yes that’s right BAP is the bsst rookie of the year.. or like what you said ” the most successful rookie group ”

    4 years ago
  27. I love this song. It’s like a cheering song for a game sport. HAHA! Himchan and Zelo, lots of love from me. keke ~!! This song has overloading SWAG.

    4 years ago
  28. Oh god, poor Himchan!

    4 years ago
  29. If you realised, the rap in the starting is actually in the satoori. 2 types, first is gangsta and another one.. i dont rmb.. lol
    B.A.P is actually more of Hip Pop than just Kpop, which made them more unique.
    AND WHY SPUDGY.. WHY YOU DESTROYED MY BABY’S FACE D:

    4 years ago
  30. I can see where you coming from about the promotions thing (exo fan here clearly >>

    4 years ago
    • Busker Busker blows everyone out of the water this year, but they’re not Kpop Idol music. They just make good songs that everyone and their momma listens to, but they don’t do the “ooooh I’m so beautiful/cute/sexy” marketing that’s essential in Kpop.

      4 years ago
      • Ah that is really true. It’s just that their name keeps popping up for potential end-of-year awards (which I guess will be the end-all for who’s the best (well, and sales)) and if they are nominated; I fear for all the new groups. ._.

        4 years ago
  31. :D This review is just awesome, I laughed so hard. Spudgy destroying Zelos face :D Himchans toiletpaper dilemma :D (it probably has other reasons, why he can’t sit :D), the Tubas were fun too :D I laughed through the whole review :D Thanks for reviewing :D

    4 years ago
  32. the poop joke! :°D I’m dying XDXD *boom boom crap*

    4 years ago
  33. B.A.P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  34. Spudgy skit is the best skit in EYK history! It must have taken some time hahahah

    4 years ago
    • You don’t even know! Spudgy usually goes nuts for his toy, but now he was like “oh! But…I’m on camera! I can’t!”

      4 years ago
  35. lol I didn’t like the song when I heard it for the first time but now I love it <3

    4 years ago
  36. i love this song!!! but … thats ur opinion, not mine soo… :

    4 years ago
  37. somehow i agree! :)
    but still hope they won rookie awards like Batoost did!

    4 years ago
  38. ASDSJKG TOP vs BAP T__T So difficult, but I’ll say BAP~

    4 years ago
  39. I do not like this song at all. The melody reminds me of another pop song I’ve heard recently…I just can’t figure out which one it is. Brain farts. =

    4 years ago
    • I’ve seen it being compared to Queen’s We Will Rock You and Miley Cyrus Hoedown Showdown (or something).
      But being similar to another song is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, if more songs took after Queen, the world would be a better place~

      4 years ago
    • ohh just be quiet O_o

      4 years ago
    • uh that’s not just me? A friend and I are totally confused, because the song sounds so simillar to another song :O I won’t say, that this song sucks, but its not the best anyway … :3 But BAP FIGTING!!! ZELO i loved your hair that much TT3TTT

      4 years ago