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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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  1. It’s tough for rookies, but lately I’ve noticed veteran singers having an even harder time, especially among international fans. Nobody knows them.

    Epik High for example. They just came back with a new album after three years, and yet it looks like noone has heard of them :(

    But you do yea? So can you help us vote for them? :D
    http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/kpopcharts/epik-high-dont-hate-me

    4 years ago
  2. B.A.P :D
    I’m a huge fan of both EXO and B.A.P, but B.A.P is just more original than EXO. They have a more unique formula than standard SM groups like EXO.
    Plus, Zelo.

    5 years ago
  3. COME to think of IT i’m glad they didn’t choose another INSTRUMENT. naughty naughty simon ahahahaha

    5 years ago
  4. i loooooooooove toys !
    i loooooooooove top ! so my vote goes for Turn It Up :p

    5 years ago
  5. When did they have Simon’s name on posters? Is there a video?

    5 years ago
    • @twitter-339963849:disqus : I found it, thanks!

      5 years ago
    • Not really sure when that was. I think around the time TTS came out. Simon put a picture in twitter saying “I think they are trying to say something” (or something on that lines), I don’t even know what video they got it from, if you want to know more about it, just check their twitter pictures or posts. That’s how I got that information. ^_^

      5 years ago
      • I don’t have one too, but I still can watch their posts and pictures. Just google eatyourkimchi and go to their profile and click on their pictures.

        5 years ago
  6. I also think B.A.P is the most successful rookie group. As much as I love EXO, NU’EST, and BtoB, B.A.P has done so many more memorable things to me. They also have the most interesting personalities. And let’s not forget, they can be so awkward, yet still be so amusing. anyone else here remember when B.A.P introduced themselves, in which JongUp danced randomly with his beanie over his eyes, Himchan blatantly called himself the visual, Daehyun still had his No comment thing going, yongguk called himself a pacifist and then pushed JongUp, etc. xD

    5 years ago
  7. I personally believe B.A.P. is the best rookie group of the year as well. They have yet to disappoint me, and they stand out so much in a field full of cookie cutter kpop rookie groups. They broke outside that mold, demand your attention, and ooze of talent. Their are so many things that make me love them.

    5 years ago
  8. Voting for TOP. Nicer superfluous items along with a catchier song.. and TOP. More aesthetic video.

    5 years ago
  9. Rhinestones on everything!! I didn’t get the rhinestone thing either… I guess rhinestones = gangster… in kpop…

    I agree that the singing and rapping in this song sounds weird when you put them together. My first thought about No Mercy was that it seemed disconnected, like they mashed two different songs together. But after hearing the song so many times now I don’t find it weird anymore and I actually like the contrast XDD.. . I’ve never minded the singing in B.A.P cuz I really like Daehyun’s voice and the singing vs rapping in all of their songs is what made me like their music in the first place.

    So if I wanna dye my hair blue, does that mean I have to ask for Spudgy’s permission first? =.=

    5 years ago
  10. 1. I like EXO-M, Kris is quite cute.
    2. The WORLD is unfair, live with it.
    3. Simon and Martina almost never do ‘research’, simply because they’re too busy making videos. A lot of people here actually appreciate them just ‘writing whatever their thoughts are’. Sorry.

    But for all the other people who want to know more about EXO other than what S&M have said here, check this out: http://bit.ly/Ow9YoO
    Teehee :p

    5 years ago
  11. All little boys growing up in the T-dot had cornrows lol…

    5 years ago
  12. TOP TOP TOP

    5 years ago
  13. Eddie Murphy??? XD haha

    5 years ago
  14. B.A.P. is my rookie choice…they have collective *it* factor, not 2 or 3 that are the faces and the rest for back-up. Basically they are a cohesive group with a clear vision/presentation and are REALLY talented.
    Exo continues to confuse me, although they definitely benefit from SM’s history with polishing young artists into whatever it is that they need them to be to please the GINORMOUS fan base.
    p.s. where was Memers during this vid? She could look adorable with a matching pink do-rag tied up like Martina’s ~ mew mew

    5 years ago
  15. I actually think the like “let it go something like” makes sense if he’s then referring to the rest of the song, as in “let is go something like: [this]” Other wise yeah, a little absent in the grammar department.

    5 years ago
  16. show case!!! plz would make a list of the concerts + fanmeeting+ showcase for all the kpopers !!!! so we can stalk them when we go to korea XDDD
    and plz can u make a video about how to go to the mnet countdown + kbs music bank , etc !!!! that would be an amazing video !!!!!

    5 years ago
  17. Carol Thornton likes an article.
    Got to say I love the whole song , like always the boys rock it all the way. Keep going BAP and lets get B2ST next Monday…. LOVE FROM COLORADO

    5 years ago
  18. Spudgy is scary D:

    I guess I’ll have to think twice before dying my hair blue o.O

    5 years ago
  19. I think you also should’ve mentioned the use of Korean traditional instruments during the dance break and the saturi rap ^^
    because seriously, B.A.P. aren’t afraid to do new things even though they’re rookies :)

    and I absolutely love daehyun’s part in it <3 and zelo's 'sounds good' at the start is the cutest thing ever <3

    5 years ago
  20. Sorry For The Shameless Plug On Your Blog Simon & Martina :( Please Dont Sick Le Spudgy & Dr Memeersmith :'( both I have to let my fellow Kpop lovers know what we are having a contest starting next and trying to spread the news of free Kpop give always to the fans!! I’m an admin of the fan site. I hope you all drop by and enter! :)

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kpop-Family/261418977272376

    5 years ago
  21. I loved the Bloopers xDDD I just laugh with the laugh of Simon xDDD

    5 years ago
  22. oooh i love EXO, but i adore B.A.P.

    imo they def’ are the rookie group of the year (so far).
    not only because, like you said, B.A.P comes from a smaller company, they didn’t release a hundred of teaser videos, they didn’t release those confusing prologue videos, but they still managed to get a lot of attention and fans, and to stand out from other rookie groups.

    (and exo confuses me and frustrates me in so many ways. the fact that they are separated in 2 units still really bugs me. idk. it’s kinda harder to ‘feel’ them ?… the thing with exo is that, i like the boys (i have absolutely nothing against them), i love the music, but i hate their management/promotors/marketing/company etc… :/ i still love their album tho, my fav with B.A.P’s, Big Bang’s and Block b’s (and Beast) this year (omg all those B group)).

    and also imo B.A.P brought something new, something different, a new style we didn’t really have yet in k-pop. it’s kinda fresh. idk. but i know i like it.
    if they were involved in their music (writing and composition, like Block b for exemple), they’d be like p e r f e c t i o n to me. maybe they will one day.

    and to finish, Spudgy is the cutest thing of Korea.

    5 years ago
    • “…if they were involved in their music (writing and composition, like Block b for exemple)…” but they actually are involved in their songs D:, specially YongGuk, he has writting a lot of the lyrics (sorry for the bad english xD)

      5 years ago
      • ooh that’s awesome i didn’t know ^^
        well then i hope he and the other will have the opportunity in the future to compose and write again and more :)

        5 years ago
  23. BAP is definitely the best rookie group of the year. They’ve been strong and consistent. They’ve also been extremely successful without being connected to a huge company like EXO is.

    5 years ago
  24. Really really want to thank Simon & Martina for all their hard work with this site. God knows how much time, effort & sweat you guys pour into keeping it all up.

    It has been so much fun camping the No Mercy MV comments section with fellow baybz/warriors (and sorry for crashing the page). It’s also exciting & thrilling towards the weekend when we came toe-to-toe with B2auties who fought hard for their group. There’s this olympic feel to the friendly competition which is really nice.

    Going on to the No Mercy MV, what really caught my interest on my first listen were Zelo’s purposefully childish rapping (which went really well with the satoori) & Daehyun’s highnotes (just gave me goosebumps). I fell in love with the song immediately. I can’t really say I have a favorite among their three title songs (Warrior, Power & No Mercy) as each has its own charm (and I’ve been playing them one after the other on loop). I love how each is different & yet somewhat familiar. But as a fan, No Mercy has the most sentimental feel because it contains bits & pieces of the individual members (e.g. satoori, traditional music).

    I agree with the review that there seems to be a dissonance between the aggressive rapping parts & the smooth (less aggressive) singing which also kinda doesn’t match with part of the lyrics. But then the song itself is full of contradictions with parts being criticisms leveled against the K-pop industry, and parts being message to babyz. There are other juxtapositions (traditional with modern music & chiptune) that it is a wonder how the whole thing managed to all come together. Yet it works just like how B.A.P works as a group with its diverse personalities & talents.

    No Mercy has left me thinking & anticipating what B.A.P has to offer next.

    5 years ago
  25. simon u obviously dont know what people say now a day and btw leggo means lets go

    5 years ago
  26. I am soo in love with the singing in this song! Actually, I love the singing in all of their songs. And the rapping of course…Now, I’m super crazy EXO biased so I hope I won’t come off as a pushy stan. I do agree that BAP are by far the biggest and most successful rookies of the year, but BAP did debut a long time before EXO, so they’ve simply had more time to promote. And EXO is coming back in August I think, omg I’m spazzing so hard over this! And even if EXO do turn out to be more successful, a lot of people will credit it to their company and say they got it for free. And of course, while they will see a lot of success thanks to their company, SM has a lot of haters as well who will ignore them because of that. /rantUgh. In the end it doesn’t even matter. BAP are super awesome but FOR ME, EXO are my rookies of the year and that’s that.

    5 years ago
  27. Because if you watch their (Daehyun) pre debut videos, they would totally change their mind..

    5 years ago
    • and B.A.P’s other songs.. specially their ballads! Daehyun’s and Youngjae’s vocals are perfection! xD

      5 years ago
  28. The contrast of the falsetto with the gangsta rap is the whole point of BAP, that’s why they stand out! Don’t tell me the string orchestra in “Warrior” disconcerted you, too? Music evolves by mixing styles!!!

    5 years ago
  29. Totally agree with u guys! No Mercy is my least favorite BAP title songs. The first time I heard this song, it didn’t win me instantly too. I think the song abit doesn’t flow well. I mean, I like the “No No No No Mercy” part but then the sudden rap ruins it. But yeah slowly the song grows on me. lol

    And I also think BAP is the best rookie this year. I was excited for EXO debut but then annoyed with too many teasers haha. MTE, EXO is just lucky bcoz they’re under SM, a very huge company which can provide them more for better promotion.

    I think TS’s marketing for BAP is brilliant tho. With the non-earthling concept, those cute Matoki bunnies and all the secrets behind Matoki that havent been revealed, plus the whistle fanchant! I think its genius. I mean, who ever thought abt all those concept?! TS is being too biased with BAP…XD (sorry Secret :P) They even made a comic strip with the matoki in English! I mean PERFECT ENGLISH! For the ones who work behind it, please please check all the lyrics for BAP too before releasing it! lol

    Well this is just my thought~ For other fans please dont kill me…
    Btw, pardon my bad English ;;

    5 years ago
  30. sooo who is batoost? Boa??

    5 years ago
  31. i love exo too but i still think that B.A.P is the best rookie group. Because they are still getting a great response even if theyre not from a huge company like SM. and i think their sound is unique.

    5 years ago
    • Honestly, TS is a very popular and successful company… They’re also one of the most organized company out there because they don’t have many anti-fans.. And their fans are the best!

      5 years ago
  32. T.O.P.’s toys.

    5 years ago
  33. I’m like a mega fan of Exo-M! I have cds for both and the only one I ever even listen to is Exo-M. They just stand out more for me. Exo-K, I have their names down and that’s about it..
    Its not that I don’t like Exo-K, but as you said, Exo-M is more interesting to follow.

    5 years ago
  34. I know this isn’t related at all to this video or the song but MY GOD MARTINA YOU LOOK SO EXTRA GORGEOUS WHEN YOU DRESSED UP IN THE ANGEL/B.A.P. FAN GETUP!!

    And I say extra because you’re already pretty in without it.

    BUT THAT OUTFIT LOOKS SO OMG NICE ON YOU!!

    Just sayin’. :)

    5 years ago
  35. i just realized, don’t both no mercy and turn it up have random monkeys in them? or am i thinking of another video?????

    5 years ago
  36. i wanna eat SPUDGY

    5 years ago
  37. B.A.P’s bling everything up, because we go with the gangster foot fungus

    5 years ago
  38. I demand photographic evidence of the corn rows!!!

    PS/Martina, I love your gray hoodie/capey thingy! <3

    5 years ago
  39. I personally love the whole rapping the majority of the song and then little parts of singing. :D I think it’s unique. And really cool! I enjoy the falsetto.

    5 years ago
  40. Not always true. You can thrust a group into the public’s faces but you can’t make them like the group. BTOB comes from Cube which has BEAST & 4Minute. Their company is bigger than BAP’s but they aren’t doing very well at all in comparision to them.

    SM has money, but look at The Trax, The Grace, and let’s not forget how badly SM the Ballad flopped even with established group members in it. Yes, having money and influence can get you some things, but it can’t get you EVERY thing.

    5 years ago
  41. OMG Simon didn’t ruin this dance!!!! :O:O:O:O
    I THOUGHT I felt something was missing LOL

    5 years ago
  42. 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)

    5 years ago
  43. 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? ;-)

    5 years ago
  44. Top

    5 years ago
  45. 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

    5 years ago
  46. 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! :)

    5 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.

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

      5 years ago
  47. 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

    5 years ago
  48. 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. >_<

    5 years ago
  49. 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!

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

      5 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.

      5 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

      5 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)

      5 years ago
  50. 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.

    5 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.

      5 years ago
  51. 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.

    5 years ago
  52. 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. ^^

    5 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.

      5 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.

        5 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

          5 years ago
  53. 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.

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

    5 years ago
  55. 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)

    5 years ago
  56. 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.

    5 years ago
  57. 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 :)

    5 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.

      5 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!)

        5 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.

          5 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.

          5 years ago
        • you worded that perfectly XD

          5 years ago
  58. “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”

    5 years ago
  59. BABY WASSUP BABY WASSUP

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

    5 years ago
  61. they’re not falsetto random singing! they’re war cries!

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

      No mercy on their behind :p

      5 years ago
  62. 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.

    5 years ago
  63. 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)

    5 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.

      5 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.

      5 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 ><

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

    5 years ago
  65. 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!!

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

    5 years ago
  67. 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.

    5 years ago
  68. Oh god, poor Himchan!

    5 years ago
  69. 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:

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

    5 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.

      5 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. ._.

        5 years ago
  71. :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

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

    5 years ago
  73. B.A.P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    5 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!”

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

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

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

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

    5 years ago
  79. 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. =

    5 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~

      5 years ago
    • ohh just be quiet O_o

      5 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

      5 years ago