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CL “The Baddest Female” – Kpop Music Mondays

June 4, 2013

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So, we’ve got a lot to say here for this week’s Kpop Music Monday. If you haven’t seen CL’s “The Baddest Female” yet, check it out here:

Ok: we’re quite torn about this song and the imagery in the video. I could be totally wrong here, and might have an out of date perspective, so please let me know – in a civil manner – if I’m off here. Here goes:

When I think of rap videos, they usually depict a culture, rather than just an aesthetic. Like “this is what our lives are like. This is what we go through.” Rap music, to me, is more than just music. There’s an overarching narrative of coping and dealing with systematic racism, racial profiling by the police, and economic struggles. At least, that’s what I think of when I listen to rap. I could be wrong in that; I could be seeing something that isn’t necessarily there, and so my conclusions based on those assumptions could then be unfounded. If I’m right, then, to see YG and CL use that specific aesthetic, which kinda symbolizes something more to me than just something that looks cool, I feel a bit icky. The people of YG, I doubt, went through that struggle, so to imitate the genre, aesthetic, and imagery so closely really hits me as insincere. Innocent? Sure! Malicious? No way. I’m sure that there’s a genuine appreciation of rap as an artform, but an understanding of it as a culture?

Also, there aren’t any hoods here in Korea. Nobody here is hood. Nobody in Korea really dresses that way. And we’ve asked lots of people about it. Nobody knows where these hoods are, apart from in the YG studio. Hence the skit we did. Side note: did you know that at Teddy’s Twosome Café, you can buy Teddy’s clothing line as well? The same kinda clothing: hats, beanies, t-shirts. Buy yourself a thug-life oversized tee, with a matching Tumbler, and eat a piece of Tiramisu as people snuggle up behind you and look into each other’s eyes lovingly.

So, all in all, I’m not sure what to think about this. YG has re-appropriated Gangsta life into something different. Something that had meaning to me before I see now, in Korea, as a commercial enterprise. Not that I lived through the same conditions oppression that I talked about before. I’m not talking about it as someone who’s personally offended or upset. I’m just confused by the whole thing, like the commercialization of Christmas or something. I can’t come to a full conclusion about it on my own, so let me know what you think.

All seriousness aside, you wanna hear an awkward story? That last part of the Gangsta Amnesty skit, where we filmed outside of the YG building…well, we filmed that right when office hours were closing, so lots of people were leaving the building. While we were filming, one person ran up to us and said “Simon and Martina!” Great. We were recognized. I didn’t think we’d be, especially with the Gangsta uniform I had on, but I was recognized. The person who recognized us was someone from YG who sent us tickets to the YG family concert a while ago. She remembered us! AHH! So, there we were, in gangsta gear, talking to one of the marketing people from YG. HAVE WE NO SHAME OR EMBARRASSMENT? Yeah, a bit. We talked with her a bit and explained what we’re doing for the skit, and she asked when the video’s going to be live, and we told her, and in the back of our minds we’re thinking “well, we’re not really saying the nicest things about the song and video. This is going to get a lot more awkward when the video goes live.” AHHH! IF YOU’RE READING THIS, YG LADY WHO I WON’T NAME, I HOPE YOU DON’T HATE US! We’d still like to hang out in Hongdae! To everyone else who isn’t the YG Lady, let it never be said that we’re dishonest in our videos!

Side note: you love that Spudgy song, don’t you? I know people are going to be asking about it, so we put it up in our store. Yes! We have a store now! We’re working on putting up all our shirts, and new shirts as well, along with all of the songs that we do. All purchases of Spudgy songs go directly to the Spudgy Touch-My-Tummy fund. Click here if you want to get The Baddest Doggy! It’s the extended version, with parts not heard in the video :D

And, lastly, we’ve got a bunch of bloopers, especially when Martina says something inappropriate accidentally…

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  1. I liked this KMM. It was hilarious.
    And you should have added that part in the bloopers about the bandana to the actual video!
    I tend to enjoy your negative reviews more than your positive ones for some reason lol

    3 years ago
  2. Soozee looks amazing with blonde hair, and it was a great color on her!

    3 years ago
  3. Simon didn’t talk about the cow bell?? What sorcery is this O.O

    3 years ago
  4. I think I very well understand Simon’s point. Appropriation of a culture should be done with more consideration than simply for an aesthetic borrowing. However, I think there is a little bit more to say for CL and YG’s defense. The song is about ‘defiance’ and standing up for her own sake as a girl. Especially as a female rapper, albeit one may argue against the validity of ‘rapper’ title within K-Pop, in a still-very-much-patriarchal country like Korea, CL is trying to encourage the empowerment of girls by portraying the bad, fierce, and powerful image. Actually, this message is also similarly pursued by Lee Hyori’s new song ‘Bad Girl.’ I would probably argue that this is not the best image to pursue within the Feminist context, but again, she is showing her power as a woman that will not waver even within this traditionally unacceptable image as ‘나쁜기집애’ (which is of an older-generation derogatory korean term that I would hear from my grandmother in those occasions I did not follow her old fashioned expectation of a good girl :P). So, I would say that CL and YG wanted to appropriate such a strong and parallel image of ‘going against the grain’ in order for CL to express herself and her strength, rather than the actual contextual and cultural borrowing of the rap culture itself.

    3 years ago
    • As someone who considers herself a pretty strong feminist that’s one of the things I’ve liked about CL. She does give off this strong female character and she can hang with the boys and be just as strong as them. EYK has talked before about how in Korea it’s still socially taboo for women to be in business and such. It reminded me of when MBLAQ had their “Hello Baby” later in the season they were looking for a Mother to basically be a maid for them and all the criteria was very socially conservative and superficial (being pretty, rich but stay at home things like that). I think it’s good that young girls and even girls my age (I’m 30) can have someone to look up to like CL who isn’t afraid to say the things she does and have the character she does and I like YGE for giving her the opportunity to be that person.

      3 years ago
  5. I have to disagree, though the content of the video might be wrong or misplaced. But YG as well as the KPOP industry is still growing and of course there going to try and incorporate the western culture in there music. It’s already given. This is CL’s first solo video and song. As she said in an interview that she’s still experiencing. Yes Teddy did write the song but CL added her own uniqueness to the song. She also stated in the interview that she wants to be able to write her own songs one day and take on the world at a slowly. She knows she’s not a master song writing but she’s learning. A lot of people were expecting a fast pace rap song but as CL stated she’s a hip hop lover and it’s in her blood. So I believe this song was to truly test CL and shape her into a better artist. She’s only 22 so give her a break!!! She has a lifetime to perfect her singing!!

    3 years ago
  6. I agree with Simon. Growing up near Detroit and Flint, Michigan makes it really hard for me to like/appreciate “hood” k-pop. I think CL looks amazing in the video though.

    3 years ago
  7. Yeah, I totally agree with what you say in your blog post, the comments I left in the charts are along these lines.

    You may be more sensitive to hip-hop, but it’s not the only imagery that YG have hijacked: I’ve seen all Big Bang members with Rolling Stones clothes or accessories, revendicating the “sex, drug and rock’n’roll” culture, but they deny sex, apologize for drug, and don’t get me started on rock’n’roll ^^ And remember Taeyang coming back last year with a christian cross tatoo on his side and… an anarchist “A” in his hair! “No masters, no gods, but, wait, actually yes”

    Sure, they’re not the only ones to do that. A lot of artists who choose to be very clean (I don’t mind that) get “inspired” by artists who actually took risks, only to have a more rebellious image (I do mind that).

    End of “bashing” now, I do like Big Bang and 2NE1 nonetheless. By the way, I like how you still express your disappointment toward some aspects of YG, even though YG gave you concert tickets. Please remain incorruptible!

    Oh, I almost forget to talk about the KMM: I looooved it! The report on the lonely hood was priceless! This young journalist is very talented, and hilarious as well. And cute.

    3 years ago
    • Haha I’ve been a BB fan for a little while now (since Top was in “Iris”) and I remember they used to sell Yb as the good Christian boy and he had a more cleaner r&b image and wasn’t really trying so hard back then to me it seemed and he had songs like “Wedding Dress” (still love that song fyi). There would be stories leaked of how he would skip practice to go to Bible study and how he’s never dated and such. I def believe it on the dating though cause he seems so awkward around girls (like when he was into Dara haha).

      Now days though it seems like YGE is really pushing that. I think it works for some of them. Top doesn’t seem to have to try. He just has to stand there lol and the lyrics he has shared are quite good. I wish he would do more with rapping cause he does so good. Gd does well too but I think he’s more commercial and poppish (not bad or anything). But with the drug thing I figure he apologized for that cause of how socially conservative Korea is and it’s illegal so he could have gone to prison. Although, that would have given him some cred with his hiphop image heh heh. Or heck he could have had more of a scandal closer to Ant’s pot one which was very similar to Gd’s (Ant was in the US).

      3 years ago
    • Reality: If you want to be successful in Korea (and not get arrested) you can’t have a bad image.
      Its not like in the USA where having a drug charge gives you cred
      it gets you banned from television for a decade
      Even if they were living that sort of lifestyle they have to keep it under wraps
      Look at the reaction to Seungri having a one night stand…

      Just saying.

      3 years ago
      • But they’re trying to sell this gangster American image to people and it’s just laughable really cause they aren’t gangster for the reason’s you mentioned. It would really hurt the others and themselves and that wouldn’t be good for them or the people in their lives and it would hurt YGE as well and all the staff and trainee’s. They aren’t even the least bit underground even. Not like oh say Evia who has to be underground a lot of times because of her lyrics or she would be banned other wise if she was more mainstream. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are having that life style though at least with drinking.

        3 years ago
      • I get your point, but I don’t think it was much easier in England in the 60’s – 70’s, to keep my examples… These kinds of lifestyle were not socially accepted either. Artists were doing unauthorized concerts in bars and playing on pirate radios. Of course, when you’re under a big label, you don’t even think about things like that! ^^ That’s also why their rebellious style is so absurd.

        3 years ago
        • yes but you’re also forgetting where YG came from
          it wasn’t always a big company
          and when he started out in Seo TaiJi and boys
          man did they get a lot of carp from officials

          3 years ago
        • I really respect the way YG started. He brought something that didn’t exist in his country, that could have not worked at all, he produced artists just for the love of music without any guarantee that they were gonna succeed, he took risks. I can imagine he faced a lot of problems, and it’s impressive that he kept up.

          But Big Bang and 2NE1 started as idols, in a context that was already very different. They could not just decide it was okay to get banned from TV. They had to be clean and follow the rules.

          3 years ago
        • exactly, CL can’t come out and say
          “Hey our country has a prostitution issue we need to deal with in a better way”
          Hell… politicians can’t come out and say that
          Image is so important in Kpop, esp for idols
          one mistake, one photo taken the wrong way and bam! You’re done
          Having an alternative lifestyle or point of view = criticism not respect unfortunately

          3 years ago
        • Image seems important in Korea in general for people.

          3 years ago
        • but that is what rap is about, going against the norm

          3 years ago
        • No, it can still be technically rap without “going against the norm”
          There is nothing in going against the norm is songs about getting drunk or having sex.
          The genre is NOT limited to songs about going against the norm.

          3 years ago
        • Jo

          You have no clue what rap is then… the whole genre started out in the united states as going against the norm, in a need to create something that was it’s own and not taken away and owned by others. I don’t know where you live, it might be different there.

          3 years ago
        • I don’t know if you live in America but talking about sex and drugs is NOT the norm. It’s a taboo to talk about sex in the street like in any other country. Drugs are still not that accepted the only one that is KIND OF accepted is marijuana but that is it. Plus when any of those are associated with black culture it is even less accepted.

          3 years ago
        • I meant the norm in rap and hip-hop songs now-a-days not in everyday normal life.

          3 years ago
        • oh ok but in the comment above i meant that rap is about going against the norm of everyday normal life

          3 years ago
        • CL does go against the norm for women in Korea

          3 years ago
        • yes but you said that CL cant do that because Korea is too conservative “Having an alternative lifestyle or point of view = criticism not respect unfortunately” and my point was that yes she can because that is what rap is all about

          3 years ago
        • not to the point of doing drugs and other illegal activity or having an very active sex life
          there is a line and as an idol you can toe it but never cross it
          she can be about female empowerment but not comment on politics, or outright criticize the Confucian system
          Its fine for idols to do sexy concepts but not partake in any sexual activity or admit to it/get found out anyways
          as soon as you do anything concrete and do anything that is a challenge to societal norms in any serious way you often get shunned instead of supported.

          CL toes the line but she doesn’t cross it, no idol does, not even GD

          if Goo Hara went on a show and said yes me and that guy form B2st had sex while we were dating
          her career would be over and heck, knowing how things go would have a hard time dating afterwards

          3 years ago
        • in the end, she CAN rap about anything but chooses not to, but you cannot blame the society or the government for her decision because in America, rap started as a way to go against society and the government and not until way later did it become popular

          3 years ago
        • in the end, she CAN rap about anything but chooses not to, but you cannot blame the society or the government for her decision because in America, rap started as a way to go against society and the government and not until way later did it become popular

          3 years ago
    • i don’t think your comment was bashing, it’s just noted observation.

      and yeah, lots of kpop groups use styles that don’t quite accurately represent them at all. YG isn’t the only one guilty here haha. but it hardly ever bothers me, i just obey “Rule of Cool” and say, okay that’s awesome. hehe

      3 years ago
  8. I was just reminded of Beyonce, Ciara, MIA, & Gwen mix. I hated that part where she had to explain what she meant with bad and I do like the chorus.

    3 years ago
  9. Ray

    I agree with you is weird watching a Ganstaa in Seoul…but Simon make a convincing one ^^ and SPUDGY love the song a lot better than B1A…oops! BILASA! CONQUEROR OF KITTIES!

    3 years ago
  10. I love how you have the video for a fun review and then there’s this blog for the serious review. I’m interested in both, and it’s nice to get both worlds. Thank you thank you thank you! You guys rock!

    3 years ago
  11. I like the song up to a part, and that was seriously up to the dub-step and flag part. I mean, CL sounds like a bad ass and it’s catchy. I will agree with the fact that YG is trying very hard with the whole rap culture. I think they have amazing rappers and it is their style of music. They can pull it off a lot better than others. I will say that this does fit CL well, but it sounds too close to One of a Kind. I wanna see what else CL has in store for us

    I couldn’t stop laughing at the whole Gansta Simon part. Hi YG lady, please don’t kill them.

    Edit: Simon, I found something for you. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/ranch-dressing-soda-exists

    3 years ago
  12. I understand where Simon is coming from on the Gangster Appropriation thing, I did get an odd feeling at first. BUT they do look like they’re having legitimate fun and understand the attitute of what they’re wearing. It’s not like in B2ST “Beautiful Life” where them being in the middle of a bunch of hydraulic lowriders, amongst other things (-_-;;), felt fake, phony, and ultimately sad.

    CL, GD, Taeyang, and their crew seem to be enjoying themselves. That may be the reason why I felt like I liked it after feeling odd. And granted, I could imagine GD, CL, and others on the YG label looking up to and admiring rappers and rnb artists of the late 90’s-early 2000’s, when rap music was very prominent and very popular all over the world. People can totally correct me if they disagree though, I’m obviously not in YG’s or any of these artists’s heads.

    3 years ago
  13. I think everything you guys mentioned resounds with CL fans all over.

    Now i love CL to bits, in fact, 2NE1 are basically the only real Kpop group that i will talk about with my friends and still be ‘cool’

    But this song was pretty dry.

    Now it wasn’t bad.. It just didn’t go anywhere. The chorus was nice and fun, but the verses were a tad boring for someone you know can do so well a little more up tempo. The song is you play it, and try to remember it, all that you will remember is Michigo. In fact, Sing the chorus of MichiGo on top or this and it sounds like they’re the same song.

    I feel that CL has her own color but it really wasn’t expressed through the musical side, she had the visuals of what she likes to do, but her talent was totally underrepresented.

    It grew on me, but i still prefer her rap in Go away, and the one in Rose was really cool too.

    And was it just me that held a hope when this solo was announced that it was going to be in English??

    Like seriously, the most internationally recognized of all the YG artists is CL, she also has the best English, 2NE1 are about to comeback, she could easily have made an English track that went viral and been able to follow up in the interviews and press.

    As i will say again, i didn’t really like it all too much, but i think i just expected a lot more from her. She is still growing as an artists, so hopefully she will show another side with her next song. Whenever that may be.

    3 years ago
  14. Simon looks ridiculously hot as a gangsta man.
    THE SPUDGY RAP IS GORGEOUS.

    3 years ago
  15. I totally agree. For me it looks like CL is a poser, a wannabe gangster. Hell every single one of them are gangster wannabes. The only one that might be able to be 1 inch gangster is GD just because he had a drug scandal. Come on GD we all know that you knew those werent cigarettes. Some of the best songs in History were written with some help;. Bob Marley, the Beatles and Amy Winehouse. The only hood is inside YG apparently. I just hope and pray to God that Taeyang doesnt do this for his new album, that should come out some time this year. CL is definitely the baddest female in kpop but this viddeo doesnt represent who she is as an artist or the skills that actually make her “bad”. It missed the mark for and looked fake, wannabeish. The song is catchy I didnt like the begining I like the chorus and the last minute of it. what did she mean by ” now do the unnie” is it a dance? a sign? idk. Its catchy as hell though I have been singing “now do the unnie” since I saw the video.

    3 years ago
    • I have to disagree: GD apologized, which is totally gangster-killing. Seriously, do you imagine Bob Marley or Mick Jagger repeatedly apologizing for having weed, and saying they’re going to self reflect? How. Lame.

      3 years ago
      • Thats why hes an inch. Not half or 3/4 gangster. He is the only one that had more than one scandal. And he has never experienced nothing close to the thug life. They just like the aesthetic

        3 years ago
  16. The only part I didn’t really care for was the “look at mah crew of gangstas” scene with YB, GD, Teddy, Xin, etc.. They are just irrelevant to the song IMO. I do like that she brought out all her lady friends because, well, the song is about being a bad female. Other than that.. It’s an okay video I guess. All the YG videos coming out lately are all giving off the same feel to me. I agree with Martina about the chorus, it’s really catchy and I really like it, but the rest of the song is mehh.. Especially that little.. English part.. Yikes!

    3 years ago
    • Lol I so lmao with Yb there. He’s like a dork so it’s funny him and “gangster” in the same sentence. Maybe the others can get away with it. I thought I saw Seungho there (the old 2ne1 stylist)? Or maybe it was just me daydreaming snark.

      3 years ago
  17. The song was okay but what really gets me is the video. This gangster YG image is like their version of the SM box. Not only does it look silly to say you come from a hard background when you’ve always been well off (This applies for North American artist too), it’s becoming very predictable. It looks just like all of GD&TOP and GD’s solo MVs. I understand that YG Family has very similar music styles and CL taking after GD isn’t surprising. I just wish they would’ve tried to give CL more of her own image.

    Also the news scene killed me. That is all.

    3 years ago
    • art doesn’t have to represent what you’ve been through personally. if that were true there should be no one outside of the asian culture learning asian martial arts, chinese calligraphy, the lyrics to their favorite shinee song. wu-tang embraces the eastern culture, russel simmons, a huge eastern thought and art enthusiast and godfather of hip-hops Def Jams label, are you saying that they shouldn’t be allowed to express these images and views even though they are deeply affected by them? because they’re not asian. lot of people need to look at themselves tonight. understand that crossing cultures is a good thing. that’s why you’re here.

      3 years ago
      • I completely agree. Artists, musicians, and writers have taken what they like from cultures around the world. Picasso put it bluntly: “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. All the early rock stars stole shamelessly from black blues culture, because they admired it, not because they lived it. Jazz was born in the brothels of New Orleans. Now that we have become a global culture, more cross-fertilization of music will happen. I love that K-pop tries things like this. I love watching k-pop christmas songs and that country song from 2yoon. Or tara doing some weird native american appropriation.They like it, they try it. More power to them….
        Ive watched this song a dozen times, cringing at parts of it for sure, but enjoying it as a whole. And I have admiration that in a strange way she manages to pull it off. Is she ghetto? No. Does she think shes ghetto? No. Does she like some of the style and music that came out of it? Sure… and why not? Like you said: ‘ Crossing cultures is a good thing.’

        My only complaint is this: In the rush to embrace other cultures, I hope K-pop does not overlook their own, which is amazing in itself.

        3 years ago
        • I completely agree. Very well said~

          Especially when it comes to forgetting valuable and unique aspects of one’s own culture in a rush to embrace others, I think Korea as a whole (not just kpop) faces this problem. Idk but i feel like a lot of young ppl my age or younger in korea really under-appreciate things like traditional culture because they’re just so caught up with looking “cool” and modern and therefore, westernized. When you try to introduce them to traditional music or art (without the context of kdramas), they’re like ew, boring. what is this. which is so sad because traditional korea had so many things just as beautiful, if not better, than modern culture. i mean it’s great and really important to have the latest technology and all and to finally be caught up with the rest of the world, but that shouldn’t mean that the old things were stupid or should be forgotten.

          3 years ago
      • im so right there with you. nothing wrong with drawing influence from other cultures.
        it’s done by other kpop acts but to different parts of western culture…but nobody cares about that.

        3 years ago
      • Yeah, i definitely see your point – which is why i had a hard time criticizing cl. but i think the reason i had a problem with this version of gangster style is the fact that I felt like they were using hip hop culture slash korean american culture without any real appreciation of it. It felt more like they were just trying to look cool/create something stylish by using it. Of course, they’re free to do whatever they want and since it’s working, well, that’s that. But for all the examples you mentioned, i feel like ppl embrace those things because they sincerely love it in its original form, try to understand and learn it to its roots, represent those roots, as well as add on to them. i didn’t feel that kind of depth in the mv, sadly. it didn’t feel like there was an in-depth understanding of the culture they were both creating and recreating. it just felt flashy. but yeah. i see your point. plus, in the long run, tho we all love kpop, it’s just a kpop video and since a lot of kpop does focus on flash and make it work…:/ meh

        3 years ago
        • I love your explanation, and it’s something I always try to convey in my blog. Cultural Appreciation vs Appropriation. I look at Solange’s “Losing You” MV as an example of what Cultural Appreciation in music could look like.

          3 years ago
    • “This gangster YG image is like their version of the SM box”
      exactly as I commented yesterday in kpopcharts. I feel ya :P

      3 years ago
    • “This gangster YG image is like their version of the SM box” hahahahahaha that line is great XD

      It’s true too, maybe labels just stick to the same familiar formula or something? Lee Hi wasn’t flat-out “hood,” but there were still some gangster elements in her It’s Over mv. I mean, she had a Gangster Bear boyfriend. XD

      I love CL’s solo, but I won’t deny that it could have been better too. :p

      3 years ago
      • I agree with you on Lee Hi. Her image is a lot different from the other artist in YG’s current roster. I wish CL could stand out a little more in any future solo projects she has.

        3 years ago
        • I hope she keeps improving (I really don’t think she had an awful solo) but she of course can do better, so if she ever does do another solo, hopefully its more impressive.

          I kinda think its possible that her and YG might see the negative feedback and cut off any more solo work from CL though.
          I’m actually curious if Minzy’s gonna have a solo anytime soon or not.

          3 years ago
  18. Actually, I wasn’t too fond of the song in the beginning.. but now, that it played occasionally in my playlist.. I kind of like it now. :’D As for the MV.. I thought it was really cool. :3

    3 years ago
  19. If you don’t like American rap, you’re not gonna like this song. I’m a fan of rap, so I be jammin to this shit all day. If you don’t like it, fine, but respect her choice for self-expression.

    3 years ago
    • I’m not talking about you specifically Simon (I can only assume this is Simon lol). I’m just saying I feel like a lot of people don’t like this song because a lot of people get the heebie-jeebies when they listen to rap. It’s like how I can’t stand country music. So I can understand if you dont like this song because you dont like rap. To all the kpop fans who are sipping some strong haterade, I advise that they respect CL’s style and how she chooses to express herself.

      3 years ago
    • I’ve been listening to rap since I was a child in the 90s… Please stop making up ridiculous excuses for people not liking this song. I don’t like it either. It’s tolerable but it’s not good and CL could’ve done better.

      3 years ago
  20. I happen to love this song. It’s CL’s style. For those of you who don’t know, Teddy Park composed the song. Teddy, Taebin/Danny, Perry, Masta Wu, and Jinu and Sean all came from California and New York. They all loved rap, and I’m absolutely positive they know how to represent rap, since that’s what they used to do.

    What MY personal opinion is, is that since CL is from 2NE1, and they aren’t particularly gangsta, and that since it’s her debut song, that they shouldn’t go too hood. Cuz I don’t know if CL is that hood or not. Prolly not.

    I totally see where you’re coming from, with the style and the mv. I admit, I was totally psyched to see Teddy and Masta Wu in the video. OG YG REPRESENT! And I can see where you’re coming from with the whole ‘hood-bandanna’ thing. Even though I personally loved the song and video, I can understand your views.

    YG biased, OUT! :P

    3 years ago
  21. SPUDGY IS BOSS!

    Do the Spudgy eh~!

    3 years ago
  22. This is my favourite KMM since like, MBLAQ’s this is war XD

    3 years ago
  23. am i the only one who flipped at the GoT reference? xD

    I did like the video, and the song is kinda catchy but it’s not gonna become my ringtone any time soon :P

    3 years ago
  24. I liked the song and the video……

    3 years ago
  25. Park Bom!

    3 years ago
  26. Martina Daenerys Targaryen? xD YAY Targaryen rulling Westeros!! I’m still in shock from watching the latest game of thrones episode, thank you for brightening my day a little bit :)

    3 years ago
    • I literally cried like a baby and ended up calling my friend at 2:30am for comfort -_- Please tell me someone else cried too

      3 years ago
      • It was hard to watch…..

        3 years ago
      • Oh I read the books so I knew it was coming but it was still pretty hard to watch. I cried reading that part in the book tho TT.TT I hope the Freys pay big time for what they did ><

        3 years ago
  27. I really didn’t love the song either. I’m sure that the YG Lady will understand where your coming from and it’s your honest opinion. It felt like instead of the video being about why CL was the baddest female, it was more about acting like a badass and trying to be cool. Trying to be cool kinda makes you not cool. It just came out sounding and looking fake, it made me uncomfortable. Anyways Nice job! Love that you had an awkward moment with the YG lady! Though she shouldn’t be angry about you stating your opinions! In fact she should take some advice and use it!

    3 years ago
  28. I, first, wasn’t sure what to think about the song, either. But after listening to it a few more times, I began to really feel for the song. You guys should check her live performance, which I believe was far more exciting! It really didn’t feel slow at all. We all know CL brings it on the stage better than any other female artists!

    3 years ago
  29. I thought they would have reviewed EXO XD But I really liked this song. >.<

    3 years ago
  30. Ray

    Did SooZee dyed her hair blonde? She looks beautiful

    3 years ago
    • I showed her this comment :D

      3 years ago
      • Ray

        jinja? Daebak! Kamasahamnida guys! Love all your Videos and SPUDGY & MEEMERS too !

        3 years ago
    • She does look great but it’s funny, at first I thought she was a Korean version of Martina circa 2008 – LOL!

      3 years ago
    • O____O?!!?! hubba wha?! that was soozee? damn i thought that was just some random lady that S&M asked on the street…. oops XD

      3 years ago
      • I didn’t recognize her either so don’t feel bad lol. I just thought it was another one of their friends or something haha.

        3 years ago
  31. I don’t understand why I’m the only one that likes the video and the song?? I’m just gonna chalk it up to my hood level being higher than all yalls. I did not choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.

    3 years ago
    • LOL sure. keep thinking that XD

      3 years ago
    • lol I see that swoozie quote you put in there! ;)
      I also liked the video and song. :) The only thing I didn’t like or would have hoped that they did differently was to try to make CL a little more bad*ss. I felt like she held back a little with her concept. Now, i’m not saying that she should’ve gone all out lookin like she just got out of a mass gang fight; some of her looks could have just been tweaked a little more. That was the only thing that bothered me.

      3 years ago
    • I thought I was the only one who liked it! Yay! There’s someone out there other than me who likes this song/ video ^^

      3 years ago
    • I love everything Teddy does, I worship his producing skills. And CL looked HOT. She’s my biggest icon in Kpop. I’m not biased enough to bullshit if I don’t like a song, but man I really did like this song. All this hate makes me sad :(

      3 years ago
      • Ya, I really liked the song and vid as well! I’m actually kind of scared to watch this now o__o

        3 years ago
    • The hood is strong with this one :D

      3 years ago
  32. I get the whole message/point of the video, but man did that make my ears bleed.

    3 years ago
  33. spudgy–yahhhhhhhhh!!!

    3 years ago
  34. I just want to say thank you for doing CL’s video this week. I’m a huge EXO fan, but with them only in a couple sets with just the dance and a couple wolf flashes i’m really glad you guys chose something with more to work with.

    Best idea ever, to chose what you want to review from the top 3.

    If SM ever decides to release the drama version i just hope that we can vote it in and you’ll chose it.

    3 years ago
    • The sad thing is I think our dear EXO boys were kind of trying to be hood too… they just… really failed.

      3 years ago
      • i just want guys to wear clothes that fit them. Baggy pants and over sized t-shirts make them look short and fat which they are neither. It’s like someone is trying to bring back the wrong part of the 90s.
        I just want to buy some of them a belt, and burn the pants with the crotch that’s to their knees. I forgive companies a lot when it comes to styling (and the boys styling of themselves) if i like their singing and dancing. You know the whole “it’s what is on the inside that counts” stuff…but these pants i’ve been seeing on everyone lately need to go…like yesterday.

        3 years ago
        • Aw, well I grew up in the nineties so I think the bandanas and baggy clothes look pretty baller. The frillier costumes kind of damaged the effect for me a bit. It looks like Luhan got lost on the way to star in Disney on Ice.

          3 years ago
        • LOL that’s legit. They so do look like extras from Xanadu omg.

          3 years ago
    • And probably the most massive turtle necks I have ever seen. Those should get mentioned too.

      3 years ago
      • But Martina hates turtlenecks a lot. Just watch the Big Bang “Monster” video they did, she murders the turtlenecks.

        3 years ago
  35. Cat

    I happen to really love the song and the video. To be honest, yes I am very CL biased. But I do find the song itself realllyyy catchy. Yeah I don’t really understand that one ‘hood’ scene but the rest of the video is very aesthetically pleasing. BUT GD, PUT ON SOME PANTS. D8

    3 years ago
  36. This Music Monday is for all my bad nasties around the world, not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good, you know?

    3 years ago
  37. For me, I can handle reappropriation of rap culture if you can pull it off. CL was badass and had tons of swagger in her video. But when lets say SNSD does it, it’s unsettling. Idk, I just find it ok cuz CL makes me believe she is about that life. And I honestly really like the song. I guess I got more hood in me than Simon. GET AT ME SON!

    3 years ago
    • How was that even more embarrassing than SNSD?? CL sold it, SNSD… it was harder to believe since it was so different

      3 years ago
    • I have to disagree with you on that one. I think if we are talking cultural appropriation, then IGAB, as much as everybody seems to dislike it, has less fault because SNSD was just borrowing certain aesthetics from hiphop music and incorporating it to their own style, instead of trying to imitate it or claim that they are actually hiphop artists. I don’t think however that kpop artist doing hiphop concepts its a bad thing (though I’m not really in position to say whether it is offensive, since I really know very little about that culture) and I do think YG artist are great at the genre. My real problem with CL’s song is that I don’t think it reflects CL own style but just some kind of generic YG concept, and we all know its too similar to GD’s latest album. I did like the video though, I think she looked gorgeous and fierce as usual.

      3 years ago
    • LOL what is you?? jkjk. I know she isn’t really about that life, but I can appreciate her confidence. I suppose we will have to agree to disagree.

      3 years ago
      • I guess so. LOL. CL can be cool and confident all she wants. But she needs to do it better.

        3 years ago
    • I agree with ya!

      I also don’t know how much hood are the US girls like Beyonce, etc…. To me they all look rich and not struggling at all :D

      3 years ago
      • It’s about where they start off, more than where they are now. Whatever success they have now doesn’t eradicate their pasts, and the struggles they faced previously. On a different note, though still related to your comment Beyonce is RnB, she’s not rap and she doesn’t really draw from the cultural aspects of rap in her music. I recommend watching Kat Dahlia’s Gangsta video to understand more of what Simon was talking about.

        3 years ago
        • OK maybe Beyonce was not a good example, however I still think that there must be some examples of non-hood rappers in the US, Im just too lazy to look them up :))

          3 years ago
        • I dont really mind the real background of the artist, if the music and rapping is good :) CL is a good rapper, so it was expected that she would rap in her solo debut. I find “Leaders” and “the baddest female” similar in the message, and dont get why all of a sudden everyone is so shocked at how hood CL is :)
          Anyhow, at least she’s not rapping about drugs, guns and violence…. that’d be just wrong

          3 years ago
        • She wrote the lyric for this song tho lol So I agree with you she needs to improve :) the lyric of this song is a bit… It’s not awful but it’s not really good either

          3 years ago
  38. nice chanel hat simon ;D now that’s what i call gangstah style!

    3 years ago
  39. GD: I LOOOSSSTT MY PANTS IN RIPITO FIPITO SIPI SLOW MOTION

    3 years ago
    • Shorts comments like this often get to first place, because:
      – more people read them entirely
      – everyone can relate to them
      – there’s nothing to disagree about so only a dummy can thumb it down

      Maybe Jina Lee is super sneaky and used these techniques to carry a subliminial message for people to vote for EXO :-p

      3 years ago
      • LOL I’m actually a BABY(AKA B.A.P fan)
        so it’s funny that I got the most likes by using a EXO reference
        u know caz there’s always been a B.A.P EXO thing going on
        I didn’t even know I got the most likes till now lol

        3 years ago
        • hehe I am a BABY too! But then again, I like almost every group I have come across so….

          3 years ago
      • Blow Your Mind *beep bee-bee-bee beep*

        3 years ago
    • N/m what I said before. Someone at the bottom posted a picture of what he was wearing.

      3 years ago
    • I thought u guies well at least Simon was going to scream I LOST MY PANTS

      3 years ago
  40. My thoughts on the song:
    It’s a shame that whoever composed the song (sounds like GD) couldn’t decide what genre this song should belong to. Right now it’s a cluster*uck really and sounds so bad. One minute she’s trying to rap old school, the next she’s singing girlygirl k-pop chorus, then suddenly there’s some RnB. And some dubstep sounding break as well if I remember correctly.

    This definitely sounds like a concept song more than a lead single. Don’t think she’ll win any awards given the extremely strong competition at the moment (why is everyone releasing at the same time!!).

    My thoughts on the video:
    Not bad at all! I don’t really like the “yo, look at my posse from the hood” scenes, but the rest is really good and fun to watch. It’s a shame that the song sucks coz the video deserves better!

    3 years ago