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Exo – Mama: Kpop Music Mondays

April 10, 2012


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Mama! Just let me be your lover! Wait…no. That’s a different Mama. This Mama is totally different, and still pretty damned AWESOME!

So EXO-K has finally made their very very long awaited debut! *cougheventhoughweconsideredthemdebutedwithWhatIsLovecough* First off, we are really digging this song. It is seriously epic and the video matches it perfectly. Great production value and great dancing. We totally enjoyed this music video! Hopefully you all had the chance to catch our three teasers leading up to this week’s Music Monday and we want everyone to know that we made those teasers all in good fun to inject some humour into EXO-K. Even though we loved this song and video, we feel like EXO-K is being presented in a very serious light, and by serious I mean not goofy. We’ve got the million teasers, the “prologues” leading up to their “story”, the totally super serious 1:30 mythological introduction which introduces their backstory, the monk like chanting, the serious expressions in the music video, and even the lyrics are serious about unhappy and serious issues…WHY SO SERIOUUUUSSS!!!!

We all know that in reality EXO-K are really just humans acting the part of aliens or mythological beings, and, really, they’re just a group of talented guys chosen by a company to play the role the company wants. Now we fully acknowledge this “deeper reality” part of the kpop world and frankly, we don’t give a crap about it because we still think the kpop members themselves are extremely talented and should be acknowledged as such regardless of their company backing. However, no matter how serious the band’s image is, there is always room to be poked fun of and joked with, because at the end of the day, it’s much nicer to laugh and smile then fight with people about their differing opinions. Our goal for Kpop Music Monday has always been to make people laugh, and we like to sprinkle that laughter with a few opinions about marketing trends and production value. So hopefully you all had a good laugh at our teasers and also enjoy our review of EXO-K’s “MAMA”.

Now onto more serious business. How freaking cute was Spudgy in his little bear ear monk robes? WHOA. Our dog is so patient with us. Now a lot of people wanted to know why the cat Chicken who we are cat-sitting for did not have a teaser video, and that’s really easy to answer. Chicken is evil. If Chicken was larger, she would try to eat all of us. In fact, she has already tried. We fully believe that Chicken does not want to be a house cat and does not enjoy being with humans. She should be set free into the jungle where she can terrorize other animals. Simon has grown up with four cats, all of which we adopted, one which was found feral in the woods, and even that cat was able to be trained into be a loving animal that wants to be pet. We have never met a cat that doesn’t want to play with feathers, eat catnip, be pet when arching, or clean itself obsessively. A cat that doesn’t want to groom itself when in a lovely patch of sunlight is off to me. Scary.

Thanks to our friends who forget to tell us the important detail of their cat being evil. “Oh she’s called Chicken because she’s just shy”. What you meant to say was, “Oh she’s called Chicken because she’ll make you a coward who’s afraid of the little kitty cat hiding under your couch”. Thanks Brian and Whitney. Thanks.

OMG back to EXO-K! A couple of things we wanted to address that we couldn’t fit into the video! The cartoon at the beginning of the video was SO SO SO top notch and well done. Even though the English was difficult to follow, wow, the graphics were just, WOW. Also the special effects were incredible and not cheesy at all. That fire bird was amazing! Regarding the lyrics, we know that people are going to comment on this so we’ve got it say it now before they start flooding in. The word “MAMA” can have a few different meanings, and although we joked about it meaning mommy in our video, in reality it probably means more like Queen Mother. It’s not used normally in everyday Korean conversation, but I’ve heard it in several Korean historical dramas to address the Queen, and considering that EXO are mythological forces of nature, they’re probably talking to mother nature, or some kind of magical mother deity. But if I could choose, I’d prefer it to mean Seungri’s version, of MAMA as a hot mamacita. That would definitely shake up the meaning of the song:

Die, kill, fight, shout – this is it a war
Help us super hot woman, super hot sexy woman, super hot woman, super hot woman, turn back
Help us realize super hot woman sexy hot woman super good looking woman super hot woman, rolling back
Clash, hit, take sides, fight – this is not a game
Help us sexy hot woman super hot woman smexy hot woman foxy hot woman super hot woman, turn back

But I see the English “turn back” and “rolling back” still don’t work…ohh…

Well, enough blathering! If you’re a fan of the song as much as we are, you can pick up the EXO album on either YesAsia or iTunes. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more epic *awkwardcough* you can check out the music we made for the teasers for EXO, for free, here!

Woot! Lastly, it seems like this entire Music Monday was just a ball of bloopers. Here are this week’s bloopers, as well as the two EXO teasers and one Prologue we posted. Ooh! So…tease-ey!

KMM_Teaser_29_MARTINA (1) HD Full (English ver.)

KMM_Teaser_30_SIMON (1) HD Full (English ver.)

KMM_Prologue_1_Spudgy (1) HD Full (English ver.)



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  1. I vote for B.A.P cause they didn’t debut with a crap load of teasers, 2 prologues, and a showcase… and still they did well and stood out form regular kpop groups :D

    but I still love EXO too :3

    4 years ago
  2. lool I love your little “tree of life” in the back beside the laptop xD

    4 years ago
  3. Oh, you have to listen to the Mandarin version too!  Chen’s voice is GORGEOUS!

    4 years ago
    • Well, to be honest, me too. I quite happily pick B.A.P. over EXO for a lot of things, but there are a lot of people who only listen to EXO-K and neglect EXO-M, which I think is rather sad.

      3 years ago
      • Yeah, it took me a while. >.< Sorry.

        Almost all my friends are the same too, and most of them aren't into K-pop at all. One of them said it was because she could hear Exo-M pouring their souls into the songs, whereas Exo-K are technically very good but don't quite have Exo-M's spark.

        I actually picked up a couple of Mandarin words/grammar things from the song. *snorts* Really wasn't expecting that, but hey.

        3 years ago
  4. Wam! Bam! B! A! P! 

    Exo-K debut? They finally did? Oh, don’t kid me, it’s another teaser right? 

    Love their accessories though 

    4 years ago
  5. Actually MAMA kind of reminded me of Superman by Suju…

    4 years ago
  6. I would honestly say that I prefer BAP before Exo in terms of debut. Exo made me tired with all of the promos/ not quite a real song but ima release a video for it songs. I grew bored and got to familiar where as BAP just jumped out of nowhere. I kinda think I appreciate BAP’s style more too. both have really good dancing ,but EXO just seems like something I’ve already seen way to often in korean music I guess I appreciate the cockyness and roughness of BAP like they arent afraid to get dirty where as exo looks like they’d cry if they dirtied their outfits guess thats just the american in me but  kai ,sweetie,………………., that was an epic nono I laughed for at least 20mins trying to figure out what the hell was happening i thought youtube snuck an ad in the middle of the video for a new scary movie or something sigh oh well just my 2cents ;)o

    4 years ago
  7. Hi, Simon and Martha, maybe you should have mentioned that SM is introducing two groups, EXO-M and EXO-K simultaneously for Chinese and Korean market. SM is gambling a fortune with this twin idea. The awful Engrish and Genie ad are mostly  for Chinese’ consumption, I imagine…THey don’t care what the Engrish says as long as it sounds great….

    4 years ago
  8. yay! i was going mad trying to figure out what the narrator was saying [“something something seem alike…blah…seem alike”…”the legends will grit each other?!!”] kinda good to know its just goobledegook meant to sound seemingly badass.
    anywhosit, i thought the video was neat; the effects, the styling, the dances. i especially like the main stage where they are dancing by the light emitting pillars; since there are two worlds, the fact that it kind of looks like a reflective world on the ceiling is cool. & by the end i was whoa, cool! but after watching again, i feel like towards the end of the video, after they were done showing off their powers & were attempting to tie the story back into the whole two worlds bit, fail. it got confusing, good twin, evil twin? are there twelve of them? or six? maybe i just need to know more exo backstory, but i think that’s excessive for something such as a music video….just saying.
    all that being said, b.a.p all the way! their debut didn’t have a bullshit narrator, why? because they didn’t need one as a filler. the actual music to mama is slightly memorable, but mostly due to the fact that it sounds like kashmir T_T seriously, but the lyrics are forgettable. whereas warrior has more oomph behind it. the video for warrior was crisp & full of passion & gets you pumped & makes you want to listen. i love how at 0:38 (at the grunt, >.>) they change from the jumpsuits to the leather getups & the fact that it looks instant is one of those nice, subtle surprises; you’d never take them for a debuting group. precision, step dancing, sexy raspy voice, bass & whistles, WIN! WIN! WIN!

    btw, love the videobomber in your bloopers. i had many a family photo RUINED last fall while visiting my parents, people straight up slowed down while passing in front of us posing for a group shot. -___-

    4 years ago
  9. I think B.A.P has the best debut song EVER!
    I mean warrior is just… the rap sequence… the dance… Zelo… is just… I-I Just… *faints. 

    4 years ago
  10. I choose B.A.P!!!

    4 years ago
  11. B.A.P

    4 years ago
  12. Is it just me, but does EXO’s debut make anyone think of H.O.T’s Outside Castle? Only bigger budget?

    4 years ago
  13. I vote for B.A.P. after 2 months their song’s still playing in my ears. I watched EXO Mama MV and was like “what the…what’s this about????” plus, i know SM is a big company but they overdid all these promotion things for EXO, which is…kind of…lame!

    4 years ago
  14. EPIC Debut – Exo ’cause it is really original (prologues, 23 teasers and finally a video with superhuma powers and a freaking amazing intro hehehe) That’s a first in Kpop history lol

    4 years ago
  15. I listened to that intro at least 5 times and the narrator’s accent totally threw me off.. The accent and everything made it sound like it was making sense but I felt like I had lost my grasp on English. -__- Whereas usually the English lyrics don’t make sense but at least you know what they’re trying to say… But this song and video  is so awesome, my boyfriend who doesn’t care for kpop actually liked the song and the dance although he did make it clear he was uncomfortable watching 12 guys dance like that…

    4 years ago
  16. I vote for B.A.P :)

    4 years ago
  17. I’ll vote B.A.P.

    Anyway I’ve figured out why they have been promoting the crap out of Kai. He looks like the only one actually comfortable in front of the camera and on stage. The rest of the group looks rather nervous actually…

    Kai as Deatheater? Nahh…his smoke changes color depending on the color of what he’s wearing.

    4 years ago
  18. Warrior was a lot more epic and a lot less confusing….. though because exo mama was so ridiculous that made it more epicly confusing…. nonetheless I go with BAP’s Warrior!

    4 years ago
  19. Sans the horrible Engrish, I really liked the song and video a lot. But the music in the beginning sounds a lot like Henry’s violin solo in Don’t Don. That’s honestly the only thing I could focus on for a few seconds.

    4 years ago
  20. BAP! The ads from SM made me so angry I refused to even watch EXO because I was sick of them before I even listened. I accidentely came across this song and clicked on it for what-the-heck and I like it, but it doesn’t compare. My MOM who doesn’t like k-pop or rapping heard Warrior and loved it XDDDD After the video she said, “Wow. their dancing was BEASTY (err something along those lines)!!!” I mean if you TRULY compare the debuts, warrior seemed like something you’d see later on, MAMA is something you can expect……….do you get what I mean?

    4 years ago
  21. BAP!~ <3

    4 years ago
  22. it so much like   DBSK’s “Tri-Angle” but i think there gods

    4 years ago
  23. Aki

    Im currently spazzing over EXO..specially M but if we talk about epic debut.. Id totally say B.A.P. They were dropped like a bomb and their company didnt really much gave out a sneak preview of the boys and to think that Never give Up was totally different to Warrior amazed me.
    Hearing Never Give Up made me think like.. “WAIT WHAT?” but when they released Warrior.. It got me hook in one listening and was totally blown away by the LTE rap by Zelo..thinking he’s just 16 years old.

    B.A.P had the fresh feeling when they debuted. Gave out an almost flawless debut stage. It was pretty intense and totally shown how much hard work they’ve been preparing.

    Also, BAP’s debut album wow-ed me.. It was the FIRST ever CD I listened in over a month without skipping any songs.They showed that they are not just giving out intense and heavy song like Warrior but also can deliver something different which is Secret Love.

    So my vote goes to B.A.P for epic alien debut :DDD

    4 years ago
  24. My vote definitely goes to BAP. Their debut was powerful and it was really unique. It really set them apart from other groups. :)

    4 years ago
  25. Please excuse my manners, but – B.A.P vs EXO debut fight, SHIIIIIIT, WHY >.<  I totally love both. I mean, I got so positively and immediately surprised by the high quality by B.A.P that I kinda… put long predebut of Exo aside… and even though I think Mama is right now on the top of k-pop epicness I've ever experienced (and I remember Tri-Angle), I vote for B.A.P. Which is quite meaningful, because since Mama was released, I'm totally monotematic.

    I don't know, I think I would vote for B.A.P, because their awesome debut was strong and completely unpredictable, whereas I was sure EXO is going to prepare something astonishing.

    "sorry kai bai po" for the win.
    (I have NO idea how to write the name of the game down properly- "what's the name of the game b.a.p …" oh sorry)

    4 years ago
  26. “Mama” isn’t bad. I enjoyed it, but I adore my blonde bunnies. Warrior is one of my favorite songs and I like the video better. I vote B.A.P.

    does anyone know if the subtitles for the dramatic horrible English make sense? Did they write it in Korean and then translate it badly? It’s like they used babelfish…

    4 years ago
  27. I think this may be the funniest Music Monday you guys have done EVER. I think I peed in my pants laughing. Thanks guys. I loved the song and some of the video, the intro nearly ruined it for me. But I have to say that the most un-hyped yet brilliant debut this year is BAP!!

    4 years ago
  28. Drive by crotch caress. Nice. haha

    4 years ago
  29. We’re looking for a subber. We used to do it ourselves but don’t have the time for it anymore. Any volunteers?

    4 years ago
  30. we see Luhan in his room, and suddenly Kai appears.
    they look
    into each other as if Kai was telling Luhan something and then Kai
    leaves, most probably is to tell Luhan to call all the members to
    Kai, who now acts as a messenger, teleports to D.O. to tell him.
    D.O. shakes the earth, sending impulses that is felt by Chen.
    who is most probably somewhere in the dessert nearby, also felt the
    earthquake and nods silently which we assume he is nodding to Kai.
    Sehun then sends a butterfly that is received by Tao.
    now Kai arrives in a room with a circular window which we know Baekhyun and Suho are.
    after being told to gather, both called their friends of the other world in their own way.
    Suho called Xiu Min by throwing water at the mirror and water drops from the ceiling which is felt by Xiu Min.
    Baekhyun shines light into the mirror which is seen by Lay.
    meanwhile, Kai reaches the rooftop where Kris is.
    but somehow at the same time, Chanyeol sends a flaming Pheonix feather to Kris.
    Kris unleashes his dragon and Chanyeol unleash his Pheonix in response to each other.
    we then see Luhan staring into his magical globe, watching all the members slowly gathering together.
    gathering then take place at ther hideout which they have to wear the
    black coat and chant for some ceremony as seen in the beginning.

    4 years ago
  31. omg simon I knew the begging made no sense i was like wht this make no sense… u simon just cleared it up for me thank you… :D

    4 years ago
  32. I do agree ^^ We want a better Super Junior’s MV!!

    4 years ago
  33. To me, EXO-M and EXO-K are the finished product of what SM has been trying to build for a long time, through DBSK, the TRAX and Super Junior. They have the Chinese unit and the Korean unit like Super Junior, also their number is the same as the initial SuJu. Then there’s the epicness of their dancing and singing, which reminds me of DBSK. The “rock” touch seems to be something that SM really likes, and corresponds to the TRAX touch in EXO. I don’t think we’re seeing a boy group debut at SM anytime soon.

    4 years ago
  34. B.A.P, of course!


    4 years ago
  35. WARRIOR HOO! (that’s my vote :D)
    Love you guise!! :3

    4 years ago
  36. Voting for Exo!

    4 years ago
  37. Jay

    As much as im loving exo so far…gonna have to go with B.A.P with the better debut. A+ for WARRIOR <3

    4 years ago
  38. Oh, and in the prologue or whatever it is… the thing about the red eye or whatever it is — I can’t help but think of the Eye of Sauron (major LotR nerd). Really. And now I can’t stop laughing… *chokes on Belgian chocolate egg*.

    4 years ago