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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
Yeah!!!

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

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

  3. B.londes A.re P.retty… all the way.
    I love Warrior, and the dance? Wah, I have never seen a Korean video with crumping and stepping in it too. Love at first sight.

    I do like EXO’s video too, but was really put off by Kai’s face makeup… EXO FROM exo planet with all their names… they even turned Kai into an advertisement? Really?? The annoying, non-removable ad at the bottom isn’t enough? If SM is going to put ads in each of EXO’s mvs… I will stop watching their videos. Seriously.. SM is doing a disservice to the talented boys by ruining great videos… in the grab for more money.

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  5. 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 

  6. LOVE YOUR TEASERS AND PROLOGUE XD

    and well, I love EXO-K’s MAMA, and EXO-M’s too, the two videos goes well together, because there you can understand better the thing about the different skies, but in the same ground, and the different ground but same sky xDanywayfor the question, I looooooooved BAP, their debut was so so strong, their song, their voices, the dance, they are really a great group.but, EXO-K, wow, just wow, they are really talented, they have really amazing voices, the song actually is epic, and I love it too much, plus the MV was amazing, and in this case, I don’t care about the teasers, that is just how(really confusingly) SM decided to work, and I can’t blame EXO for that, I am judging for what I think about their debut(and here I am ignoring the oh-so-smooth “what is love”, and the very cool “history” and focusing on  MAMA only) and well, I really think their debut was strongerand well, I guess it is pretty normal to compare new groups to old groups. All my non kpop fans friends think that ALL the kpop songs I play sound like backstreet boys XD, so yeah, but for me, it does remind me a little of TVXQ, but just because they have powerful voicesoh, and T.T poor my SHUPE MAN, suju, I love them(I am ELF ♥) but yeah, SM does not invest very much in them, and the last videos have been really, um, bleh!

  7. Actually MAMA kind of reminded me of Superman by Suju…

  8. 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

  9. 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….

  10. 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. -___-

  11. I vote for B.A.P.’s Warrior. Exo-K had a good video but Warrior definitely got my heart beating faster and gave me shivers. Exo-K didn’t really give me the same awesome feeling like B.A.P. did.

  12. 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. 

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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…

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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?

  21. it so much like   DBSK’s “Tri-Angle” but i think there gods

  22. 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

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

  24. For the best debut… I would definitely pick B.A.P over EXO (same argument for the best new rookies/singer award) I love all the rookies but for me B.A.P stood out the most, especially a group coming from a smaller entertainment compared to the bigger ones like SM and CUBE. B.A.P also shows each of the members individuality and professionalism as a rookie group instead of being reminded of bigger established groups. (It’s not like I intentionally compared them, just absent-mindedly reminded of them) Although they are all still rookies B.A.P was able to give an insight or a good first impression on EACH of their own individual personalities through their performances in a small amount of time. It was the first and still the only group to actually~ BLOW MY MIND AWAY. They truly set the bar high. All of the rookies like NU’EST, BtoB, and EXO had a great debut and I love the songs but it did not make me change my mind. I’m not obsessed I love ALL groups. So, don;t get upset, and go all ‘fan-atic’ on me~ this is just a critic point of view. I tried not to be bias at all (since their all rookies) because I LOVE most of todays kpop groups – like BEAST, Big Bang, TVXQ, SHINee, Girls Generation and MANY MANY others. Simon, Martina, Spudgey, this is my first time commenting and i just wanna say I love your videos and always update on them. You should do a WHO SHOULD WIN THE NEW ROOKIE AWARD video towards the end of the year, it’d be Kewl~
    B.A.P FTW~

  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)

  26. I absolutely love MAMA so my vote goes for EXO

  27. “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…

  28. 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!!

  29. I vote for B.A.P. I think both debuts were epic and I got quickly obsessed with both groubs, but I think bap’s debut was so strong and suprising that have to give my vote to them.

  30. Drive by crotch caress. Nice. haha

  31. Ok, did anybody know that the fire bird was ( i think) a phenox? They are fire birds right? ANd they never die…… Oh. Bye the way, Simon and Martina, I saw the actual video where u met 닠쿤 and runningman. Like, where u went on set and tasted food they made? Also, I think 송중기 was there too. I found it on Baykoreans.net. This is the link for it. I saw you guys, Jennifer, Joe, and Rob I think. It was very fun.

    http://baykoreans.net/index.php?_filter=search&mid=entertain&search_target=title&search_keyword=%EB%9F%B0%EB%8B%9D%EB%A7%A8&page=2&division=-236171&last_division=-85942&document_srl=140516

  32. 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
    gather.
    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.
    Sehun,
    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.
    the
    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.
     

  33. 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

  34. I do agree ^^ We want a better Super Junior’s MV!!

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