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G-Dragon “Crooked” – Kpop Music Mondays

September 24, 2013

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AYO FINALLY! G-Dragon released “Coup d’Etat” and “Crooked” while we were out of the country, and they held up onto the KpopCharts for so long, so now we’re going to talk about “Crooked,” our favourite of the two GD tracks. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it already.

It also seems to be a lot of other people’s favourites, as it has more views that Coup d’Etat. I mean, Coup d’Etat is a pretty video and all, but the song is kinda…meh. We find Crooked a lot more accessible.

Speaking of accessibility, something that really excited us is Pitchfork’s review of Coup d’Etat. If you’re not familiar with Pitchfork media, it’s pretty much a music website powerhouse that defines the musical tastes for a vast amount of people of this generation. We personally use Pitchfork a lot as well. While we don’t agree with all of its reviews, some of which we TREMENDOUSLY disagree with, Pitchfork has definitely introduced us to LOADS of music that we wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise.

The fact that they didn’t give Coup d’Etat a glowing review doesn’t bother us. We have GD’s album. We listened to it a few times. It’s…alright, but it’s not groundbreaking stuff. In the context of all the music that gets produced around the world, a 6.1 out of 10 seems about right. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible.

So why are we excited about it? Because Kpop is rarely talked about seriously. Most of the conversations we have about Kpop with music buffs result in Kpop being pooh-poohed away. It’s not music made with heart and soul, it’s not artistically innovative. It’s very well packaged and exceptionally marketed to its audience, but it’s not music for music’s sake, you know? A vast majority of it is fluff. It’s fun fluff, though! And just because you like serious music doesn’t mean you can’t like fluff, and vice versa. We’re just happy that GD’s album isn’t spoken about as fluff. It’s being discussed seriously, by serious art snob Pitchfork, you know? That’s a conversation that we rarely see happening. Sure, it happens in the Kpop community, but it’s not a conversation that happens from people not steeped in Kpop culture. For all of Gangnam Style’s success around the world, it was only taken as a joke and a novelty. For GD’s album to be seriously discussed fascinates us tremendously. You know what I mean?

Still, though, thinking about GD and his music, I’m wondering what the next step will be. I remember having a discussion with someone high up in the music industry, and he said that the thing that bothers him about Korean Music is that there isn’t a voice for a generation. Who is the voice of Korea? Who sings about their lives? GD could be that person, I think, but from what I’m seeing most of his music is really ultra-personal, more about him and his life. And, let’s face it, majority of us aren’t ultra successful ultra rich pop stars, so it’s not really something a lot of people can relate to, you know? Who are the Lady Gagas of Kpop advocating diversity? Does Korea have a Nirvana speaking to its generation? A Kanye West? Sure, those examples might evince an “ewe, that person’s gross and has ____ amount of flaws,” which I’m not arguing against. I just want to know if Korea has popular artists that speak for the plights that their generations are going through. Who is the conscience of Korea’s music industry? More than just idol-worshipping, I hope.

Part of me wants to see GD pull a Bon Iver: lock yourself up in your cabin for 6 months without any outside contact and emerge with a beautiful album that wows the world. Would that be good for his market and audience? Would that be good for the Korean music industry as a whole? I don’t know. All I can say is that if had to put my money down on someone being able to speak for its generation, I think GD could do it.

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  1. I really liked Martina’s running song and Spudgy/Meemers version as well. :D

    And tiny GD vs FanGURILLA.

    3 years ago
  2. bwahahahaha that country song!!!

    i loved this song!!

    3 years ago
  3. Hey guise! :D I would like very much to win that GD album so here it goes:
    My favourite part is the one from 1:57 to 2:28. I think it fits perfectly the lyrics (here’s the english translation):

    I’ll put on thick eyeliner, use a whole can of hairspray
    Leather pants, leather jacket with a frown
    I want to hide my pain and become even more crooked
    So you can feel sorry, I’ll spit toward the sky
    You’re scared of my crude words and my rough eyes
    But actually, I’m afraid, I want to go back but I have nowhere to go
    I want to love but no one to love, what am I supposed to do?
    I can’t turn it back

    So, it shows GD masking his pain with superficial matters. The beauty saloon, the cars, fashion itself, and clubs. It’s like he’s trying to “change” to forget, but ends up drowning further as he acts in a reckless way. The places he visits are set in “dark” tones, almost like the city where it was filmed, what is pretended is a gloomy visual, much like the phase he’s going through. The epitome of this part it is, I think, the one where he’s at that outdoor eating place where he just kicks everyone’s food and drinks and no one seems to care. “But actually, I’m afraid, I want to go back but I have nowhere to go, I want to love but no one to love, what am I supposed to do?”. He’s hopeless.

    It think it is indeed a very relatable video and it is beautifully shot. Sharp and quick cuts give the rhythm the song needs. Even though he’s acting he made it believable and genuine. I think its great (:

    Sooo, that’s it for this Attempt to Make a Mini K-Pop Music Monday, I will leave you to your choice now xD
    Greetings from a portuguese nasty! Wish you guys all the best!

    (my youtube account is name is Maria Inês Rodrigues, or tkjm94)

    3 years ago
  4. My favourite part, hands down, would be the scene where he kicks all the peoples food off the tables. Well not so much that part, but the part after where he goes and LIES DOWN ON THE TABLE WITH MUSHED UP FOOD ON IT. At least he wasn’t wearing that sick ass fur coat of his!

    3 years ago
  5. This is my favorite album from him, personally I think his vocal suits pop-rock too, beside hiphop/rap. I love Crooked and Runaway very much. Coup D’etat and You Do are really unique and they keep growing on me, but I can understand why people doesn’t get into it. “R.O.D” is the most beloved for his fans though, as I see.

    Thank you for the MV review :D

    3 years ago
  6. Poor Fangurilla …

    3 years ago
  7. My daughter and I laughed our backsides off at “Oh my god, I killed a child!” and a few other places in the video. Awesome job guise! I’m so glad you picked this over GD’s other video. :)

    3 years ago
  8. pffffhahahahaha just when i thought this would be a serious discussion over GD’s video…… “OH MY GOD, I killed a child!” happened…. and then “He’s Got the Runs”……. so funnyyyy! this totally made up for the recent lack of KMMs~ keep spreading the joy of laughter to all the children of the world…. and GD. you guys totally make my day!

    and JYJ’s song……. my sentiments exactly -______-;

    3 years ago
  9. BTW, I like the scene where he peeing in that child look baby blue suit. It seems like he loved to act peeing nowadays. This time in public tho. I found it’s odd, when he choose to pee in side-street but he had to cry in toilet stall. While he seemingly had ability to run fast, then how difficult it be to find nearest public toilet?? LOL and he even had a suit!

    3 years ago
  10. Can I say that I like this part when he is checking his gum… Like 1:04 “Hi gum, how you doin?” :D but for real I like this moment when he is sitting on this car-sofa whith his bike next to it. Like lost child who doesn’t know what to do next. But later you can see that he is still riding. So for me it’s kind of like : he was lost and tired but he get ovet it and startrd again :D my ytb acc : Czoko Muffin.

    3 years ago
  11. My favourite scene is
    UNBIASEDLY, at 2.22 mins because in the VERYY far right hand side, you
    can see my friend in a blue shirt, and myself being REPRESENTED by that
    cockblocker with the sunglasses (I’ll find YOUUU!!). It took us 4 hours
    to find him and a bit of guts to sneak in front of the camera line but
    we made it!… yesss I AMM sooo nastyy hehehe ^^~ but his crew weren’t
    too strict so we just chilled there XDD Kinda took inspiration from
    S&M’s backstage at Inkigayo ^___^”

    Youtube name : Nancy Vu
    Twitter: EnnVeeX

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    3 years ago
    • WOW!! I rewatched it lol! Are you the one that sit in the very back with black hair and sunglasses?? lol it must be made your day! lucky girl :D

      3 years ago
      • no no though i wish!!! The dude with the sunglasses blocks me entirely but one of the fans took a pic from an angle that makes me visible and they posted it on instagram which im SO gratfeul for… and that day ENLIGHTENED me, i was gasping and being all O_O *_* when he was kicking stuff off the table and we also discovered the car park where the coaches of equipments and staff were stationed, camouflaged as innocent civilians at a cafe nearby and eavesdropped on the supervisor to know the location where we would eventually find him. Hunter level: PRO XDD

        3 years ago
  12. My favourite scene is UNBIASEDLY, at 2.23 mins because in the VERYY far right hand side, you can see my friend in a blue shirt, and myself being REPRESENTED by that cockblocker with the sunglasses (I’ll find YOUUU!!). It took us 4 hours to find him and a bit of guts to sneak in front of the camera line but we made it!… yesss I AMM sooo nastyy hehehe ^^~ but his crew weren’t too strict so we just chilled there XDD Kinda took inspiration from S&M’s backstage at Inkigayo ^___^”

    Youtube name : Nancy Vu
    Twitter: EnnVeeX

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    3 years ago
  13. My favorite scene was at 1:47 Where he is sitting alone against a wall on some sidewalk. While the rest of the video was very energetic, this was the one scene where he was very quiet. It was like he lost all energy from all of the overly excessive emotions – whether excitement, anger, or crying- and just went numb.
    The video on a while was a common thread that we see among the young & famous where they spiral out of control, but it was also one that can speak to anyone dealing with having to live up to the expectations of those around you. And this one short scene spoke to me because among all of the fakeness of having to act happy with friends and crying in private, there are just sometimes where you’re too tired to do either. It was a nice break in the video as if he took a break for a couple of seconds before resuming with the intensity again before finally crashing at the end.

    youtube user name: fruitchaat2

    3 years ago
  14. OMG i got over my coughing, now I can laugh at the end slate and not die coughing :D

    3 years ago
  15. Actually, I don’t want GD pull a Bon Iver at all. Because like we see, he seemed like he is already in his comfort zone when everyone praise him and serve him like a King. He even confessed he didn’t write song as fast as he was before, because he was too happy. You know why he is always such an emo kid in his lyrics, yes it’s from experiences, if it makes sense tho. Anyway, I want he pull a rowdy-carefree-hippe life ala Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild. Okay, not that extreme. I still want him posting his daily instagram. :p But maybe a quiet-humble life like you know blend into the community like real people not like his pack of socialites friends. Or just taking a break or holiday! Or meditate in a dessert! Or getting into army dedicatedly might be help LOL Idk what to say… I just say he need real experience so then he can connect more to the common people..

    3 years ago
  16. My favorite part of the song…would have to be the beginning when GD’s walking through that lit tunnel and its like your looking at the moon at close range, but when he moves, its the back of his jacket. It was in my opinion an artistic part of the MV.

    3 years ago
  17. I like the scenes where he’s just
    running towards the camera cause he looks hot…okay, jk. I would’ve said that it was the part where he pulled the gum out of
    his mouth but that was just random. Anyway, my real favorite part was at 2:11
    in the official mv where he goes “kkkkkr-thu” like spitting out whatever saliva
    he had in his mouth. The main reason I like that part is because he actually
    makes it part of the song [like, as in it’s actually part of the lyrics] which
    I thought was pretty clever. And my second reason is because it reminds me of
    Titanic where Jack is teaching Rose how to spit like a man. :D Oh, and not to
    mention, it’s followed by the part where he’s “supposedly” peeing on the wall
    [which is just naaaaasty, but hey we nasties like that kind of thing à
    I’m totally not being serious about that last comment]. X]

    3 years ago
  18. everyone likes the crying scene, but I love the scenes where hes just in his boxers. its so simpe but I like the laid back simple g-dragon as much as i like the wild one.

    3 years ago
  19. I like the spudgy and meemer’s take on the EYK take on Crooked.

    3 years ago
    • ….and here I thought that it was the Eyk take on “Yakkity Sax”, the Benny Hill closing theme…either way, it was great.

      3 years ago
  20. It always impresses me how KMM make my Mondays so much better :) I think this was one of my favourite reviews of the year. I laughed the whole way through, and almost spat out my muffin. Thanks soooo much!

    For me, the crying scenes were really powerful, because it almost looked as if he was laughing hysterically when he was crying, like he was going insane. The whole mv kinda looked like he was going insane. It seemed like he was going “crooked”, as the title implies, when he was doing all the bad stuff (kicking the food around, pushing that guy around, etc.) and then afterwards it all just sorta built up inside him and then he finally cracked and let it all go with such strong emotions that he was laughing and screaming while he cried. Even though throughout the whole mv he was trying to act cool on the outside, I think that the crying-in-the-washroom scenes represented his mental state on the inside. In the end, it gave me the message that when you try to act like someone else, or something else, or you have pressure on yourself to act that way, it’ll screw up and your life will start going downhill, and eventually you just can’t take it any more. Yeah…

    P.S. My YouTube username is AngelaCat13.

    3 years ago
  21. The last scene where he finally collapses. It just seems so final. He’s torn apart from trying to portray a positive image on the outside, but crying on the inside. After all is said and done, he just couldn’t take it anymore.
    YouTube username: MsThugBear

    3 years ago
  22. Oh my god you guys are so awesome :D The “He’s got the ruuuuuns” had me in stitches and sent me into a coughing fit since I am a little sick right now so that was not that nice but that bit was still hilarious :D And the re-enactments what the different people would do… Still LOLing here^^

    I am glad that you picked “Crooked” because while “Coup d’Etat” has the symbolism it took me a while to like the song whereas with “Crooked” I was immediately hooked (sorry I just had to make that lame rime xD). It just makes me wanna dance and jump around!

    3 years ago
  23. “Oh my God i killed a child!” 20 minutes later, still LOLing.

    3 years ago
  24. I also love the part where you guys re-enacted what a fangirl would do….I laughed my ass off because I can count off of my fingers of all the people I know who’d do that!

    3 years ago
  25. By the way Simon everyone wants your hat! XP

    3 years ago
  26. My favorite part was where he was sitting or dancing in the middle of all those people and supposed friends and he couldn’t look more alone. Although surrounded by people it’s sometimes a lonely business which makes you break down and cry.

    3 years ago
  27. I actually liked the club scene, because it goes so well with awesome song! They’re having fun and this song has an awesome, fun vibe to it. The fact that it was filmed in the UK makes it even more awesome!!! Great job GD! My YouTube username is profl1p.

    3 years ago
  28. OH. MY. GOODNESS…I cried I laughed so hard at the “He’s got the ruuuuuuns” song…watched it like five times….then when Spudgy comes on and sings I lost it again…then the Meems came…oh hell, bells…

    Perfection…this KMM is perfection…thanks.

    3 years ago
  29. You guys are so adorable as JYJ, I’m so glad you included a minor spoof about that wonderfully ridiculous video of theirs. I have no idea how they themselves kept a straight face while filming it.

    Super LOVED the real person compared to fangirl skits, I lost it with “Oh my god I killed a child.”
    And Martina, you could be a legit GD impersonator.

    3 years ago
    • Let’s keep in mind that JYJ made up 3/5 of “Balloons”. Me thinks they gave up on their dignity awhile ago. LOL

      3 years ago
  30. About my favorite scene (besides the crying, that guys i was sold with that performance, it move me) and is not the part of GD running like a girl (I am a girl, i believe i look more manly than him running XD) is probably the part he is dancing in the club and drops… I mean who hasn’t feel like that, being surrounded by people and still feeling like you are freaking alone and all you want to do is break down? Well kudos to GD, after all getting our crayon does have his consequences

    3 years ago
  31. I’m really curious about your question too. What popular artist in Korea speaks for their generation? No idea really… I know quite a few more artists than the idols popular in the international community but it’s difficult to know this unless you look up the lyrics of all the songs(the popular ones) South Korea is producing. And that’s lots of work, man! From what I’ve seen I think Bangtan Boys is kinda going in this direction, but they are more in the “you don’t have to follow these set in stone standards to be successful” area so far. It would be really nice to know if there is any artist fitting or trying to fit in the “speaking for their generation” category

    3 years ago
    • I was just about to say “Bangtan Boys” seemed to be trying to be a “voice” with “No More Dream” and “N.O,” representing the disenchanted youth that do not subscribe to the the strict discipline of “study study study” to achieve one’s goals, but rather, to try to find your voice and passion to work hard towards. I agree with you that it will be interesting how much further they will explore this vein of thinking and if it really starts to grab hold by the Korean youth. Currently it is somewhat shallow, but that is the tendency of “pop” music anyways.

      As S&M says, I think GD has the strongest potential to be a “voice” for Korea and, at this point, the following to make a impact. It is an exciting time to be a fan of Kpop, to see how it will evolve with more and more world recognition.

      3 years ago
      • I agree that GD has the most potential to be the voice of korea of his generation (after seo taiji) but we might have just to wait after he finishes with his enlistment with the army…. Imagine his music after his experience in the army after years in the limelight of idol life especially since the government has done away with celebrity recruits…. But that’s years from now

        3 years ago
    • i think if we’re not looking at idols specifically, then we’d be able to find someone. but if we go indie that in itself would be another hunt because talented indie bands are aplenty! but yeah, most kpop songs are about personal experiences and love songs rather than touching about actual issues within society. i dunno whether or not it’s because of korea’s culture that doesn’t really like to talk about those stuff freely or viewing it as taboo topics to sing about, but i definitely agree with s&m that if it could be anyone, it would probably be GD or TOP or epik high since they’re more daring and have spoken about some stuff in their past albums and songs.

      3 years ago
      • I was thinking about Epik High as well, Their lyric content is really good and they have talked about some problems in our society. We can even see it in their latest album, that was criticized for being more pop or mainstream, but they’re a couple of songs with very strong lyrics, like “New Beautiful”. I think if we actually go into hip-hop there are more chances of finding someone. Or even if some idols actually were free to write their own lyrics… but that’s a completely different subject.

        3 years ago
  32. I already posted this on facebook but I thought I might as well put it here too. My username is Dapper Dinosaur.

    My favorite moment in Crooked was when G-Dragon was crying in the bathroom and when he falls at the end of the video. 1) because it reminds me of Draco malfoy in the 6th book. But no seriously it just shows the raw emotion and makes you want to cry too. It show his vulnerability and makes you realize he is actually a human being with emotions like all of us. 2)when he falls, it shows that he can’t keep up the fake mask that he has to in this industry. It shows that he’s done trying and he overworked himself to death. It’s such a beautiful album and the symbolism is just spectacular.

    3 years ago
  33. I’m sure a lot here will say the same reason as me, and that is the sobbing in the bathroom. The last few videos of GD has been with a lot of attitude. Which is nice, I enjoy that side of him. But the scene was quite surprising for me, I was taken aback with it. It just increased my expectations of GD as my favourite k-pop artist, and that is development. He keeps on going forward, and he keeps surprising me. I find it very satisfing to be a fan of him, !because he is not underestimating me. I hope this made sense! My youtube name is kawowl!

    He’s got dem ruuuuuuuuuuuuuns!

    3 years ago
  34. can i use the “he’s got the runs” song as my ringtone bc i can already see it being the best ringtone ever

    3 years ago
  35. Nothing about the high incompatibility between “punk” and “cross tatoos”? Well, whatever!

    I like the fact that you guise took the time to say why you didn’t pick the 2 other videos, even if it crops a bit more an already short KMM… Thank you for being honest (and hilarious) about the JYJ ad!

    And that 2NE1-inspired fanart on the right is BRILLIANT!

    3 years ago
  36. My favorite or the scene that hit me hardest was the “crying in the booth” scene. I know it hit most of us hard to see him this upset and sad. The lyrics didn’t help either so I couldn’t help to cry for about 3 days.
    BUT! Then when I watched the MV again something else hit me in the heart… my food loving heart.
    GD…it doesn’t matter how “young, wild and rich” you are… YOU DON’T GO AROUND KICKING OTHER PEOPLES FOOD! Especially not fries. You gonna get your ass beat.
    Good damn it.

    Yeah and my Youtube acc is Amanda SiriLinnea.

    3 years ago
  37. Mblaq appeared again even after having nothing to do with this weeks showdown….haha maybe that club denied GD’s entry and that’s why it started bleeding rainbows

    3 years ago
  38. This video reminds me of the tv show Skins (UK)

    3 years ago
  39. I like the part where GD’s sobbing in the bathroom stall because, you’d think he’d close the door, but nooooo. GD’s a strong and empowering punk, who don’t take no embarrassment and his proud to show his tears! Also, kudos to the automobile couch. I’d like one of those….

    3 years ago
  40. Far and away my favorite scene is the “GD in silky boxers riding the horse that we are all frakin jelly of!” I mean I DARE YOU NOT TO THINK DIRTY THOUGHTS!!!!!! *Squee* Com’mon admit it…you know you watched it more than once…or ten times…having an actual physical album would prolly make me cry…but never fear I have plenty of tissues! ^_^ (P.S. my youtube name is maddiefossett)

    3 years ago