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Kpop Music Mondays: GD&TOP “High High”

December 20, 2010

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This week we review the music video for GD&TOP “High High” and try to deal with Martina’s fangirl insanity for TOP. And it looks like we’re gonna have to deal with lots of other fangirls with this video, because this is the most requested video for our Music Mondays EVER. Or it could have been Martina secretly filling out our Music Mondays Request Form hundreds of times.

Anyhow, we said it in the video and we’ll say it here as well: this is the kind of video we’d like to see more of in Kpop. Sure, generic club scenes are generic, many of you may say, but at least they’re accessible. Stuff like JYJ’s “Ayyy Girl” video, which was a good song, really limited its international appeal by being such a bad video. It was perfect for fangirls who got to see their idols looking great, but to those uninitiated into Kpop the video looked quite weird, and might have been alienating. Or, at least that’s our fear. This video, on the other hand, was not only released on YouTube first – so as to hit the international audience – it was a video that many people can understand just fine: two guys rapping and having fun at a club. No awards will be given for most original video award, but at least it does well for marketing.

The song’s great as well. The beat is bumping, and GD & TOP are having fun on the mic. They’re not the best singers in the world, so they focus on what they’re best at: rapping. Back to JYJ for a minute though: what’s up with Kpop in English talking about being so high that they can touch the sky? JYJ did it and punched an eagle, while GD & TOP were a lot less violent about it. They had playboy passports as well, and they took an airplane to get that high (if we’re to trust the beginning of their video at all), while JYJ just, umm, flew there. Must be convenient being gods and all.

A couple of things we didn’t mention in the video, because it might have been too nitpicky: check out the video at 0:47 seconds. Did you see how huge that girl is compared to GD? She’s monstrous! Then GD tries to climb on the rails to match her height, but it’s still not enough, so then they just get rid of her and put two other short girls in her place instead. Ha! Poor planning on behalf of the directors.

Anyhow, this is going to be our last Music Monday of 2010! Next week we’re doing our “How to Dance Kpop 2010” video, and that’s going to take the place of our Music Mondays for the week, but we’ll be back in January for all new episodes. Huzzah! And, as always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for so diligently translating all of our videos into Korean. They’re the best! Anyhow, if you’re a big fan of Big Bang like Martina is, you might be interested in picking up their 2011 Calendar for the new year. Huzzah!

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  1. I see my name at 7:10:P Wooh!

    4 years ago
  2. I LOVE GD!!!!! GD GD GD GD GD!!!!

    5 years ago
  3. I GUESS SPUDGY!

    6 years ago
  4. I have to say I’m just like Martina in this one,
    TOP is totally awesome and GD is the crown prince ;) But actually
    nstead of High High my favorite is Oh Yeah featuring Park Bom
    (I’m both VIP & Blackjack :D). How about doing
    2NE1’s Don’t stop the music? –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ekB4l-6wg

    6 years ago
  5. GD!!!

    6 years ago
  6. G-Dragon! <3
    What a difficult decision… I luv T.O.P's hair though, but GD's still the best for me <3<3
    So go GD!!!!
    PS: Thx for the videos you guys have made, they're all very funny. =] Continue ur work!

    6 years ago
  7. ★Vote for TOP____ T.O.P is hot!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  8. GDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGD~~~~~~~~

    6 years ago
  9. Just got to see the video. Loved it haha. Simon pouring water over Martina lol. Her fangirling so hilarious. I feel you though! Great video as always. It's soo tough with your question but I'm going to have to go with Top. Even though I'm not really digging his hair in this video (I like it though down) he's still hot. GD is too but I like Top's style more I think.

    6 years ago
  10. Ha! Thanks :D I'm not sure if we'd consider ourselves courageous. Maybe just crazy?

    6 years ago
  11. Ha! Yes, we saw that. It's been spreading quickly on Tumblr, and now it's the highest rated comment in GDTOP's official music video. Ha!

    6 years ago
  12. G-Dragon. Although TOP's hair colour is fine, I really don't like it styled like that.

    6 years ago
  13. TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP <3

    6 years ago
  14. Y'all are just too damn cute.

    And you know T.O.P. can get it any day of the week, so my vote goes to T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P.

    Did I mention I love T.O.P.? He can come to noona any day now.

    6 years ago
  15. GD
    GD
    GD
    GD
    GD

    GD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  16. TOP FTW!

    6 years ago
  17. GD!!!

    But I want it to be a tie…

    I dont think its possible cause of Martina;)

    6 years ago
  18. TOP of course!!! *__*

    6 years ago
  19. I saw the ‘순천향 university hospital’ and ‘중앙공원’

    I’m living in Bucheon, too.

    http://map.naver.com/index.nhn?dlevel=13&lat=

    비디오에 제가 사는 동네가 나오니까 반갑네요^^

    6 years ago
  20. of course i vote for the hothot TOP. omgg TOP look really handsome, sexy… oh i'm melting. he is the sexiest idol in south korea..and he always be.
    how can a 23 years old man look as sexy 35 years old macho man. he is even more macho man than cha seung won…

    6 years ago
  21. TOP!!

    6 years ago
  22. I love both GD and TOP!! Its a hard choice…. but I'm leaning towards… TOP! <3

    Thanks so much for doing this video!!! I can't wait for the CD and the come back of Big Bang :)

    6 years ago
  23. T.O.P.

    6 years ago
  24. GD!!!!!

    I didn’t like TOP’s hair in this video.

    6 years ago
  25. T.O.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  26. GD, his is skinny, but the way he dress up doesn't look skinny, he is fashionista, blah blah blah just love him <333
    SO I VOTE FOR G-DRAGON

    6 years ago
  27. G.D!!! I've always loved him and its thanks to him that I love kpop <3 G-Dragon ftw!!!!!

    6 years ago
  28. BB's leader: G.D!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  29. T.O.P. PERIOD!!!!

    6 years ago
  30. I vote for TOP of course.
    Tho i think they both look good, TOP's fashion sense is often acceptable than Gd's is.
    But he just looks really good here.
    Aaah. ;;)

    6 years ago
  31. Hey Martina and Simon can I add a honorable mention for Taeyang I thought I saw him in the scene! He was looking very very nice I heart Taeyang!

    6 years ago
  32. Hey hello there ! Haha I'll totally vote for T.O.P yea ! Cool hair, nice looks. He's awesome. :x
    Yea and I hope that both of you would make a video about SM THE BALLAD – Miss you. ^^

    6 years ago
  33. Totally TOP !!

    6 years ago
  34. I give my vote to GD <33

    6 years ago
  35. GD GD GD G-DRAGON!!! *fangirl mode*
    T.O.P. is incredibly hot, but I'm not loving the white hair on him. I gotta say GD stole the attention in this video for me, he was so freaking cute/sexy and just had such a high level of energy jumping all over the place. I was like "T.O.P. who?" **don't kill me martina** XDD

    6 years ago
  36. TOP
    his entire body oozes with sexiness.

    6 years ago
  37. I also totally love the part where GD says "LIKE NINJA!!!!" and you can totally hear like ninja swords in the background!!!! HAHAHAHA

    6 years ago
  38. TOUGHEST question since grade 3. If I have to choose, I will go with T.O.P!!!!!! He totally rocked it!!! He totally T.O.Ped it!!!!!! ????!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  39. Since i'm having a hard time deciding… i'll throw my vote to G.D…. as far as I can tell T.O.P. is almost guaranteed to win this one… woot underdogs :)

    6 years ago
  40. Okay. I keep seeing this in your videos-why is your remote taped to your couch?????? And this can't be right but it looks like the remote is saying "HELP ME"
    haha-what's up with this???

    6 years ago
    • ahaha i noticed that too LOL

      6 years ago
    • Ha, I noticed that before too but isn't it weird I never thought to ask… I like stopped a second when I saw the remote and then was *shrug*… i've probably done weirder things?

      6 years ago
  41. TOP FTW!!!

    6 years ago
  42. First, let me tell you that I enjoy your website, you guys are awesome (and super funny). Thanks for sharing your experiences in Korea.

    OMG Martina, I love BB too, T.O.P. is my bias. Who looks better out of GTop? Mr. T.O.P. of course, silver hair and all. Choi Seung-hyun, why do you have to be so perfect? *Faints*

    6 years ago
  43. i wonder if GD and TOP are the sales representative or simply endorse Hugh Hefner's bunny?! Anyhow, I choose Hugh-Hefner-insipired-boy-by-dye-his-head-white : TOP all the way..

    6 years ago
  44. I'M VOTING FOR G-DRAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  45. Ahahah! That was my first reaction as well! So many white people.
    Though… they need to back of. TOP, is mine! (Sorry Martina… rock, paper, scissors for him?)

    So, for the showdown, my vote definitely goes to TOP, no doubt about it. I can't really get over the silver hair, but I'll forgive him, it totally beats G-Dragon's fro-hawk.

    Great video, by the way, I totally enjoyed it! ^^

    6 years ago
  46. TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOPTOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP……yea GD was sexy too but gotta give it up for TOP….hehehe

    6 years ago
  47. Jay

    I have to say TOP looks better :)

    Btw, loving the 1337 reference

    6 years ago
  48. OMG It's so hard to choose just one I LOVE them both
    It's so hard But I choose TOP and that Final

    6 years ago
  49. GD!

    6 years ago
  50. Vote for TOP

    6 years ago
  51. Imma vote for TOP
    Although I love them both, TOP is better looking and… more manly

    6 years ago
  52. TOP!!! (For Martina ;DD)

    6 years ago
  53. I like GD a lot, but TOP looked better in the mv imo :)

    6 years ago
  54. aahhh so hard to chose!!!!!!!!!!!
    well I love gdragon, but I just cant get over TOP's hair helooks HOT!!!!!!
    so i'm gonna have to go with TOP

    6 years ago
  55. TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIMES LIKE A MILLION!!!!!!!!!
    (still love u GD, but TOP was WAAAAAY to HOT in this!!!!)

    6 years ago
  56. Tea

    Oh, you guys are cruel!

    I say: GD.

    6 years ago
  57. MSA

    You know, what I'm about to say could sound potentially hurtful, but it's the first thing that crossed my mind, so I'm gonna say it: in the MV, around 1:26, there's a girl with this light-green/blue wig… when I first saw the video, I though she was a tranny xD And there I was thinking "Ohhh, GD, TOP! Good job showcasing diversity~ " Bottom line: that was one ugly wig.

    Oh, and I vote for GD. May not be as handsome as TOP, but he cracks me up xD

    6 years ago
  58. TOP for sure, g-dragons hait looked really really ugly, but i think TOP shuldnt have made his hair white because it looked weerd

    6 years ago
  59. Is this where we can vote for whats next week? o:
    (I already voted for G-D on youtube 8D sorry martina~ TOP just DOES NOT rock the white hair …:/)

    ANYWAYS :D can you guys do T-ara(Tiara)'s Bo Peep next week?

    6 years ago
  60. nice video – fun to watch!

    6 years ago
  61. I was actually laughing out loudly at the office on this one! Thank goodness people are on vacay! the finger mustache at the store was classic Simon!!! my vote is hmm hmm hmm so hard!!! I actually though GD was so freaking cute (even with the Curly Mohawk) BUT and its a Big BUT!!!! TOP was stunning and ever so sexy! I wasn't into him until the white hair, it's very dashing! I think TOP favors original 90210's Dylan a la Futuristic MMM HMM… so I guess TOP is my vote officially, sorry GD I wanted you to get a fighting chance!

    6 years ago
  62. That’s a hard one ‘cus GD looked pretty awesome and comfortable in the vid as TOP looked awkward in most of it. My vote’s for GD, but I still love you TOP (you’re my favorite)!

    6 years ago
  63. Of course I vote for TOP :)

    6 years ago
  64. TOP!

    6 years ago
  65. Martina must be very happy because of all the TOP comments. Well martina, I dont like his hair so… ë‚´ê°€ 만만하게 ë³´ì—¬? ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹Hahahahaha :)

    6 years ago
  66. I love GD but I have to admit that TOP looks better in the video (oh, I have a weakness for blond ;P). Vote for TOP

    6 years ago
  67. I'm probably voting more based on sexy voice here considering the fact that in TOPs last video he looked like an Asian Spock…

    GD has this like, Gumby haircut. Noooo comment. As much as I love the glasses on him I have to vote for TOP. He's lookin' reeeeal dapper in that suit.

    6 years ago
  68. Of course T.O.P. he looks awesome in this video =)

    6 years ago
  69. G-Dragon

    6 years ago
  70. Oh Martina I completely understand, TOP is dreamy. So, even though both GD and TOP look good in the video, I vote for TOP hands down.

    6 years ago
  71. You're really cool and funny!
    I vote for TOP!he is the best!))))

    6 years ago
  72. Ok i watched it. See now look what you did. I am officially a fan boy of TOP. I believe he his swagger is a bit more natural and he sold the song for me and made it more believable that they were rocking the club in the video. "Turn it up" suckas

    6 years ago
  73. I love you guys. I am not going to partake in looking to see who looks better GD or TOP for one main reason which is I love you guys videos they are so entertaining. GD and TOP hmm I do want to take a look because you recommended I do but I am not a POP fan that much so I will save my ears and eyes for another time when I am more brave. In the meantime stay blessed.

    6 years ago
  74. Nice review guys. Couple things stood out to me: when Simon dumped the water, I was immediately like, "No! Not near the computers!" and also, Simon's spelling bee number was epic win I'm sure he pwned all those n00b spellers hahaha.

    6 years ago
  75. Ahh! So hard to choose between the two of them. They are both tied for number 1 of my favorite Big Bang members.

    Soo………can you give me a vote for both? :D

    6 years ago
  76. Haha, how tall is GD anyway? Something's telling me that the girl did not have to be extremely tall to tower over him. ;)

    To answer the question, TOP is looking much better! GDs afro is horrible, and I have a thing for white hair anyway. I couldn't stop imagining it was Jim Jarmusch bouncing on that Korean nightclub's floor.

    6 years ago
  77. GD all the way!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  78. ofcorse I'll vote for my prince charming T.O.P
    Hope he wins :) <3 <3

    6 years ago
  79. It's a very very hard choice….i like both of them so much…T.O.P looks great in this video, but in the end … my heart always goes to GD…

    6 years ago
  80. T.O.P. is looking better in this video.
    The funny things is that before you made the video about T.O.P. – turn it up spng, I didn't know BigBang.
    T.O.P. Is like perfect guy.:)

    6 years ago
  81. TOP!!! <3

    6 years ago
  82. LOL this was hilarious! XD love it~~~

    I vote for TOP, and not cuz Martina likes him. I don't like GD's haircut. T_T

    and do i detect other big bang members?! ^^

    6 years ago
  83. Ay really difficult choice, I Usualy prefer Gd to any other Bigbang members but here … I don't really like the curly strange haircut, not my style at all (event if he's freaking cute and good looking in any ways) I have to vote for TOP ! I mean he so handsome here, when I first saw his haircut during the mama I was so happily surprised (by the way their performance during the mama was so awesome !) well I say is agaiiin TOP !!
    TOP
    TOP
    TOP so handsome here ! huhu I'm such a fangirl too

    6 years ago
  84. top :)

    6 years ago
  85. love the video guys! :)
    and i'm with you martina – i don't "fan girl" a lot, but for big bang, i will. xD
    and my vote? GD. :) top is sexy sexy but GD is just ridiculous in this video (in a good way!!).
    and also simon, to answer your question about the finger mustache – he does the move when the lyrics talk about "콧노래 (kot no rae)" which means "humming, (a singer's) crooning", but literally translates to "nose song". voila! mystery solved!

    6 years ago
  86. TOP IS A SMEXY BEAST AND DONT U 4GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol i vote 4 TOP.
    SO charismic!!!!!1 eyes-check brows-check face-check everthing-CHECK!!!!
    HOW THE HAECK CAN 1 GUY BE SO FREAKING HOTT?!?!!?!

    6 years ago
  87. TOP!<3

    6 years ago
  88. GD! he's so charismatic, I love him in the video! GD GD GD <3

    6 years ago
  89. I'm gonna have to go with G-Dragon :]

    6 years ago
  90. Great video! Totally awesome!:))
    Obviously, T.O.P. gets my vote!
    He looks handsome even with that white weird hair of his. Well,I love him anyway !!!

    Thank you!!

    6 years ago
  91. Great. Now all we need is Rain makin it rain, SHINee bling, and Boa throwin bows and there will be nothing unique left about K-pop.

    6 years ago
  92. Hi!!!! : D
    I think GD and TOP were good looking in this video but, TOP gets my vote because I jsut can't get over GD's Asain-fro at the verry begining.

    Please do Teen Top's "Clap" for a music monday. My friends and I would really respect it!

    Thank you!!! : D

    6 years ago
  93. Tottally loving this Music Monday ^^… I can't stop seeing this MV ^^

    My vote goes to…….. TOP TOP TOP TOP xD

    6 years ago
  94. G-Dragon all the way~!

    6 years ago
  95. I Have to vote for TOP in this one, because I actually really like his platinum blonde/purple hair.

    6 years ago