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Kpop Music Mondays: GD&TOP “Knock Out”

January 25, 2011

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Oh boy. This video’s now as old as TVXQ “Keep Your Head Down” and MBLAQ “Cry,” and there are lots of new songs that we could be reviewing instead, but – well – did we have any choice? Sure, it was delayed as more requests came for the other songs, but after Martina’s sadness last week lots of people pitched in to add their vote for GD&TOP’s Knock Out, so here it is!

Right off the bat, we can say that we don’t like this song as much as “High High,” but we do like this video better. This song is really catchy, sure, but it doesn’t have the same kind of shout-my-heart-out-cuz-I-love-this-song energy to it. But this video’s a lot cooler, and a lot more like what we’d expect from a YG Entertainment video. GD&TOP sit in butt chairs, dance around a tank, and have a puppy. A puppy! Also, here’s a cheesy joke: Why do GD&TOP have Segway’s in this video? Cuz that’s how they role! Ha! Lame joke, I know.

Also, we’ve really started to notice how much Top isn’t into dancing. Like, at all. He’ll do it for a video, but barely, and a bit awkwardly. What’s he doing at the end of the video? Riding an invisible motorcycle? Cuz that’s how he rolls! Ah, no that joke wasn’t funny.

More seriously, though, we’re finding the music banning going on lately a bit silly. Sorry, but it’s silly. This song has been banned by KBS, SBS, and MBC. Why? Not because it depicts drugs or violence or sex. Not even because it uses profanity. But because it’s somehow considered damaging to the national psyche. Can somebody please tell me what this national psyche is, what the rules are for it, and – more importantly what’s the criteria for what’s damaging or not? Seriously, a ban like this is just silly, and doesn’t paint Korean Broadcasting in a good light. And what’s the ban doing apart from making the song more popular and sought after? The taboo makes it more interesting. Ah. Rubbish. Korean Broadcasting, please stop banning songs.

As always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for so diligently translating all of our videos into Korean. Huzzah! Also, if you’re as much a fan of GD&TOP as Martina is, you can buy GD&TOP’s Album by clicking the link here. Yeah!

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  1. Who is the one with the “fuck me blind” shirt

    3 years ago
  2. That was GD’s dog in the video ><

    3 years ago
  3. Hi! I vote for GD and TOP because I’m a VIP!!! yaaaayy :) wanted to know what’s the song you use when you “celebrate”? I think I  heard it somewhere…

    5 years ago
  4. I love TVXQ ^0^ their songs are just so…. buggigiyo!  hehehe. so awesome.

    5 years ago
  5. awsmmmm review ! (I am so late on the commenting but IDGAAAAF!!!!)

    Anyways, I loved the ending of the MV, thought It was funny when TOP, did his silly dance XD

    5 years ago
  6. Mobb Deep, son. And that’s fo Rhea!

    6 years ago
  7. you live in that area? isnt that hang river? well the stage there looks like one thats in the river

    6 years ago
  8. dear Martina,
    i dont think that TOP is that handsome… He is just a korean and by that it also means that he might change his original face and whatsoever….
    As for me… i can proudly say that ur beloved husband SIMON is way hotttt…. sexyyyy…. and more handsome than TOP… not to mention hes cute!!!! Simon is so lucky to have everything that every man wants… if only he is not married i think i would like to introduce him to my sista… Martina…. =P

    6 years ago
  9. Yes very hard to be a "G"-Dragon with a puppy in your video (lol okay that joke was lame) Anyway the puppy is GD's puppy he is also in the breath music video too.

    6 years ago
  10. Cool! Thanks zeroe :D

    6 years ago
  11. Yay!!! “Knock Out” MV is awesome.. Yeah… i didn’t get it, this MV has been banned… They’re so ridiculous..
    oh Yeah… Thanks For review… love it!!

    6 years ago
  12. duh. gd and top of course. i've watch visual dream. many people bragging about it's big budget intel whatsoever. i don't think that's the definition of great videos. but if many people still want to talk that, i think just seeing TOP standing and staring at the camera look's more expensive and luxurious than anything else. HOT TOP!!!!

    6 years ago
  13. GD&TOP's Knock Out for sure!!! XD Visual Dreams is like the worst SNSD song EVER! ;O

    6 years ago
  14. GD&TOP

    6 years ago
  15. 아주 뻑뻑뻑뻑 뻑이 가요!
    GD&TOP forever! :D haha i vote for them
    lol snsd tries too hard to look 12 years old again
    aand request for one of seungri's new songs! preferably vvip :)

    6 years ago
  16. GD & TOP forever!
    May I request Secret's shy boy? Thank you & rock onnnnn! ;D

    6 years ago
  17. GD and TOP's Knock !!

    6 years ago
  18. gd and top of course! their video really blows my mind unexpectedly. their videos are totally the definition of cool, awesome, and dorky but sexy. no idols have don't this kind of video before. great job GD and TOP and DIPLO. ssoo addicting

    6 years ago
  19. Someone knows the real title of the "happy party music" ?
    This is so addictive ! :0
    I love Martina's dance too :p

    6 years ago
  20. Only GD&TOP! I love SNSD very very much, but 'visual dream' is only for promote Intel! I think that wasn't good idea… (Although they maybe took a money) And it's only my think, GD&TOP's musicality and quality is very very good even though Knock out's lyrics is only praise themselves.

    And request: Seungri-'What should I do?'
    Wow, its autotune is very neat than other singers, and its music video is supa dupa sexy. Come to think of it, Seungri's music is all sexy! (ex: Strong baby, What should I do, etc. (I don't like strong baby cause it's lyrics is too erotic to hear!))

    P.S. I'm Korean so I may incorrect in English grammar, and sorry about it. ^^

    6 years ago
  21. what do u mean top don't really dance and they can't sing. are u serious? have u seen garagara go? in that videos top totally look like dancing to me. and they are the best singers in korea. wahhh
    u should watch more bigbang concert or live videos though.

    6 years ago
  22. My bad! Sorry about the confusion. We filmed this really late at night (past midnight) after having a really busy weekend. Sometimes we totally don't notice that what we're saying might be interpreted the wrong way. Bah!

    6 years ago
  23. Have you guys ever seen a movie with TOP in it? It's something like watching TOP doing all sorts of things for 2 hours. I was Just wondring cause Martina seems like a big fan of TOPs

    6 years ago
  24. Yeah Simon! I vote for SNSD!!

    6 years ago
  25. I like SNSD but not as much as I love GD&Top, my vote goes to the double combo.

    6 years ago
  26. i vote for GD & TOP.

    6 years ago
  27. GD & TOP of course!!!!! YG does much better videos!!!
    request: To stay in YG spirit, please do Seungri's VVIP or What Can I Do >< we need to support Bigbang's maknae :D it didnt come out long ago so its quite recent and interesting, and you get to see another side of YG videos :D btw since Martina is a big fan of YG, could you say something about the Kwon Twins? we see them in many videos and i would like some funny and interesting points of view about them :)
    I love your show!!! It's bbeokigayo too ^^

    6 years ago
  28. GD&TOP vs SNSD
    i say GD&TOP

    i hope you could do G.NA 'Black and White' for next week :D

    6 years ago
  29. GD&TOP FTW. :D

    Oh and GD and TOP can sing,Simon D:
    There are enough examples on the album.

    6 years ago
  30. GD & TOP KO!!!

    6 years ago
  31. GD&TOP!!!!woohoooo!!!

    6 years ago
  32. SNSD! (just because I'm a fangirl). But i love knock out too! :D . . . . I have a feeling that SNSD will get crushed, hmmm, why is that? let's check the comments-OMG! they're getting crushed. aaaaahhh, my nine angels <3 T_T Gz too GD&Top tough :D

    6 years ago
  33. Hmm even though I'm not a great fan of SNSD and Bigbang, I would choose BigBang (FYI, I'M A GIRL) MWAHAHAHA

    6 years ago
  34. 1. TOP's not very confident in his singing voice. GD doesn't like singing either but he's warmed up to it. They're rappers, not singers. GD, however, is pretty good in singing. Listen to Baby Goodnight's live performances.

    2. TOP does not dance.

    3. That puppy is Gaho, he's GD's dog. He's mentioned in the song too. "It's insulting when you like other oppas, when my dog Gaho is more popular than them."

    4. That stuffed toy is Chow Chow. Seungri owns it and is basically Seungri's baby. GD borrowed it for the video to cuddle it :)

    As for the MV, GDTOP's Knockout. YG's MVs are always high quality.

    6 years ago
  35. Yeah finally! Thanks! ^___^
    Of course my vote goes to GD&TOP! ^____^

    6 years ago
  36. lol…
    I think it's obvious GD&Top will win this round…
    lol… nice try Simon…
    but… the category of the videos are too different too… :/

    6 years ago
  37. That's a great story, in fact :D Thanks for sharing.

    6 years ago
  38. Hey Guys,

    This was easily your best KPOP Music Monday episode to me. I really enjoyed this one. I'll give me vote to GD & Top. Keep up the stellar work.

    The Waygook Effect

    6 years ago
  39. Looks like someone got a haircut ((:
    GD&TOP OF COURSE, YG <3
    Do Infinite's BTD next week please and thank you!

    6 years ago
  40. Kay

    What? No subs for what Simon ACTUALLY said? :P…er I mean Simon your voice was so manly in this video…..
    When you said the only convincing crier was JoKwon….I could see it….when you said he probably cries everyday…..I had to have a sad laugh inside….poor Kwonnie….
    My vote goes to SNSD….only because they don't have butt chairs….which disturbed me.

    6 years ago
  41. snsd visual dream ftw

    6 years ago
  42. duh! knock out by GD&TOP! hands down! XD gr8 review, guys! Martina's so cute in here!

    6 years ago
  43. SNSD VISUAL DREAMS

    p.s. did someone have a birthday cause the age changed if so happy birthday

    p.p.s haha pp I love you guys

    6 years ago
  44. Simon doing Mobb Deep LOL

    6 years ago
  45. pleasee. why did u guys even put snsd as the rival? they not even have the same standard.
    gd and top are overratedly great. 100000% for gd and top and like 0.0001% snsd
    next week please put seungri's VVip and what can i do. he's justin bieber's rival u know. WATCH BRAZIL TV.

    6 years ago
  46. Eve

    GD & TOP!! Totally agree with Martina!! Great snow celebration scene and VoiceOver. Next week request – TOP -Turn It Up or Seungri – What Can I Do.

    6 years ago
  47. can put the video super luv teen top ??

    6 years ago
  48. I vote for GD&TOP!!!! <3

    and Seungri' V.V.I.P for next week please!! :) Or Park Jung Min's Not Alone. I'd be happy w/ either one!

    6 years ago
  49. i vote for GD and TOP's Knock Out over SNSD
    thanks sooooo much for reviewing this MV
    and i hope you'll do Seungri's next week

    6 years ago
  50. Yup, yup, they definitely look like "wrappers" in this video!
    TOP actually said that while promoting for GD&TOP (in a High High-era interview), GD told him that he (GD) would do all the moving & prancing around and to just occupy the middle of the stage, but after the 3rd performance, you could see TOP got a little more into it and started looking less like a rusted robot on stage.

    I vote for GD&TOP over SNSD (who's music video seems like an advert for orange juice or something…)

    6 years ago
  51. Both GD&TOP and SNSD's songs/videos are good but this is defiantly not SNSD's best work. I mean the line for example in the front row someone was always covering up someone in the back. Also I thought they were supposed to be getting away from the cute scene? Haha but the dance was different which is Kool and the outfits weren't bad. I like how they put more of Sooyoung in ( She's the best!) They usually always have her off to the side or in the back. But GD&TOP win! I love the video y'all made this week! Y'all are great!
    How about 2NE1 – Don't stop the music or Teen Top – Supa luv

    6 years ago
  52. I vote for GD & TOP! :D

    And I agree, the reason for banning this song was RIDICULOUS lol

    6 years ago
  53. GD & TOP!!!

    6 years ago
  54. I have to put my vote for GD&TOP. Love them! :)

    6 years ago
  55. GD&TOP video!!
    Great choice Martina~haha :)

    6 years ago
  56. I choose SNSD for the Intel video. Visual dream.

    6 years ago
  57. Top can sing look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foBKR00N1H8 ~!~!~!~!
    I do not understand why they never have him sing ><
    I can never pick a girl band over TOP, so I guess it has to be knockout ^_^
    Oh and do one of Seungri's new MVs next week please

    6 years ago
  58. Ana

    GD&TOP all the way XD
    That SNSD video was a fail….

    I think the dog on their vid is GD's puppy!

    Anyway, I actually do love GD's different colour eyebrows :p

    6 years ago
  59. GD & TOP dahh!! Sorry Simon~

    6 years ago
  60. I'm voting for SNSD because their clothes didn't make my eyes hurt. Seriously, it was like bad eighties exploded all over GD&TOP.

    6 years ago
  61. So i guess simon must have seen 8 miles or, a fan of mobb deep.
    yes sir i'm a huge fan of the song ,shook ones part 2.
    it goes like
    livin' the life that of diamons and guns
    livin' life like there's no damn rules,
    FUNNY^^

    6 years ago
    • I'm only 19 but my mind is old
      and when things get for real my warm heart turns cold.

      BAM! That song was a life-changer.

      6 years ago
  62. GD&TOP. I can't wait for them to release their mvs for Baby Good Night and Don't Go Home.

    6 years ago
  63. well I heard that T.O.P just can't dance. simple as that. I don't care thou, he's perfect anyway.
    this week only Jungmin (from SS501) MV is coming into my mind. but I don't think it would be funny to review. oh wait, there's still (kinda old now) Infinite "BTD" MV :D yeah, please do this one :)

    6 years ago
  64. GD is so cute but my vote its foor SNSD!!!!

    6 years ago
  65. DAEBAK !!!
    Shout-my-heart-out-cuz-I-love-the-comment-below the video !!! Regarding all this k-ban-broadcasting madness,it's about time they come into their senses and stop being soo ridiculous !!!
    As for the voting part,would it be a surprise if i say : GD&TOP,baby,baby !!!
    Till next MOnday ●๋:

    6 years ago
  66. GD & TOP……………

    6 years ago
  67. Yay!! Finally GD+TOP…even though I must admit I was thrilled TVXQ got their mv reviewed first (Im a Cassie, hehehe), I also wanted a review for Knock Out.

    P.S. The song Simon was rapping was Mobb Deep – Shock ones part 2

    6 years ago
    • BAM! Simon's got that whole song memorized. Little known fact: he was very hood when I was younger :D

      6 years ago
  68. What an mind-blowingly awesome HOORAY Edition!! I just have to say, the puppy in the video isn't just ANY puppy but GD's Gaho and he's about year and a half now :)

    When 2NE1 was working with will.i.am, he played around with his Segway so YG got couple of them for his company too :D

    GD&TOP all the way, and please please please review Seungri next week! <3 Love you guys & Spudgy :]

    6 years ago
  69. YAY PANDA!
    me so happy when me watchy this clippy… *nod nod*
    anyways… tnx for the review I've been waiting for…
    and also… is there a need to ask?… of course I would vote for GD&TOP… lolz…

    6 years ago
  70. I vote GD&TOP (sorry Simon) and thanks for this Music Monday!^^

    6 years ago
  71. GD & TOP's KNOCK OUT!!!

    6 years ago
  72. Yeah…double post…
    Sistar “How Dare You”-BANNED?!?!?WHY??

    6 years ago
  73. GD AND TOP KNOCK OUT >D

    6 years ago
  74. I vote GD&TOP (sorry Simon) and thanks for this Music Monday!^^

    6 years ago
  75. Gd & Top fa sure. Next week Seungri or Piggy Dolls Trend.

    6 years ago
  76. Your earrings and braces*love,love*
    Korea have snow…Bulgaria have snow -.HORAY <3 *big silly smile*
    0:21-1:00 Asians:'What is she doing?"-"Dunno"-"Aigoo,I don't understand women but i totally don't understand white women…"xDDD where is all asians btw?
    "Shazam"-Martina ,u Do't say it correctly, leave this job to Simon :3
    I like bubble wrap scene 2.And yeah…TOP is smarty pants (xD) he love literacy.
    Simon's "Good for u"-give me the creeps X.x

    Why suprisinglyyy…MBLAQ was sooo superb-cool-wet-witout umbrellas-smexy!!!Awww *fan girl*
    SNSD-i hate the song soo i hate the clip 2 xD*evil*
    GD&TOP ARE THE BEST :33

    For next…mmm…lets seeee…
    1.Park Jung Min(SS501) “Not Alone“
    2.Seungri(BIGBANG) “VVIP” or "WHAT CAN I DO"
    Um…Martiner,Martina 1,2,Not Martina 1,2->ROFL!

    P.S yeeee i have more characters here…BAD youtube!!!

    6 years ago
  77. TOTALLY GD&TOP FOR THE VOTE.

    they totally just recruited a whole slew of people into being fans of a Kpop artist, if not the rest of Kpop, with that song. screw SNSD. (lol jk, i actually like SNSD, but that song gets on my nerves. bleh)

    KNOCK OUT ALL THE WAY.

    (sorry for commenting twice, i posted the first one while the video was loading)

    6 years ago
  78. you guys are really amazing.. i love your videos… definitely GD & TOP yeah!!!! grettings from Mexico!!!

    6 years ago
  79. GD TOP!! Simon, your video is boring.

    6 years ago
  80. Gd &Top!!!!

    6 years ago
  81. Yes, finally…!!!!! I've been waiting for these Music Monday episode for 2 weeks and now it's here..!!! Yeiiii…!!!!
    My vote definitely goes to GD and TOP..!

    So funny the part of the requests: Marteena, martiner, not martina 1…. hahahahaha XD

    6 years ago
  82. Hi guys! I must say i loved when Martina did the whole hooray sequence and dubbed over Simon's part with all GD&Top praise, very very cool. Thank you for featuring them on Music Mondays. I totally vote for GD&Top over SNSD anyday.
    I also want to request a song to feature: the new Seungri song "V.V.I.P.", just more Big Bang love.
    Thank you! :D

    6 years ago
  83. Sorry Simon, but I gotta go with Martina's pick! GD & TOP FTW~!

    6 years ago
  84. GD&TOP …HOT<3

    6 years ago
  85. GD&TOP. Like there's another choice?!?!?!?

    6 years ago
  86. this has GOT to be an awesome day. you're reviewing Knock Out, AND i finally found a place to watch Nineteen starring TOP and Seungri today. xD WIN!!!!

    anyway, yay for finally reviewing this!!!!! i'm totally with Martina, this totally shoulda been done last week (no offence to MBLAQ fans).

    also, did ya'll see diplo's response to this? he did the beats for this song. http://maddecent.com/blog/gd-and-top-knock-out

    it's actually kinda funny, especially when you read the comments from people who have no idea who they are. a bunch of them are now interested in Kpop xD

    6 years ago
    • Cool! Thanks for the link :D We've liked Diplo for a while now, since his work with M.I.A. We saw GD&TOP mention him a couple of times in this video, and thought that he might have made the beat, but weren't sure. Makes sense now!

      6 years ago
  87. FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT ENOUGH TIME TO TYPE AS MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS AS I WANT!!

    And, I'm going with GD&TOP on this one. SNSD is kind of a snooze fest.

    6 years ago
  88. Hmmmmmm…..that's a tough one. Don't be angry at me Simon and Martina but they were both a bit hard to watch. Maybe it's because I'm old.
    *GD & TOP….GD has a Don King Hairstyle and trying to mix it with Boy George makeup. Did Playboy pay for their clothes?
    *SNSD…..Female Androids? Animated blow-up dolls? Not their best work.
    Can't make up my mind about which one….
    What I liked the most was Martina's jumping all through the neighborhood. Can I vote for that?

    6 years ago
  89. I think Simon is just jealous of TOPs manly dancing and all round manliness. Who else could ride an invisible motorbike and look sexy? Only TOP, thats who! I vote GD&TOP of course~

    6 years ago
  90. GD&TOP

    6 years ago
  91. Oh Em Gee.I have to celebrate that too. -Visual firework&confetti-
    My vote goes to GD&TOP. (:

    6 years ago
  92. Yay!! It finally uploaded! I've been checking the website every 5 minutes since I woke up. Well almost.
    I love TOP but his dancing does need a little help…

    And I'm with Martina: GD&TOP!!! :-)

    6 years ago
  93. GTOP- KNock OUT FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  94. GD&TOP duh!!

    6 years ago
  95. I'm glad you guys finally reviewed this video. :) Loved Martina doing the fan girl spazzing and hijacking the mic when Simon was talking lol. Oh dunno if Martina knows but the guys did "Night After Night" and it's up on DailyMotion (the first five parts). It's really good. :) And yeah Top isn't a dancer lol. I believe he used to get yelled at by choreographers in their training/debut days lol. And the puppy is GD's baby Gaho. He's adorable. You can see him in 2ne1 tv season one. Or just go to Youtube and type in "G-Dragon Gaho" and you can find him. He's adorable. As for the ending question it's tough cause I like both but I'm going to go with GD/Top for my vote even though I'm liking the SNSD song "Visual Dreams."

    6 years ago