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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
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 think that exo’s mama has more going for it

    8 years ago
  2. B.A.P :D

    8 years ago
  3. umm. i prefered spudgy’s debut :]

    8 years ago
  4. Honestly, I say BAP because they were a SMACK IN THE FACE rookies group that didn’t have a shitload of teasers to make me lose interest.

    8 years ago
    • Thank the friggin gods for this post! I clicked on the first three teasers of EXO and completely dropped interest as the, like, 30th one came out. I mean, teasers actually exist to TEASE…

      8 years ago
  5. B.A.P. all the way!… How can you call this song a debut when they’ve already realeased two full MV’s? You’re not fooling me SM… The epic thing about EXO is the epic amount of money, time and effort they needed to get more or less the same results that B.A.P.’s got with a lot less members, money, teasers, serious-ness, cgi, prologues, petals, butterflies, unicorns, dragons, scremos, kai, etc… you name it…

    8 years ago
  6. My vote goes for B.A.P.
    I feel like they did more with less.

    EXO’s song is pretty cool, and their dancing is tight, and the video has a lot of bells and whistles, but that’s because they’re with SM. I feel like B.A.P showed me their personality and power with nothing but themselves. They didn’t need all of the special effects to prove that they’re a force to be reckoned with. Besides, “Warrior” is one of those songs that sticks with you from the first listen, and the dancing in that video was so physically difficult. I have to give those blonde boys props for winning me over. I’d like to see where EXO goes in the future, but I’m getting really sick of SM’s marketing gimmicks.

    While I have to agree with others and say that EXO’s song reminds me of old-school TVXQ, SM has been trying to find a “new TVXQ” for a very long time now, and nothing will ever compare. SM is obsessed with these weird super groups full of gimmicks. Until they realize that TVXQ was loved for their hearts and their raw talent, none of these over-produced groups with dozens of members will rise to the success of those 5 humble guys.

    8 years ago
    • YES!!! Preach!!

      8 years ago
    •  Well:

      When DSBK debuted the media said their were the SHINWA 2.0, because SM wanted to counteract the their loss of Shinhwa when they left the company, many Shinhwa’s fans were angry with them (DSBK).

      When Shinee debuted the media compared them with DSBK just because they had 5 members.

      And just in case….MAMA  comes from the same composer of Tri – Anlge, Dont – Don and many other SM`s song that they don’t have love`s cliches.

      P.D: And when Shinhwa debuted the media call them the new HOT because their debut song ‘Eusha Eusha’ reminded to much to Hot’s debut sog ‘Candy’ and many White Angels (Hot’s fans) were engry with them.

      P.D 2: Its too much to ask..please…STOP COMPARING!!!!!!!!!! and LISTEN KPOP HOW GOD WANTS.

      P.D 3: Someone else miss the Buffalo too T,_______,T

      P.D 4: Sorry for my Engrish.

      8 years ago
  7. Definitely EXO with the bigger Debut

    8 years ago
  8. B.A.P

    8 years ago
  9. Bunnies Are Puffy ALL THE WAY!

    EXO debut was superb, no doubt in that but it reminds me of DBSK’s Tri-Angle too much so it lacks a little bit of KPOP (yes KPOP, emphasize on that) originality in it.

    Meanwhile for B.A.P’s, I have not seen anything like that before in KPOP hence the impact it had on me was seriously huge. I haven’t been this impress since … I can’t remember. DBSK’s? That was a good years ago. Anyway, they really stood out from the normal kpop group that debuts lately, and it enthralled me like no other. No kidding.

    BUNNIES ARE PUFFY ALL THE WAYYYYY.

    8 years ago
  10. My vote is for BAP (Bunnies are Puffy FTW). Honestly, not a huge fan of either groups (yet), but Bap’s warrior was more interesting to me. Yes, Exo had awesome singing, dancing, and video, but somewhere between the 17th and 18th teaser, I lost complete interest in the group itself. Plus, with that many teasers behind it, I already expected Exo to be epic, and they kind of fall short of my expectations. Is that fair to the group since it’s SMe’s fault with their (imo) failed marketing? Probably not, but it’s hard to change the mind once it’s made up.

    Bap on the other hand came out of nowhere and amazed me with “Warrior”. I am honestly looking forward to their next single to see if they continue this trend. 

    8 years ago
  11. EXO

    8 years ago
  12. I never get tired of B.A.P Warrior. I’ve watched their MV like a hundred..thousand..maybe million times. :D

    8 years ago
  13. Simon as the butterfly guy really makes me think of snape.
    Now the question is BAP OR EXO… …. ….
    hm… too hard. I’ll vote for kitties!

    8 years ago
  14. B.A.P!! They’re amazing :)

    8 years ago
  15. Its all about EXO’S debut..

    8 years ago
  16. Voting B.A.P because I felt more of a connection to the group members, and the exo plotline confused me. I really want them to build on this plot line though, because I think the powers are pretty sweet. And I kinda want them to dance on a tree.

    8 years ago
  17. WHATS THE NAME OF THE GAME?! B! A! P!

    haha BAP FTW!

    8 years ago
  18. Im voting for B.A,.P Warrior 

    8 years ago
  19. B.A.P all the wayy!!

    8 years ago
  20. BAP!!!!!!!

    8 years ago
  21. So. Many. Skits. o.O

    BLOW YOUR MIND

    Hope you guys really enjoyed making this Music Monday, because it looks like it took a lot of effort, not to mention the teasers and prologue lol. And I loved it!! Absolutely fantastic!!! Thanks so much guise :)

    8 years ago
  22. boys absolute quality FTW!!!!! =D

    8 years ago
  23. JSB

    BAP!!!! They has such an awesome debut. EXO….I just got tired of them and when MAMA was finally released, I was like “who cares?” Lol. 

    8 years ago
    •  Me too the teasers really backfired. It shows that MAMA is a good song that it managed to catch my attention despite the crappy promotions for EXO

      8 years ago
  24. As much as I love BAP, sorry, but EXO is definetly the rookie of the year!

    8 years ago
  25. Martina – “sorry Rock, Scissors, Paper”? haha

    8 years ago
  26. In my opinion B.A.P had a better debut. EXOs debut felt more like a 3rd comeback… lol

    8 years ago
  27. b.a.p. had a much more spectacular debut! They came in like the wind and demand everyone’s attention without the need of massive advertising or massive production.  :D Plus, Bang Yong Guk.

    8 years ago
  28. I thought the entire Mama intro sounded like hitrecord’s video Morgan M. Morganson’s Date with Destiny.  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYErtw_T0Ts&feature=relmfu

    8 years ago
  29. Exo!

    8 years ago
  30. Can you guys do Shinhwa Venus?

    8 years ago
  31. both groups are great, but i chose exo.

    8 years ago
  32. BAP!

    8 years ago
  33. Vote for Exo They deserve it ;]

    8 years ago
  34. Hmmm. Although EXO has had about a million teasers and already three songs, I’ve gotta vote for BAP.
    They came from absolutely NOWHERE and totally blew me away. I’ve been loyal to them since their debut earlier this year, and even though I am also a big EXO fan I’m gonna have to vote for the talent of BAP.
    I mean. Zelo is like 15 and can speak that TOTALLY JUMBLED UP LANGUAGE.

    8 years ago
  35. I vote for B.A.P.
    First of,they didn’t have to make such a big effort to get the same result as EXO *cough* just one teaser and no prolog or what ever songs *cough* And, as far as it comes to my kpop loving friends, they got interested in EXO just because it’s SME.
    Secondly, I think the promoting of members was better for them in a way. Yeah, they might have made them all blond, but if you really think about it it makes more sense then making everyone different. Let me explain. Whit B.A.P. you see 6 guys with blond hair and you have a reason to learn more about them, so you will be able to ‘see’ your bias in the blur of blond. Whit other bands it’s like “Oh, I like the one with red hair!” and after they change their hairstyle you are like “Now, which was the one with red hair?”.
    Thirdly, the song is better in my opinion. I’m usually not a big fan of songs with much rap in them (Except for Big Bang) so i was surprised that I was all over it from the first time hearing it. Whit EXO I can’t say the same, because as Martina already said, the song is just too similar to Kashmir. Which in fact didn’t surprise me, because I’m used to such stuff when it comes to SME. Plus, the long a** introduction kinda killed my mood for watching the video, but I’m proud of myself for actually listening to the story before the song actually started.
    And lastly, the most important reason… BUNNIES! I mean, who else can pull off a bunny theme and still be manly? EXO had a butterfly, but I’ve seen one in SHINee’s Ring Ding Dong and if Mr. Wrohoho has had his finger in it probably in some other bunch of M/V without me knowing.
    So yeah, this is my vote and my super long explanation behind it.
     ❤  Bunnies~

    8 years ago
  36. I vote for Exo, the song is pure epicness! *refrains from saying other things in order to not be cursed* I mean..I have exams coming, being cursed by angry fangirls is not the best thing…

    8 years ago
  37. I VOTE FOR B.A.P!

    8 years ago
  38. B.A.P ! :D

    8 years ago
  39. B.A.P definitely had the more epic debut! It was so epic that BYG got burned by the fire which was all real, not cgi in their mv! Also I thought it was cool that they’re all blonde. And they also have that epic step sequence! It’s common to see difficult choreography in Kpop mvs, but how often do you see stepping? Furthermore, BYG wrote warrior, and the English (to me anyways) made more sense than Exo’s. 

    And to top it off, Exo had all of this hype building up for their debut, so it was kind of expected of them to do something epic and over the top, whereas B.A.P had some exposure pre-debut, like BYG’s “I remember,” and Bang and Zelo’s “Never Give Up,” but not much, so it was epically mind blowing for the way they debuted (also because they come from a much smaller company, there debut expectations probably weren’t set as high)!

    8 years ago
  40. my vote is for BAP they are totally awesome!!! , even though their company did not spent the same amount of money SM did with exo.

    8 years ago