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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. TOP FTW!

    10 years ago
  2. GD!!!

    But I want it to be a tie…

    I dont think its possible cause of Martina;)

    10 years ago
  3. TOP of course!!! *__*

    10 years ago
  4. 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^^

    10 years ago
  5. 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…

    10 years ago
  6. TOP!!

    10 years ago
  7. 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 :)

    10 years ago
  8. T.O.P.

    10 years ago
  9. GD!!!!!

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

    10 years ago
  10. T.O.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 years ago
  11. 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

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

    10 years ago
  13. BB's leader: G.D!!!!!!!!!

    10 years ago
  14. T.O.P. PERIOD!!!!

    10 years ago
  15. 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. ;;)

    10 years ago
  16. 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!

    10 years ago
  17. 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. ^^

    10 years ago
  18. Totally TOP !!

    10 years ago
  19. I give my vote to GD <33

    10 years ago
  20. 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

    10 years ago
  21. TOP
    his entire body oozes with sexiness.

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

    10 years ago
  23. 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!!!!!! ????!!!!!!!!

    10 years ago
  24. 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 :)

    10 years ago
  25. 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???

    10 years ago
    • ahaha i noticed that too LOL

      10 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?

      10 years ago
  26. TOP FTW!!!

    10 years ago
  27. 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*

    10 years ago
  28. 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..

    10 years ago
  29. I'M VOTING FOR G-DRAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 years ago
  30. 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! ^^

    10 years ago
  31. 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

    10 years ago
  32. Jay

    I have to say TOP looks better :)

    Btw, loving the 1337 reference

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

    10 years ago
  34. GD!

    10 years ago
  35. Vote for TOP

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

    10 years ago
  37. TOP!!! (For Martina ;DD)

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

    10 years ago
  39. 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

    10 years ago
  40. 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!!!!)

    10 years ago