PEACE! What is up, my people?! Long time, no release.. First off, let me apologize yet again for my absence. Almost seems these releases are getting further & further apart, huh? My bad. Life’s got me spread thin these days, but as said by the great philosophizer Christopher Wallace himself, ‘believe me sweetie, I got enough to feed the needy..’ haha.. So yeauh, I’m aware of the timing, and I sincerely am sorry, friends. Because of your patience, and because I have a lot of making up to do, I’m bringin’ a couple tracks back-to-back, no less than a week apart, starting with K-Pop sensation, Red Velvet’s “나쁜 소년” (“Bad Boy”).
Now, for those that’ve been with me for a while know I’m no stranger to K-Pop. I’m actually very much into the genre, and it’s probably obvious at this point. Also, oddly enough, this is the second Korean song I’ve messed with titled “Bad Boy”, which’ll probably make things confusing in the future, but that’s cool. However, those are the only connections between the two songs- outside of which, they couldn’t be anymore different.
The original record is performed by a girl-group (5 members), based in Seoul, named 레드벨벳 (Red Velvet). This song in particular is the single off their latest album “The Perfect Red Velvet”, which is actually a re-packaged release of their previous album “Perfect Velvet”. They’ve been #1 on the Billboard World Charts a few times, and the music video to this single has reached over 59M views since it’s release on 1/29. Needless to say, these girls are the definition of BiG TiME, even by the American pop standard. They have every element of what pop stars are made of. Don’t believe me, see for yourself: https://youtu.be/J_CFBjAyPWE
From when I was younger, and even currently, music from different parts of the world intrigued me. My logic was, and still is, the world is too vast for good music to only exist in English- let alone American English. ‘Cause even then, we were being fed so much garbage through the radio, the songs that were “less garbage” were more or less considered “hits”. My classmates like to think that our era (‘90s-2000s) was the greatest era for Hip-Hop, but on the contrary, that time is literally the father of the trash (my opinion) we hear today. On the other hand, there are GREATS/LEGENDS that stood out amongst the lesser, of course. Though, that fact carries through- probably as far back as Jazz goes (don’t quote me). It is as they say though, and I’m paraphrasing here, but you know a tree is good by the fruit that it bares. This is my own humble opinion, the ‘90s-2000s’ tree was more a bad tree than good.
Not to say that there are no good fruit, of course. There are definitely exceptions to this rule, like any other. Let’s just not overlook too much of the trash, I guess is all I’m sayin’. But yeauh, I think having an open mind to all kinds of music really developed my palette. Setting aside that most (if not, ALL) modern day music is heavily influenced by American culture- more specifically, African-American culture. It’s a wonderful thing to hear musicians from different backgrounds provide their own take on the art form. It’s even more fascinating that the internet enables us to take it all in at the rate we do.
I’ve gone on quite a bit, as I typically do. If you’ve made it this far, you’re the reason I write these captions. But please, don’t buy too much into what I write, as I tend to rant and say things that may or may not be of much substance- though I try. Really, I should just write a book- and I probably could with all these captions, but I’ll look into that later. What I need to do is make more music at a faster rate, huh? I think I’ve found just the thing, but I’ll reveal that next week, with the release of “Done” featuring my dude Sefa M. In the mean time, I’ll go ahead and leave it at that. My best regards, friends & fam. MORE TiNGS comin’ soon- TRUST & BELiEVE.
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