So, I feel kind of dumb for blogging about this latest stupid mixtape “controversy,” because it’s stupid, but in case you haven’t heard it, Zico released this:
Which rips into idol rappers who use his name to get media attention (B on the Block translation here).
(No, I don’t have the mp3 on BlockB.com–if I find it, I’ll put it up, but it’s not out there right now for some reason. ETA: It’s up now.)
Whoopdie-fucking-do, right? Oh my God, a rap song in which a rapper insists that he is superior to other rappers! I may perish from the shock of it!!!
But of course the whole Pann->Netizen Buzz->English-language K-Pop press thing happened. It turns out that the idiots on Pann are totally sure that Zico’s mixtape is specifically dissing that kid from Monsta X (Jooheon, apparently)–Zico’s not just making some general commentary or dissing Bobby or something: It’s that damned Jooheon kid again!
How sure are they? REALLY, REALLY SURE.
2. [+151, -8] Even if you’re an idol rapper, you should have your own rap style. I get that fans of Monsta X want to say that there are subtle differences but it just sounds like Zico himself is featuring on that group’s songs….
6. [+62, -2] That Jooheon kid really does need to change his rap style. Everyone who listens to his rap can tell right away that it’s a copy of Zico’s. I thought it was a Zico featuring at first too. Instead of complaining about the public’s perception of him, he needs to work on getting some individuality. His fans are always going on about how how skilled he is but his rapping was disappointing after his debut….
10. [+43, -1] That Monsta X’s Jooheon kid’s rap style is way too similar to Zico’s. I was listening to their song earlier and it pretty much sounds like a Zico feature ㅋㅋㅋ
Now, I’ll confess that I tried listening to “Trespass” when it came out, but I didn’t like it, so I stopped. But these Pann folks were so certain–That Jooheon Kid sounds so much like Zico they thought that’s who it was!–that I figured I’d listen to the whole thing.
I still don’t like the song, and yes, I blame the dipshits on Pann for the fact that I wasted 3 minutes and 45 seconds of my life listening to a song I don’t like.
Why am I so annoyed? That Jooheon Kid doesn’t sound like Zico! Jesus fucking Christ, I knew these people were stupid, but are they hearing-impaired as well?
I will say that I think That Jooheon Kid sounds like Taewoon, but one of the nice things about Taewoon is that he sounds nothing like his brother–he’s his own artist, he’s not Zico Lite.
So, now that we’ve gotten objective reality out of the way as a possible motivation for these Pann nutjobs, what’s left?
Bullying and trolling, of course!
And that’s why I think they’re going after That Jooheon Kid, instead of one of the many, many other idol rappers Zico could have been referring to, or idol rappers as a class. That Jooheon Kid is new, which makes him the lowest in the pecking order (and boy do those Pann chicks love to peck!), and he made the tactical error of apologizing when initially bullied. (I will refer you to Kpopalyse for advice on how to better respond to bullies.)
Hang in there, That Jooheon Kid! In a few years, the assholes on Pann will ripping into some other new kid because they “think” he sounds like you!
ETA: Oh, of course, That Jooheon Kid is also on Show Me the Money 4. Gee, I wonder how many of those Pann “netizens” work for Mnet….
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The other thing that’s been coming up with this mixtape is that Zico says that he and Jay Park changed people’s ideas of what idol rappers could achieve.
And that’s been getting a lot of, “Huh?” from people, which always seems to be the case whenever anyone suggests that Jay Park may have a thought or two in his head, or may have accomplished something worthwhile with his life.
Now, I realize that Jay Park has an image that could most diplomatically be described as “carefree.”
I thank God every day for Jay Park’s Facebook feed. And yes, he’s drunk.
But the fact of the matter is, Jay Park has done something pretty remarkable. Obviously there was his rise as a solo artist following the Myspace debacle, which would be impressive enough if that was all he did. But the whole founding and running of AOMG? That’s really above and beyond.
I was an early fan of the VV:D crew (thanks to Park Kyung, who turned me on to Crush with “Getting Over“), and I liked them so much that I wanted to do a VV:D.com (however one would style that) just like I did BlockB.com.
But the problem was, there wasn’t anything out there about them, especially not in English. I had no way to get started, because these guys were just too obscure.
Fast-forward two years–just two years!–and people like Loco and Gray have had hit after hit. With a new label, nonetheless.
It’s one of the things that people don’t seem to recognize about Jay Park: He knows how to market independent music. He is very, very good at it, and that’s something a lot of people who are very talented in a lot of ways don’t do very well.
Yes, I’m sure he has help and all that, but he keeps chalking up wins. As a CEO. At some point, the whole argument that he’s just some airhead Twinkie fuckboy with bad tattoos needs to die.