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Park Ji Yoon – Beep – Hot Comeback!

Park Ji Yoon – Beep

Talk about a comeback! February is turing into a hot month in kpop with Park Ji Yoon’s release of Beep. It’s a funky and soulful dance track that references American 1970’s R&B straight out of the Soul Train pantheon. I’ll talk more about that more later, but first lets get straight to the song.

I love this song. The song kicks off with a disco inspired beat that I’d expect San Francisco Dance-Music Queen Sylvester to have produced. Do you wanna funk? Indeed. Beep is infectiously cactchy with amazing hooks and Ji Yoon’s vocals are once again on point. Her Beep Beeps and Bow wow wows will keep you bopping your head over and over. I especially love the “what what what what what…” portion of the song. To say the song is fierce fun funky and fresh is an understatement. It’s so completely fabulous that I halfway expect one of the Queens from Ru Paul’s Drag Race to show up and turn it out. If I had my choice it would be Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon in their best Soul Train bell bottoms and wigs. The song is going is a strong contender for Song of the Month.

I’m not digging it. I’m loving it. Somebody call McDonalds.

The video from a kpop standpoint is completely off the chain. Their is nothing normal or run of the mill happening here. I especially love the retro production of the video that makes it look like we’re actually watching Soul Train. It adds a legitimacy to the song as it harkens back to the late 1970’s paying homage to great artists like Prince. Those under a certain age might not remember Soul Train at all. Soul Train was a heavily Black-American focused dance and music show which first aired in syndication in 1971 and didn’t end its run until 2006. That’s a solid 35 years and remains today to be the longest running syndicated television show in American history. Soul Train is an enormously important cultural phenomenon that brought a stage, on television, to a new demographic of the American landscape which didn’t really have a national exposure. It was a response to American Bandstand, another long running music and dance show, but that show rarely featured any non-white acts or dancers prior to Soul Train making a splash. In my opinion, Soul Train is why in the 1990’s we had shows dance shows on Mtv’s Spring Break and largely led the way for music countdown shows the way we know them today. Without Soul Train we would not have seen a diversification of music that was allowed to be on television and shows like TRL (remember when Mtv was cool? I do.) and any number of Korean shows like M! Countdown. Referencing this aspect of American culture so directly could have been a huge mistake or a huge win if done right and I’m happy to say that despite some rather strange use of stereotypes (the introduction for example) the music video gets it right. I felt the video honored the history and heritage of the music and venue that came before it in a way that may turn some off due to their lack of history regarding soul music. Bravo!

Aside from the interesting cultural connections we see in the video it’s just simply fun. Sure, it references a time when most of the people reading this parent’s are old enough to remember Soul Train but, I don’t think it’ll matter because the fun factor is so high. Cameos are everywhere with my favorites being Noh Hong Cul, Muzie, and of course my ultimate bias looking so sick Jay Park. They add a bit of humor to the video that splices together Korean dancers dancing right along with black dancers from today and what looks to be original footage from Soul Train circa 1978. If the producers of the video didn’t use some Soul Train footage that is some uncanny wardrobing they accomplished.

Bow wow wow wow…what what what what what what what what what you ask?

I love this. I love everything about Beep.

The total package, perfect 10/10.

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New to Kpop? Start Here.

http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/75858/20140126/introduction-to-k-pop-ten-albums-that-should-be-on-everyones-play-list.htm

If you check out the above article from KpopStarz.com regarding the top ten kpop albums every new kpop fan should check out, I highly recommend it, I have a few revisions as your resident Sifu of Hallyu. I don’t reference the albums listed in the article because I agree with most of them. Those that I don’t agree with I address after adding my own required kpop for our lovely newbies!

I would add the following to the list of albums every new kpop fan should have to begin their journey riding the Korean Wave.

1. 2PM – Again and Again
2. Shinee – Love like Oxygen
3. MBLAQ – Stay/Cry
4. BEAST – Fiction
5. Jay Park – New Breed
6. Wonder Girls – Tell me/Nobody
7. Rain – Rainism
8. SS501 – Deja Vu

I would remove Super Junior’s Single Sexy and Free and replace it with Sorry Sorry and Bonamana. I’d also remove Seo Tai Ji and replace that with Drunken Tiger’s Monster. JYP has got to go. The article states that he is required to understand Got7. No, just no. Certainly allowed their own opinion, but to understand Got7 you only need understand 2PM.

There is no need for new kpop fans to look into the first generation of the Hallyu Wave. The second generation blew open the doors to kpop for much of the world thanks to the above mentioned groups and those in the article. Every group we see today, with few exceptions like History, CNBlue, and Ledapple are a direct result from this list. That being said, there are groups from the Third Generation like B.A.P. and VIXX that I love and suggest you listen to. These groups, and their generational peers, owe their success in large part to the previously mentioned groups. For example, we would not have the powerful beastly image that Bang Yong Guk and his team display without 2PM. The same could be said of VIXX, but I think they are a highly evolved form of SHINee, 2PM, and SS501.

What kpop albums/singles do you think every new kpop fan should listen to?

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65 Months of Jay Park

It’s been 61 65 months since my ultimate bias made his debut. That’s five years and one month as of October 4th, 2013 and I wanted to look back on this idol and how he’s become my ultimate bias.

2008 was a great year to be a fan of kpop. It was the best year of the second generation with SS501, DBSK, BIGBANG, and Lee Hyo Ri all making comebacks…amazing. If you weren’t riding the Korean Wave at this time you missed out in a big way.

2008 also saw the debut of two of the groups that would make a huge impact in the industry and usher in the third generation as they cemented their eventual position as Hallyu leaders. I’m talking about SHINee and 2PM.

SHINee debuted in May, however, they did not release their first full length album until August 28th. Which was one week prior to October 4th when I saw 2PM for the first time. Back then, if you don’t know Jay Park was a member and leader of 2PM and together they changed the way male idol groups were promoted. Because of Jay, Taec, ChanSung, JunHo, Jun.K, NichKhun, and WooYoung we now have the Beastly Idol. Thank you JYP, thank you very much.

Jay made his debut with 10 Points Out of 10 which was a hip hop inspired, heavy beat, dance track full of energy that we now expect from 2PM. Jay, or JaeBeom as I still prefer to call him brought a west coast swag and b-boy dancing skills to Seoul and challenged the established “dancing machines” of the era…YuNo, EunHyuk, and TaeYang with his acrobatic and well choreographed dances Jay and 2PM were something different, something special. At the time, SHINee was making a bigger impact and were by far the best rookies of 2008. That all changed though, in 2009 with the release of 2PM : Time For Change. Yes, yes…it was.

Again and again we all listened to Again and Again. This was the song that put 2PM in the limelight and set the tone for everything they release until this years Grown was released. It’s also when I fell in love with Jay and saw his potential to be huge as a solo artist. By the time Niga Mipda (I Hate You) was released Jay could be seen making a fool out of himself with his lack of knowledge in Korean culture and societal standards in interviews and variety shows. He was super goofy and was the visible rock that held the group together. He inspired his members to work out more and hit the gym regularly which I think we can all say “Gamsamnida JaeBeommie”.

Shortly, after the release of their first album scandal struck Jay and he disappeared from Korea returning to Seattle and spent a long time considering his future before establishing a public presence on YouTube. Anyone remember that shirtless nothing on you video…first time seeing Jay shirtless for most of us. Jay leaving 2PM was one of the saddest events in my kpop and adult life. I’m not kidding, of all the tragic events I dealt with in 2009, it ranks third to losing my mother and partner. With time though, all wounds heal, and eventually Jay did make his comeback and released Count on Me, Bestie, and Speechless in 2010 and gave me hope for a an actual Korean comeback. In April 2011 we got what we were all waiting so long for when Jay released Abandoned on the album Take a Deeper Look. Abandoned is how I’m sure Jay and many of his fans felt by the fallout of the scandal. The album made a huge splash in Korea and even placed in the top three on Billboards World charts. Jay was back and all was right in the world.

Since then Jay has continuously released a variety of singles, albums, mix tapes, and YouTube videos that show just who Jay is.

Thanks for ride JaeBeom!

Favorite album : New Breed
Favorite Songs: Body2Body, I Hate You, End of Me, Tonight, Know Your Name (Acoustic)
Favorite Music Video: Demon (Psyche) hahahaha
Really my favorite m.v. has to be Girlfriend

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Jay Park in Dazed and Confused

Jay Park is Dazed

Jay Park posted new shots from his latest photo shoot on Twitter early this morning for Dazed and Confused Magazine!

I Must find this when it comes out.  There is a maturity in these shots you don’t often see from Jay.  He’s never taken a photo in his underwear as far as I know much less been seen near a cigarette.  

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Jay Park Feature in New Teaser

If Park Jae Beom is there…I’m alllllll over it!

Jay, my ultimate bias, is featured in a new teaser for Beep by Park Ji Yoon.

Jay is looking awesome…as he does always.

Seriously, I think this concept is an awesome way to tease a (new?) artist. Use famous celebrities reacting to your song. Brilliant.

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February Kpop Playlist

I don’t usually create a post on my playlist unless I really really like the way it’s coming together.  Each month I build a playlist based around the tracks that are released in that month.  Generally, by the middle of the month I’ve got a complete playlist that keeps me entertained throughout the day.  Right now…I’m digging this February 2014 Playlist…for sure.

I started out with the new February releases like Taxi, Fxxk You, and Angel.  I like the slower RnB feel of these tracks and pulled songs from my library to add to them.  It’s full of romamce and heartbreak  Check it out.

MBLAQ – Smoky Girl
Henry – 143
AA – Midnight Taxi
AA – Because I’m Crazy
Lee Hyo Ri – Don’t Cry
Hyun Bin – That Man
Beenzino – Picassor
Gary – Shower Later, Zotta Molla
DBSK – Love in the Ice, Something, Wrong Number
BTS – Boy in Love
Roh Ji Hoon – A Song For You
Pro C – Love Hurts
Chang Min – Love is the Moment
VIXX – GR8U, Girls..Why
Rain 30sexy
Zion.t – Madame, Miss Kim
SHINee – Hello
Jay Park – Tonight, Do What We Do
2PM – Only You (Acoustic)
Cho Shin Sung – Romance
B2ST – Fiction (Orchestra Version)
B.A.P. – Coffee Shop, 1004Angel
Clazzi – This is how We Feel, Love Again
Tae Goon – Call Me
EXO – Growl, What is Love
Min Woo – Taxi
Gain – Fxxk You
B1A4 – Lonely

Let me know what you think about the selection and what am I missing, is there anything you think would fit this playlist?  Let me know in the comments down below.

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