I was originally going to write a review on the new DragonForce album, when I was disturbed at the success of this new video “Gangnam Style”, by the K-Pop rapper PSY:
I’ve dedicated my time to writing reviews on REAL MUSICIANS! Musicians who I felt were underrated, lacking in receiving the rightful attention that they deserve after decades of hard work. But this… this I clearly didn’t see coming at all.I’m sure know one but the Koreans did. A quote:
“Gangnam Style” is a Korean language colloquialism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed “class”. The term was listed in Time’s weekly vocabulary list as a manner associated with lavish lifestyles in Seoul’s Gangnam district. In a CNN interview, PSY has compared Gangnam to Beverly Hills, California.
“Gangnam is a territory in Seoul, Korea. I describe it as noble at the daytime and going crazy at the night time. I compare ladies to the territory. So — noble at the daytime, going crazy at the night time — and the lyric says I am the right guy for the lady who is like that.”
—PSY, All Things Considered interview on September 15, 2012
Now then, with that out of the way, I will say this:
This is practically “Crank Dat [Soulja Boy] ALL OVER AGAIN, and I’m NOT cutting PSY any slack because he’s Korean. Good music is not based on nationality, and frankly, neither is CRAP…
Like I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve reviewed many musicians. Some are new to the crazy jungle of the industry, playing musical styles that are overlooked by then industry simply because it’s NOT the new trend. Others have incredible songwriting and instrumental skills that stretch across different genres. Some of this music is generally unknown to the masses or ignored, and these musicians, new and old, actually have enough potential to make something big for themselves in the long term and not emerge like a One Hit Wonder like Guiffria. But who knows about these musicians? Who appreciates this real music that many ignorant skeptics believe is dead or undermined? Almost no one. Yet what amazes me in the past few decades is that the ONE musician who can’t even write good material to save his/her life, or simply can’t produce anything but good looks (a.k.a Hair Metal all over again) and – basically- the antithesis of the principle of Grunge music. For crying out loud, I’m sure there are Korean musicians struggling to do the exact same thing…
I mentioned Soulja Boy because he did the same thing in 2007: Releasing a stupid dance video with severely underwritten lyrics that a handicap dog could have done at a pet fair. Amazingly, it reaches number one on the charts, receives rave from a fan base that have no idea what a good song is. Songs like “Like a Rolling Stone” (Bob Dylan), “Heart of Gold” (Neil Young), “Black” (Pearl Jam), and “Born in U.S.A”(Bruce Springsteen) just fly over their heads, choosing to chase after the shameful simplicity of a crappy, overrated dance song, and HEY! They can’t even understand Korean yet they’re dancing like a retarded Equestrian.
The dance has no complex structure to it that sets it apart, and I’m sure a little kid watching Barney has seen a similar style that they can use to make fools of themselves. It’s amazing how nobody even stops to think how ridiculous the dance ACTUALLY LOOKS! It looks more ridiculous than the Bubble Sisters “Al Jolson-styled” debut (and yes, their Korean too!)
Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh
I’m sure we’ve all saw the meme of REAL, original, subliminally meaningful lyrics. Something that has an artistic touch; popular or not. This is just the Korean “Baby” (Justin Bieber).
And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
– “Keep Ya Head Up” – Tupac
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters
– “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
Feed my eyes, can you sew them shut?
Jesus Christ, deny your maker
He who tries, will be wasted
Feed my eyes now you’ve sewn them shut
– “Man In A Box” – Alice In Chains
The microphone explodes, shattering the molds
Ya either drop tha hits like de la O or get the fuck off the commode
With the sure shot, sure to make the bodies drop
Drop and don’t copy yo, don’t call this a co-opt
Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ the thirst of the power drones
That five sided fist-a-gon
The rotten sore on the face of mother earth gets bigger
Tha triggers cold empty your purse
– “Bulls On Parade” – Rage Against The Machine
I could literally go on forever with MILLIONS of songs, but obviously, the world doesn’t care. A generation of talented musicians could rise up, but all that happens is either it becomes commercial and turned to crap by industry pressure (Hair Metal, [Post]Grunge, Hip-Hop), or it simply ignored and overlooked because, as I’ve said, no one really has the mental capacity or trivial knowledge to receive such lyrical or instrumental gifting.
But as usual, the industry prevails. In a world of Lady Gaga’s, Katy Perry’s, One Direction, Lil Wayne’s, and Nickelback’s, I guess PSY is the newest addition to musicians who market catchy beats, silly dances, overused, simple lyricism, and overrated image to sell and make success. It’s a shame to see how far the music industry has fallen. No uniqueness, originality, not even thought through creativity. Kurt, Mercury, Lennon, Dio, and Morrison would be turning in their graves.
And no. This deserves no stars.