B.A.P explodes onto the scene with their sparkly bunny.
Did you like the song?
Let the comparisons that diehard fans hate begin! So right off the bat my friend noted that she was confusing B.A.P and Block B partially due to their overall look but also due to the Zelo/Zico names comparison. (I personally thought their dress style and tendency to break things was more similar to 2NE1, actually.) But regardless of that, I think both groups’ status as powerful younger rapper groups will continue to elicit this comparison, so don’t be surprised.
All that said: damn! This was perfect! This is a rookie group?! Really?! I love the song and the video and the group. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting from new groups (and from old ones, too!). “Warrrrrior…”
What was your favorite part of the song?
I can honestly say I love every part of the aggressive chorus here and the majority of the rest of the song. “Digidigidum, digidigidum” was awesome, and the sexy line at the end of the chorus “Mogeul joyoganda~” (“It’s suffocating you”) was fabulous. And I loved Zelo’s amazing Outsider-like rapping section. What’s more, usually “bow wow” sections bother me (you’re humans, not dogs!)—for example, one of Dalmation’s songs (I think it was “Round 1”) made me wince—but it didn’t perturb me here in the slightest. *shrug*
Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
There is a lot of English in this song, and it generally makes more sense if you caught the acronym for B.A.P as “Best Absolute Perfect” at the beginning of the MV. (So Yongguk’s “What’s your B.?” is actually asking something like “Are you at your best?”)
Also, there’s some English on this sign. While it doesn’t necessarily make sense, it’s punctuated correctly and could be just deliberately ambiguous.
Did you like the video?
So there’s this evil bunny...
The first thing I thought of was the film Donnie Darko. Zelo’s little mouthguard thing even resembles the Donnie Darko bunny to me. The second thing I thought of was Playboy.
Due to this, I have decided that B.A.P will from now on stand for “Bunnies Are Precious” in my head. That’s what you get, B.A.P.
With one exception, I find myself agreeing with the top Youtube commenter at one point (albeit with less cursing)—this is how you make a debut. Sexy, powerful, manly, technically excellent, superb singing.
So what’s the exception? Well, if you’re going to debut a new group with six members, of whom only two are generally known, should you have everyone dye his hair the same unusual color so that it’s difficult for casual viewers to tell your members apart? No, you should not. It seems like I say this a lot: the point of a debut is for potential fans to get to know your members and your style, is it not? This can be made easier for us by including names or color-coordinating or something. This can be made more pointlessly hard by dressing everyone the same, down to their hair color (and in some cases style).
If you’re interested, though, my bf really disliked this video. It’s rare that we so completely disagree, so I mentioned it. But he also did not like Bang Yongguk’s voice. I know, I didn’t think it was possible, either. I even gave him T.O.P’s “Turn It Up” to compare, and he said that while T.O.P sounded natural and authentic, Yongguk sounded weird and off, like Christian Bale’s Batman. *mind explodes* Clearly I’ve now left him and taken the cat.
But I think maybe what he was referring to wasn’t Yongguk’s voice so much as his swaggering über-confident demeanor at the beginning. I liked it, but I can see how it might be a bit sudden if you’re not expecting it.
Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
So you get this impression of violence and repression in an apocalyptic future (note the skull imagery). Things coalesce more in this scene where it seems as if Zelo has the other members as his puppets:
I got the impression that Zelo (with his bunny helper?) had made a kind of clone army of blonde guys who feel constricted and repressed under his tyrannical rule (notice the chains and the hands-around-their-throats dance move).
They gradually start rebelling against him, shown in the video as smashing
The story culminates in them surrounding him and shooting him in the head, overcoming the dictator.
In a year in which “The Protester” was named Time magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year, this storyline really resonates. I think it was brave of B.A.P to make “the evil dictator” role one of their own members, too, and it made the story stronger.
Was the dance cool and distinctive?
Oh, I’m sorry, did you say there was a freakin’ stomp section here?! I love stomp. It reminds me of high school pep rallies where our stomp team would badass their way across the basketball court with ultimate swagger. I’ve never seen it in a Kpop music video, though. Well done.
Other than that, I loved both the little moments in the dance and also the overall impression. I highly approve of the choreography where members touch each other. My
Plus, any dance where the members end up on the floor is cool.
Do the members look good?
Dirty + sweaty + manly + with this air of desperation = perfect. Other than the matching blonde hair, which I could have done without.
Which member stood out the most?
Although I think Himchan is certainly the prettiest, I thought Zelo stood out the most. (Yup, my maknae obsession strikes again.) It’s partially because of his rapping, partially his demeanor, and partially because his hair is more curly than the others’, which helps to differentiate him.
Do you like it enough to buy the song?
Absolutely. More, please!
Any ending thoughts?
If you’ll recall, leader Bang Yongguk and maknae Zelo previously collaborated on the song “Never Give Up,” with a MV that starred Secret’s Hyosung in a suspiciously American high school setting. I once had a doorbell that sounded exactly like the main riff of that song, which is why I generally disliked it, but I did think at the time that they were impressive rappers, especially for rookies. It was very deserving of all its G-D&T.O.P comparisons.
And prior to that, Bang Yong Guk released “I Remember” with BEAST’s Yoseob.
“At first I thought their hair was dyed blonde, but now I can tell it’s from them break-dancing in all that dust.”
Oh, and here, have a panorama I put together with their names and birthdates:
Thanks for reading! :)