When it comes to K-pop, I’ll be honest and say that I don’t really go out of my way to listen to it. Granted, I used to listen to it more consistently when I was in high school, but even then, I wouldn’t have considered myself a die-hard K-pop fan. As I grew older, I listened even less, as it’d never grown on me, and I ventured into other genres of music (e.g. rap, R&B, EDM…).
However, it wasn’t until 2017 that my interest in K-pop was somewhat revived. I stumbled upon Taeyeon’s music and was hooked. Now, I recently stumbled across another K-pop idol called BLACKPINK, and I tell you, I’m once again into the K-pop scene! Although I’d heard about them before, it wasn’t until recently that I listened to their music and found them incredible!
BLACKPINK is a South-Korean girl group consisting of four members (Lisa, Jisoo, Rosé, and Jennie) who I think are really changing up the image of what K-pop girl groups should look and sound like. Back when I listened to K-pop girl groups regularly (e.g. Girls Generation, f(x), 4Minute), I found many of them to be overly-feminine in the cutesy type of way (known as “aegyo” in Korean). While not necessarily a bad thing, I couldn’t really get on-board with the image, as I found that it implicitly catered to the stereotype of an “innocent, submissive Asian.” I’m sure it wasn’t really like that, but I’m sure many men enjoyed that kind of image.
That said, BLACKPINK was a refreshing surprise, as much of their music deviates from the aegyo image and into the bad-ass one. Many of their songs are electro-produced, often with frequent change-ups in tone and plenty of hard-hitting beats that you could imagine playing at clubs, even raves. There’s also lots of sass in the lyrics, and their dance moves are explosive, unlike the cutesy dances that other girl groups perform. While BLACKPINK have produced a couple of aegyo songs, it’s not as much compared to the tougher sound they’re putting out, which I find female-empowering, even revolutionary.
It’s also great that they aren’t just popular in South Korea, but they’re also getting recognition in the West, as they recently collaborated with British singer Dua Lipa for “Kiss and Make Up.” Aside from that song, I soon got sucked into watching MV after MV of BLACKPINK’s works. That’s why I’d like to share a few of them with you!
Here are some of my favorite BLACKPINK songs that I hope you might also enjoy. Since I’m new to their fandom, I’d love to discover more of their songs, so if you know more of them, do let me know! Enjoy. 🙂
My Top Favorite BLACKPINK Songs
1. 뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU DDU-DU)
3. 마지막처럼 (AS IF IT’S YOUR LAST)
5. 불장난 (PLAYING WITH FIRE)
— The Finicky Cynic
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