I will begin this post by stating that I am passionate about the music I listen to. If I am not moved emotionally, then I am indifferent and there's nothing worse. I've been silent about K-Pop for some time, because I wanted to process what I've been learning over the past several months about the genre. I am by no means an expert, but there are things I feel strongly about. Collaboration is one of them, as Ankh mentioned at her personal site.
"Evil Black Menace"™ is in reference to this post, in which I snarked about fan reaction to Se7en and his "Swaggadoccio"™ in the video. Beneath my sarcasm was a personal truth. There is a real fear of American Culture aka Negroes and our alleged “influence” on the musical stylings of K – Pop "idols". A strange notion exists about the so-called "purity" of K – Pop and its performers.
Some fans seem to blur the lines between the public and the private, to the extent that many believe the performances they see on stage, represent who their "idols" are in private. Now for those who pay attention, there are no surprises. I cannot count the number of young men and women in the genre, who site Western music as an influence; R&B and Hip-Hop in particular.
When fans fall asleep @ the wheel, you get the attitudes shown here ("Empty") and here ("I Love You"). Check out the first 2 comments for "I Love You". I wonder if these “fan” girls know that Yoochun wrote the song featuring Flowsik and that JYJ is responsible for writing/producing all but 3 songs on the album. See Track List. Don't you find it interesting that there is more love for the spoonfed record label fodder than the actual work of the artists themselves?
There are fans pissed because they are singing in English! I don’t know any artist in the world who doesn’t want their creation to reach as many people as possible. They act as if previous albums in Japanese don’t count. English and its association with the States and the dreaded EBM™ is the problem. Seriously?! We have 3 grown men, reduced to impressionable children, who are incapable of making informed decisions. It’s all Kanyee-zee and Darkchild’s fault!
Many "idols" have zero control over their careers. They are recruited early (as teens) and decade long contracts are the norm. ROI (Return On Investment) anyone? No input is necessary on the part of the "idol". Decisions are made for them from wardrobe, to music, to choreography and the people they date (or in this case, cannot date).
So, when someone like Junsu of 2PM reveals his “Neo-Soul” leanings, there are actual "fans" who are shocked! Why yes...because what about the music of 2 PM? My response – "What about it?" Therein lies the disconnect! Check out this comment in the thread about not liking “Black Music” aka Junsu-How-Dare-You? But Robin Thicke was apparently okay. Huh?
All this yammering leads to one thing: Collaborations. The story goes a little something like this: Omarion's people spotted Beast performing the choreography to his song "Ice Box". He dug what they did, his people talked to their people and boom! Omarion is in South Korea performing a "special stage" with them. The reaction from most fans was pretty positive.
Now let's flip the script and talk about JYJ formerly DBSK. There's a ton of drama associated with the groups’ disbandment. I will not go into that hot mess. I will say this. JYJ is gonna catch a case if SM keeps f*ckin' with them. That.is.all. JYJ is relevant to my interests because they can flat out sing. I mean all 3 of them. They are about to release an International album in English and yes, there is drama, but objects in motion tend to stay in motion.
I dig their album from top to bottom, but alas Kanyee-zee, Darkchild and other “Evil Americans” are at work defiling the "purity" of these K-Pop "boys." Exhibit A. Darkchild is in the middle back row with various other Negroes from the EBM™ Cast. If Kanyee-zee shows up to sing the hook for “Ayy Girl” at any of their U.S dates, he and JYJ will Shut-It-Down. Y’all here me?
I will end my lesson for today by stating: Whether you like it or not, these partnerships will not stop. Nor should they. Music is universal and the idea that your favorite "idol" group is "acting" American aka Negro, because they choose to express themselves musically in ways you do not like, is nonsense. The EBM™ is coming to a town near you, so lock your doors!
I'll leave you with a few songs/performances that I’m diggin’ right now. Some are collabs and others aren’t. Enjoy! Don’t you just feel the “soiling” influence of Hip-Hop/R & B on the artists below except the (2) Negroes who are "dirty" by default.
Park Hyo Shin covers Taeyang
Look Only At Me
Park Hyo Shin covers Eric Benet
Floecist feat. Musiq Soulchild - Personal Fave
Far East Movement Feat. Keri Hilson
Don't Look Now
The Quiett Feat. Tasha
Love People, Love Music
Be My Love
The Quiett - Reminds of me of NY hip-hop from back in the day.