상상은 여권이 필요없는 여행이다
CL, “The Baddest Female”
This is not a single song.
This is MOST DEFINITELY not a single song that should be released by a solo artist from a group that hasn’t released an album in 23 months and hasn’t released a single in 10 months (three eternities in the world of kpop).
It is a song that sounds like it should be a pre-release or an intro for an album. That is, it is a decent enough song and I will certainly be purchasing it, but it’s not deserving of its own promotions. I feel this song suffers the same problems as 2PM’s comeback: it needed to be a mind-blowing, panty-dropping song that blew Blackjacks away in order to make up for how long 2NE1 had been away, but it is thoroughly underwhelming. Just because a song is slow doesn’t mean it has to be boring, but I feel like CL didn’t create astounding rhythms with her raps, and the lyrics don’t play with sounds the way a really good rap does (simply rhyming the end of every line doesn’t cut it). Also, random dubstep sections in songs, like at 2:50 here, were atrocious even last year when everybody else was indulging in them. I thought we’d learned from those mistakes a long time ago.
I’m also partly concerned because this song seems like one that will go a la “내가 제일 잘 나가,” aka a song where the recording sounds decent but does not make the transition to live stage very well. But that’s something that time will weigh in on~
Ok, I will admit. I am fucking bitter. I WANT THE FULL POWER OF 2NE1 AS FOUR TO BLOW MY EARDRUMS SO BLOW ME YG. I love CL, I think she is awesome, and she is probably my most favoritest member of 2NE1. But after having waited so long for a group release, been teased with a single, and been taunted with the idea of an album for almost an entire year, I am fucking sick of YG’s game. It’s almost as bad as SM’s teasers for EXO. Fuck that shit. I have some advice for YG if he doesn’t want me to personally fly to Korea and rend his jugular from his neck with my bare hands: End CL’s promotions quickly, bring the girls back together, AND RELEASE THEIR GODDAMNED ALBUM ALREADY. </rant>