House of the Dragonfly
G-Dragon, “Coup D’etat”
WARNING: this review is BIAS BIAS BIAS BIAS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH SO FREAKING BIASED. YES. AND OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAITED SO. LONG. TO REVIEW THIS SONG I MEAN IT WAS RELEASED FREAKING HOURS AGO!!!
GD is one of the few idol-songwriters that I believe when they say they make music for the sake of making music, in the way and style that they want without taking into consideration the expectations of the industry. Time and time again, GD has demonstrated that this is the way he approaches the music-making process, and it shows because nobody else in the kpop industry creates anything with quite the same flare and authenticity that GD does. But he had me a little bothered with his last three promoted songs, “One of a Kind,” “Crayon,” and “미치 GO.” They were starting to blur together, these crazy club party songs.
But “Coup d’Etat” goes back to the meaning of “One of a Kind” while simultaneously throwing “One of a Kind” to the wayside: he’s singing his own praises while promising to continue moving forward. The lyrics of the song are primarily composed of the first dynamic, featuring gems like:
I’m so fresh, so clean, 세탁소랑 경쟁해
(I’m so fresh, so clean, I compete with the laundromat)
and my flow so sick 중환자실 연행해
(and my flow so sick it gets sent to the ICU)
The imagery seen in the music video, however, is much more meaningful. It’s much more about how GD is leaving his past behind, staging a coup d’etat on himself. This is where we get images like him pulling off his old skin to be reborn anew, and the white faces being covered with black dye (which is an obvious reference to his Heartbreaker album). To me, the fact that he is then shown with his face entirely black suggests that he is not emerging with a completely blank slate, more that his past is still a part of him and he is merely building upon it. Buuuuuuuut I may just be reading too much in OR may be completely off the mark. All in all, the imagery doesn’t seem too dissimilar from his “One of a Kind” mv, where he smashes the glass cases containing all his old costumes.
But… if the theme is so similar between “Coup D’état” and “One of a Kind,” isn’t he being hypocritical when he makes the point of trying to move forward? Except the songs are TOTALLY different in terms of sound. “One of a Kind” is an upbeat song that makes you feel like you’re tripping on something in a club. “Coup D’etat” is a dark, grungy sound that, most importantly, features GD’s skills slowed down. CL attempted to push the “slow-rap” concept with “나쁜 기집애,” but GD SHOWS US HOW IT’S DONE with this song. Seriously, if I had a fight tomorrow, this would be my walk-out song. It’s perfect.
(P.S. about the hair: it’s like a refined seaweed style… I’m still not buying it, mister!!)