• takeitallaway

    Seriously? You’re being serious right now? How is it “1OAK” rip off for the love of God? Does it have the similar vibe, yes! But a rip off. You must be joking. First thing’s first, CL doesn’t do anything weird, she’s not acting crazy she’s just being CL. This MV is all her from the moment the MV starts to the moment it ends. The vibe is similar because it’s directed by the same director who did GD’s MVs. Yes the scene of her dancing with Crazy could be seen similar to 1OAK scene where GD is dancing with the girls, but you have to remember Top also did it before GD and I didn’t see anyone screaming GD ripped off Top. The scene from 1OAK with all the men (and Lyida) standing behind Ji and shit, also wasn’t a first coming from YGE. 1Tym (Do you know me), Perry (Storm), Jinusean (A-Yo) and most YGFam videos (Hip-Hop Gentleman, YMCA, Get Ready), Masta Wu (Don’t Stop) etc. included scenes like that. So please don’t come here pretending like Ji did this shit first. He gave it his own stamp did it in his own way, just like CL did, but he didn’t do it first. So for you to come after CL saying her video is a GD 1OAK rip off is mighty ballsy.

    If anything this MV reminds me more of something Bey or Aaliyah used to do back in the day.

    • http://twitter.com/Mila_no_tweet Camille

      While it’s true that YG has been producing this kind of mvs for a long time, I think the reason why many people associate this mv with OOAK -and many people actually do- is simply because OOAK is more recent and more present in people’s mind. The two tracks do sound similiar and the two mvs do look similar too. Maybe it’s not a rip-off but then it’s just a re-hash of what’s been done before, the most recent exemple being OOAK… and its also the closest exemple I think? And that’s probably because, as you said, the director is the same. So I don’t think anyone’s blaming CL but, to me anyway, though the mv and the song are enjoyable, it was a bad move from YG to gve this song and this MV to CL as her big solo break.

      • takeitallaway

        No the tracks don’t sound similar. The beat is not even close to being similar, people keep saying that because they think the MV is a rip off. 1OAK was produced by Choice 37 while this song was produced by Teddy, those two don’t have a similar sound at all. This MV and song were CL’s choice, YG didn’t force her, her presented it to her, she chose it.

        • http://twitter.com/Mila_no_tweet Camille

          Well the thing is, I heard the song first without watching the MV and I still got a OOAK vibe… as soon as I heard the start of the song I thought of OOAK. And apparently I’m not the only one so there has to be something here. I mean, why would so many people make the connection if there wasn’t similarities?
          And well then if CL made the choice… I think it was a bad choice. And I’m not hating on CL for it, I wasn’t hating on YG for it either, I’m also glad some people think it was the right choice, the right mv and the right song, but I think, as a debut solo, CL could have done better.

          • takeitallaway

            Well opinions differ. I can respect the fact people find it similar, but to say it’s a rip off is highly disrespectful.

          • http://twitter.com/Mila_no_tweet Camille

            Yes, that’s why I never called it a rip-off ^^ That would mean plagiarism and I don’t think there’s plagiarism involved here. So we can agree on that at least~

          • takeitallaway

            I didn’t say you called it a rip off, I was referring to the article above.

          • http://twitter.com/Mila_no_tweet Camille

            Yes, I got that, I was just agreeing with you on that matter… sorry, sometimes I’m not good at expressing myself. But yes, I understand you were not talking about me ^^

          • takeitallaway

            It’s ok. I respect your opinion I really do, like I said in the previous CL article, tastes differ and what works for you might not work for me and vice-versa. In my opinion, this was CL, as someone who has been a fan of CL since 2009, who has followed her closely, I know this was her, and the solo met my expectations, if not exceeded it. But I respect the fact that some people don’t see it like that. I just feel it’s unnecessary to drag her down this much. It seems as tho everyone is going out of their way not only to express their “disappointment” but is grabbing this opportunity to use CL as a punching bag. I don’t appreciate that at all. It’s been like that even before she even said she’ll be having a solo. But that’s people for you, I guess.

          • http://twitter.com/Mila_no_tweet Camille

            To be fair I don’t think the author of the article was really dragging her down. The “rip-off” thing was going a bit too far but the author also said she likes the song, the choregraphy and that she thinks CL has talent and class. I never got the feeling she was really dragging CL down. So I think that she was just disappointed because, as she knows CL is talented and loves her for it, she expected more or, at least, something else.
            That said, while surfing on the web, I’ve come accross less than polite comments about CL because of this song/MV so I understand why the fans would be quite fed up with the comparison.

          • takeitallaway

            I was speaking in general about some comments I’ve seen when I said that I wasn’t referring to author of this article when I said people were dragging her down, tho the said article was close to doing it. I love GD I really do, in all his embarrassing moments that give me secondhand embarrassment, in all his craziness and at times originality (in the kpop world he is quite a character and quite original), but he didn’t not invent shit. All the style he has he got it from previous YG artists, mainly Perry, Wu, Sean and Teddy (+ American artists) and he just amped it up a few notches. So all the people claiming this is a 1OAK rip off need to take several seats. Including the author of this article.

    • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

      It’s a female rip off of One of a Kind

      • takeitallaway

        Yeah and your opinion is the Bible. Take a seat and get this shit through your little head: YOUR OPINION =/= FACT!!! Bye

        • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

          …and it’s still a rip off. No matter what you think

          FACT.

          • takeitallaway

            Your dumb as fuck!

            FACT.

          • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

            And you’re catching e-feelings over a dumb Kpop video lol

            How sad…

          • takeitallaway

            No I just like putting dumb ass people, who have nothing better to do in their lives but to hate on other people, in their place. It’s a hobby what can I say

          • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

            No you’re just sensitive because the Idol you worship isn’t talented enough, so they rip off another label mate for their debut.

            I’ll probably be mad too if I cared that much about an Idol

          • takeitallaway

            First of all, I worship no one. Second, you’re an ignorant dimwit. So anything you might think is clearly irrelevant. Bye have a nice life,

          • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

            Oh noes, the internet name calling lol. You need to stop taking criticism about you worshipped Idol to heart

        • Melissa

          You believe this public persona is the real cl? Because you’re a great fan and have been following her since 2009? Oh come on, wake up! This is YG trying too hard to get noticed. They should go to the US and try to be the baddest there. They’ll fail. It’s about time kpop idols stop trying to be bad (or good, whatever she meant with that quote).

          • takeitallaway

            You know nothing about her or her personality. THIS IS CL, not Chaerin, CL. Those are two different entities but both part of her. She said it a million times that there’s a big difference between Chaerin and CL. CL is her personality on stage and when it comes to music. CL is a performer, singer, rapper, and dancer. Chaerin is a 22 y/o girl, who likes watching romantic dramas and sitcoms, who likes to sew and cook and stay at home. This right here is CL. She’s been like this since before debut. Stop pulling shit out of your ass. YG doesn’t need to get noticed, they get noticed enough.Don’t act like YGE groups/artists have been like this since Big Bang or 2ne1 or last year or whatever. This is nothing new, it’s been done before in YGE from JinuSean to Perry to Masta Wu and 1Tym to basically everyone who’s been in that company. Bye

  • Chocho268

    I’ll never understand what YG was thinking with releasing such a luckluster, if not plain bad solo track. Bom’s solos, ‘Please Don’t Go’, ‘Kiss’ were all solid songs so I’m a bit surprised that CL got the short end of the stick, esp. because she seems the one who has the most to offer solo-wise, apart from Minzy. It seems as if the song was meant to be one of the filler tracks on GD’s album but somehow ended up being chosen for CL’s solo..

    I could still tolerate the song if only it showcased some of CL’s talent but it really did nothing to set her apart as an artist, that’s my biggest complaint about this whole solo effort. What’s the point of a solo song if it fails to show what an idol can do?

    Hope the live performance of the song can allow CL to shine a bit more, because I think she shines a lot more in 2NE1 MV’s than she did in her own.

  • http://twitter.com/Mila_no_tweet Camille

    My problem with this mv isn’t so much the mv itself but the mv
    associated with its context… The song is catchy as hell and I actually
    like the mv. It really looks like One Of a Kind but I liked OOAK so
    there’s really no reason why I wouldn’t enjoy this one. My problem is
    that this mv is CL big solo debut and the fact that she’s done something
    that sounds/looks like OOAK and the fact that she’s joined by all these
    guest-stars gives the feeling that CL can’t do her own thing and can’t
    stand on her own -which is untrue obviously-. She’s supposed to be the
    baddest female but she’s just a female doing exactly what’s been done
    before, not so long ago. And that’s too bad because CL is talented. I
    like that song and I actually like that mv too but if she was gonna really be the baddest female, I wish that for this big solo thing CL had some something new-er, something a little bit more original, something that would have actually screamed “I’m the baddest female and I’m gonna do my OWN thing”. And I know she can. Just my two cents ^-^

  • Ignis Invictus

    I swear, I was more excited for this review because I want to see how you will slight GD’s appearance but I have to say I was disappointed. That was just too tame. LOL.

    First off, I think your reaction is opposite the reaction of most people I have encountered. A lot of them liked the MV but HATED the song. The reasons I have read for not liking the song are so varied I do not even know where to start and I probably just shouldn’t.

    I agree with you about the song being catchy. It’s on repeat when I can play it and it probably will for another few days. Before YG announced that it’s going to feature CL’s rap at 70 bpm, I was hoping her solo would be an RnB song but I’m still very happy with this.

    Anyway, since this is an MV review, I just want to state what I think about this MV. What I love about it is the fact that the styling is on point. I love the clothes and the accessories she wore. I love the colors of the sets. And I like that CL appears to be just playing and having fun on the sets.

    What it lacks, though, is a WTF moment. A solid one. I mean aside from GD’s because it’s not CL. YG is known for having those but it seems to miss putting on the humor in this MV. OOAK did it pretty well IMO. So did Monster, MichiGO, Turn It Up, IATB and a lot of other YG MVs where the music allowed it. The visuals are so evenly pleasant that there’s not one moment that stands out. No, the fangs did not make it for me. Also, what it lacks is a story line or a cohesive theme. At least I did not find it. Maybe if I go see the MV again and focus. But not today.

  • moriama29

    I like CL normally, but her rapping in this song – to put it nicely, did not appeal to me.

  • Streby

    I secretly wish she had gone for some heart-broken song reminiscent of ‘I Love You’ which showcases her vocal ability.

  • Mini Squid

    The last comment of yrs made me laugh. Hee.

  • MangoMagic

    Personally, I found the song and MV unimaginative, repetitive and dull.

    When I heard CL would be rapping over a “slow tempo” tune I was expecting the Baddest Female to drop some sick, smooth verses like she did in “Love is Ouch” and Uhm Jung Hwa’s “DJ”. Instead I get her slurring words like she’s never spoken Korean a day in her life while parading around in crop tops, a few super cute outfits and terrible head gear all while telling me, “I don’t mean bad as in bad but bad as in good, y’know?” No, I don’t know and frankly I’m starting to not want to know. I never thought I’d say this but YGE artists are really starting to push that “tryhard” image just a wee bit too much.

    The only saving grace (hopefully) of this ratchet ass mess of a solo debut will more than likely be the live performances. If there’s anything CL can do, without a doubt, it’s perform like a superstar. She’ll kill the live even if I still hate the song and MV.

    • Hannah

      Yeah, she really is a good live performer, at least we’ll have that to look forward to.

  • kpopsarang123

    is this even music?

  • KJessh

    I actually really liked the song and mv, but yes i agree that CL has so much more talent than this song showcases. The styling of the video was so nice, but because there’s no cohesive theme or connection between the shots, I like the still cuts more than the actual video. CL looks so georgous.

  • http://blogphilic.wordpress.com/ jandoe

    Ah finally, thank you for saying this! Took all the words right out of my mouth about it being GD’s One of A Kind rip-off. I love this girl, she’s fierce and definitely bad-ass but this is disappointing for me personally because I know she’s capable of SO MUCH MORE. Or rather – she’s capable on her own merits and thus, doesn’t need to copy the others’ style or trying to super Prove A Point with the whole swag/’tude overkill in the MV. Some things are better left to the undertones, you know? Thanks again for writing this piece, I don’t know about anyone else but I wholeheartedly agree!

  • KrisMyStar

    yg ships skydragon. that must be why they made the mv/song so similar.

  • disqus_m6eAL0nn0k

    Too much style over substance!! I’m really over all this, “ooh look at me…look how cool i am because I’m wearing some awful overpriced designer swag,” showing off stuff that YG keeps pushing. They don’t need to keep telling me how much swag they got…I’m not here for all that. What i really want to know, is why they are so obsessed with do-rags, gold fronts, and all things that were in style, in the lame-ass 1990′s? Isn’t YG the future of all things new, hip and cool? When you are the “Baddest Female,” you shouldn’t have to always try so hard to prove it…just be it, and people will know it.

    • ffumagee

      “overpriced designer swag” damn right. tried to make a difference from the others but in the end it’s not that worthy to proud about.

  • http://twitter.com/jms177 Justy

    I don’t think the MV was bad. Uninspired, unimaginative, and predictable, but not bad. The slick production value is what ultimately saved it, as most viewers will find it enjoyable since it’s just a rehashed, YG video. CL looked like she was having fun, but you can tell she was trying too hard to pull it off, which just made it look a bit contrived and awkward. Another thing that was a bit off-putting was the props/setting. Grillz, high-handlebar bikes, doing hair on the porch, hopscotch and doing hair in the yard, and the bedazzled kicks hanging from a telephone wire was just- _-. I know YG has pulled some ignorant things before, but really??Do they even know what hanging shoes on a phone line mean?

    As for the song, it was very lackluster and loosely strung together, and the “rap” bits sounded like they were put together in 5 seconds. But I just can’t get the tune out of my head. While not a particularly good song, it is annoying catchy and something that you can vibe to. Kind of something along the lines of songs like “Make It Rain” by Travis Porter and “All Gold Everything” by Trinadad James. Hot ass messes they are, but still catchy as fuck.

    All in all, “The Baddest Female” was just a lazy and disappointing effort on both CL’s and YG’s part. They need to try harder.

    • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

      Please don’t tell YG to try harder, because all he ‘s going to do is send scouts to urban Ameican neighborhoods

    • Josh Chinnery

      The video was more funny than anything; it’s obvious that none of YG’s “crew” is from the hood or has ever been anywhere near the hood. The only rappers that could do something like this and get away with it is Tasha (Yoon Mi Rae) and Tiger JK. And I wouldn’t expect them to do a “concept” like this, because I hope they have more respect for the urban community than that.

      • lizzyjung

        Actually, Teddy did grow up in the hood but that’s about it. It’s too wanksta for me. YG STOP IT. You are not hard.

        • Josh Chinnery

          Then why didn’t he put a stop to this mess before it even started -_-

          • lizzyjung

            I don’t know. But I’m suffering from secondhand embarrassment.

          • Josh Chinnery

            I don’t claim the hood as my own, because I sound, dress, and act like I’m from the ‘burbs (consequence of never being let outside, except when I’m gone to daycare/school or church), but I feel embarrassed too XD

          • lizzyjung

            We are the same then. lol

          • Josh Chinnery

            Oh Lawd, forreal?

      • http://twitter.com/jms177 Justy

        Same hear. The fact that YG is so ignorant towards black culture, yet act like they are socially ahead of everyone else seriously makes me question their logic. The whole “Look at us, we’re cool because we dress and act like thugs makes us the best” YG seems to be pushing as of late is just, ugh. They need to sit their asses down and re-evaluate their shit.

        • Josh Chinnery

          I know -_- The way they dress Taeyang has me all kinds of pressed sometimes. Papa YG, I get that he sings and dances like a black dude (say what you want, but dude has soul oozing out of every part of his body XD), but it isn’t cute when white people that grow up in the ‘burbs pretend to be hood (I’m not trying to racist here, but if you live in the US, you’ve seen them), and it damn sure ain’t cute when he does it >_<

          • http://Www.oddnessweirdness.blogspot.com/ Erika

            Thank you! I wanted to rip that damned jumpsuit off him, and not in a good way. I’m so over that. I am also pretty annoyed at the whole trying to appropriate gangsta culture or whatever they’re trying to do in CL’s mv. The doing hair, the L.A. Mexican in the ’90s hood outfits, the double dutch… I was not amused (even though I also grew up in, and still live in, the ‘burbs… Lol).

          • Josh Chinnery

            It’s crazy stupid of them to even think about trying this, especially if they’re trying to break into the US market. It’s just like dudes who try to act hood in the US; people find out you grew up with the dollars, and all of your credibility is trashed >_>

    • TheJadeBullet

      Ugh, “All Gold Everything” is perhaps one of the most ratchet songs I’ve ever heard in my life. The only time I have ever actually tolerated Trinidad James when when he did a remix with a bunch of other artists (he barely rapped at all, perhaps that’s why).
      About the shoes on the telephone wire thing, I legitimately went hysterical when I saw it. Admittedly, I was already laughing at everything, right from the start, but that just did it for me.

      • http://twitter.com/jms177 Justy

        Lol, I know. That song is a fucking mess, but I find myself jamming to it everytime I hear it. The lyrics and James’ rapping just makes me feel even more embarrassed from just listening to it. That’s exactly how I feel about “The Baddest Female”.

  • shannie4888

    The MV is actually good, it’s the song that’s the problem. Also, even if the MV was bad, I could’ve dealt with it.

    Many Kpop groups have standard, boring, or generic MVs, but if their song is awesome, I don’t care how crappy or uninspired the music video is because I’m mostly here for the music. The visuals are an added bonus.

  • T.R.

    Uh Korea, if you’re trying to be “westernized” get rid of the doo rags. No one in America wears that look anymore except people stuck in the 90′s and old dumb ass gang bangers in their 40′s still trying to recapture their youth.

    • Lex Lexicon

      It’s not Korea, it’s YG. Please, do not generalize.

      • T.R.

        Please be quiet. I just watched a video from EXO where all 12 members were wearing doo rags. Also, MBLAQ, BEAST, Block B. There is so much irony in your one little sentence that it wasn’t funny. You tried though.

        • Lex Lexicon

          You do realize that Korea is more than idol groups right? I mentioned YG because it was the recording company relevant to the article. And when you’re responding to someone, a little maturity would be in order.

          • T.R.

            You know what I find interesting about assholes like you on the internet is that you do a play on words to attempt to prove a point. My original comment when I addressed “Korea” would be obvious to anyone with 2 brain cells working that of course I’m not talking to all of Korea. Then you say it’s just YG. LOL! As if YOUR generalizing someone or a company somehow was better than mine. And zero fucks are given to the maturity statement. Don’t like what I have to say, go respond to someone else. That’s what I do. And because you’re such an immature peasant, I won’t be continuing further with the convo butthurt. You can have the last word now since I know that will make you so happy!! LOLOLOLOLOL @ you.

          • Lex Lexicon

            It’s a comment board. People will reply. Don’t like when someone disagrees with you, stay FAR from comment boards. Please, grow up. I’m actually not hurt, I’m not even Korean, but I think it’s bad when people make sweeping statements about the country. And please refer back to my comment. I said YG because it was the relevant recording company and they tend to imitate western music culture a lot. Once again, grow up and learn to have an intelligent discussion. Make your points clearly so they are not easily misinterpreted.

          • T.R.

            You are so incredibly stupid. You don’t like when people make generalizations but you did the same??? I don’t care if you find my behavior inappropriate or childish but you exude the same. And I’m not going to refer to anything you say because I could have a better debate talking to my 5 year old cousin. You need to grow up as well. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

    Lets see CL and her crew come to the south side of the Chi and see how ‘bad’ she really is

    Korea…..stop trying to act tough

    • T.R.

      LOL! right.

    • Josh Chinnery

      She wouldn’t last ten minutes in my high school with that tude XD

  • Josh Chinnery

    Both the song *and* the video were a no go to me, but since she looks hot and that demon song has hypnotized me into liking it, I am in like with this debut. Not in love, in like; as in it’s not good enough for love XD

  • Berdy

    I thought the song was very dull when I first heard it. Then I started to like it a little bit more because it began to serve the purpose of a song to vibe to but, still not impressive. It was just one of those songs you drive around in car with. At times CL’s voice began to annoy me in certain parts. The song is reminiscent of One of Kind, but holds some of it’s originality.May be they should have followed the theme if the song’s title? It’s not bad debut song and it’s catchy and the video is not all that bad but, gets flack for being another One of Kind. I thought the same thing but any video with a white background looks the same to me. The video seems to focus on 3 main things to me.
    1.Arrogance
    2.I’m apart of the one only YG, so you know I’m the shiz
    3.And I’m fashion forward (because I’m part of YG bishes)

    I kid, but the video is mainly just a fashion show to me.

  • Hannah

    I totally agree. The mv didnt seem to fit CL at all. I was so looking forward to something that would be her own distinct style. I mean that girl is a fearless DIVA–and the video just made her look so demure. I dont know why but I think they’re trying to repackage her as a female GD instead of letting her shine in her own way.

  • Caro

    I cannot agree more with most of you here! “Too much style over substance”… I let out a rant here, with my take on the song. Go easy with the pitchforks please! http://ax3battery.com/2013/05/29/airplane-wednesdays-cl-of-2ne1-the-baddest-female-maybe/

  • ANANAS

    I feel that the multiple sets don’t always work and if they went with only a few sets or even one theme like the warrior or the last one and put a story or theme to it the video would have been better. and they could of still had multiple outfits…(i miss YG mv’s with a concrete story to them…blue, I love you, and maybe bad boy kind of had a story but they were more abstract but I miss things like haru haru and go away)…I want to see the live performance because it’s CL and she doesn’t let me down when it comes to that kind of thing. and maybe if this wasn’t only a single I would be happier but anyway if she is happy i’m happy-ish and I am getting that unnie yaa stuck in my head

    • Josh Chinnery

      I agree.. I thought it was going to a warrior themed video before I saw the “We are Ratchet G” shot >_<

  • Lex Lexicon

    The music is fine, the video is fine. The problem is CL. Her rapping skills just aren’t at that level to pull off a song like this. And the auto tune and nasal sound is just….

    • 사이

      I think the contrary.. the song doesn’t make justice to her rapping skills
      Look for example “clap your hands” or “fire”, she knows how to rap it’s just that she chose a crappy song

      • Lex Lexicon

        Honestly, the first thing that turned me off was her voice. But you have a point.

      • Josh Chinnery

        I think it was her *and* this song. The beat is so slow and her flow is so weak that she pretty much cuts herself before she really gets going.

    • nistelo

      she never was the greatest rapper but she still has a nice flow and attitude, this song just didn’t showcase her skills

  • Guest

    How is the song catchy? It’s really bad.

    • Gaya_SB

      I dunno man, it’s been stuck in my head. I don’t think much of the song itself but I hate everything about the MV from GDYB’s appearance onwards

  • Fatricia Fatlegs (Trish Okeke)

    I actually did not like it at first but when I saw the english translation it got better. Imagining how CL will perform this live actually made me like the song. She is a good performer and I believe that she’ll be able to make the most out of this song during her live performances.

  • TheJadeBullet

    The song IS catchy. It’s damn catchy. I’ll give it that. After a couple listens, it’s wormed it’s way into my head and I keep mumbling it to myself at the most inconvenient times ever (like during that physics exam that I barely studied for).

    A huge problem with this, however, was that while the song is more than just slightly reminiscent of One of A Kind, CL’s solo effort, in my head, sounded a lot like MichiGO. And I wasn’t the only one who thought this. A few other people who I’ve spoken to did admit that while the song itself wasn’t quite as forgettable, the beat certainly was.

    This is such a shame. We all know that CL has the potential and the talent to take a venture like this miles ahead of other solo acts out there. She has the industry know-how and the backing of many accomplished composers and producers. Knowing this makes the whole a affair ten times more disappointing because there is clearly such a waste of resources and far too many “could-have-beens”.

    The lyrics themselves are horrifyingly predictable, and (dare I say it) basic, that it hurts. “Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good, y’know?” I fail to see how this horrendous line could have possibly slipped its way past so many who are fluent in the English language, and into the song.

    The change of sound at the pre-chorus is jarring, to put it nicely. The song itself, in my opinion, wasn’t fantastic to begin with, and then the producers decide to place a clearly mismatched section into the song? As if this weren’t cringe-worthy enough, the autotune. Oh, my. The autotune. I thought that YG was largely over this phase, but it appears not.

    The music video itself was, indeed, an almost carbon-copy of OOAK. Again, the change of tone in the theme (to match the pre-chorus) was a bit disconcerting, especially that the decision was made for CL to turn into a giggling preschooler, playing hopscotch and sitting on a swing, hiding behind a lollipop the size of her head.

    I’ll not make an extensive dissection of the clothing and useless cameos. All I have to say is that several of CL’s outfits were less-than-satisfactory and everything about GD and Taeyang was horrible. Pants. Now. (Also, how can you have Monster Woo drop by, only to have him stand around and nod slowly to the beat?)

    Now, CL is my girl. I have had a massive woman-crush on her for years. I have acknowledged the fact that she is a talented artist and performer. She is definitely capable of doing much better than this. I just wish that YG went in the opposite direction for her solo debut because this was just extremely bad.

    • Josh Chinnery

      THIS!!! THIS!!! OH MY LORD, THIS!!!!!!!!!!

      Except one little nitpick; despite the clothing themselves being hideous, CL pretty much makes *everything* she wears look good for whatever reason. And I’m even trying to shade her for her looks, because she looks damn good in this video XD

      • TheJadeBullet

        CL, of course, is not the problem. After all, she does manage to make Jeremy Scott look good. And that’s next to impossible.

        • Josh Chinnery

          I didn’t know how much I hated that man till I’ve seen some of the ugly getups he’s dressed 2NE1 up in >_>

          • TheJadeBullet

            I still have nightmares about those teddy bear pants (can you even call them that?) that he conned Dara into wearing for a photoshoot. Or the wire hanger dress thing that CL wore to some event. Let’s just say that I don’t understand fashion on the whole.

          • Josh Chinnery

            Ew… I just can’t with fashion XD I can’t pretend that I understand trends, because I don’t. This current ’90s trend that’s happening in the US has kind of got my scratching my head.

          • TheJadeBullet

            There’s a very floral-themed/English print thing going on where I’m from and I just don’t understand it. It reminds me of all the bedspreads and sheets that I had when I was younger =/

          • Josh Chinnery

            That just sounds hideous o.O

          • TheJadeBullet

            Oh, it is.

  • jaefuma

    The only thing that bothers me about this (and a few other MV’s that will not be names) is that “hood” culture is being used as a backdrop. If they were living this life, they wouldn’t think it was “fun” or “cool.” You can rap about other things, and in different settings, than the “ghetto.” It’s awkward, to me, because it’s not believable, to me, that CL “lived the life.” I wish the scenes were either just GD crazy, or more representative of her life.

    But that’s just me.

    • Sassychan808

      That’s part of what bugs me too.

      • nistelo

        damn right, so true!

      • Josh Chinnery

        That bastard song *still* gets stuck in my head XD

    • Josh Chinnery

      Pretty much how I feel too. They’re just using this a gimmick, which is why this is a no go to me. I feel the same way about these wannabe thugs preaching trap life in the US, but live in mansions >_>

  • nistelo

    Dunno what yg and teddy were smoking to come up with such a tryhard mess but whatever it was it must have been pretty strong. Yg needs to step up his game because most of their releases this year have been pretty luckluster and disappointing.

  • my self

    My only concern is for Taeyang’s solo and how much he will follow the yellow brick round of being another shadow of GD’s new hipster image. To me Big Bang and 2ne1 are just mirrored images of each other and thrive on slick video production and obscure fashion taste to keep you hook. The gimmicky works because the quality of K-pop is so bad lately.

    But YG’s desperate need to be hood is quite disgusting and disturbing. I don’t find this image cute, I don’t find this innovative but stupid and stereotypical. YG, were is your soul and love for music?

    • Josh Chinnery

      In a cryogenically frozen jar, deep within the bowels of the YG buidling

  • bangsstory

    ‘GD, you didn’t even put on pants for this.’ Exactly my thoughts when GD showed up on screen. After my first listen, it’s like I haven’t listened to anything at all. I forgot the entirety of the song. At first watch, I didn’t process anything with the MV too. I had to watch and see the song/MV for 3 times minimum. This was a disappointment. Seeing the live performance makes the song okay for me. CL is definitely a performer.

  • Sassychan808

    You can’t just call yourself the baddest female, you actually have to be that b!tch and live up to your own hype. I really really like CL. I like the video. I like the song. Not love. Like. I want to to love it and I want her to be that b!tch but something’s off. I’m not hating. I bought the single and I’m listening to it, I just feel like there’s such a huge gap between who she is and her image that I don’t buy it. I think GD is a heart breaker. I also think he’s a bad boy and a little bit of an xx too. Maybe if she put out an EP showing more sides to herself?

  • ems_22

    she reminds me of Missy Elliot… in a boring way..

  • http://www.allkpop.com/ GeulL.

    I was honestly expecting alot of this solo, since she claims so much to be the baddest female. turns out just another song that wasn’t even written or produced by her, like seriously the baddest female title she should not claim because all she do is act bad, and not actually be a bad female by proving her talent. this was an utter fail by her.

  • Clarisse

    I hate to say this, but I don’t like the song. It was such a let down because I know Teddy and CL can do better. I love One of A Kind and I’m not glad that this song is being compare to OOAK. It’s good that some people find it catchy, but I just find it flat and boring. I like her voice in her performance in Inkigayo, but the song just won’t warm up to me. I agree with you about GD and Teayang being in the MV. Taeyang is okay, but I couldn’t look at GD with his hideous wig and outfit. Sorry, GD! T_T

  • Kpop_Till_I_Drop

    I absolutely love CL so I was so sad when this song came out! I have held my tongue till now but I have to say that I’m happy to see a bit of honesty with this review. Point is that yg hyped this up as the song that will change hip hop and really…it didn’t. First she barely rapped at all. Second the song was to much like ooak…but come on people… Who didn’t see that coming with all the CL/Gd promotions that had been happening in the few months before her solo. Yg shaping her to be Gd counterpart. Third. I would have been fine if the mv kept the flow like in the beginning when she was getting on the limo…the whole super diva thing. That’s CL not all that grill, black and white, here with my homies thing. And teddy did exactly what he needed to do to make the song catchy…add a cliche chant (do the unnie hey…that doesn’t have a solid dance) and a crayon pop chorus. But the most surprising of all was the whole last part of the mv. That whole Rio/hood/ghetto I’m a hood rat chillin with my girls dressed stupid and getting our hair done in broke down shack salons with miss playing jump rope scene had me floored. First…is this what they really think happens in the hood? I guess so. They also think that about 30 of them (one with no pants) can walk around wearing the same colors with thief pants hanging down and flashing gang signs in the hood or Spanish Harlem and nothing will happen to them…wake up yg!!! This is not cool. People have to really live this life everyday! It’s not cool and not fun or funny to them. The real life picture of what your playing is not a fairy tale. That shit wouldn’t fly in the hood at all. All in all there were to many let downs song wise, to many similarities to the pantless man song and mv wise and to many stereotypes being thrown around. Yg needs to stop trying to make the artist something they are not in order to “gain” the American vote. Granted it happens in American music and mv too but its also the reason Americans are even tired of American hip hop/rap. Time for some originality at some point.

  • serenityq2

    3LW put it best. “haters they gonna hate” ’nuff said