Big Bang and 2NE1, under YG Entertainment, are K-pop royalty. When every one else is trying to fit into a certain concept, the kings and queens just be themselves. People have often referred to 2NE1 as the 'female-Big Bang', and it's true that they parallel their oppa sunbaes (seniors). It's not in a copy-cat way, they just give a similar vibe. I will be talking about the singles that I think reflect each other.
'Loser' and 'Ugly'
Everybody has their insecurities. Sometimes the view of ourselves is an accurate portrayal of our faults and other times it's because we're having a low moment. Big Bang really exposed their hearts for Loser, especially the lyricists which include G-Dragon and T.O.P. Listening to this song, there's a part of me that wonders "Why would you say those things about yourself?" and the other part that respects the raw honesty. "At some point I started looking at the ground more than the sky, It’s hard even to breathe I hold out my hand But no one holds it." 'Loser' is a uptempo-track and is some-what emo. As popular as this song is, I still think that it's underrated.
Like Loser, Ugly is emo-pop. The lyrics are also vulnerable but all too real. "I’m getting angry again, why can’t I ever be perfect,I simply put the blame on my ugly appearance in this broken mirror." It expresses the insecurities that some girls (but all people really)feel about their appearance and envy of those who are pretty.
"I think I’m ugly and nobody wants to love me. Just like her I wanna be pretty, I wanna be pretty. Don’t lie to my face tellin’ me, I’m pretty." The lyrics also show the narrow view that we may have of ourselves. Just because a person is ugly, that doesn't mean no one will love them. And beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so that person who called you pretty may have told the truth.
'Blue' and 'Lonely'
Blue is solemn. There's no musical stunts, the melody just rides you along. When I listen to this song, I picture a sad guy just strolling on the sidewalk. "It’s cowardly but I’m hiding because I’m not good enough. Cruel breakup is like the end of the road of love." Not a ballad, but 'Blue' is slower than most Big bang songs.
I think Lonely is like 'Blue'. But to be exact, 'Blue' is a combination of 2NE1's 'Lonely' and 'Missing You'. Anyway, the sentiment is the same, though the reasons are different."I must be lacking when it comes to love, please forgive this horrible person I am." 'Lonely' reaches a point of intensity (unlike Blue) but this is one of 2NE1's most mellow songs.
'We Like 2 Party' and 'Do You Love Me?'
Now I don't want you to think that Big Bang and 2NE1 are depressive people. In fact, most of their music is upbeat like these songs!
We Like 2 Party is fun song. I wouldn't call it thrown together, but it wasn't carefully calculated-not a bad thing! No, that doesn't make it a bad song, just casual. For this summer hit Big Bang used reality footage as the music video.
Do You Love Me? is also a very casual summer hit. There's no sound similarities to 'We like 2 Party', but the fun-loving concept is the same.
So what do you think? Were my comparisons too far-fetched? Am I the only one who thinks Big Bang and 2NE1 are alike? :)