G-Dragon is ‘One Of a Kind’ in K Pop indeed!!

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Three years after his first album G Dragon made a comeback on 25th August with the song ‘One of A Kind’. This song may or may not be the title song and it is just the first of the many songs that will be released in the following days!

Moving onto the song ‘One of a kind’ is really deserving of the name. It really is one of a kind with different concept,a wild rap and an ever changing dragon at its helm.

I was a crying fangirl mess on seeing the masterpiece at the beginning but after I calmed down eventually the awesomeness that is G Dragon amazed me!

G Dragon is well known for his song writing, composing and also producing skills and one of a kind also proves that he is not one who shirks away from doing different things. The entire MV made me realize that I am seeing something never before seen in K Pop Music video!

I have seen some different concepts in many videos and surely K Pop are masters of doing things in style. Example Big Bang’s Fantastic Baby itself is a best case where concept and production skills were at its best. But I am yet to see a full blown Hip Hop video the likes of ‘One of a kind’.

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When one just looks at the surface ‘One of a kind’ may look like he is trying to imitate the western style of music and trying to copy american hip hop. But that is where the similarities end. Yes he did try hip hop Duh!! G Dragon is a Rapper! Of course he tried hip hop.

But he did not follow any american music video. Maybe he did it deliberately to avoid being accused of plagiarism yet again. His video was so different from an american hip hop video like how salt is different from sugar.

The essence of this video and the meaning behind it is,

I DONT EVEN CARE!!

G Dragon sings about how he is wild and young and how he is a genius and lives life to the fullest..

SONG:

Here is the lyrics for ones full understanding..

I’m just wild and young, just wild and young
(hello) me and choice
(hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m a bear that can do a lot of tricks—no, more like a fox
(hello, hello, hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m an annoying snob
cus I’m quite expensive

Yes hyung, yes noona (whats wrong with you)
Ah, I’m just bored
Yes hyung, yes noona, (what’s wrong with you)
I’m sorry that I’m so popular

I’m there at just one phone call, i’m a 88 08 18
Someone try to hold me back, I’m ranked number one
Because I’m different, because that’s me!

Get back, are you kidding with me? Young and rich—that describes me
So what do you want me to do?
Are you kidding with me? x2

(hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m a bear that can do a lot of tricks—no, more like a fox
(hello, hello, hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m an annoying snob

This is already my second album,
My rap is what makes takes the ladies to the bedroom—yea, i’m busy
Money flower blooms on my business
My song makes everyone cry

I love it!

I just keep on getting modeling offers
Even when others try to turn their heads away from my face they’re still in the same place because there’s my face everywhere
They don’t have enough copies to sell, in fact
You say you can’t live because of me?

Get back, are you kidding with me? Young and rich—that describes me
So what do you want me to do?
Are you kidding with me? x2

La la la, don’t curse me, oh please, look at me with loving eyes, la la la, please accept me, please love me

(hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m a bear that can do a lot of tricks—no, more like a fox
(hello, hello, hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m an annoying snob
cus I’m quite expensive

Yes hyung, yes noona (whats wrong with you)
Ah, I’m just bored
Yes hyung, yes noona, (what’s wrong with you)
I’m sorry that I’m so popular

Just follow me, follow me, just follow me, follow me, follow follow me

(hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m a bear that can do a lot of tricks—no, more like a fox
(hello, hello, hello) yes sir, i’m one of a kind
I’m an annoying snob
cus I’m quite expensive

Credit: Mind Junk

To those VIPs who know about G Dragon it was a rare sight to see him bragging about his skills. One can easily point G Dragon as the most shy and humble person among Big Bang members.

The lyrics may seem just like a way to blow his own trumpet but G Dragon actually sends a message with his words.

GD clearly points this out in his song,

  • He is wild and young
  • He is popular and rich
  • He is an annoying snob who is number one

And there are lot more adjectives which describe him.

BUT GD points out all this is not entirely his fault. He did not seek this willingly. He is rich because he is recognised by others and he does not get the money without doing anything. He works hard writing songs, modelling and promoting and many more activities.

He can move people with songs which are melancholy or sexy. But contrary to what others feel he is just not a puppet who does stuff which others want. He has his own ideals on what to do and how to do it. This is explained with an analogy of a bear and fox. GD says he is not just a bear which does tricks but is also clever like a fox.

And lastly the line which touched me most

La la la, don’t curse me, oh please, look at me with loving eyes, la la la, please accept me, please love me

G Dragon has been through many criticisms and has always been judged for his actions, fashion, music and everything. People see him with a prejudiced eye and classify him as someone who is such a person with low morale. But despite all that he just needs love and acceptance. To all those who judge him he just needs em to look at him without the coloured glasses and to actually see the human ‘Kwon Ji Yong’ behind G Dragon and to follow him without cursing!

The entire song may sound like bragging but this one line just shows G Dragon needs people’s acceptance as much as any tom, dick and harry next door!

VIDEO:

Contrary to the  deep lyrics the video was all fun and frolic. It starts with GD being all chummy with a tiger cub! The bonding moment between GD and the tiger was just adorable. And then the video started moving fast. We had GD all dressed up in hip hop gear and dancing with many similar outfitted people in a white background. Seriously I LOVE THE CHOREO in this MV.. its not fast paced or anything. It just fits with the song seamlessly and GD just oozes swag all through the video.

GD and Hip Hop:

The video shows many different scenes throughout which can depict who GD really is! The scene with his hip hop friends shows his love for music because after all what is said and done G Dragon ultimately wanted to be a underground hip hop musician and not an idol. So the scenes which depict his lightning speed rap skills just stem from his deepest wish and appreciation for that genre of music.

GD and Girls:

G Dragon seems to be a master at love as depicted by the scene with all the sexy girls with hot legs *damn feeling guilty like hell here* and seems to be a playboy but the scene with the Barbie who has a bad temper shows he is not that cool. He is someone who gets hurt easily in relation and ultimately this leads to the scores of sad love songs which become a hit. A barbie was used maybe to show that GD always falls in love with girls who seem beautiful but are ultimately just plastic.

GD and animals: 

GD’s love for animals is shown through his scene with the tiger cub and bear cub. GD is someone who draws love from animals as seen by his interaction with his pet dog Gaho. GD treats Gaho like his son and the scene with the bear cub where both GD and the bear act cute is too amazing. Koreans have this practise of comparing people with animals and determining their personalities. G Dragon has always been compared to a fox as he revealed in one of his previous interviews. Maybe he values it that much and just showed people that though he looks clueless like a bear that is not the reality. In short GD gets as much love from animals as he gives them.

GD and Kids:

Out of all the scenes this one claimed the ‘awww’ moment for me! He looks adorable with those kids. In a way GD is a kid as seen in the scene where he plays with them use toy phones made of plastic cups. He can be a kid and at the same time a good dad. This scene shows that though he acts like a kid at times he is trying his best to grow up. The scene where it looks like he is having a mug shot shows he is sometimes capable of juvenile mistakes but the next second in place of GD standing we have a kid standing which shows that GD does mistakes like a kid and he never means them.

GD and Criticism: 

This aspect has been depicted very well and has the strongest effect in the MV. His round at the boxing ring shows that he is always assaulted by the criticisms but he never fights back because he realises he deserves the harsh words of people to an extent. Though he has a golden head protective gear it doesn’t stop him from getting hurt but he takes the blow continuously until he is knocked down. But he is saddened by the fact that though people punish him they never forgive or forget his past mistakes. They continue to treat him as a criminal on stand which is not the case as he is trying to mend his ways.

GD and Frustration: 

Being an idol is difficult and GD has those moments too which is put forward in the scene where he is sitting stoically while his stylist goes about dressing him. He feels that his life has become monotonous and he is leading a life which is just not interesting but is as boring as the grey shade of clothes he is wearing. All these emotions build up and leads to him breaking down things in frustration. He cannot deal with the way his life is moving and he decides to break down all the stereotypes of his that people have. The scene where he hits glass cases with his outfits shows that he is breaking down all the past characteristics which others attributed to him. And he decided to start over.

GD and New beginning:

Throughout the video has been about how he has been. His dreams, his failures, his pain, his love and finally his frustration. The last part shows how he is having a new beginning. He is starting with a clean slate and a clean look. He has given up the hip hop look and his adolescent hair styles but is resorting for a mature look. But the video closes with him and TaeYang who is his friend from childhood joking around. Yes G Dragon has decided to change and be this mature man with suave personality but basically he is just a fun loving man who enjoys spending time with his friend. He loves goofing off with Taeyang and enjoying life despite all the things he had gone through till now.

FASHION:

One of the main assets of ‘One of a kind’ MV was the mind blowing fashion. I am not going deep into it. But just wanted to say that though his bright yellow hair was shocking and all the accessories seemed heavy and one too many it just clinched well..

He had so many costume changes and hair styles that my head was spinning but hey we are talking G DRAGON here..!! Am not surprised and have to say that the ramen hair is growing on me!!

Final thoughts is that ‘One of a kind’ is something not seen previously from G Dragon. He has challenged something different and has come up with a mesmerizing project. I love  the effort and hard work he has put into it and hoping his other songs will be as entertaining as this one or even more! ROAR G DRAGON!!

Credit of gifs and pic: to owners and uplaoders

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