G-Dragon’s “One of a kind” album is a diary of his feelings and emotions!

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Finally I am here to review G-Dragon’s One of a kind songs!!

ONE OF A KIND Tracklist

01. One of a Kind
02. Crayon (title track)
03. Finally (Feat. ? of YG’s New Girl Group)
04. That XX
05. Missing You (Feat. Kim Yuna of Jawolim)
06. Today (Feat. Kim Jong Wan of Nell)
07. Light It Up (Feat. Tablo and Dok2) (Bonus Track)

Three of them had Music video and I had talked about the videos extensively. One of a kind, That XX, Crayon were the songs with MV. My personal favorite out of these was That XX cos I really love the song and the meaning behind the video seemed profound and special. I wont be talking about these three in detail and will be focusing on the non MV songs.

Well when I first heard the songs and saw the lyrics I realized that as was the norm with GD there were loads of songs depicting painful love. Come on GD is the master of sad love songs! In fact four(That XX, Missing You, Without You, Today) of his 7 songs were melancholy. One of a kind was boastful and was seeking love from everyone. Light it up was the strongest song in the album with the choice of words which was a harsh message to all the mofos lol! Infact looking at his 2nd solo album I can say that the title song Crayon was the brightest of em all. Cos it was completely chaotic and filled with fun and thus GD selected it to perform as title track. I approve!

When me and my friend talked about this album my friend felt that GD was telling a story with his songs. And the lyrics though sad all have a link like separate entries of a journal.

Here is what I can interpret from the album where I found a connection…

DIARY:

First in this link was That XX

That XX

Walking on the street, I bumped into your man (Yeah I saw him)
I didn’t want to believe it, but my hunch turned out right (I told you)
He’s not wearing that ring you gave him, there’s another girl by his side
But I’ve said enough (I don’t wanna hurt you)

Now you’re getting angry with me (Why?)
You say “He’s definitely not that kind of person” (Sure you’re right)
Seeing your eyes, I reply that I probably got it wrong
See, I lied for you (I’m sorry)

I hate that you don’t understand me
I hate all this waiting
Let go of his hand (break it off with him)
When you’re sad, I feel like I’m dying

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

When you speak of him, you look so happy (you look happy)
It’s good that you can be this happy (I’m happy)
You say you really love him, want to be with him forever
You trust him completely (I don’t know what to say no more)
Your friends all know that guy (yup they know)
It’s so obvious, why can’t you see (it’s you)
They say love is blind, Oh baby, you’re so blind
Please, I beg you, break it off

Oh I hate that you don’t understand me
I hate all this waiting
Let go of his hand (break it off with him)
When you’re sad, I feel like I’m dying

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

Rap)
Expensive cars, beautiful clothes, high-class restaurants, they all suit you well
But that XX beside you, he doesn’t suit you, he really doesn’t
He smiles like a hypocrite with you, brushing your face and hair
But he’s thinking of another woman for sure, how dare he
The amount of tears you’ve cried, I want to make you happy by the same amount, baby
Rather than going through the pain alone, share some with me, baby
Please look at me, why can’t you realise that I am your love
Why are you the only one who doesn’t know

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

That XX = That Bastard
This is the beginning where he feels lost and so in love. Just from the song it can be interpreted that he is in love with a girl who is madly in love with the bad guy. From the video it can also mean that he is the lover himself who has a bad side of cheating on his true love. Anyways the gist of the lyrics is that the love is not ideal. GD knows that there is no chance for this love.

Next we have,

Without you

Love is painful although love is painful.
Repeating like a fool. That’s what I always do.
But pain is beautiful. It’s same as you.
Hope turns into disappointment. Wish turns into despair.
As love deepened, pain deepened more
Illusion or expectation that this time, it’ll be different, uh.
eventually, how many years have passed, there is no “forever”.
eventually, We’re not meant to be, become alone again.
barely, barely, barely, I thought I finally found my love.
eventually, eventually, It’s ended again like this.

My mind is not changed from the very first
but my mind is now full of wounds cuz of you
Cuz of your cold voice, I’m changing, I’m getting cold as well
It’s hard to get back, between you and me
we are drifting farther and farther apart from each other
It’s hard to go around each other
So I gave parting to you as a gift and turned my back
I’m falling without you

Eventually whose fault is it. There’s no love.
Eventually I’m saying goodbye to you. Tired, I’m falling asleep.
barely barely barely, it seems like this is an end between us.
Eventually eventually, we’re becoming strangers.

My mind is not changed from the very first
but my mind is now full of wounds cuz of you
Cuz of your cold voice, I’m changing, I’m getting cold as well.
It’s hard to get back, between you and me
we are drifting farther and farther apart from each other
It’s hard to go around each other
So I gave parting to you as a gift and turned my back
I’m falling without you

Let’s go
I didn’t know at first. I liked the empty place which was hers.
After several days, at last I thanked her.
I didn’t know about myself
didn’t know about the confidence that I could live without you.
tomorrow which is different from today
1 year, 2 years. regret is getting deeper as much as the pain.
I pray everything will be changed as time goes
for you my baby.

My mind is not changed from the very first
but my mind is now full of wounds cuz of you
Cuz of your cold voice, I’m changing, I’m getting cold as well
It’s hard to get back, between you and me
we are drifting farther and farther apart from each other
It’s hard to go around each other
So I gave parting to you as a gift and turned my back

I’m falling without you

Facing too much of rejection he is ultimately numb. He is filled with wounds. This can be a link to That XX. He keeps seeing his love with the wrong man and the mental pain he has to endure becomes unbearable. This can also be interpreted as a breakup song from certain lines,

My mind is not changed from the very first
but my mind is now full of wounds cuz of you
Cuz of your cold voice, I’m changing, I’m getting cold as well
It’s hard to get back, between you and me
we are drifting farther and farther apart from each other

He is filled with wounds and thus he finds his heart is also changing slowly and becoming cold. He is not able to love as much as he did in the past. 

Today

I’m doing it today too, talking like nothing’s happened
Saying that i have no girlfriend
And turning off my phone secretly.
I want you to console me tonight
Don’t ask me anything more
Let’s keep it secret so that she can never hear anything
Yeah, 1st moment when i saw you, (no more)
I couldn’t see anything else
I assumed that i didn’t have my girl
What possessed me, i know i shouldn’t do this
I know it’s an affair
Is this enjoy? What did you say
Well it seemed just like that.

So today, i don’t care
Cuz we wild we rolling stones
Today i’m free like a wind
I’m rocking my life away

I’m again giving my heart today saying that i’m lonely
I hate being alone, leave you a lingering imagery and lean on you
Breaking up w/ my lover and saying that my new girl is you
My girl who are waiting for me, is she falling a sleep?
At dawn, sky is dark outside
Let us take a rest here, of one night.
Lapapapampam though i cannot escape cos i fell too deep
I’ll go back to her tomorrow

So today, i don’t care
Cuz we wild we rolling stones
Today i’m free like a wind
I’m rocking my life away

Yea hey baby i got something to tell you. You know.
I know i’ve gone too much
At first, well it was mild
Later i enjoyed it
It was damn awesome but it’s futile.
She acted like it was unfair
After realizing, it was so cold, a lot
I made excuses, i was inarticulate.
My words, i hesitaed
Honestly, how can i say that?
Well, it’s not enough for me with only you
That’s how am i gonna say that?
Room in my heart today is a reception room
It’s for free to guest.

So today, i don’t care
Cuz we wild we rolling stones
Today i’m free like a wind
I’m rocking my life away

As seen in the song ‘Without you’ GD was already falling. Today can be interpreted as a rebound song. He broke up with his girl who was hurting him. Or maybe he just got fed up waiting for her to see him as someone more than a friend. So he decided to jump into a random relation. Maybe he is all in for a one night stand?? He states it is just an affair.

I want you to console me tonight
Don’t ask me anything more
Let’s keep it secret so that she can never hear anything

But even then he feels that after the night is over and dawn has reached he will go back to his love. 

Lapapapampam though i cannot escape cos i fell too deep
I’ll go back to her tomorrow

But when his lover find the truth about this what can he say to justify this? He cannot find words for enjoying one day. He cant tell her that he tried to forget his wounds today. That she cant console him and remove the scars.

She acted like it was unfair
After realizing, it was so cold, a lot
I made excuses, i was inarticulate.
My words, i hesitaed
Honestly, how can i say that?
Well, it’s not enough for me with only you
That’s how am i gonna say that?

Next and final entry in this diary was,

Missing you

Yeah (maybe i’m missing you)
I meet ordinary ppl and talk to them
Laugh w/ them, just like usual, w/o any thoughts.
Tv is my only friend at night
I finally go to sleep when the sun rises in the morning
I’m too shabby, i might have liked you a lot.
After you left, the blue sky seems like it’s just yellow
Where are you feeling hurt, i’m here
Or maybe you’re in love w/ someone else
Some other love, i miss you my baby

My heart feels this sad but i have no one to talk to
I wanna smile broadly sometime but have no one beside me
Maybe i’m missing you

Back then, we were like that
Between you and me it was all clear and pure
First it was all about love, just like everyone says
Why did we do that though we all know
(But) as time goes, like the glass breaking
Like the ring in hands losing its light
Like getting a cut by a sharp knife
Like strangling my neck w/ the chain of restriction
The memories that i have w/ you
Which i thought they’re gonna be always good
Though i hate it, only the wounds and unsolved misunderstandings are left.
I needed to hold back till the end
The words of “i’m breaking up w/ you”
(Yet) the time we fight and argue
It was better than now.

My heart feels this sad but i have no one to talk to
I wanna smile broadly sometime but have no one beside me
Maybe i’m missing you

I still feel like you’re next to me everyday when i open my eyes
Can’t we turn the times back that we’ve been together ah- ah-

My heart feels this sad but i have no one to talk to
I wanna smile broadly sometime but have no one beside me
Maybe i’m missing you

Due to his mistake his lover left him. He cant explain why he wanted another woman’s company that day. But after she leaves him he misses her. Terribly. He is reminiscing of all their memories. Right from when they started loving and small arguments and until they decided to break up. He tries to continue his daily life but as an after thought he realizes he is just a lonely guy. Maybe he is missing her.

Such a beautiful diary. It maybe sad but GD just talked about human emotions with such clear lyrics it makes it makes one take a step back and admire the perfection of the lyrics penned by Kwon Ji Yong. How can so much sadness evolve from one man? And with such beautiful music. Sigh!!

MUSIC:

Now onto the music of the songs. I have listened to some songs from GD’s Heartbreaker album but I felt more connected with One Of a Kind. Most of his songs were of the rock/electric kind previously. But here I felt he had branched nicely. Especially Light It Up. 

That song is so much worth than a bonus track. But on another note it is indeed a bonus! The BG music in Light It Up makes you do head bangs without your knowledge. And the strong words in this song. Wahh!

Light It Up

Light it up Uh
Light it up Uh Hmm
Look in my eyes man, who gets hotter?
Let’s see who will be on fire?
Come on Light it up Uh
Light it up
Light it up
I burn it up up up up

[Tablo]
You poor over your giggles on me while you stretched out your foot,
instead of your hand, toward me when I collapse
But still, you change your story everytime I turn my back away. How dare you!
I nicely let you go, you lucky thing. So don’t jerk around.
Did you think I would die that easily, didn’t you?
Did you really believe I would settle down on your rug that you’ve spread out, uh?
Please be sensible, and watch out.
Hey you, there’s no way you would ever be able to take over my spot.
Even if you were flying over mountains or how much you tiptoed out of.
Hey, get out of my way. Don’t even think about crawling over on my path.
Clear my way while I’m counting three. Light it up on one two three.

Light it up Uh
Light it up Uh Hmm
Look in my eyes man, who gets hotter?
Let’s see who will be on fire?
Come on Light it up Uh
Light it up
Light it up
I burn it up up up

[GD]
They go go. So arrogant ’til the end. Man.
Goodbye for you to the downhill alone. So long.
Haha Keep doing blah-blah. Your Nomo newbie rap is just like third-rate adult movie.
Hold up. This is the time for witch hunt? What are you talking about?
I’ll say no, no matter what. Are you being defiant? Nop! I love my country, Korea.
But all these fake mother fuckers don`t know how to act
The singing jester who was here 3 years ago, hadn’t died and come back.
Glib-tongue bums, line up in front of me. Light it up on one two three.

Light it up Uh
Light it up Uh Hmm
Look in my eyes man, who gets hotter?
Let’s see who will be on fire?
Come on Light it up Uh
Light it up
Light it up
I burn it up up up

[Dok2]
If what I’m doing looks like a silly shoveling… I’m digging your grave.
I`ll pay for the casket. I’ll pay for your coffin.
Keep your money for yourself, ask if you don’t know, or kneel down.
If you have nothing to do. I hook you up homie 1llionaire gang.
3 fingers instead of a palm. Snapbacks & tattoos one hunna everyday.
Blood and thorn had stuck into my feet and become my shoes.
Your tongue is a trigger, just as same reason as my lyrics.
You can not be me. Just get out of the way and stay behind of me.
Burn it I`mma be me this ain`t easy so just be you.
Light it up on one two three.

[Dok2] Wait a minute excuse me boy
What the heck, stop meddling around. Just be my errant-boy.
[Tablo] Wait a minute excuse me boy
One thing for sure that is you are shit.
[GD] Ddidilili Ddidilili Diddilili Diddilili
Come on, light it up

Light it up uh light it up uh
Light it up uh light it up uh
You leave now. Man who goes harder?
I burn it up up up

Light one up for the fans uh
Light one up for the hands up
Baby let me get you h-h-h-higher
Open up the doors light my fire (x2)

LOL!! GD!! goshhh his rap..

Hold up. This is the time for witch hunt? What are you talking about?
I’ll say no, no matter what. Are you being defiant? Nop! I love my country, Korea.
But all these fake mother fuckers don`t know how to act

LOL!! soo all you fake mother fuckers ready cos GD is back! Hahaha!! I loved this song cos it was quite fun and as GD promised.. He did get all the babies h-h-h-higher!! And loved GD’s collab with Tablo! Badass pair.

Today was awesome in terms of music too. And the falsetto voice ! Wow!! I loved the last part where the BGM stopped and we kind of   hear like an acapella version or a choir.

Without you was smooth and the lady who did the featuring with GD has amazing vocal whoever that mysterious Miss XX is!

But after Light It Up what really impressed me was ‘Missing You’! GD previously stated that this song was like songs from the past. Well I can certainly feel that. Awesome! Especially the whistle sound. And Kim Yuna who featured in this MV!! Her voice made the song even more of a hit. I seriously want to see a live performance by them both. GD with his slow paced rap and Yuna with her too perfect voice. And out of all the songs I felt that this song was easily the kind which can be sung along. MAYBE I AM MISSIN YOU!!!

I think I covered everything in this review! Well I feel very happy that many of you like my interpretations of GD’s songs. It was as much of a pleasure for me to review this album.

Thanks for your love guys..

And before I leave I feel I should say what are my favorites! LOL!!! And I would love to know everyone’s favorites too..!!

Here is my list

Favorite MV: That XX

Favorite Song: Missing You

Favorite Dance song: One of a kind

Favorite Lyrics: One of a kind (cos really loved the hidden meanings and his boastful lyrics)

Favorite live performance: One of a kind (Inkigayo)

Cr: BIGBANG

Favorite fashion: Crayon

CHEERS!!!!!!!

Credit of pics: as tagged

Credit of lyrics: Kpoplyrics

You might also like: G-Dragon ‘Crayon’ review, G-Dragon ‘That XX’ review, G-Dragon ‘One of a Kind’ review, G-Dragon ‘Shine a light’ concert

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G-Dragon moves viewers with his powerful video ‘That XX’

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Just when everyone was expecting something upbeat and sexy basically because That XX was rated 19+ G-Dragon shocks everyone with a sad love song in the form of a slow acoustic ballad. Seriously!! NO ONE WAS EXPECTING THIS!

GD with lightning fast rap is ok, or GD with a upbeat electric song is ok! But We get a sad looking GD singing his heart out and of course he tugs on every fans heartstrings!

One word which can represent this songs mood is Melancholy..  ‘That XX’ contrary to the belief is not rated cos of the scenes and here I was expecting a part 2 of ‘Strong baby’ and all we got was a forehead peck!! Apparently it is cos of verbal explicitness..GD used the word Bastard/son of a bitch in place of XX. In the offical MV this word was bleeped out leading to a hilarious version of an MV with many bleeps. But I still cannot understand Korean media laws cos me and many more k drama fans will testify to the fact that we have heard that particular word countless times in dramas and we haven’t been corrupted honestly.

Despite the R rating ‘That XX’ was a mellow single where GD displayed his vocals. His leading lady was Jennie Kim who will debut as a member of a new girl group of member with YG entertainment. Now onto the review!

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The song was painful! That’s a fact.. Anyone who knows GD will know he is a master when it comes to writing sad love songs..Like ‘Lies’ , ‘Haru Haru’ are the best example. But he surpassed this by mixing his pain with a few choice words describing his feelings which ultimately led to the rating.

‘That XX’ is a video which is in the form of a soliloquy  We see GD relating his thoughts to himself and to the audience but not to the girl who is the main stimuli behind his thoughts.

Here are the translated lyrics,

Walking on the street, I bumped into your man (Yeah I saw him)
I didn’t want to believe it, but my hunch turned out right (I told you)
He’s not wearing that ring you gave him, there’s another girl by his side
But I’ve said enough (I don’t wanna hurt you)

Now you’re getting angry with me (Why?)
You say “He’s definitely not that kind of person” (Sure you’re right)
Seeing your eyes, I reply that I probably got it wrong
See, I lied for you (I’m sorry)

I hate that you don’t understand me
I hate all this waiting
Let go of his hand (break it off with him)
When you’re sad, I feel like I’m dying

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

When you speak of him, you look so happy (you look happy)
It’s good that you can be this happy (I’m happy)
You say you really love him, want to be with him forever
You trust him completely (I don’t know what to say no more)
Your friends all know that guy (yup they know)
It’s so obvious, why can’t you see (it’s you)
They say love is blind, Oh baby, you’re so blind
Please, I beg you, break it off

Oh I hate that you don’t understand me
I hate all this waiting
Let go of his hand (break it off with him)
When you’re sad, I feel like I’m dying

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

Rap)
Expensive cars, beautiful clothes, high-class restaurants, they all suit you well
But that XX beside you, he doesn’t suit you, he really doesn’t
He smiles like a hypocrite with you, brushing your face and hair
But he’s thinking of another woman for sure, how dare he
The amount of tears you’ve cried, I want to make you happy by the same amount, baby
Rather than going through the pain alone, share some with me, baby
Please look at me, why can’t you realise that I am your love
Why are you the only one who doesn’t know

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

That XX, what does he have that I don’t
Why can’t I have you
That XX doesn’t love you
How much longer are you going to cry yourself silly?

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Here XX = Bastard

The lyrics was completely a friend zone anthem which talks about how the girl he loves falls for a bad guy who doesn’t treasure her love.

It was so painful that I was crying about 1 min into the video without even knowing why I was crying. Just like ‘Haru Haru’ this song leaves a painful ache in ones heart. GD’s rendition of the song was perfect. He did not falter even for one second and the guitar at the background provided just the right sound and feel. One can fall in love with his voice and it is rare to hear this side of him as he is more partial to the hip hop genre.

Each line was powerful..

But this part..

I don’t know what to say no more

Yes the girl he loves has fallen too deep in love with a wrong man. She trusts him completely and is happy with him. This puts GD in a situation where his words are powerless. And thus he doesn’t want to say anything any more cos it is not of use.

YGE artists have a powerful grasp over English and most of their songs have good pronunciation of English. Yet this line was not correct grammatically. It raises a question did mighty GD make a mistake? Nope he is too much of a perfectionist to do that!

I think he did this on purpose.. to prove that his words have no meaning to the girl and so he uses a line which is not correct to show how wrong his words will echo in the girls mind. He makes his meaningless thoughts to appear as a text in the MV too.

Yes the song was overwhelmingly sad but when combined with the MV it made it even more beautiful in all our eyes.

On one hand we had ‘One of a kind’ where the lyrics were boastful to the extreme. And now we have ‘That XX’ which moves people with its overwhelming sadness.

VIDEO

This video is even more complicated than One of a kind. According to me one can break and analyse this video in three ways. I will be focussing on the view which I find most intriguing.

# 1

This is the most popular version where GD plays two roles. One of the bad guy who cheats on the girl with the gelled up hair, weird ahjussi glasses, tatoos etc. And the good guy who fell in love with innocent girl is sweet and has his hair down and minus tatoos or too many piercings. He feels bitter towards the guy who made the young girl his own.

# 2

This is something like forbidden love. The guy who is XX in this video is too fake and artificial. He is not fitting to be a love for the young girl. In many scenes we actually see GD look old *personally I think GD borrowed TOP’s stylist and hairdresser! LOL he is TOP Ver 2.0 in this MV* and sophisticated – a man of the world. While the girl looks young and lost. Especially in the last scene where GD is leaning in for a forehead kiss Jennie doesn’t respond to the kiss showing how much of a wrong pairing this is! I think the reason GD selected this young 16-year old for this mv was to convey this to the viewers that this love is forbidden another reason is it will serve as a good publicity for any new artist who is about to debut to star as a lead in GD’s MV . The victorian background and the fashion further solidifies this cos ladies of the olden generation are more reserved and delicate. They follow certain etiquette and are inexperienced which makes them the easy prey for men who are out to take advantage.

#3

Now this is the way I see the MV and I will review the MV based on this 🙂

Two sides of a coin

This MV is a soliloquy as I mentioned and I believe that this video is just not about a third person who steals the girl and a dragon who is friendzoned. *as if that is even possible*

What I feel is that both Good and Bad Guys in this MV are the same.

G-Dragon is actually the guy who Jennie falls in love with but he has a dark side to him. He is struggling with his own self to try and accept her love and change into a better person. But he cannot.

To me both these guys are the same..

One who is a player..*Can I for one moment stop and just point out how those piercings are sexy!!! wow*

One who really cares for the girl..

The video starts with the sad GD looking out of a window where some sound of a woman laughing is heard..It looks like he is creeping on someone.. Throughout the video the sad GD is seen looking at the girl from afar like he is scared to approach her. It gives off a weird vibe when he looks through the keyhole into her room. Maybe this sad GD is just not all it seems. He has a diff side to him. And that side is the player GD. He knows he is hurting her. But he continues it. He plays around with her feelings. He lies and she believes.

Mine & Yours:

Player GD and Jennie share couple piercings and tatoos. It is like their closeness is shown this way. But under all the couple stuff one can see that player GD is the dominant.

The couple tatoos really show this. On the girls neck we have Mine written and on player GD’s neck we have Yours written.

Note that the girl has Mine like a brand written on her..Yours seem less powerful than mine. More like he is stating his power over her. He can be anyone’s Yours but she is only his Mine.

This shows that he is not willing to give her up and that he will forever be his own. This is quite similar to what the sad GD is feeling. Even though he is upset the girl is falling for the bad side he cannot do anything. In other words he will not do anything. Only the girl has to break it off proving that the sad GD and the player GD are same. They will not do anything to break off with the girl as she is Mine to him. She has to do it on her own. G Dragon has also said that in many interviews. In reality G Dragon never breaks up with girls. He tries to make the girls themselves break off but the girl has to do it. As always GD writes from his personal life.

Memories:

When Jennie is not around GD looks around her room. He sees many things which reminds him of her. Like photographs, polaroids. Does he really like those? In another scene we see him actually close a black book. It looks like it is a journal containing letters. The player GD doesn’t like those. In a moment of weakness sad GD collects memories of her. But afterwards the player GD just puts them in his drawer and closes them off effectively putting a stop to the influence of memories.

The bath tub scene is also a very touching scene in this MV.

We see Jennie first submerging into the tub and then GD rises out of it. It speaks about how Jennie is nearly drowning in her love for GD. She really cannot identify any good or bad in her lover and is just submerged into the pool of memories both happy and painful. But GD emerges out of it. He is suffocating due to the love. He wants to give into her love but he finds he cannot and thus escapes it. This scene also signifies that Jennie is loving till death. She is willing to sacrifice anything for GD as she is submerging and no shot of her resurfacing is shown. She is really at the edge.

This is my most favorite scene..It is too powerful and painful. GD wants to share her pain but he cannot do it and finally emerges out.

Dark and Light:

What was really amazing in this video were the effects. It was mostly in a dark background. Also GD in one of the shots really showed how both good and bad GD are same.

Here you clearly see the effect of light and dark. One side of him shows a light side with not much makeup or eye liner. But the other is dark both with the hair and the eye. This shows that both the sad and the player GD are the same. Yes he loves her but he cannot seem to stop cheating on her. His dark side triumphs most of the time leading to frustration. He really wants to stop hurting her and starts loving her.

The amount of tears you’ve cried, I want to make you happy by the same amount

When he fails to make her happy he can only show his frustration through wrecking his room.

Here you can clearly see the difference where one eye has guyliner while other is bare.

GD clearly fluctuates well between these two. One moment you see a guy with tears in his eyes. And the next you see a cold look and a man who jus hugs the girl without sincerity. It is quite scary to see how he acts out the split personality.

There is another scene to show the two sides of GD.

GD standing between two angels. Mayb it represents the girl and the player GD. But isn’t it more apt to denote a GD who is reaching out on the left to the one who has his hand held on by the girl but is actually facing the other direction. This shows that GD wants to hold her but his eyes also stray far away.

Visual Effects, Makeup and Tattoos:

First thing which I found weird in this video was the amount of makeup which was caked onto GD. Did he not have enough time to make sure his makeup was well spread? This was my first time experiencing this as Koreans are known for smooth skin and BB creams really are a integral part of their makeup.

Then I saw that the lack of smooth skin was too apparent! Wait! did GD do that on purpose? Why does his skin look like sandpaper in some shots?

I remember interviews where GD has told everyone of his nickname “Sand Paper Kwon” !! It denotes a person who has a tough and rough personality on the exterior and looks unapproachable. Mayb all this extra makeup was to denote that cold-city personality tag which he carries. Also the makeup made him look really old and even more emphasized the age difference between Jennie and player GD.

I don’t think GD is a person who will accidentally apply heavy makeup which makes him look old and weird.

The video also had this sharp visual effects which was highly seen during the player GD parts. The coloring was more rich during his scenes like the scene where he removes Jennie’s couple ring and embraces an unknown girl. But the effect was soft and dreamy when it came to sad GD. Some scenes even looked smoky when sad GD came again showing that sad GD had less influence and player GD was the stronger of the two. He continues to struggle with his self throughout the video.

The tatoos which GD had besides the Mine & Yours couple tatoos are the ones on his left hand.

It shows the follwing Love, Hate, Rock, Diamond, Number 8, Rose.


Maybe the diamond = rock equates a ring which in turn means ‘engagement/marriage’. Rose signifies romance and 8 is GD’s special number. His birthday falls on 18/08/1988 and thus he uses 8 in many cases. He even used it in his One of a kind MV!

I think love and hate again points that he has a dual outlook on romance and marriage. GD half loves romance/marriage and half hates love/marriage. This again shows his reluctance to commit to Jennie. Sad GD loves her but player GD cant seem to stop looking at others and thus ultimately lying and hurting her. He is in a dilemma where his split personality fights against each other.

The MV closes with a scene with player GD and Jennie sitting together while he leans in for a kiss. So the girl does end up with bad guy but what if there is a good side in him which will maybe shine through??

I really love the MV because the song and video match each other. “One of a kind” had been a fast song with varied scenarios and GD shows another side through ‘That XX’. He really is a versatile musician who proves he can adapt to any genre of music he wants. My only regret is that we never could see GD playing guitar in the video. But hopefully his live performance will have a guitar part.

To all those who like something slow and bluey to suit ones gloomy mood this is the right song!!

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So will be running off and waiting patiently for GD’s next song and hopefully the title song. BYEEE!!!

 

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