When I was on my walk home today, G-Dragon’s “Black” came up on random.
I tried to listen to all of Coup D’Teat when it was released, but the lead single was so objectionable that I needed some time before I listened to the rest of the album. G-Dragon is at his worst when he is taking himself too seriously and trying to declare himself The Baddest Male. Thankfully, the rest of the album was free of that. “Crooked” about being so punk rawk that you are gonna use the whole can of hairspray. See what I mean about not taking himself too seriously?
But my favorite song ended up being “Black.” Now, before I get into this song, I’m going to be a Youtube commenter and take the opportunity to talk about Jennie Kim. Let’s ignore the whole bullying thing because that’s what YG Entertainment wants us to do. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why she is promoted to the moon. She’s an adequate performer but I don’t see a future star here. She certainly doesn’t shine in “Black.” I keep wishing it was Lee Hi that got this spot.
(To be fair, Jennie Kim’s version is better than the Sky Ferreira version.)
It wasn’t even the song itself that won me over. It was a performance of “Black” on Inkigayo:
Right away, this performance stood out because G-Dragon is using his regular voice. In fact, the backing vocals of it provide a striking contrast. I’ve gotten so accustomed to G-Dragon’s persona that I was actually starting to believe the dude talked that way. This performance is messing with my head.
Deep down, I always knew that G-Dragon’s shrill voice was an act. I can look back at old Big Bang songs and you can hear G-Dragon without the HAAAs. Well, ok, maybe bits and pieces of it are there. But before the days when swag was the main product of YG Entertainment, G-Dragon could still sound like he wasn’t putting on a big act. But YG likes making money, so we have to deal with Swag-Dragon. In fact, if you look around, CL, Taeyang, and even to an extent Seungri are all caught up in swag wars.
I understand it’s a phase and, like all things, it will eventually lose favor, but I’m tired of it. It’s true that G-Dragon is popular because of his high-energy and slightly obnoxious performances, and the shrill/swag voice definitely adds to that appeal. I’ve had enough of it though. G-Dragon is 25 now. He’s probably going to be entering the military in a couple of years. It’s time for him to move on from this act.
Anyways, back to “Black,” (RIP Amy) specifically that Inkigayo performance of it. G-Dragon needs to do studio versions of songs with his regular voice. Maybe it’s going to have to take the military leave for me to get my wish, but I know that it will happen eventually. Out of all the Big Bang members who have a chance for a solo career to last for the next decade, G-Dragon’s the best bet. Seungri may be my favorite member but I can already see the dumb scandal that he gets himself into to ruin his solo career. T.O.P prefers acting and Daesung is locked in the basement. G-Dragon has the talent to keep it up for years and years, but he’s gotta drop the swag.