Why Kemy was Right to Diss Park Bom
Only the most cave-dwelling Blackjacks at this point are unaware of the recent scandal caused by the talented young rapper Kemy of rookie group A.KOR. In “Do the Right Rap”, a vicious, no-holds-barred diss track targeting 2NE1’s resident diva angel Park Bom, Kemy blasts everything from the singer’s excessive plastic surgery habits to her recent drug scandal.
And naturally, Bom’s fans are pissed. (Of course, in a bizarre pop paradox, Blackjacks seem to be at their happiest when showering Bom in undeserved praise and shielding her from harsh words and reality, but whatever.)
Okay, so let’s assess the damage here - first off, and let’s be honest here, Kemy’s rap is tight. Immaculate flow delivered at high speed with the utmost conviction; it’s pretty clear the girl means business. So why’d she release this song, anyway?
Well, “Do The Right Rap” is part of a campaign occurring in the Korean hip-hop world (where anti-idol disses are extremely commonplace) at the moment, and rappers are using various pre-established beats to showcase their own talents.
Now, before I’m accused of being a sycophantic 2NE1 hater, I’m going to point out that there are plenty of aspects of Kemy’s lyrics that were totally uncalled for.
- It was wrong of Kemy to attack Park Bom’s looks.
- The reference to the Gangnam Beauty was unnecessary and rude.
- Kemy also overlooks the circumstances which led to Bom’s drug use.
I would also like to mention that Bom’s stylist was justified in retaliating. Kemy is the sole party who needs to take responsibility for her actions.
But on the whole, I agree with Kemy.
I don’t care about Bom’s surgery addiction or her looks, but the recent drug scandal is just another event that makes it clear that there is a great deal of corruption in the major-label music industry.
Let’s say Park Bom was an ordinary woman smuggling drugs into Korea for the very same reasons she uses them as a celebrity. You cannot tell me that she would have been excused in that case. She was found innocent because of her celebrity status and the fan anger that would result were she to be punished in accordance with the law. An ordinary citizen would experience no such luxury.
By comparing Bom to the Samsung employee detained for the same crime, Kemy makes the above point neatly.
Fans rush to Bom’s defense no matter what happens to her and this diss track affair is no exception.
She also draws attention to the power of 2NE1’s label YG. The media censorship that occured through the label’s damage control is certainly a denial of press freedom and raises the question of freedom of speech in a society where corporations control the media.
It’s been said by numerous fans that YG is a label that apes hip-hop culture and doesn’t take it seriously. And you know, their signature act of putting underground music in the mouths of idols is a pale imitation of the real deal. Blackjacks have been quick to attack Kemy’s talents and compare her to a poor imitation of CL, but do they really mean the same CL who covered a Nicki Minaj song and took out the offensive words to keep it family-friendly? This is that YG where artistic integrity is idols writing love-song lyrics and picking out their own expensive clothes as outfits. Kemy said more on a single track of less than two minutes than 2NE1 or G-Dragon ever have in their careers.
Park Bom isn’t a bad person and some lines in Kemy’s diss feel excessively cruel, but think for a moment.
Kemy’s beef isn’t with Bom as a person.
Kemy’s diss track is aimed at Park Bom as the glittering YG figurehead, Park Bom as a symbol of the industry, Park Bom as the bastardization of underground music through big money, Park Bom as an idol in an artist’s clothes, Park Bom as the incarnation of what divides celebrities from civilians.
And these are feelings we’ve all had at some point, whether it’s an American kid desperately changing the TV channel because look, Justin Bieber’s in the news getting away with crime again, or a Korean teen walking out of a store because she’s sick of hearing “Falling In Love” everywhere she goes.
For that reason, Kemy was surely right to diss Bom.