When I first started getting interested in SMTM, it was because of Bobby and B.I. I watched all of their performances, but never actually watched the show. I read articles about the show as well, but never really paid attention to it.
After I found out that Loco was the winner of the first season, I started watching all of Loco’s performances.
It wasn’t until the producers of Show Me the Money 4 were revealed that I finally got into it.
I’m a massive Jay Park fan, Loco fan, YG stan, and BBC, so how could I not watch the show? Finding out that Mino, Taewoon, Hanhae, and the rest of the cast for Show me The Zico were auditioning for the show, it pretty much sealed the deal.
I’d watched the first two episodes and absolutely. My mind had matured to hiphop. Before, the only raps I listened to were the ones that belonged to idols that I liked, but because I listened to some of Zico’s old mixtapes, I finally gave myself some kind of knowledge of hiphop and rap. Well, I could at least tell what was good and what was not.
So, to educate myself further, I decided to watch all of the third season, silently bracing myself for the hate against idol rappers that was apparently everywhere during the season. I remembered watching Bobby and B.I’s performances and seeing the sinister faces of the other underground competitors, I remembered reading about OLLTII’s diss rap towards them. Truthfully, I was scared that I’d get really defensive of the boys and just give up on the show.
Actually watching the show, I found almost no hostility towards Bobby and B.I. Iron and Olltii, who I’d pegged as pessimistic bullies because of their faces during Bobby and B.I’s performances, turned out adorable. I never would’ve expected that the person glaring at my two little idol boys backstage was the same person who bought second hand clothing and smiled so brightly, who only wanted YDG’s attention the entire time, but had to learn to do everything himself. Same with the person with the permanent bitch face and got overshadowed by Zico during the semi-finals, who turned out to have acknowledged B.I extremely quickly, who turned defensive when B.I was eliminated, who rained praises on Be I. Those moments that were unfortunately cropped out, could not have been seen by the people like me, who only watched for her idols. I never got to see the moment after Bobby’s L4L performance with Illionaire, during which Olltii had expressed his frustration at Bobby’s flirting, when Olltii had expressed his enjoyment of Illionaire’s song, with the Illionaire sign and a thumbs up. I never got to see Olltii hugging B.I right after he’d been eliminated, Olltii trying to soother Yook Jidam as she was trying not to cry, Iron smiling in his bucket hat and sandals, Iron and his sadness when YDG didn’t pay attention to him.
Even before this, the only thing I knew about Giriboy was that he was the dude who’s MV got mixed up with Taeil’s, but he’s actually cute and competitive.
I can’t even express how disappointed I was in myself when I’d completely fallen in love with these people who I’d seen as antagonists until now. How could I have loathed them even before I knew anything about them?
Anyway, I’m following SMTM4 really closely now, so that I no longer misjudge people and instead of sticking close to Mino or Hanhae, I’m listening to raps instead of background knowledge and stories.
SMTM4 Rooting-For progress:
Show me the Mino -> TEAM BLACKNUT -> #LilBoiOfGeeks