G-dragon and the misconceptions of his “arrogance”
GD is infamously known for his somewhat “arrogant” behaviors by K-netizens and just generally all kpop fans around the world.
Because of some of the lyrics in his music makes him seem like he’s arrogant- like he’s the best- and people take that as insults to all their favorite idols and view him in negative light.
However, people don’t realize that those are just lyrics- rappers like to boast about themselves like this because that is what rap is. Rapping allows people to express themselves while using rhythm and rhyme as well as compete with others to see who can move the crowd the best. That’s why Emcees diss each other so much- they want to make others feel smaller.
Example of dissing opponent: “You walk around showin off your body cause it sells plus to avoid the fact that you ain’t got skills mad at me cause I kick that shit real ni*** as feel while 99% of your fans wear high heels” -Cannibus
Example of dissing public: (translated) “When I appear on the television Even if I’m dead beat I won’t show it Different swagger from the top to toe This is my style I depend on much
Because of the pretties lined up today All looking only at me, what’s love Stop and do not fight, come come slowly right now” -Gdragon
Of course G dragon is no where close to being the best Korean Rapper the world has ever seen- In fact,Big Bang is not a hip hop group. They simply experiment with different genres of music
But even so I would place him decently high up for a mainstream rapper.
His lyrics are what gets to me the most;
“Yes hyung, yes noona (whats wrong with you?) Ah, I’m just bored (hello?) Yes hyung, yes noona, (what’s wrong with you?) I’m sorry that I’m so popular… Someone try to hold me back, I’m ranked number one…Yes sir, I’m one of a kind I’m an annoying snob”
- One of a Kind, GDragon
This song in particular got a lot of critics spewing bad things about him, giving him a bad image. However, it’s quite ironic because these lyrics are actually about how the media and critics portrays him- as an asshole, an arrogant “idol”.
This song also touches upon the fact that it took hard work to get to where he is but people only tend to look at him in negative light because he’s young and successful.
For me, I give him credit for being fearless- not many people in the industry have guts to write lyrics like he does. In america, we are so used to these kinds of rap lyrics that it doesn’t even bother us- however, I think it’s much different for Korea’s kpop fans- most being young people.
The reason why the kpop industry gets a lot of hate for dissing people in their music is because people get oversensitive.
RAP LITERALLY MEANS TO STRIKE/ HIT.
What’s wrong with having confidence? Does having that confidence make him arrogant or ignorant? No.
His lyrics have a lot more meaning than what appears on the surface. In fact, many people (even Korean people) catch what his lyrics mean because they don’t listen to the full song and only pick up what sounds arrogant to them.
G dragon respects a lot of people in the industry- regardless of when they’ve debuted- is what makes him an even more respectful person.
Let’s stop the hate in the Korean music fandom. They aren’t going to progress if you get offended by their every lyric.
Funny story, I wrote this last night on the memo app on my phone…and the app crashed so I lost the original…I hate technology. Anyway, hope you enjoy this!
In which your boyfriend tries to be funny.
B.A.P. Yongguk (feat. Bang Yongnam)
535 words (holy shit…it’s under 1000)
He wasn’t your Bang Yongguk. He
wasn’t your rowdy Tigger. He wasn’t your Shishimato.
He stood before you in his
clothes, wearing a long, thick scarf around his neck, hiding his face. He
looked just like him, down to the worn, black boots. The squint in his eyes
told you he was smiling, the scarf hiding dimples that shouldn’t be there.
He might look like Yongguk, but
he was nothing like him. His aura was different, a bit more serious, a little
more mature, a little less intimidating. Your arms didn’t yearn to embrace him.
Your eyes met his easily, without timidity or reservation. You were at ease,
closing in on indifference.
Bang Yongnam might be his
identical twin, but he wasn’t Bang Yongguk.
You couldn’t believe that
Yongguk had actually gone through with such a stupid prank. You couldn’t
believe Yongnam had agreed to it. It irritated you that he would think such a
stupid trick would work on you.
Knowing that Yongguk was surely
somewhere nearby, you threw your arms around Yongnam. “I missed you!”
“I missed you, too.”
There it was, another
difference. Yongguk never told you that he’d missed you. He was always a mess
of blushes and smiles whenever you said things like that. He simply broke into your
favorite smile, coughing to try and hide his embarrassment then changed the
subject as he gave your hand a tight squeeze.
Pulling down on the scarf, you
looked into his eyes. “Kiss me.”
Yongnam froze. You smiled,
pulling him down by the lapels of his jacket. His eyes became nervous.
Yongguk appeared out of nowhere,
tackling his brother. They crashed into the snow, destroying its once
unperturbed surface. Yongnam, with half the wind knocked out of him, wrestled
with Yongguk, swearing that he wouldn’t have kissed you.
You stood with your hands on
“Bang. Yong. Guk. Bang. Yong.
Their scuffle died, their
movements freezing halfway through. They both turned to you, their identical
eyes reflecting identical fear.
You reached for their ears,
pinching, pulling them both up hard. Even their complaints rang identical.
“Ow, ow! _____, I’m sorry! I
just wanted to introduce you to my brother,” Yongguk pleaded.
“It was his idea. I told him it
was stupid,” Yongnam pushed the blame.
“What do you two have to say for
They bowed deeply. “We are very
“Good. Let’s not repeat this
Yongguk hugged you, pulling you
away from his brother. “You could tell?”
“Of course I could tell. Yongnam
is Yongnam and Yongguk is Yongguk. Keep it that way.”
Yongnam smiled at you, his cute
dimples brightening his face. He offered you his hand. “Bang Yongnam. It’s a
pleasure to finally meet you.”
You shook his hand, loving how
Yongguk buried you deeper into his arms as you did. “_____. The pleasure is all
mine. Now let’s go get some hot chocolate. Yongguk’s treat.”
“You’re the one that came up
with this stupid prank. You’re paying.”
He couldn’t argue with you after
that, though he did hold you tighter, kept you closer, and loved you fiercer