(I’ve decided to do 2 Music Reviews for this week!)
This Music Review will be a bit different from our usual Music Reviews, as it will feature a famous K-Pop song!
Let’s take a listen to the original: “TT” by Twice!
K-Pop, also known as Korean Pop, is a huge deal not only in Korea but internationally. K-Pop has become popular in many Asian countries and also in the West. K-Pop consists mostly of boy bands and girl bands, with the occasional co-ed group and solo artists. Twice is a K-Pop girl group with 9 members that debuted in 2015 and is a part of JYP Entertainment (which is one of the huge Korean music agencies that produces many successful K-Pop groups).
TT (pronounced tee-tee) is one of the group’s most popular songs as the music video has over 100 million hits within weeks. This song also was a huge hit in Japan as many Japanese celebrities started to do the signature dance pose (which is located in the chorus when the members sing “I’m like TT”).
This song does sound quite girly and cutesy, as that is the image that the group was trying to portray at the group’s debut. The style of singing emulates this image of being cute and the dance 100% emulates this as well. However, the lyrics are not as “cutesy” as you think; they talk about being madly in love with a boy that doesn’t reciprocate or even know them, which explains why the girls sing that they “are like TT” as “TT” resembles the crying emoji in Korean culture.
Rating: 7.5/10. It’s strangely addictive. I have listened to K-Pop here and there, so I’m definitely used to the different sounds of K-Pop, and this cutesy girl concept is no different from the ones I’ve seen previously in K-Pop. Though I typically don’t like cutesy/girly songs, this song is definitely strangely addictive, catchy and memorable.
Now let’s listen to the cover!
KRNFX, also known as Terry Im, is a Korean-Canadian beatboxer and singer that has been featured on multiple TV shows. He is most likely best known for his participation in Canada’s Got Talent in 2012 and for also winning the first Canadian Beatbox Championships in 2010. KRNFX has also gained much recognition in the U.S. when he made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and America’s Best Dance Crew Season 8.
Lydia Paek is a Korean-American singer-songwriter and also dancer. She is currently working in South Korea as a songwriter for YG Entertainment and also trains their upcoming artists in dance. In addition, she is best known in America for being a part of America’s Best Dance Crew Season 3 Champions, Quest Crew.
This song is not KRNFX and Paek’s first collaboration, as they have previously collaborated for KstyleTV in covering popular K-Pop songs. This cover in particular is artistically creative and catchy as they switched it up (instead of doing the usual style of covers). Not only is the instrumental quite different from the original, but the style of singing is entirely different and changes the song from being cutesy/girly to being R&B-like and soulful.
Rating: 9/10. I would definitely listen to this over and over again. It’s not as strangely addictive as the original but it definitely has a sick beat and Paek’s vocal timbre definitely peaks the interest of my ears.
Do you agree with my ratings? Let me know what you think of the songs in the comments below!