Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[NEWS] Why GD X TAEYANG’s ‘GOOD BOY’ Is Different from BIGBANG’s Songs

‘GD X TAEYANG,’ a YG hip hop project group, has released their single ‘GOOD BOY.’ The two artists are trying something that they have never done as the members of BIGBANG.

Composed by G-DRAGON, Fliptones and Freedo, and arranged and lyrics written by G-DRAGON, ‘GOOD BOY’ was released at midnight last Friday. The song features G-DRAGON’s sensational rap and melody and TAEYANG’s groovy vocals along with trap beats.

‘GOOD BOY’ dominated the real-time charts on major music websites right after the release, and its music video is creating a buzz on YouTube. Meanwhile, some say that this song sounds unfamiliar and totally different from what BIGBANG has been doing. “‘GOOD BOY’ does not necessarily target the mass audience,” said G-DRAGON in an interview. “It is different from the songs of BIGBANG. This kind of response is just natural, because I try something new and different when I don’t perform as a member of BIGBANG.”

YG ENTERTAINMENT has been pairing its artists, as in ‘GD & TOP,’ ‘BOM & HI’ and ‘HI SUHYUN.’ G-DRAGON and TAEYANG talked about YG’s short-term project teams and their colorful music.

“We wanted to show many different aspects of our music by creating these short-term teams,” said G-DRAGON. “But we are more known as soloists or as a group. So we need to strike a balance between the kind of music that we want to create and fulfilling the expectations of our fans. In general, I think creating various pairs within YG and producing a wide range of music is a very positive trend.”

“It’s not just about taking the first place on a music chart,” he added. “We don’t always have to be serious. And I think it’s enough if there are some people who get comforted by our songs. We would like to share as many different kinds of music as possible.”

At a first glance, ‘GOOD BOY’ does not seem to be as familiar as the songs of BIGBANG. But in a sense, G-DRAGON and TAEYANG have chosen a genre that will become popular in the future. Trap beats have not taken off in Korea yet, but it is quite a popular genre overseas. It is an attractive genre in that it is light-hearted and does not require the audience to concentrate much.

“It may sound weird, but there is no point in trap beat music,” said G-DRAGON. “And this is why I like it. For instance, sad songs with sentimental lyrics or fast songs of the EDM genre have the messages of their own. But that is not the case with trap beat music. You don’t have to do anything or think too much. You can just follow the beats.”

“This may be the weakness of the genre, but I think it’s what makes trap beats very appealing,” he added. “I could have labored to write the lyrics, but I didn’t want to. I could have made every single word filled with meaning, but I thought it would be good if the audiences can intuitively understand the song and sing along.”

G-DRAGON and TAEYANG are going to showcase ‘GOOD BOY’ for the first time at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) 2014, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 3rd at Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong.

Source: YG Entertainment(OSEN)

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