For the past few weeks, I’ve taken the our Song of the Day from a weekly genre category. We’ve already covered classic rock, electronic, and indie music. And to be honest, I really wanted to look at something different today. Something outside my comfort zone.
Luckily, the Grammy’s were last night. While I didn’t watch most of the awards ceremony, I did get a chance to see BLACKPINK make their U.S. performance debut, which gave me an idea. So this week, we’ll be exclusively looking at K-pop songs. It’ll be fun. It’ll be great. Trust me.
The four-piece K-pop group BLACKPINK debuted this trap-infused pop banger in June 2018 at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100. And even though I don’t usually listen to K-pop, I have to admit that this indeed, is a banger. How could it not be with a name like, “DDU-DU DDU-DU”?
By the song’s name, you can tell that BLACKPINK isn’t trying to go for subtle. But then again, I suppose nothing that falls in the genre of “trap-influenced pop-banger” really is. And that’s totally fine. Some people (music snobs *cough) tend to think that there are certain “qualifiers” that stand between what can even be considered music, and the “cultured auteurs” who either accept it with praise or strike it down with a pretentious attitude. That’s a bunch of nonsense. If it’s got a tune and you can dance to it, it’s music.
With that short disclaimer out of the way, we can actually start talking about “DDU-DU DDU-DU”, which is a really fun and upbeat pop-trap song.
While the hook may not be the most original, BLACKPINK doesn’t try to hide their influences. Rather, they flaunt them, and everything else. The track was produced by YG Entertainment’s in house producer Teddy Bear. Teddy Bear has been behind many of BLACKPINK’s previous singles, as well as some of K-pop’s biggest hits.
This is the point where I’d usually start talking about the lyrics. Unfortunately, I can’t understand even half of them, as they’re sung in Korean (hence the “K”). I know there’s Google Translate, but this is not that kind of review. Instead, we’ll briefly go over some of the English lyrics scattered throughout the song. These include name dropping themselves, proclaiming their status as “Savage”, rhymes like “fat check” and “fact check”, as well as “toxic” and “I’m foxy”.
Overall, the lyrics highlight BLACKPINK flaunting their success unabashedly. You can hear this in the chorus, “Oh wait til’ I do what I (do) / Hit you with that ddu-du ddu-du du”. And again in one of the only full English lines in the song, “When the bass drop it’s another banger”.
If I could play Tom Haverford (Parks & Rec) for a second, I would absolutely say that “DDU-DU DDU-DU” qualifies as a banger. Which seems to be the overall goal for the song. Every group these days needs a good theme song, and when it comes to presenting yourselves in a world debut, BLACKPINK know exactly what they’re doing.
Also, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” just broke the record for the most viewed YouTube video. So looks like K-pop may be on another big rise.
I admit, I’m going to have to do some substantial research in order to come up with a new K-pop song every day this week. But that’s all part of the fun. If you know of any good K-pop groups, feel free to recommend them down below.