Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/31/15

This weekend, I finished watching the last episode of Season 4 of Show Me the Money, which is competition between rappers.  I’m not sure if this was the right season to tune into for the first time.  This season was fraught with controversy from the issue of Team Verbal Jint and San E reversing their decision about Black Nut to the editing to the leakage of information.  That last issue caused the production team to decide to broadcast the final episode live.  I can’t say that the live broadcast wasn’t without its problems but I was definitely rooting for this rapper that I’m featuring today.  If you haven’t caught up with the show yet, spoilers abound.

The finals were between Verbal Jint and San E’s rapper, Basick (aka Lee Chul Joo), and Block B’s Zico and Paloalto’s rapper, WINNER’s Song Mino.  Both rappers have had their share of hardships before and during the competition.

Song Mino did well and despite facing the pressure of everyone sarcastically deeming him the winner, I think he held up expectations well.   However, I couldn’t help but root for Basick because of his backstory.

He was an up and coming rapper who many of the judges recognized during the first round of 7,000 applicants.  However, he gave up because he got married and had a baby and was working a 9-5 office job to support them.  With the support of his family, he entered the competition to fulfill his own dream.  It was a risky gamble but it was such a heartwarming story that I really wanted him to succeed.

“Stand Up” was the semi-final number that really got the crowd up on their feet and fervently clapping along.  It’s an awe-inspiring live your dream type of anthem and I love that you can feel his passion in the rap.  I also even love the moment when the backing track stops and it’s just Basick and the mic.  He just uses the moment to not only show his skills but it feels like he’s stripping his own feelings bare for the audience.

베이식(Basick) – Stand Up (feat. 마마무)

Stand Up (feat. 마마무)

내가 원했던 건
열정을 버틸 몸이었지
아들과 내 여자가
내일에 대한 고민없이
난 철없던 놈이었지
uh 아직도 난 포긴 없지
뭣도 아닌 내가 단 한가지
떳떳할 수 있는 건
펜을 움켜진 내 손이었지
한땐 나도 수퍼루키에다
이 바닥 전체가 원했던 내 스타일
녹녹치 않던 세상에 부딪히고
책임을 위해서
들어간 회사
TV엔 옛동료들이 랩스타
난 그저 양복 입은 제임스본드
but 날 움직이는 건
따박따박 찍히는 월급이 아닌
sweet bass line

꿈만 꾸지말고 일어나
wake up wake up wake up
얽매이지 말고 질러봐
wake up wake up wake up
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
미친듯이 질러 질러 질러
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
미친듯이 질러 질러 질러

사실 난 너무나 긍정적이어서 적이어서
걱정 불안에 사로잡히는
법이없어 법이없어
혼자가 절대 아니기에 난
겁이 없어 겁이없어
실패가 두려웠다는건
다 척이었어 척이었어
꿈 깨 꿈 깨 꿈 깨라
넌 평생 평생 꿈이나 꿔라
넌 땅 넌 땅 난 우주 위로
날라가 날라가 날라가
지나간 20대의 끝
희망이 매일뜨는 해의 뜻
내 시선은 강철도 베일 듯이
갈아논 채 더 멀리에 초점을 두네
청춘 네 두눈에 담아둬
알아둬 대부분에
사람들은 널 이해하지 못해
이룬뒤엔 널 지배하지 못해
불확실한 미래땜에 답답하고
이미 늦었다고 착각해
너의 꿈을 절대 놓지않고
고민한 맘가짐 만으로도 너는 창창해
상상해 연기만 뿜던 입에서
새로운 다짐을 위해서
힘찬 함성을 질러 말했잖아
이제 우리 모두 우주 위로

꿈만 꾸지말고 일어나
wake up wake up wake up
얽매이지 말고 질러봐
wake up wake up wake up
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
미친듯이 질러 질러 질러
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
미친듯이 질러 질러 질러

사실 난 너무나 긍정적이어서 적이어서
걱정 불안에 사로잡히는
법이없어 법이없어
혼자가 절대 아니기에 난
겁이 없어 겁이없어
실패가 두려웠다는건
다 척이었어 척이었어
꿈 깨 꿈 깨 꿈 깨라
넌 평생 평생 꿈이나 꿔라
넌 땅 넌 땅 난 우주 위로
날라가 날라가 날라가
꿈만 꾸지말고 일어나

꿈만 꾸지말고 일어나
wake up wake up wake up
얽매이지 말고 질러봐
wake up wake up wake up
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
미친듯이 질러 질러 질러
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
미친듯이 질러 질러 질러

Stand Up (feat. Mamamoo)

The thing that I wanted
A body that could withstand the fervor
With my son and my woman
Without tomorrow’s worries
I was an immature guy
uh Still without giving up
I’m nothing but one thing
I could be proud of
Is the hand that grabbed the pen
One time I was the super rookie
This whole field was once my style
Went up against a not easy to please world
For the sake of responsibility,
the corporate world I entered
On TV, my old buddies were rapstars
I was just a suit wearing James Bond
but the thing making me move
wasn’t the timely paycheck
sweet bass line

Don’t just dream the dream
wake up wake up wake up
Don’t get tied down, shout out
wake up wake up wake up
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
Scream, scream, scream like crazy
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
Scream, scream, scream like crazy

Truthfully , I’m so optimistic
Getting tied down by worries
There’s no law for, there’s no law for
Not alone so I’m
not scared, not scared
Being scared of failure
Was all just a front, just a front
Wake up, wake up, wake up
You should always dream on forever, forever
You’re on the ground, ground, but I’m up in space
Fly, fly, fly
Gone by are the end of my 20’s
Hope is meaning of the rising sun everyday
My eyes are steely, like you’ll get cut
After being shredded, I’m focusing further
Fill up the youth in our eyes
Just know that the great majority
Of people won’t understand you
After you’ve achieved it, they won’t be able to control you
A uncertain future is suffocating
Delude yourself into thinking it’s already too late
Don’t ever give up on your dreams
Just ruining your worries is promising
Imagine from the mouth that fumed smoke
For the sake of a new resolution
I said shout with a powerful scream
Now all of us up into space

Don’t just dream the dream
wake up wake up wake up
Don’t get tied down, shout out
wake up wake up wake up
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
Scream, scream, scream like crazy
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
Scream, scream, scream like crazy

Truthfully , I’m so optimistic
Getting tied down by worries
There’s no law for, there’s no law for
Not alone so I’m
not scared, not scared
Being scared of failure
Was all just a front, just a front
Wake up, wake up, wake up
You should always dream on forever, forever
You’re on the ground, ground, but I’m up in space
Fly, fly, fly
Don’t just dream but wake up

Don’t just dream the dream
wake up wake up wake up
Don’t get tied down, shout out
wake up wake up wake up
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
Scream, scream, scream like crazy
everybody stand up
stand up stand up
Scream, scream, scream like crazy

As for his final performance, Basick decided to slow things down a bit. This tracks feels more like a letter to his son and his father at the same time. He looks to the past and looks forward to the future. I could tell that Basick feels surprised and awed about being a dad.

It also reminded me of the story his wife told in the previous episode.  She had run out of a particular brand of baby formula that her baby drinks and the stores didn’t happen to carry it that day.  So in a panic, she calls her husband who was preparing for the next round of the competition.

Where most rappers would be concentrating on their rap, she felt sorry for breaking his concentration but he called around to his friend asking them for help when one friend found the formula and was able to send it to his wife by messenger.

It just shows that he hadn’t put his family aside just to be part of the competition and as hard as it was in that moment, he still has a positive outlook.  *Although “좋은 날 (Joh Eun Nal)” literally translates as good day, I felt that Better Days was a more accurate description for the song title and context.  Gummy features on the track adding her soulful vocals to this heartfelt number.

베이식(Basick) – 좋은 날 (feat. 거미)

좋은 날* (feat. 거미)

I know we have better days ahead
Ima do everything I can to give you the world

정신 차리니 서른이 됐어
술맛을 아는 어른이 됐어
날 닮은 아들 갖는 게 입버릇이 돼서
현실이 돼 나의 힘 밑거름이 됐어
엄마가 널 가졌을 때 회사를 때려치웠지
하고 싶은 거 하겠다고
내 자존심만 내세웠지
너와 엄마에겐 미안했지만
좀 더 자랑스러운 남편 아빠가 되고 싶었어
혼자 되새겼지
옳은 선택이길 바라며
악으로 임했어
지금 이 무대에 섰지만
사람들은 손가락질 했어
눈물을 보이는 네 엄마와
아무것도 모르고 웃는 너를 보며
내 눈앞은 이미 희미했어
때타지 않은 네 두 눈에
비친 내 모습은 벌써 검은데
세상이 널 물들이지 못하게
할 수 있는 게 나는 아무것도 없는데

Another day
집으로 돌아갈 때
당신도 나를 보며 이겨 냈나요
살아가는 이유였나요
For better days
내가 꼭 지켜줄게
당신과 함께 했던 그 시간처럼
잊지 못할 그 날처럼 For better days

아빠 물어보고 싶은 게 있어
대체 자식보다 예쁜 게 있어?
내가 태어날 때 보다
기쁜 게 있었는지
아빠가 되는 게 이런 건지
내가 커갈 때 어떤 생각을 했었는지
아빠를 따라 같은 직장 갖길 원했는지
광주이씨 무슨 파
몇 대손 장손
것보다 아빠 아들이면 됐지

아빠 채하는 몇 개월 만에 많은걸 줬는데
30년 동안 난 무엇을 드렸는지
보는 것만으로 배가 부르셨다면
세월 지나 몸무게는 대체 왜 줄으셨는지
잔잔한 당신 두 눈에
비친 내 모습은 파도만 치는데
세상에 지친 아빠한테 해줄 수 있는 게
아직 아무것도 없는데

Another day
집으로 돌아갈 때
당신도 나를 보며 이겨 냈나요
살아가는 이유였나요
For better days
내가 꼭 지켜줄게
당신과 함께 했던 그 시간처럼
잊지 못할 그 날처럼 For better days

세상은 나에게 모든 걸 줬어
이 자릴 원했던 꿈도 이뤘어
더 이상 바랄게 없어야 되는데
왜 내 마음은 이리도 공허한지
나만 잘함 될 것 같아
더 좋은 날을 위해
이제 돌려주면 될 거 같아
더 좋은 날을 위해

Another day
집으로 돌아갈 때
당신도 나를 보며 이겨 냈나요
살아가는 이유였나요
For better days
내가 꼭 지켜줄게
당신과 함께 했던 그 시간처럼
잊지 못할 그 날처럼 For better days

Another day
집으로 돌아갈 때
당신도 나를 보며 이겨 냈나요
살아가는 이유였나요
For better days
내가 꼭 지켜줄게
당신과 함께 했던 그 시간처럼
잊지 못할 그 날처럼 For better days

나만 잘함 될 것 같아
더 좋은 날을 위해
이제 돌려주면 될 거 같아
더 좋은 날을 위해

Better Days* (feat. Gummy)

I know we have better days ahead
Ima do everything I can to give you the world

Regaining my senses, I realized I’m 30
Became an adult who knows the taste of alcohol
Having a kid like me became something I always say
Reality became my strong foundation
When mom had you, she gave up her job
Want to do what I wanted do
Just put my pride
Was sorry to you and your mom but
Wanted to be a husband and dad you could be proud of
Thought about it by myself
Looking for the right thing to do
Engaged with all my strength
Might be standing on this stage now
But people pointed at me
Seeing your mom shedding tears and
Knowing nothing but smiling you
My eyes become clouded
Without wasting the moment, in your two eyes
The reflection of my image is already dark
So that the world doesn’t color you
There’s nothing that I can do

Another day
When I return home
When you look at me, did I win?
Was that the reason for living?
For better days
I will always protect you
Like the time I spent with you
Like the day you can’t forget, For better days

Dad, got something I want to ask you
Is there anything more beautiful than your own kid?
More than when I was born
Was there anything happier?
Is becoming a dad supposed to be like this
What was I thinking while growing up?
Did I want follow Dad to the same job he did?
Gwangju Lee’s, what faction,
how much debt, eldest sons
More than that, it’s enough to be dad’s son

As a dad, gave a lot in a few months
What did I give for 30 years?
If you were full by looking at it
As time passes, why did I lose weight
Gentle, your two eyes
My reflected image is waves that keep crashing
For the dad that’s tired of the world
There’s still nothing I can do

Another day
When I return home
When you look at me, did I win?
Was that the reason for living?
For better days
I will always protect you
Like the time I spent with you
Like the day you can’t forget, For better days

The world gave me everything
This place that I wanted, realized my dream
There shouldn’t be anything more that I’m hoping for
Why is my heart empty like this?
I’m the one that needs to do well
for a better day
Now I think I can return it
for a better day

Another day
When I return home
When you look at me, did I win?
Was that the reason for living?
For better days
I will always protect you
Like the time I spent with you
Like the day you can’t forget, For better days

Another day
When I return home
When you look at me, did I win?
Was that the reason for living?
For better days
I will always protect you
Like the time I spent with you
Like the day you can’t forget, For better days

I’m the one that needs to do well
for a better day
Now I think I can return it
for a better day

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