Jive Monkey Playlist: 11/9/15

This week I’m featuring artist known for being sexually explicit.  Some may be uncomfortable with the fact that these artists are venturing in the 19+ territory but they are adults.  I don’t think I’m a prude about the subject matter but there are aspects of these tracks that I want to critique.  Typically, I use this column to feature tracks that I like and though I do like these songs to a certain extent I hope to use this space to also discuss varying points of view.  Beyond what is considered “art” and being open-minded enough to discuss adult subject matter, I think listeners can take in the message they’re depicting and critique it objectively.

Park Jae Bum is not shy about being explicit and that’s the image he’s been putting forward for several years now.  In some ways, I found those tracks amusing even if they lacked substance.  I do love R&B music so it’s the vibe and melody that draws me to him more than anything else.

The thing I find thought-provoking about the latest title track, “뻔하잖아 (YOU KNOW) (It’s Obvious (YOU KNOW)),” is not the fact that it’s about sex or that he’s using the girl.  To be completely honest, there are other songs on the “WORLDWIDE” album that I prefer over this one, such as “B-BOY STANCE”.  Let’s face it, the music video is misogynistic and the lyrics are offensive but he makes no qualms about being a nice, caring guy in this track.  That’s the thing that’s “obvious” about their characters.

What I think is interesting is the hazy, mesmeric vibe of the song that makes the track feel dream-like, especially Okasian’s hynoptic rapping.  Sure, they can have their “dream” but of course, I’m curious what the other side of the story is where I hope they’ll have their rude awakening.

박재범(Jay Park) – 뻔하잖아 (YOU KNOW) (feat. Okasian)

뻔하잖아 (YOU KNOW) (feat. Okasian)

Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
새벽 시간만 되면 니가 계속 생각나
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
술은 한잔했지만 취해서는 아니야
Oh oh oh 미안해 미안해 미안해 미안해 girl
Oh oh oh 맨날 이 시간에
연락해서 미안해 girl
Oh oh oh 정말 끊으려고 했어 girl
오해하지 마
Oh oh oh 근데 술만 들어가면 girl
자꾸 돌아와

예전에 함께 했던 경험들,
추억들이 계속 떠올라
물도 같이 마시는데
난 목이 말라 생각이 흐려졌어
기억시켜줘 오늘 밤
oh yeah oh yeah
1대 1을 하자 난 져줄 준비 됐어
넌 젖을 준비해
내가 코치해줄게 끝나고
한 경기 더 해 풀어줄게
너의 스트레스
커플들과 우리 관계는
어떤 차이?
우린 그늘처럼 어둠 속에 쿨한 사이

Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
새벽 시간만 되면 니가 계속 생각나
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
술은 한잔했지만 취해서는 아니야
말을 돌리지 말자
너도 나도 둘이 지금 원하잖아
내가 연락한 이유는 뻔하잖아
단지 자고 있는지
궁금한 게 아니야
oh yeah oh yeah

yeee 어젯밤부터 갑자기
니 생각에 꽂혀 세던 지폐를
내려놓고 안 걸던 전화를 걸었어
사실 난 외롭고
넌 멍청한 걸 수도 있지만
내 곁에 너는 누워있지 now
걔보다 내 곁이 더 편하다고 말을 해
그런 말 들으면 난 일어나 바질 입네
개새끼 개새끼 뭐 자랑스럽진 않네
하지만 가야 해
이제 와 왜 정색해
내가 니 몸 본 적 없는 것처럼
이제 와 왜 날 잡니
내가 널 잡았던 적이 없는 것처럼
No No 난 아니지 부처
다시 다짐하고 너는 과거에 묻혀
너는 다시 나를 잡고 니 다리에 묻혀
그리고 또 날 질문해
왜요 왜요 왜 남일에 참견하는데요
내 머리는 작전이 가득 차
니 쉴 자리 없어
가시나무 위에 새 피 흘리고
우리들은 killer whale
시계는 돌고 기회는 찾아와
돈은 움직여 나도 멈추진 않아

Oh oh 뻔하잖아
자나?
Oh oh 뻔하잖아

Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
새벽 시간만 되면 니가 계속 생각나
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
술은 한잔했지만 취해서는 아니야
말을 돌리지 말자
너도 나도 둘이 지금 원하잖아
내가 연락한 이유는 뻔하잖아
단지 자고 있는지
궁금한 게 아니야
oh yeah oh yeah

It’s Obvious (YOU KNOW) (feat. Okasian)

Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
When it’s gets late, I keep thinking of you
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
Had a drink but it’s not because I’m drunk
Oh oh oh, Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry girl
Oh oh oh, every day at this time
I’m sorry for calling you, girl
Oh oh oh, I really tried to quit you, girl
Don’t misunderstand me
Oh oh oh, but as soon as I have a drink, girl
You keep coming back

The experiences we had in the past,
Memories keep resurfacing
Drinking it with water too
I’m thirsty so my thoughts are hazy
Remind me, tonight
oh yeah oh yeah
Let’s do 1 on 1, I’m ready to lose
I’m getting ready to lose
I’ll coach you when I’m done
Go one more round, I’ll release it
Your stress
Between couples and our relationship,
what’s the difference?
Like shade, we’re cool in the shadows

Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
When it’s gets late, I keep thinking of you
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
Had a drink but it’s not because I’m drunk
Don’t change the subject
You and I both want this right now
It’s obvious the reason why I called
Are you simply sleeping
That’s not what I’m wondering
oh yeah oh yeah

yeee suddenly starting from last night
I’m stuck on you, the bills I was counting
Put it down and made the call I usually don’t call
Truthfully I’m lonely
You might be an idiot but
You’re lying beside me now
Tell me you’re more comfortable with me than him
When I hear that, I get up and put on my pants
Asshole, asshole, what it’s nothing to be proud of
But I need to go
Why are you all serious now
Like I didn’t see you naked before
Why are you clingy now
Like I never asked you to stay before
No No, I’m not like a Buddha
Make promises again and bury you in the past
Hang on to me by wrapping your legs around me
And again you ask me
Why, why, why you up in other people’s business?
My mind is full of schemes
There’s no place for you
Spill fresh blood on a bed of thorns
We’re killer whale
Clock keeps ticking, opportunities find me
Money moves and I don’t stop moving either

Oh oh, it’s obvious
Isn’t it?
Oh oh, it’s obvious

Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
When it’s gets late, I keep thinking of you
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh
Had a drink but it’s not because I’m drunk
Don’t change the subject
You and I both want this right now
It’s obvious the reason why I called
Are you simply sleeping
That’s not what I’m wondering
oh yeah oh yeah

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Brown Eyed Girls is another group that’s never been shy about sex, even when it comes to their solo albums.  Just like the Park Jae Bum track, I also find the melody for their latest title track, “신세계 (Brave New World),” to be hypnotic as well.

On the one hand, I did like the 60’s pop vibe of “웜홀 (Warm Hole)” but there were a number of things I couldn’t get over that track.  At first, I thought there was a typo and thought the title was supposed to be “Wormhole” and it wasn’t until I listened to the song that I realized that it was spelled correctly.  Unlike “신세계 (Brave New World),” and even “뻔하잖아 (YOU KNOW) (It’s Obvious (YOU KNOW)),” I just found the lyrics to “웜홀 (Warm Hole)” to be repetitive and lacking any depth.  Plus, I can’t keep my face straight while looking at the title of this song.  Yes, I know I’m immature.  The song is written by Kim Yi Na who is a lyricist that is currently on the Yoo Jae Suk and Yoo Hee Yeol music variety program, Sugar Man.

She also wrote the title track “신세계 (Brave New World)”.  With a mysterious, futuristic sound and disco beat, the lyrics of “신세계 (Brave New World)” depict a woman finding pleasure.  As awkward as that sounds, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a woman knowing what she wants and I appreciate that confidence that it exudes.

However, the inconsistent thing is that although they make a reference to the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which is about dystopian future, and the music video depicts a stark future, the lyrics don’t seem to hint at those themes at least from the woman’s point of view.  Rather, it’s about a woman turning the man’s world upside down.  Perhaps this is the follow-up response I prefer to hear after Park Jae Bum’s “뻔하잖아 (YOU KNOW) (It’s Obvious (YOU KNOW)).”

브라운 아이드 걸스 – 신세계

*옳고 그름을 갈라놓지마 = Literally translates as don’t split between right and wrong meaning don’t split the difference right and wrong.

신세계

Comp시간이 어디선가
휘어져 버린 ground 어지러운가
파란 비명소리가 내 눈을 닮은
brown 기분 탓인가

내가 알았던 모든 것
아름답게 다 뒤엉켜 있어
아름다운 건 엉켜있어
내가 너와 늘 그렇듯이

trip 그 속으로 shoot um um um
trip 더 안으로 shoot um um um
trip 빛 속으로 shoot um um um
어쩌면 내 모든 게 달라질 것 같아

어디까지 보이니 all about the world
궁금한 적 없었니 all about the world
나만 빼고 여기 모두 stop
space time of the world
내가 다 볼 때까지 시간
나의 모든 공간 빛 speed
all about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

착각이 아닌 거야
내가 달라진 건 패러다임뿐
한 차원 전의 나를 볼 수 있는 건
패러다임 shift

내가 알았던 모든 것
어지럽게 다 뒤바뀌어 있어
어지러웠던 모든 것
다시 자리를 찾아갔어

느린 빨라지는 그림 um um um
느린 빛 속의 secret um um um
느린 시간 속에 우린 um um um
이 모든 시작으로 다가가고 있어

어디까지 보이니 all about the world
궁금한 적 없었니 all about the world
나만 빼고 여기 모두 stop
space time of the world
내가 다 볼 때까지 시간
나의 모든 공간 빛 speed
all about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

all the patterns and colors
경험의 세계란 건 실재와는 달랐어
옳고 그름을 갈라놓지마*
지금은 영원 같은 찰나
plus minus 내 신경의 각성
furious 새로운 법칙을 재작성해
I got high blood pressure
I gotta need some fresh air
모든 시간이 0에 가까워져
서 있는 공간이 멀었다 가까워져 다시
(hey, Mr. Huxley) 너와 내가 하나 돼
경계는 녹아 구분이 안 돼
의식의 확장이
초대해준 new world
너 놀라니 놀라지 마

why am I so serious,
why don’t you be curious, babe

어디까지 보이니 all about the world
궁금한 적 없었니 all about the world
나만 빼고 여기 모두 stop
space time of the world
내가 다 볼 때까지 시간
나의 모든 공간 빛 speed
all about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

누가 만든 비밀인지
all about the world
궁금한 적 없었니 all about the world
나만 빼고 여기 모두 stop
space time of the world
내가 다 볼 때까지 시간
나의 모든 공간 빛 speed
all about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

Brave New World

Comp, where did time
Get bent, the ground is spinning
The blue scream, like my eyes, are
brown, is it my imagination

Everything I knew
It’s all tangled beautifully
The beautiful things are tangled
Like you and I always are

trip, into that, shoot um um um
trip, deeper, shoot um um um
trip, to the light, shoot um um um
Somehow it seems like all of me will change

How far do you see, all about the world
Have you wondered all about the world
Except me, everyone here stop
space time of the world
Until I see it all, time
All of space, light speed
All about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

It’s not my imagination
Thing that’s changed about me is just the paradigm
My one dimensional self you saw before
Paradigm shift

Everything that I knew
Dizzyingly, it’s all flipped
Everything that’s been dizzying
Has found its place again

Slow picture getting faster, um um um
Within the slow moving light, secret um um um
Us in that slow moving time, um um um
Getting closer to the beginning of everything

How far do you see, all about the world
Have you wondered all about the world
Except me, everyone here stop
space time of the world
Until I see it all, time
All of space, light speed
All about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

all the patterns and colors
World of experience, different from existence
Don’t tell me right from wrong*
Right now is the eternal moment
plus minus awakening of my nerves
furious rewrite new laws
I got high blood pressure
I gotta need some fresh air
All of time counting down to 0
The space you’re standing is far then close again
(hey, Mr. Huxley) You and I become one
Boundaries melt, can’t tell the difference
The expansion of consciousness
invites us to a new world
Are you surprised? Don’t be surprised

why am I so serious
why don’t you be curious, babe

How far do you see, all about the world
Have you wondered all about the world
Except me, everyone here stop
space time of the world
Until I see it all, time
All of space, light speed
All about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

Whoever made this secret
all about the world
Have you wondered all about the world
Except me, everyone here stop
space time of the world
Until I see it all, time
All of space, light speed
All about the universe
is all about to be reversed, see

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