Jive Monkey Playlist: 1/27/17

San E is here, San E.  I was wondering why San E had disappeared from the variety show scene.  I’m delighted to find that he had gone from the small screen in order to produce this album.  He has released the single, “나쁜X (Bad Year),” and I’ll admit that I did listen to it a few times but it didn’t really grab my attention until this week.  The song is clearly a criticism of Park Geun Hye and the people involved in that scandal but the US has its own problems when it comes to politics.  I guess I just didn’t find it cathartic to have someone just point them out all over again.  Sigh.  I’m not featuring “나쁜X (Bad Year)” in today’s post but I recommend looking up the song and the translation of the lyrics because I do love San E’s wit.

I was struck by the fact that San E titled his album “Season of Suffering”.  I could tell that a lot of the tracks were about taking down naysayers and staying true to himself.  The album opens with the track, “I Can Go All Day”.  What’s unusual about this track is that it doesn’t really represent San E’s typically mischievous style.  In fact the tone of the track kinda reminds me of Eminem with its inciting tone and absence of filter.  He goes on this diatribe of emotions and, like the title of the track, he can go all day.  It’s not playful San E that I’m used to hearing but his rap is so on point and has a great impact.

San E – I Can Go All Day

산이(San E) – I Can Go All Day

*랩 병찌 = Shortened slang meaning roughly “Rap Fuckhead Miscreant”.  Basically, the label is meant to say that he’s a rap rebel.

I Can Go All Day

I can go all day
I can go all day
I’m back on this track with Cool Cat
뒤통수 666 갖다 박은 듯
omen 분명해
악마가 든 게 백퍼 지옥행
어쩜 난 랩 천재 랩 병찌*
둘 다 맞나 모르네
I go cray

이 시대가 낳은 위선자
in this industry (hey)
돈과 예술 그 사이에
building geometry (hey)
베일 속 카멜레온 카모플라지 (hey)
벗겨내 결국 다 내 프로모션 bitch

참 바쁘네 랩 대통령 급 박근혜
두 땅 맨발로 밟던 애 (no more)
McLaren 밟어대 (부르르릉)
Atlanta’s favorite son
경고해 물 수 있음 (으르르릉)
내 혀는 축복받았고 내 눈은 망원경 비전

전 겸손은 몰라요
랩을 할 때만큼만은 가요
건 힙합이건 팝 락 발라드
다 좆 까요
Yo 뭘 봐요

Oh you still my mixtape fan
알파벳 3개 던질게 입 잠가 zip YKK

내게 흙을 뿌려 난 꽃을 피워
내게 돌을 던져 난 그 죗값 치러
이런 까대는 분위기 난 너무 좋아
가식 껍질 포경할 때까지
좆 까 외칠 거야

Oh my God 성난 내 아랫도리
잭과 콩나무처럼 grow above the cloud
쏘아 올려 불꽃놀이
흥에 겨워 얼싸
in ya face I can go all day
I can go all day
I I I can go all day

Hater가 애증 하는 래퍼 1위 (thank you)
래퍼가 싫어하는 래퍼 1위 (but I love you)
너의 favorite에서 제일 상업적 0순위
올려줘야 해 명예의 전당에
한국 힙합 역대급 most wanted let’s be honest

원수 놈들 죽었음 좋겠어
기도했어 용서 애써 해보려 했지만
걔들도 교회 Amen
진보의 얼굴 뒤에
꼰대 냄새 풍기며
흑백 논리
But your rap is whack

If you ain’t got hating you’re not popping
‘Good Die Young’ nah uh oh I’m still alive uh uh
Unforgettable 그곳은 내 행보의 목적지
JJK, E Sens 정도 빼곤 입 다물어야지

내게 흙을 뿌려 난 꽃을 피워
내게 돌을 던져 난 그 죗값 치러
이런 까대는 분위기 난 너무 좋아
가식 껍질 포경할 때까지
좆 까 외칠 거야

Oh my God 성난 내 아랫도리
잭과 콩나무처럼 grow above the cloud
쏘아 올려 불꽃놀이
흥에 겨워 얼싸
in ya face I can go all day
I can go all day
I I I can go all day

Wait up wait up wait the fuck up
What’s your pathetic excuse to hate me this time huh
Fuck you all
You can all kiss my motherfucking ass
I’m not gonna ground myself bitch

I ain’t got no time to listen to your
motherfucking opinion dawg
I can do this 24/7
I can do this Monday thru Sunday
I can do this anytime anywhere always

In your face I can go all day
I can go all day
I I I can go all day

I Can Go All Day

I can go all day
I can go all day
I’m back on this track with Cool Cat
Back of the head, 666, like I’ve smashed it
omen, definitely
The devil dwelling within, 100 percent heading to hell
Somehow I’m a rap genius, rap mofo*
Not sure if they’re both right
I go cray

The hypocrite that this generation bore
in this industry (hey)
Between money and art
building geometry (hey)
A camouflage chameleon in the veil (hey)
Eventually take it off, all my promotion bitch

Really busy, rap president, Park Geun Hye class
A kid that’s stepped barefoot on both lands (no more)
Sped up a McLaren (Vroom)
Atlanta’s favorite son
Warning, I bite (Growl)
My tongue is blessed, my eyes are binocular vision

I don’t know how to be humble
Just go as far as I can with my rap
What, whether it’s hip hop, pop, rock, ballad
Fuck with it all
Yo, what are you looking at?

Oh you still my mixtape fan
Alphabet, throw 3 letters around, lock my lips zip YKK

Sprinkling dirt on me, I bloom flowers
Throw rocks at me, I pay for one’s sin
This nasty mood, I like it a lot
Until you pierce that fake outer layer
I’m gonna yell beat it!

Oh my God, my angry underlings
Like Jack and the Beanstalk, grow above the cloud
Shoot high the fireworks
In the excess of mirth, hurrah!
in ya face I can go all day
I can go all day
I I I can go all day

Hater’s, a love-hate rapper number 1 (thank you)
A rapper that rapper’s hate number 1 (but I love you)
From your favorite to the most commercial in zero place
Need to put it up on the Hall of Fame
Korean Hip-Hop finest, most wanted, let’s be honest

It’d be nice if my enemies died
Prayed for it, tried to forgive them
They’re also church people, Amen
Behind the face of progress,
give off the smell of an old geezer,
black and white reasoning
But your rap is whack

If you ain’t got hating you’re not popping
‘Good Die Young’ nah uh oh I’m still alive uh uh
Unforgettable, that spot is the purpose of my move
Except for JJK, E Sens, must keep your mouth shut

Sprinkling dirt on me, I bloom flowers
Throw rocks at me, I pay for one’s sin
This nasty mood, I like it a lot
Until you pierce that fake outer layer
I’m gonna yell beat it!

Oh my God, my angry underlings
Like Jack and the Beanstalk, grow above the cloud
Shoot high the fireworks
In the excess of mirth, hurrah!
in ya face I can go all day
I can go all day
I I I can go all day

Wait up wait up wait the fuck up
What’s your pathetic excuse to hate me
this time huh
Fuck you all
You can all kiss my motherfucking ass
I’m not gonna ground myself bitch

I ain’t got no time to listen to your
motherfucking opinion dawg
I can do this 24/7
I can do this Monday thru Sunday
I can do this anytime anywhere always

In your face I can go all day
I can go all day
I I I can go all day

Now, this is the San E that I know. San E comes across as quite a confident character and what I love about him, especially when it comes to watching him perform, he is really entertaining. He just lets loose and has such a good time so much so that anyone watching just wants to join in on the party. The funky vibe of “I Am Me” is contagious and Hwasa’s playful voice perfectly complements San E’s impish personality.

However beyond the upbeat track, the lyrics are quite clever as well as San E masterfully incorporates English with Korean lyrics and even plays around with the words.  For example, in the chorus he raps, “아예 미친놈 소리 들을 거야 (You’re just gonna think you hear a crazy guy)” but by stringing the first three syllables of the sentence together it is homophonic with the song’s title.  Although, I will admit that I can’t help laughing every time Hwasa says, “I don’t give a funk about it baby.”  And yet, with the sound of the marching band-esque drums and the message about being true to yourself, I’d be surprised if this song doesn’t become an anthem for diversity.

산이(San E) – I Am Me (feat. 화사 Of 마마무)

*육하원칙 = I don’t think there is a single English phrase equivalent but this word refers to the 5 W’s and 1 H for information gathering. As in, who, what, where, when, why and how.

I Am Me (feat. 화사 Of 마마무)

Trying to go up here’s life lesson
There’s no fast elevator
You must take them freaking stairs
One two three hit me

As I walk by music coming thru my ear
흘러나오는 리듬에 발은 스텝을 꽃피워
터져 나오는 흥 나조차 can’t stop it
받아들여 그게 신상에 좋아

참 많은 시간 남 눈치 보느라 I wasted
날 어찌 생각할까 생각에
남 생각 copy and pasted
가면 너무 오래 쓰니까 진짜 얼굴
Dang she’s gone

Not wrong just different
난 평생을 나로서 살아왔네
Not wrong just different
니가 아무리 뭐라 해도 I don’t change

One 난 나일 때 나다워
Two 그게 제일 최고 아름다워
Three 내가 날 Four 살지 않음
Five 대체 누가 날 대체하지 누가 Huh
I love myself

I Am Me
난 난다고 기분 기분 난다고
I Am Me
분위기 깨지 마세요
when I’m when I’m feeling myself

I Am Me
뚜뚜르 뚜뚜르 콧소리
아예 미친놈 소리 들을 거야
뜨거울 테니 선크림 미리 바를 거야

You don’t like me
I don’t’ give a funk about it baby
룰루랄라 룰루 룰루랄라

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
룰루랄라 룰루 룰루랄라

대체 (누가 언제) 날 봤다고 (어디서)
감히 (무엇을) 내 가격을 (어떻게 왜)
매기는지 육하원칙* 따라
설명해 줄 사람 hands up

그럴 줄 알았어
전 원래 이리 생겨 먹었네요
당신은 객관적이라지만 사실 주관적
저렴한 시도 (흥 nice try)

Not wrong just different
해가 바뀌어도 달라지는 건 없네
Not wrong just different
이것은 유전자라고 I don’t change

One 난 나일 때 나다워
Two 그게 제일 최고 아름다워
Three 내가 날 Four 살지 않음
Five 대체 누가 날 대체하지 누가 Huh
I love myself

I Am Me
난 난다고 기분 기분 난다고
I Am Me
분위기 깨지 마세요
when I’m when I’m feeling myself

I Am Me
뚜뚜르 뚜뚜르 콧소리
아예 미친놈 소리 들을 거야
뜨거울 테니 선크림 미리 바를 거야

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
룰루랄라 룰루 룰루랄라

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
룰루랄라 룰루 룰루랄라

인스타엔 바보들이 넘쳐
물론 나 포함
페북엔 관종들이 설쳐
물론 나 포함
근데 그 바보 관종들은
막상 목소리도 못 내
어디 보니 바로 니 얘기야 잘 들어라

여혐 남혐
일베 메갈
여당 야당
너 나
오 제발 please 모두
시끄러
DJ Juice

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
룰루랄라 룰루 룰루랄라

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
룰루랄라 룰루 룰루랄라

I Am Me (feat. Hwasa Of Mamamoo)

Trying to go up here’s life lesson
There’s no fast elevator
You must take them freaking stairs
One two three hit me

As I walk by music coming thru my ear
Hearing the rhythm flow, my feet ignites with steps
Exploding with excitement, even I can’t stop it
Accept it, it’s for your own good

Worried about how other saw me, a lot of time I wasted
With thoughts of what do they think of me
Thinking of others, copy and pasted
Wore this mask for too long, my real face
Dang she’s gone

Not wrong just different
I lived my whole life as me
Not wrong just different
No matter what you say, I don’t change

One, I’m the most me when I’m myself
Two, that’s the most beautiful thing
Three, if I, Four, don’t live as myself
Five, just exactly who’ll replace me, who? Huh
I love myself

I Am Me
Feeling like I’m flying, I feel like that
I Am Me
Don’t ruin my mood,
when I’m when I’m feeling myself

I Am Me
Ddudduru dduddureu humming
You’re just gonna think you hear a crazy guy
It’ll be hot, put some sun cream on in advance

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
Rooloolalla Rooloo Rooloolalla

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
Rooloolalla Rooloo Rooloolalla

Just exactly (who, when) saw me (where)
How dare they (what) my price (how, why)
Are they fixing it according to the five W’s and one H*
Can anyone explain it to me? Hands up

I knew it
Always gotta take it because I look like this
You say it’s objective but it’s really subjective
Nice try (ha nice try)

Not wrong just different
Though the year go on, nothing seems to change
Not wrong just different
This is genetics, I don’t change

One, I’m the most me when I’m myself
Two, that’s the most beautiful thing
Three, if I, Four, don’t live as myself
Five, just exactly who’ll replace me, who? Huh
I love myself

I Am Me
Feeling like I’m flying, I feel like that
I Am Me
Don’t ruin my mood,
when I’m when I’m feeling myself

I Am Me
Ddudduru dduddureu humming
You’re just gonna think you hear a crazy guy
It’ll be hot, put some sun cream on in advance

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
Rooloolalla Rooloo Rooloolalla

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
Rooloolalla Rooloo Rooloolalla

Instagram is overflowing with idiots
Obviously, including me
Facebook is running wild with attention seekers
Obviously, including me
But those stupid attention seekers
They can’t even let out their voices
Looking at it, I’m talking about you, listen up

Anti-feminist, anti-men
Far-right, women’s rights
The ruling party, the opposition party
You, I
Oh please, please everyone
Quiet
DJ Juice

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
Rooloolalla Rooloo Rooloolalla

You don’t like me
I don’t give a funk about it baby
Rooloolalla Rooloo Rooloolalla

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