So I had to look this up because reggaeton is very much in my blood and I can see it a bit. But too slow from what I expect, like Residente or CNCO.
I first heard the popular songs “gee” and “abracadabra” circulating on blogs and anime conventions, but decided to look into it more once BTS came into U.S. media. So, I’m new to k-pop (I was into Mando-pop back in the day), but it’s difficult to navigate the deeply embedded patriarchal values. Like, c’mon, I’m someone very familiar with machismo and this is too familiar. I also can’t stand the constant praise on white skin! Y’all linking TWICE but I can only imagine how well “Look at dahyun’s tofu white skin!” is going to translate in multicultural markets.
Anyone got some Korean (or south-asian) sociological papers to recommend to read while listening to these songs lol? For sanity’s sake. (Was watching a variety show for more exposure to groups when the hosts gushed over a 16yo idol’s marriageability based on her cooking and told a female fan to get permission from her boyfriend to listen to a male artist… I’m suffocating.)
I also find it hard to follow artists who have been problematic. I know MAMAMOO apologized for their blackface but… ugh. I heard BTS also apologized for their past behaviors and words, too.
The first group I was legitimately getting behind and they had to go and have a photoshoot at a confederate diner and collab with Grimes. Ugh. (Though this collab might have proceeded the Elon Musk mess, why are the fans still praising Grimes??? it’s sick.)
Anyway! There are some good beats I find it hard to get out of my head so I’m not against discovering more. Just please tell me they’ve learned from their problematic past…