Since the disbandment of 2NE1 girl group Blackpink has often been compared to the YG legends and it no surprise why. The two groups have a pretty similar sound. However, with minimal new material, I feel like Blackpink haven’t really been able to showcase their talents. Considering the group debuted in August of 2016 they really should have more than nine songs. I mean in 2017 they released one song for heaven’s sake.
Don’t get me wrong, As If It’s Your Last which I mentioned in my June 2017 favourites was an absolute banger but YG Entertainment really needs to pull their fingers out and show their female artists’ as much attention as they do with their male artists. Blackpink definitely has amazing potential. Plus they have a really strong fan base known as Blinks so in my eyes any new material released would certainly be welcomed with open arms.
Blackpink are smashing records
So onto Blackpink’s new EP, Square Up. Square Up was released on the 15th June 2018 and features just four songs from members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. The album features Forever Young, Really, See U Later and the title track 뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU DDU-DU). The EP debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard 200 thus becoming Blackpink’s highest selling album in a Western market. The EP also became the highest-charting to date by an all-female K-Pop group.
Impressive stuff huh? Perhaps seeing those figures and records broken will give YG the kick up the butt that they need. In my opinion, the album itself has a very strong badass female empowerment vibe. This is certainly welcomed especially nowadays with everything going on in the world. Although certain tracks on the EP do kinda remind me of material that 2NE1 would release, it is refreshing and definitely has that signature Blackpink vibe to it. If you’re into rap, EDM, pop and hip-hop this is definitely worth listening to. If you’re not a fan of the cutesy lovey-dovey K-Pop girl groups who churn out ballad and soppy love song after love song this is also for you.
뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU DDU-DU)
The first song on the Square Up EP is 뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU DDU-DU). This is the title track of the album which has been smashing records since it’s release. For example, on YouTube, the track has the largest number of views for a 24-hour debut of a music video as well as having the biggest 24-hour debut in 2018 across YouTube. At one point the track even placed No 1 on the Global Top Songs chart making it only the second K-Pop track in 2018 to reach the spot since BTS‘ Fake Love landed there back in May.
DDU-DU DD-DU even made it onto the UK’s Official Singles Chart coming in at number 78 making them the first K-Pop girl group to enter the UK’s Official Singles Chart. The actual track is a cracking song, well at least I think so as I featured it in my June 2018 favourites. The track features strong vocals and rapped lines teamed with catchy beats, powerful energy and a general badass vibe. Give it a listen below.
The second song on the Square Up EP is Forever Young. The more I hear this song the more I am totally OBSESSED with it. It is so catchy and addictive. The song features a sort of Reggaeton beat that is super pleasing on the ears as well as a really powerful chorus teamed up with the super effective spoken line which reads “Blackpink is the revolution.” My favourite parts of the song include any line sang by Rosé (her voice is SO unique) and Lisa’s part of the song right at the end of the track. The song has a very “We are strong, bold and confident women” kinda vibe to it which I absolutely love.
There has been a little controversy surrounding the song. It is said to be a track that YG has basically had sitting around for years. This rumour came to light when a video surfaced of a fan walking past the YG Entertainment building one evening in 2015 when they heard lyrics being sung that didn’t sound like 2NE1. That is because it wasn’t 2NE1, it was Rosé and Lisa singing their lines from the track back when they were unknown trainees. This then causes us to ask a question… Why the heck was Blackpink on a hiatus for so long? Especially if one of their tracks had been around for YEARS. Never the less, the song is brilliant and I’m just glad that we finally get to hear it. Better late than never, eh?
The fourth song on the Square Up EP is Really. Really is a track that is basically about you wanting someone who really likes you to tell you how much they really like you and how much they really want to be with you. The song is sweet but also kinda badass and sassy. It’s even kind of a little antagonistic if you really listen to the lyrics. There aren’t any powerful EDM beats in this song. However, it flows nicely and is a catchy pleasant song that surprisingly gets stuck in your head real fast. It isn’t my favourite track on the album. Although I do like it, I just prefer the other tracks I guess.
See U Later
The fourth and final track from the Square Up EP is See U Later. This track is quite possibly the sassiest on the album. The song is basically about getting rid of a man in your life. With lyrics like “I’ll throw you away recycle” “Playa you ain’t know? You chose the wrong person. You should have worshipped me like a queen bee” and “Have you forgotten who I am, better remember straight, I’m a boss bitch.” This track makes the perfect song to listen to for those going through breakups. The music itself is a kind of mixture of hip-hop and pop. The is also trap with a teeny tiny house vibe thrown in there too for good measure. The rap in this song is what really makes it in my opinion. Once again Blackpink produce an incredibly catchy and addictive chorus. Check the song out below.
Are you a Blackpink fan? What is your favourite track from the EP?