The Meaning Behind G-dragon’s Top Songs
Each singer must have their own meaning behind the songs they create and sing. The song could be about their career journey or about their lives, especially in terms of romance. Or they might offer the song to the fans who remain loyal and always support them, no matter what.
In this article, Channel Korea will talk about the meanings behind G-Dragon’s top songs. As we already know, G-Dragon is a member of of the wildly popular group BIGBANG. He is also known as a soloist and has several songs that have a very deep meaning. Want to know more about G-dragon’s songs? Check this out!
One of hs songs is Crooked, and it has generated a lot of talk from people, including fans, despite the fact it’s relatively old. Crooked was released on September 5, 2013, and serves as the third single from his second studio album, Coup d’Etat (2013). It was written and produced by Teddy and G-Dragon. A pop-punk song, Crooked peaked at number three on the Gaon Digital Chart and became one of his most successful singles.
Crooked is a song that is best described as synthed-up, deliriously catchy pop-punk with a neon-bright sound. G-Dragon revealed that the single describes a man “full of angst and despair” that demands to be left alone as he spends the night “like a ‘crooked-minded person,’ because in the end, he’s alone and doesn’t need anyone’s ‘sugarcoated sympathy.'” The song’s producer, Teddy Park, commented about the song’s placement in the album, stating that ”we felt like the album had a lot of trap music, some R&B records, and some club tracks. But GD’s like a punk rocker at the same time. He raps and shit, but he really loves that whole punk attitude. So we needed a track that could express that.”
Crooked was very successful, and its popularity increased. Only three days after its release, Crooked debuted at number seven on Gaon’s Digital and Download charts, charting behind four of his songs that topped the chart, and selling 160,893 digital downloads. Crooked debuted on Billboard’s K-Pop Hot 100 at number two, becoming his highest-peaking entry on the chart. Crooked also peaked at number five on Billboard’s World Digital Songs.
Making a music video for the song was also no joke. The video was filmed in England, in a grand-scale approach that required a budget about three to four times larger than the record for the company’s usual music videos. G-Dragon puts on 16 different outfits in total. Well, what do you think about that song?
Coup d’Etat is the second studio album by rapper G-Dragon. The album was originally released on iTunes. The first five tracks were released on September 2, 2013, and the next seven tracks were released on September 5, 2013. Physical copies were released on September 13, 2013. The album contains the single MichiGO, which was released earlier in 2013. Coup d’Etat charted at number one on the South Korean Gaon Album Chart and entered the Billboard 200, making G-Dragon the first K-pop act with multiple entries in that chart.
In an interview, G-Dragon gave a related statement about the album, saying that he didn’t feel connected with his first solo album anymore. Commenting on the evolution of his sound, he stated, “now, I’ve been in the game for some time, and I understand how to have a better balance of things. I’ve come to realize ways of making music without being excessive. I’m more at ease when I’m rapping. Whether it’s music or fashion, the older I get, I realize what’s comfortable lasts longer. And a lot of that is reflected in the new album.”
In making the album and his songs, G-Dragon mostly worked with YG’s in-house producers, Choice37, Teddy Park, and Kush. When discussing why the album took years to be completed, the rapper said, “there are various reasons why the second album took so long. Mostly, I just wanted to make things better and better. I have a lot of records that I sketched out , but they’re not really organized properly, so instead of putting out incomplete records, I wanted to trim things down and make it super tight, that’s why we put out the One of a Kind (2012) mini-album out first. The remaining time, I redid the records, molded them, and now they’re complete.Whenever I consider putting something out, I just feel like more needs to be done I don’t say that I’m not confident, but it’s more so a sense of feeling like I could make it better. That’s why it took so long.”
G-Dragon said that the album Coup d’Etat is an eclectic mix of hip-hop, dubstep, rock, electro, and pop. The record features collaborations with various artists, such as Diplo, Baauer, Missy Elliott, Boys Noize, Sky Ferreira, Zion.T, Lydia Paek, and label-mate Jennie Kim.
Tracks from Coup d’Etat topped major Korean music sites such as MelOn, Mnet, Bugs, Naver, and Olleh. A total of seven tracks were placed from one to seven on the Mnet charts upon release, while six of the album’s tracks were also placed within the top 10 of the Gaon Singles Charts, with ‘Who You?’ being number one. Up to August 2016, the album has sold over 6.2 million copies of digital downloads. Coup d’Eat was the third-best-selling digital album on Melon in 2013. The album also topped the iTunes charts in several countries.
The tracks from Coup d’Etat are:
- Coup d’Etat
- Who You?
- Shake the World
- I Love It
- You Do
‘That XX’ is a pretty popular song sung by GD. The song was released as the first single of his second solo album, One of a Kind, on September 1, 2012. ‘That XX’ was labeled unsuitable for listeners below 19 years of age for its explicit lyrics, even though the song netted a Perfect All Kill in all of South Korea’s major music charts, and on the weekly iChart on Instiz.
The music video for the song starred Jennie, who was still a trainee at YG Entertainment at the time, but has since debuted as a BLACKPINK member. Reporting from Wikipedia, at the start of the video, G-Dragon is shown looking through his blinds but before it reveals what he sees, the video turns to see him singing. The video is turned back to him looking through the blinds to see the cheating boyfriend taking off his ring before turning away to leave his room. The boyfriend is then seen hugging a girl wearing flashy clothes. The scene cuts to one of Jennie Kim on the phone, visibly upset. G-Dragon is shown, also upset, in his own room.
Jennie is shown again on the phone, but is much happier, smiling and laughing. During the bridge of the song viewers see Jennie submerging underwater in a bathtub, then switches to G-Dragon emerging from water, both still dressed. The video ends with G-Dragon and Jennie sitting on a couch, his arm around her shoulders. It’s not clear whether it is or not the cheating boyfriend. During the video there are scenes of G-Dragon singing in several different locations and using English lyrics, which appear in different ways. I’m Sorry appears written on a piece of torn, crumpled paper, for example.
Well is this song quite popular in your ears?
Untitled, 2014 is a song by G-Dragon which was released on June 8, 2017. It was written by G-Dragon, who also co-produced the song with Choice37 and Seonwoo Jeonga. Untitled, 2014 was a chart-topper on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart, where it finished 2017 as one of the best-performing songs of the year. The song is essentially “a letter to a past lover,” with G-Dragon, “apologizing for his past actions, asking for forgiveness and the chance to see his ex again even if it’s just one more time or in his dreams.”
Untitled, 2014 reached another Perfect All Kill, topping all major music charts simultaneously, as well as placing first on the daily and weekly charts. Even though it was released with only three days left in the tracking week, Untitled, 2014 debuted at number one in the Gaon Digital, and Download charts, with 218,500 copies sold. Additionally, the song topped the Gaon BGM Chart for three consecutive weeks. For the month of June, 2017, Untitled, 2014 topped Gaon’s Digital, BGM, and Download Monthly Charts with 555,587 copies sold.
The music video was originally planned to be filmed in two days, using different sets and taking different shots. However, G-Dragon shot it in a single take and filming was finished in less than one hour. Reported from Soompi, The music video, which looks like it was filmed in one shot, features G-Dragon passionately singing his song about his longing to see an ex-lover again. The background and lighting for the one-shot video changes constantly for the duration of the video, creating a unique and mesmerizing music video for the heartfelt song. Untitled, 2014 had already gained over 1 million views in just 4 hours after release, and in less than 24 hours it reached over 5.6 million views on YouTube.