Last night (the 28th in Korea) YG super girl-group 2NE1 leader CL unveiled her much anticipated solo debut, The Baddest Female. If we had to compare her the sound to American influencers, I would say Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Gwen Stefani had a Korean lovechild and sprinkled it with extra doses of swag and dubstep.
The track is unlike any other ever produced by a Korean female pop artist -- toss out any conceptions you had of cutesy Kpop (a la SNSD and KARA) out the window and get ready for some grimy beats! The song boasts a trap-like sound (intermittent electronic dance music, rap, and hip hop beats), English verses ("Do the Unnie"--umm, Dougie much?) and a hard dubstep drop in the middle.
In a similar fashion, the video itself is an eye-feast of Jeremy Scott creations, gold jewelry, and dip-dyed rainbow hair. Be sure to watch all the way through for surprise YG cameos like Taeyang and...a pants-less G-Dragon? Yup, just when you thought things couldn't get better.
Since its release last night, the song topped the real-time charts of seven different music charts, including Mnet, Bugs, Melon, Naver Music, Olleh Music, Monkey 3, and Soribada. She also ranks second on Daum Music and fourth on Cyworld Music.
The Baddest Female was written by Teddy Park, YG Entertainment’s main producer, with CL working closely with him.
CL will begin promoting The Baddest Female beginning on June 2 on SBS’ Inkigayo.