I’m sure y’all have heard of Macklemore, one way or another. He’s good huh? Yeah he doesn’t dissappoint with this fresh, new track called “Thrift Shop”. He’s been preforming it for a while now if you’ve seen any videos of live performances on youtube. But now we actually have the track and an awesome music video to go along with it. This track is a bit different from what we’ve gotten from Macklemore of late (especially his track regarding same-sex rights “Same Love”) but I dig this shit all the same. For real, on this one, Macklemore goes fucking HAAM y’all. Hard as a motherfucker. And hot damn is it flippin’ cool to listen to. Rockin’ the jazzy, horn beats gives you a different feel this time around. I actually prefer listening to this over his other songs to just kind of chill and groove to a beat. Enough about that though, it’s a fresh track, with Ryan Lewis always doing his thing and Wanz providing a nice lil chorus bit. Macklemore just does what he does best. Represents ALL of Seattle now. I mean it’s for all the hipsters out there. The lyrics are talking about thrift store shopping. The music video is just absurd as the concept of the song, but it’s still awesome and hilarious as shit. Macklemore just bounces around in those thrift stores doing whatever the hell he wants? haha. Best part has to be when he’s rocking the Batman onesie.
I can definitely dig the lyrics as well. They’re so insanely unique. Just fits exactly who Macklemore is. The part about the “cold ass honky” was freaking funny. Oh and did you catch that refrerence to R-Kelly and his pissing story? hahaha lyrics on this one are just so damn great. This is a track you HAVE to listen to. Way too easy to loop over and over.
If you haven’t seen this, prepare to be bewildered and entertained. I cannot think of a better way to be introduced to Korean Pop, however I doubt that many of you will venture off and check out other Korean songs simply because you’ll be stuck pressing the replay button again and again.
Here’s the info attached to the music video: “The album’s weighty title song ‘Gangnam Style’ is composed solely by PSY himself from lyrics to choreography. The song is characterized by its strongly addictive beats and lyrics, and is thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy.” I cannot believe the audacity in the claim of impacting “modern philosophy”. Utterly absurd, but so right in its mesmerizing content (Who the heck creates a dance that is based off riding a horse)? International media like CNN have covered this song because of its bizarre video, along with many Youtube videos getting thousands, even millions of hits of Westerners (Americans) growing more and more befuddled as they watch the music video. Before I go on, let’s take a look at the video shall we?
So here’s the biggest question: What the hell is Gangnam Style even mean?
Read this article off the blog My Dear Korea to be enlightened. Prepare for some real philosophy. A quick overview:
“In Korean society the term “gangnam style” has come to represent an aspirational nouveau riche mindset among the affluent residents of the area south of the Han river. Psy’s lyrics are a send-up of the typical expectations of that lifestyle skewering the image-conscious habits of male and female residents such as the doenjangnyeo or “soybean girl” who spends more for a trendy cup of Starbucks coffee than for her entire lunch. The music video is particularly rife with ironic imagery accessible to viewers who cannot understand the Korean lyrics. Jea Kim, blogger and social commentator on Korea writes:
“The music video begins with PSY seemingly sunbathing on sandy beach, being fanned by a hot chick, but it turns out he is surrounded by little kids playing in the playground. There’s PSY walking together with two hot girls just like P. Diddy walking on the red carpet but in fact, he and the girls are in an outdoor parking lot and instead of confetti… trash is thrown at them. He looks like P. Diddy sitting in a luxurious chair, it is actually the toilet he’s sitting on.”
Each of Psy’s pursuits of the luxurious lifestyle ends with a sardonic twist: a closeup of Psy in a clubhouse sauna has him sharing a steam not with the rich and beautiful but lowlife Korean gangsters. His lap in the pool reveals to be in a public bathhouse. His horseback ride at the country club ends up being a merry go round at the amusement park.
The video has Psy searching for the “classy and luxurious” girl mentioned in his lyrics “in irrelevant places such as under the bridges over the Han River or in the Han River Park and eventually finds his ideal woman on the subway and dances with her and others there, not in one of those Gangnam nightclubs”
In the end, I leave you this: http://imgur.com/a/kXkeY#12