Today’s review is going to be about something quite different. If you’ve been watching YouTubers Ryan Higa, Justin Chon, David Choi, Philip Wang (Wong Fu) and Jun Curry Ahn, then you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. Last year, these creative individuals banded together to create a parody of what many people know as K-Pop (i.e. Korean Pop). Their band name was BGA (Boys Generally Asian). If you’ve already guessed it, yes, it is a parody of Girl’s Generation. They came out with a song that made no sense, whatsoever. It was called…
Dong Saya Dae
Here’s the video:
This year, they came out with their second song, and while still parodying K-Pop and K-Pop culture, it actually makes much more sense. It’s called…
Who’s It Gonna Be
If you’ve already guessed it, yes, I’ll be reviewing the song. So, if you’d like to know what I think, keep reading.
Creativity At Its Finest
In all honesty, I have been an avid follower of the RHPC group for a very long time. I’ve been a subscriber for around 7 years…I think…it’s been a long time; I subscribed to his channel around the time The Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball came out. It was hilarious! It didn’t make sense, and it was just random enough to hold my attention, and I’ve been watching his videos ever since; especially when I’m not in the right frame of mind. I watch his old and new content, and they usually cheer me up.
So, with this project, Who’s It Gonna Be, I believe Mr Higa and the people he collaborates with, will be going places. It appeals, not only to his fan-base, but K-Pop fans around the world, purely because it looks and feels like an actual K-Pop music video. If you compare it to Dong Saya Dae, you’d probably understand why.
Fandom Names And Colours
Ok, so it’s time to look at the music video in more depth. As someone who’s done film production at university, I’d say, filming-wise the creators were spot on. After all, this is Wong Fu and NigaHiga’s joint venture, and both companies have the equipment to make a really good film (just take a look at each of their previous productions, you’ll see what I mean), so it makes sense they make great productions.
In terms of the aesthetics of the video, I’d say it was less of a music video, and more of a K-Drama (Korean drama) and a NigaHiga skit at the same time. Bear with me, you’ll see what I mean. In the first few minutes, the lighting, the acting and the general feel of the video seemed more K-Drama-like than anything else. I mean, it was rather long, for a music video. If you take a look at some “story” music videos, the opening scenes don’t take more than a few seconds. Who’s It Gonna Be took much longer. So, there’s your K-Drama.
The skit, I’d say, would be the middle scenes, where they break from the song, and actually have the band members talking. While, yes, there are some aspects of K-Drama mixed into the scene, overall, I was just reminded of some of Ryan Higa’s old skits, like Agents of Secret Stuff or Candy Crush The Movie (Official Fake Trailer). So, while it is still a “music video”, I guess you could say the parody lay more in the visuals than the audio.
Hitting The K-Pop Charts
Speaking of the audio, I am not going to lie, I actually do love the song. Yes, it was probably meant to mimic K-Pop and imitate the “glamorous” lifestyle of K-Pop celebrities, but the actual beat and the style of the song, is just too good to take lightly. If you read the subtitles, although there are points where you can see the parody, it doesn’t feel like it at all. It’s in the way the song has been arranged, and how each band member have lines that fit perfectly with their characters.
I’d say it’s reminiscent of the Backstreet Boys, as well as hailing references to the major K-Pop bands, like BigBang, BTS, Super Junior, etc. The beat was en pointe, the choreography (which could be improved) was similar to what K-Pop stars would bang out in their songs, the harmonies and melodies were catchy and the overall feel just made you want to listen to it over and over again, or better yet, wish they had an album.
After all, they dominated the K-Pop charts in America, beating out BigBang, GDragon and Monsta X, for the first week of its release. Even their first song, Dong Saya Dae, made it back into the Top 10.
I know it’s asking a lot from these comedians and musicians, but if they decided to actually make BGA a real band, with a real label and albums, I would so totally jump on that bandwagon. I’m not sure what they’d sing about, but I know I’d definitely buy whatever they produced. I will be proud to call myself a K-Pooper!
I hope they continue to release more songs in the future, even if it may only be once a year, because I truly believe they could easily get a good following and they’d probably rival the fan base of real K-Pop celebrities. Maybe their new fans might not appreciate their comedy, or shorts, but if their vocal abilities have anything to prove, I’m sure their new fans would love to hear them sing every once in a while.
Well, that’s it from me today. It’s time to put your two cents in. Have you listened to Who’s It Gonna Be? What did you think of it? Are you just as surprised as I was when I first watched it? Do you like it? Leave your tips in the jar below, and we’ll see you later!
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