Every time I listen to “2집 – 쿠데타 Coup D’etat” in its entirety, my feelings are pulled in all different directions.
First up on the album we have “쿠데타 (Coup D’etat)” which features music producers Diplo, whom GD had been rumored to be working with for some time, and the man behind the “Harlem Shake,” Baauer. Visually the music video was nothing short of YG’s usual standard. However, any fondness I have for the song ends there. The video and its storyline were lost on me. While there were individual elements that I’m sure had great meaning, together the video seemed to drag on, to G-Dragon’s unusually slow rap. All the elements for something amazing was wrapped up in this song, but the execution was surprisingly poor.
Next up we have, “늴리리야 (Niliria),” the highly anticipated, at least for me, collaboration with rap legend Missy Elliot. While this song was EVERYTHING, its placement on the album was not. It was so jarring to go from “Coup D’etat” to this, that it threw off the rest of the album.
Next is“R.O.D.” Finally! Someone at YG had the good sense to utilize songwriter Lydia Paek’s amazing voice. And from that great decision, my favorite song on the entire album was born. “R.O.D” had a great combination of Reggae, and Dubstep, though I would have preferred a less of the latter, the song was still AH-mazing!
Black ft. Jennie Kim: 1/1
니가 뭔데 (Who You?): .5/1
Final Score: 3/5
Of all the songs, on either part of this album “삐딱하게 (Crooked)” sounds most like G-Dragon’s work. The video, the song, everything about it had the flare that makes GD’s songs different from others, and it was great to finally get something that sounded familiar from “Coup D’etat.”
While “너무 좋아 (I Love It)” was one of my favorites, it was also one of the songs that have me questioning whether G-Dragon even wrote this song. If I had to guess, I would say Zion.T, and Primary wrote, this because it sounds so unlike anything GD has even done, and so much like EVERYTHING Zion.T has. At times I even felt like I was listening to a Michael Jackson song. Simply put, GD’s style was lost on this track.
Before “Black” I have never heard of Sky Ferreira, nor have I ever heard her sing, but this duet was a perfect introduction. There is nothing to criticize about this song, it was just good all around, and something I can listen to non stop and never get tired of it.
세상을 흔들어 (Shake the World): .5/1
늴리리야 (Niliria) (G-용 (G-Dragon) Version): .75/1
Final Score: 3.75/5
Individually the songs were great, but the album seemed to lack an idea, and organization. The fact that this album doesn’t seem to have a clear direction shows that perhaps there were too many conflicting inputs to the album. A few of the songs don’t sound like G-Dragon even had a hand in writing them. While G-Dragon is setting records and topping charts with a lot of these songs, I think the concept for the album, as a unit, was confused, and it makes it harder to listen to it all together, which is opposite of what was promised by GD, and even expected of him. For me this is my least favorite of all his solo albums.