Do you know anything about the Bom thing? Everyone just seems to be saying YG is lying
One of the biggest holes being picked at right now is a supposed psychology student saying there is no reason for those drugs with depression. Point being they are a psychology student, not a pharmacology or medical student.
I was a Pharmacy Dispenser for six years and have an NVQ in Pharmacy Services so here’s what I can tell you:
Though not common now, and often criticised, psychostimulants (eg amphetamine) CAN be used to treat depression related illness.
eg. psychostimulant Ritalin has been used for chronic adult depression. The drug was probably something like Adderall, one of the most common dextroamphetamine drugs in the US, that has commonly been prescribed for off-label treatment of depression. I have made up legal psychostimulant scripts - its controlled (Schedule 2 in the UK), but not illegal if a patient has a fully legal Rx at the time of dispensing and collection.
Mostly psychostimulants are used for things like ADHD, because they can alter the mood - hence why one of the off-label uses (this means the drug doesn’t necessarily have its licence for that treatment) is in levelling mood in chronic depression.
So Ji Sub - 18 Years
Popular actor So Ji Sub has returned to the music scene after a year and a half with a three song release, including title track 18 Years. For those who maybe only became aware of So through Master’s Sun it might be a surprise that hip hop music is in fact one of his oldest passions.
He broke into the music industry long after becoming a model and actor, and with both his own work and OST work has been relatively successful.
His return, 18 Years, is a blend of electronica and hip hop, fusing current trends. The title represents the years he has spent in the industry since his debut as an actor.
Composed and written by himself the track also features vocals from singer Saetbyeol, the other two tracks on the release being collaborations with the hip hop group Soul Dive.
18 Years is autobiographical, and expresses how So feels about his life as an actor, and the loneliness such a life brings.
In the mv we see So go through the transformation from actor to rapper in what is both a commentary on his loneliness, and a commentary on his industry.
The opening scenes show the image of So most people may be familiar with, suited, well presented, looking much like he did in Master’s Sun.
This is scattered with cuts to his hip hop image, and one prominent, yet very quick flash, of him bound to a chair - a sign of something we shall see as the mv continues.
As the lights go out on his acting persona, his head falls, and we see arms, void of identity, fix his make up and restyle So.
During this scene the image cuts to tv screens, one showing a distorted, digital image of So’s face as he performs. A reference to Dynamic Duo’s Three Dope Boys?
So finds himself posing for a photo shoot in front of a super car, the driver dressed in a plaid shirt & denim shorts. A reference to Gary’s Shower Later?
The next time So is styled he is dressed in the current mainstream hip hop trends, his 34 years hidden behind the masks required by his industry, a hand even pulls his face into a false smirk.
So is styled one more time, finally into the hip hop image we’ve seen him sport in the performance cuts. Though now the flashing image from his acting scene comes back into play. So does not wake up this time, he is tied to his chair with wires, his unconscious body fighting his binds. A Tiger JK / MFBTY reference?
So is restrained and unconscious despite the constant presence of his identity-less stylists. This is a physical representation of his loneliness in his industry, and the requirement to do as directed, live up to expectations.
As the end draws near So’s eye’s open, the television screen smashes, and his chair is empty. Has so escaped his loneliness? Or at least presented himself as he would desire.
18 Years, and So’s comeback to hip hop is his chance to break free of an image he has created during a very popular period for himself on screen. So is presenting himself as he desires, not in the mask required for a drama character, or one forced on him by the music industry. We know this as he bares his soul on his track, and for a man as intensely private as his industry allows him an autobiographical release is a huge insight into So’s life.
The release features the three tracks, and their instrumentals, those alone stand as impressive pieces of music. It might take more than one watch or listen to get used to So as a rapper if you were unaware he makes music but 18 Years is well worth the listen.
NU’EST are set to return on 9th July with their first full album Re:BIRTH. Most of their cards have been kept close to their chests with the comeback announcement coming as somewhat of a surprise, and most information about the return still being kept under wraps.
Slowly Pledis and NU’EST are releasing TS images in preparation for the album.
The first image, since confirmed to be the official album art, features the members in all in white, including straightjackets, and their faces covered.
The broken glass, straightjackets and colour tones had fans talking talking of NU’EST’s past wish to return to social issues such as depression and suicide - and alongside the title Re:BIRTH many have considered the album concept may be about NU’EST being reborn with a new image.
The next series of images released were individual member teasers. These images displayed much juxtaposition to the album cover, causing ConceptLore to consider whether initial thoughts on Re:BIRTH had been a little too straightforward.
The individual teasers may be very different to the album cover but they hold very strong, and consistent ideas. Of course the most striking transformations are that of Ren and JR, both having changed hair colour, and Ren losing his long thought of feminine image. Presenting the group as young, attractive males is very key to this series. They are being presented in a more matured light than they ever have before, their style is no longer loud but still shows their youth, and most importantly each member has a different edge of masculinity that female fans can fall for.
Comparing these to the album cover is this being reborn? Undoubtably for Ren, but questionable for Baekho for example. So is this about being reborn at all?
Looking back at the title Re:BIRTH may not actually mean to be reborn, it may in fact mean Regarding: BIRTH. What if NU’EST’s first album is not about disregarding their former image and becoming reimagined, it is in fact about finally emerging established, formed, whole - finally defining themselves? They have had time to learn, to grow, to mature and now it is time to show who they really are, in their album, regarding their birth.
All this considered we’re still left with one mystery. The faceless men. In the album cover the five members are joined by an additional sixth person in the back, in black, his face also covered. Fans have speculated it may just be a backing dancer though ConceptLore can’t overlook this. Why would a dancer be on your album cover? Simply, they probably wouldn’t, if there is a sixth person on your cover, it is with reason.
Which leads us to the anonymous person in Baekho’s teaser. Again, fans had a theory, convinced they had matched up the navel and the abs it must have been Aron, right? On his radio show Aron denied that it is him in the background of Baekho’s ts. This leads ConceptLore to believe that the mystery man in Baekho’s TS is the same mystery man on the album cover.
Who he is we can only speculate, technically NU’EST do have another member, though a sub-unit mandarin member [NU’EST M] much like Zhou Mi and Henry of Super Junior M. Jason is the only other known person connected with the group at present, and though there is nothing to say he has any involvement with the first Korean album from NU’EST the inclusion of a sixth person in their promotional teasers could have you first thinking of him. Only time will tell who the mystery person really is.
NU’EST’s first album Re:BIRTH should undoubtably present interesting imagery, and much discussion as Pledis continue to tease the release over the next two weeks.
Can you give free download links instead of iTunes?
There are plenty of free Kpop download links around and they aren’t hard to find, I’m however not willing to share them as I don’t agree with illegal downloading as you are making it harder for artists to continue making music, as the more people download illegally the harder it is to recoup any of their production costs.
If a track is free from the artist I will by all means provide that link, but otherwise I’ll always give iTunes or Korean music sites.
I’m currently answering a lot of FAQ’s or piled up anonymous questions for ConceptLore
Here’s one question I had to get a little help with:
What do people the same age as idols think of them in Korea? So, I’m the same age as GD, but British and gay, so I think he’s really cool. But as a rule what do 25 year old Korean males think of him?
A: I’m not a 25 year old male living in Korea and can’t claim to know how they think about anything - individually or collectively.
I do however have an 88 line Korean male friend, a little older than GD.
I can’t speak for him or state him an example of all men his age but I do know his knowledge of and interest in idols is near zero. Korean music made by ‘idols’ is generally for teens so I know he doesn’t really know or like any Kpop music. Anyone I’ve known him mention positively generally has a solid career in acting too, he probably doesn’t know them for their music.
p.s. I asked him if he’d read this answer, and if he wanted to approve or correct it, the only difference he may have made were a few choice words about his opinion on Kpop that I thought best not to include on here :D
Anything with broken links here may already be fixed over at the main website. If it is still broken there I am in the process of fixing all the posts as a server problem meant that all images were lost =[
PSY feat. Snoop Dogg - Hangover
PSY has finally returned, collaborating with Snoop Dogg to present Hangover. You might find yourself questioning whether it should be Snoop Dogg featuring PSY though the mv is unmistakably of the PSY trend.
The mv sees PSY and Snoop Dogg indulging in drinking culture in Korea and also trying out many of the hangover cures that are more unique to the Korean culture.
We see PSY create the drink Somack (소맥), in a rather novel domino-esque way. Somack is a combination of Korean beer and Soju.
PSY here is drinking a hangover cure drink called Condition Power. Its main ingredient is heotgae, one of the big well being supplements in Korea. Heotgae (헛개, Oriental Raisin Tree) is said to have properties that break down alcohol.
Next to PSY is also a brand of cup noodle soup, a food many Koreans will eat when attempting to sober up.
Here we see the pair at a spa, it would not be unusual to find Korean relaxing in a spa to cure their hangover, and although we can be rather certain PSY has shorts on in the mv, it isn’t uncommon for spa patrons to be naked.
Green water isn’t uncommon either, you can find Green Tea Spas all over Korea and Japan!
As we see the pair drink soju in the restaurant we hear the Korean Badeusio this means take another shot and this is what they do.
The two older ladies the pair meet in the restaurant stay with them as they visit the Korean karaoke rooms, or Noraebang. As they get more drunk its clear beer googles aren’t exclusive to the lad culture of the UK as double vision ensues and the middle aged women become beautiful young girls.
G Dragon also makes a guest appearance in the Noraebang, he too appears to be possibly drunk, his movements exaggerated, but everyone else also appears unaware of him.
The scene in the pool hall is possibly a little bit of drinking culture that fulfils some of Snoop Doggs wants for the video. On Jimmy Kimmel Snoop said of the Hangover mv:
For me, it was awesome, because I’ve always wanted to be in a martial arts video
Of course nothing about the mv is a ‘martial arts video’ but we can take a look at the pool hall and stretch his quote to find a similarity. There are many Korean media representations of pool halls in which they are associated with gangsters. The pair even get to do some impressive moves in the scene, I say the pair, watch closely and you’ll notice PSY becomes rather svelte when shot from the back, and his parting switches sides. It’s probably not surprising a double was needed for a flip, but attention to detail is needed when the world is watching.
Here PSY is using a spoon to open a beer bottle. This is probably what we’d now consider a very simple ‘life hack’ and once you realise its possible you’ll wonder why you’ve never realised it before - but opening bottles with spoons is something Koreans have been doing for a long time.
Designer Wi Jeong-hwan brought it to the attention of New Yorkers via the MOMA art gallery in 2009 when his Destination Seoul project showed all means of practical innovations - including the Spooner Bottle Opener inspired by how Koreans would use a spoon to open beer bottles if they didn’t have a bottle opener.
Love or hate the song, Hangover’s mv does as PSY’s other mvs have, give us an interesting insight into an aspect of Korean culture we might not otherwise have.