LG COMMERCIAL VERSION of 'LOLLIPOP" by BIG BANG feat. (Girl Group) 2NE1
Check out the differences. It is amazing to witness the vast extremities between American youth and the musical influences, and Korean youth and their musical influences.
It is a bit extraordinary being an educator in Seoul, South Korea. Watching my kids -- I teach ages 7 - 17 approximately -- you can see how hip hop is extremely universal.
My kids love to throw up the "A" sign representing Atlanta, though they throw it up because it's just cool to do. And when they do something well in class, answer a difficult question or their team wins a competition, they love to throw their fingers across the bottom of their chin, in the way the old b-boys and b-girls did after they finish a backspin or head spin, like "And...what!"
It's cute. Symbolic. And it is so fascinating to watch!
It's funny because the recent ban placed on "gangsta rap," meaning American or any hip hop deemed negative by the world music market distributors in various countries, is truly in effect. The cause for the ban taking place as of earlier this year is a result of "the powers that be" stating that the negative lyrics and images are causing the youth in the various countries to be swayed from the traditions and values of their respective countries.
I have been here a little while now and have noticed the changes, since arriving spring '07. Upon my arrival, everywhere I would go I heard the current hip hop music (i.e. cafe's, walking along the street, department stores, and etc.) Today, everywhere I go I hear those same songs from '07 and long before. Yet, moreso, I hear the Korean hip hop, pop (called K-Pop), and Korean R&B. When I first arrived, the Korean bands were not as present and promoted as much.
It's amazing because here the children are in school so often, they don't have much time for a social life: watching t.v. for long periods, playing video games for long periods, nor socializing away from the educational scene for long periods. Therefore, the hot songs of the day often turn into commerical endorsements.
So, while Lil' Wayne's song 'Lollipop" was all the rage among American youth. In South Korea a very popular boy band, called Big Bang featuring girl group 2NE1, came out with a song called "Lollipop" which quickly became an endorsement for the phone, LG, and this is where the popularity of the song grew. "Lollipop" is actually a style of phone for LG.
ACTUAL "LOLLIPOP" VIDEO WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES (DIFFERENT THEY GET INTO IT)
LIL' WAYNE'S "LOLLIPOP" VIDEO (THIS IS SO DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE KOREAN KIDS ARE INFLUENCED BY)