Let me start off by saying that I love m-flo‘s work. I’ve been a fan since they debuted and have enjoyed their evolution, both musically and personally.
If you haven’t heard already though, member Taku Takahashi sort of lost his marbles on Twitter today, ranting about everything J-pop related.
Personally, I don’t think he’s wrong. J-pop hasn’t been great recently and it’s frustrating because the actual talent in the industry gets no publicity in comparison to idol groups.
My problem with what he’s saying though is that he just comes off like a bitter man and he’s being insanely hypocritical.
So basically he admits that all he wants out of this is for you to buy the album. You can say anything you want to him if you buy the album. If not, then don’t talk to him until you buy the album. In conclusion, buy the album.
So yeah, I’m sure this rant wasn’t at all related to the poor sales.
Why a hypocrite? Because prior to today’s release, back when they were dominating the charts, he had no problem with J-pop or working with idols, did he? In fact, he used that genre for vocalists to his benefit time and time again.
And he’s still using it today.
He’s shitting on J-pop and what it’s become … but he just worked with 2NE1, an idol group that’s part of the biggest trend in J-pop today.
So … uh … what?
So when they worked with Crystal Kay, Amuro Namie, Melody, Hinouchi Emi, Ryohei, Koda Kumi, Monkey Majik, Bonnie Pink, Bennie K, Yoshika, Emyli, Chemistry, BoA, and many others, he’s saying they did so simply because the duo was inspired by their heavenly musical quality?
It just makes him look ridiculous, like the only reason he doesn’t realize what a double standard he’s setting is because he thinks he’s above it, despite the fact that his most successful run was by achieved by being part of the exact system he’s hating on.
Yeah, SNSD isn’t pop music. Definitely not.
Of course, after he said what he said, Taku then started retweeting everybody who agreed with him and kept himself busy by replying to people like he’s the victim in all this, as if he did nothing to provoke a reaction or something.
Woe is him.
But look, nobody is shitting on him for doing what he wants or saying what he wants. People like me are shitting on him because on one hand he wants to crap all over the pop music scene like some bitter hipster, but on the other hand he has and still wants to collaborate with idols.
Sorry, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too, buddy. It’s akin to wanting to rebel against the system, but at the same time, take payment from the system and do their bidding. Maybe delusional fans don’t see the ridiculousness of it, but there are people who can see right through the bullshit.
All I’m saying is that he shouldn’t shit on the industry that made him just because he got pressed that his album flopped.
When he started his rant, he immediately painted himself as a uncensored truth teller.
The reality though is that he’s not a rebel who’s stating shit that nobody else knew, and he wasn’t sharing any insight, he just came off like a bitter hypocrite that was insecure about his status in the industry going forward.
That’s the real truth.