G-Dragon‘s “One Of A Kind” music video is probably the most requested reviews I’ve ever had, mostly because it seems people don’t know what to think of it. From what I’ve observed, it seems as if most are expecting me to hate on it because of his attempt to go “hard” or because of his ridiculous hair or because of a litany of other reasons that people could conceivably use to hate on the music video.
Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I sort of loved it.
As you can see, the ridiculousness of this music video was used to generate a comedic effect, and I think it was a runaway success. I found the light-hearted scenes impactful and effectively interspersed throughout the music video so as to breakup the ridiculous “gangsta” graffiti scenes with his “crew”. Quite frankly, the contrast itself might have been part of the joke as well, which would just add points.
More importantly though, the girl he used in the music video gave the most hilarious looks.
Okay, maybe this was more unintentional comedy than planned, but half the time she’s on screen, you can basically hear the director yelling instructions at her via her eyes. The other half, she just looks confused as fuck, wondering where the hell she is and why the hell this weird Asian dude with blonde hair in dreads is rapping.
By the way, am I the only one who loved the dance?
Come on, that shit is awesome. I do it in real life now and everybody avoids me like I have super AIDS.
The one glaring negative? Taeyang doing I dunno what the fuck.
It’s not that it’s not amusing or whatever, but his entire presence in the music video is just stupid … and I actually like the guy. He basically reminds me of what this music video would have been like if the entire thing revolved around them trying to be “hard” or “gangsta” and not basically being a comedy music video with the facade of something serious.
Now if you’re surprised by my rating of the music video, you should be, as I’m not a real big G-Dragon fan. Not because he’s in a boy band or anything else, but just because he seems to be buying into his own hype (dipping into his own stash, so to speak) and doing outrageous things just for the attention. Quite frankly, it’s annoying to witness, especially when his fans worship everything he does, no matter how stupid.
With that said, this music video was just entertaining as hell. Sure, the hair is stupid, and yes, his attempts to flash his street credibility or whatever are laughable, but those things are almost completely muted by the light moments spread throughout the music video, all of which remind the viewer that he’s not taking himself too seriously.
The whole thing comes off like he had a “I dunno, just do whatever and shit” type of attitude going into it (as opposed to the usual pretentiousness of it all), which I can always appreciate, especially when the person in question has the personality to execute it.