Taewoon or WuNo or whatever he’s going by now, is best known as the brother of Zico, primarily because he’s not Zico. Anyway, he’s still at it in the rap game, and he dropped “Copy Ma Lyrics” the other day, which included repeating ‘naega’ over and over in the verses in a manner that inferred a different intent and then went ahead and dropped the real n-word in the chorus.
Honestly, using ‘naega’ like he does is questionable to begin with, because I think we can extrapolate what he really wants to say, but then he drops the actual n-word in the chorus and there isn’t much debate left. How long before we get the “oppa said ‘naega’ and didn’t mean it” defense? Probably already going on, honestly.
Part of me would say that this is clearly some cry for attention, but then why would he include that slur if what he wanted was controversy since nobody in Korea will probably even care about this anyway? So if it’s not that, then the usage of the n-word just comes off how this whole song and music video comes off: trying way too hard to be a “real” or “serious” rapper and failing at the yolosweg act miserably.
That tactic seems familiar.
“SORRY TO THE BLACK PEOPLE,
BUT I’M GONNA DO SOME HEP-HAP TODAY,
I WILL BE CURSING TOO, MOTHERFUCKER!”
You know you’ve fucked up when you’re being compared to Chanyeol while trying to establish yourself as the exact opposite.
I dunno, it feels like WuNo’s been flopping and isn’t taken seriously, so now he’s just trying so hard to imitate whatever he’s seen from American rappers in some desperate cry for legitimacy or something. In a world where Keith Ape is a known name, I guess it was worth a shot, but too bad it certainly doesn’t work on “Copy Ma Lyrics” and the whole tryhard shit just makes me cringe.
The official lyrics don’t have the n-word in them, though a lot of international and Korean still do still include them.
So it’s not exactly clear, but it was probably a mistake. Regardless, basically everything else written still applies and it’s still a mess, just perhaps not a racist one.