Just when you think KPOP’s got more than enough boy bands, U-Kiss comes along with a stronger image to make themselves stand out from the rest of the pack. They went from tweens singing “Not young,” to being teeny boppy, fruity, old school kids—and now, they’re crooning about being pissed off at a girl to going clubbing after being single. Talk about going complete full circle!
Like I mentioned before, I wasn’t really into U-KISS when they first debuted with “Not Young.” I watched the mv and I was like, “Awww. Look at these kids trying to be all tough and gangsta.” Maknae Dongho was cute but I wanted to pat him on the head and say, “Cornrows aren’t enough to give you street cred, dear.” Plus, I thought Kevin and Alex were wearing wigs LOL. I mean, seriously. It was the typical, sorry to say, fobby concept—basketball jerseys, loose pants, doing gang poses/ finger signs. And the single sounded like a recycled Lil Wayne song or they’ve been getting notes from Crown J’s “A.” Not hating on them back then or anything, but they just looked too cute and sweet, it didn’t match the concept they were going for.
U-Kiss stands for Ubiquitous Korean International Super Star. You can add that to KPOP’s most complicated idol acronyms. And I though MBLAQ was hard enough to memorize LOL. But U-Kiss really has a very interesting mix. They have a member from Hong Kong, LA, Washington and a lot of them are multi-lingual. Alex can speak about 7 languages! And KiBum is fluent in Japanese. Pretty impressive. Right now they’re dominating all over Asia, and are already signed on a huge deal with a Japanese company, and U-Kiss is known to have signed an exclusive belonging contract with East Asia (Andy Lau’s Hongkong-based entertainment company). OOOHH SNAPS.
Tootie frootie! Just. Can’t stand Kevin and KiBum’s hair! [both in the middle]
Conti U-Kiss mini album review
Man Man Ha Ni [title single]- U-Kiss worked with Brave Sound this time around and you can see how much of a difference it made. I’ve always thought that Brave was the one that introduced heavy synths and autotune as a trend to KPOP lately (I may be wrong). Sometimes their songs are a miss but when they hit it, they’ll really hit it big. With U-Kiss, surprisingly, Brave made their famous imprint with a catchy and fierce sound but at the same time, the boys gave it their own touch as well. Kinda reminds me of how Super Junior pulled “Sorry Sorry” on us. Definitely an upgrade, even their concept and dance steps. They mixed all the happening trends/concepts in one look: tons of guyliner, hair color, dark themes and military-inspired costumes. HOT HOT HOT. Love the dance move where they look like they’re gonna smack you in the face! I was even surprised at myself. I mean, when I watch them I can’t help but feel so pedo, but hey, some of them are already legal LOL. Love the theme of the song—there’s nothing worse than a man scorned. “You make me pissed off!”
O.K. – I kinda like this track better than their title song better. It talks about being “back in the market” after breaking up with a girl. It’s a different way of looking at a break up. Instead of moping, they’re like celebrating and are actually excited about going to a club. LOL. The English lyrics go, “I don’t love you no more, hope you find what you’re looking for.” “I can go to club again.” I guess boys will be boys!
Not young all right!
SooHyun and Alexander
KiBum. Not a fan of the purple hair. Amazing how much he looks like his older brother.
Newest member ulzzang Lee Ki Seop. Like him better without the guyliner. Really cute.
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