G-Dragon & T.O.P. – GD & TOP

Release date: December 24, 2010
Label: YG Entertainment

Tracklist

  1. Intro
  2. High High [MV]
  3. Oh Yeah! featuring Park Bom (2NE1) [MV]
  4. 집에 가지마 (Don’t Go Home) [MV]
  5. Baby Good Night [MV]
  6. 뻑이가요 (Knock Out) [MV]
  7. Oh Mom [T.O.P solo]
  8. 악몽 (Obsession) [G-Dragon solo]
  9. 오늘따라 (Of All Days) [T.O.P solo]
  10. 어쪄란 말이냐? (What Do You Want Me to Do?) [G-Dragon solo]
  11. Turn It Up [T.O.P solo] (Bonus Track) [MV]

This collaboration and album came like a surprise to everyone. A sweet, sweet surprise. Because there is no denying that G-Dragon and T.O.P. are the coolest members in Big Bang.

GD & TOP is as cool. Sitting here bumping my head along, even my brother — who doesn’t care for music he can’t understand — agrees that it is good, is bumping along. It has an old school hip-hop flavor with a little bit of funk and rock?(!) Hell yeah, that is an electronic guitar riff right there!

Can I jizz a little over the fact that the two of them almost completely did this album, from lyrics to music? Guh, sure I have hardly any idea what they are saying, but does it matter when the music speaks for itself? What the hell is ghetto electro? I don’t know and I don’t need to. I will gladly sing it out loud, though.

There are so many genres being mixed in this album. The last two songs, GD’s solos, are hilarious. Not something you would expect from GD but it works. It works because GD and T.O.P. are not afraid to try new things and make it their own. This album reminds me of GD’s Heartbreaker, a roller-coaster of sounds, genres and styles. But where in Heartbreaker took me some listens to really love, I find myself loving this album instantly. This album really combines the best of both artists.

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

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Julyssa

Music is all I do: I work in music, I write about music, I listen to music.

9 Responses

  1. detectiveroxy says:

    Finally heard the album last night with my sis and we were like *O* This is CRAZY! I love it!!

    "Oh yeah" is amazing!! Love the combination of GD/TOP/BOM it's beautiful (Nichkhun agrees *wink wink*). I absolutely agree that while I have no idea what ghetto electro is I sing it out loud everytime they say it hahahaha It's a fun album, but it also shows other sides of GD and Top like in Top's solo Oh Mom that smooth sweet voice~ And is that Trot GD's singing in his solo "What do you want me to do?" Really a fun album. Gonna order it as soon as I have money~

    • Amy says:

      This is why I like non-understandable music… I bet if I understood Korean, the lyrics would make me mad. That's my main problem with music in English or Spanish xD Must be something I inherited from my dad.

      • detectiveroxy says:

        You know that's what I think of Taeyang's songs. When my sis tells me what the lyrics are about… His songs are so machista!!! Isn't anyone scandalized by this?! Namambarabwa (or w/e) Nigayadeunhue (I think xD). Those two songs are like… damn! But when I hear them I can't help but love the music in itself. Oh well >_>

        • Amy says:

          Reason why I avoid translation of songs… doesn't happen to me with Chinese music as often though. I just figured if I can understand lyrics in Chinese/Japanese, it's because they're poorly written. xD

          Chinese pop does have some very beautiful poetic lyrics though O_O but most of the times, you can tell when an artist is worth translation-looking for xD

          • detectiveroxy says:

            Agree~ I don't have a problem with Jrock. Most of the Jrock (that I listen to) is very poetic and sometimes dark (in a beautiful way of course, imo). But with Kpop…. not so much. More superficial stuff I guess. I prefer the complicated-dark-beautiful Japanese rock like the GazettE (best example really).

            But on the brighter side Kpop is fun and crazy like this album which I also appreciate in my music~

          • Amy says:

            which would be an easy sell in America… if only they listened to music in another language xD

    • Julili says:

      Those two last songs by GD were rad! I was gushing when I heard them because they are really not afraid to try new things. They like to have fun, they like to express themselves. They don't create things to be mainstream or commercial. I mean, this album, is not mainstream in Korea, if you compare it to the kind of mainstream music that is popular in Korea rn.

  2. justyenni says:

    ouch! one of my favorite album ever! however sometimes I feel guilty when the thought that GD and TOP are the coolest members of BIGBANG comes to my mind. I love all BIGBANG members, but GD and TOP and their album is simply irresistible.

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