7 Reasons Why G-Dragon Is The Reigning King Of Kpop
This weekend, K-pop star and Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon played two solo concerts here in Singapore as part of his ACTIII, M.O.T.T.E. world tour. We attended the Sunday show and boy, the concert was LIT *insert fire emoji*
Here’s why we think G-Dragon is the reigning king of K-pop, as told through his concert photos.
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Images: IME Group Pte Ltd and Live Nation Korea.
He's one of a kind (see what we did there)
From his stage presence to his (sometimes) gender bending fashion choices to his chart-topping hits, G-Dragon is truly the first of his kind in the industry. It really isn’t difficult to see why he’s one of the most influential K-pop acts of our time.
And also, who else do you know has the ability to turn a bulldog clip – you know, that metal clip that you use to hold stacks of paper together – into a legit fashion accessory? (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please Google his fashion label, Peaceminusone.)
He has supremely good manners
In the video interview that played during ACTIII, M.O.T.T.E., fellow labelmate PSY said that Kwon Ji Yong (G-Dragon’s real name) is “very well-mannered”. In the same video, G-Dragon’s father also mentioned that he’s “never said no to us so far”. Who doesn’t love a celeb with a pleasant personality, right?
And FYI, G-Dragon brought his parents to Singapore for his tour stop here. We spotted Papa and Mama Kwon amidst the crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Awwwwww.
He has a substantial discography
As he blazed through his greatest hits through the years during the concert, it was evident that G-Dragon had built up an impressive discography outside of Big Bang over the years. Also, the unique thing about G-Dragon is that he maintains creative control over all of his chart-topping hits, from “Heartbreaker” to “Crayon” to “One Of A Kind”, which is a pretty rare thing still in the K-pop industry.
His performances are always a visual spectacle
G-Dragon frequently collaborates with other artistes for his solo albums, which would lead you to think it would be difficult to perform those songs live without the featured singer, right? But watching his performances of “R.O.D” and “That XX”, which originally feature labelmates CL and Jennie from Blackpink, you hardly feel like the stage is missing another singer. Special shoutout to CL for that surprise appearance in the video playing in the background during “R.O.D” – all the fans in attendance were living for it.
He's a versatile performer
When Big Bang first debuted, G-Dragon shot to fame for his rapping and song-composing skills. But over the years, you see him experimenting with different genres, going beyond the hip-hop genre that he was known for. Case in point, “Crooked”, which ventures into the punk rock category and “Untitled, 2014”, off his latest self-titled EP Kwon Ji Yong, a soulful ballad that honestly wouldn’t sound out of place on a Korean drama’s soundtrack (somebody make it happen please!).
His fan interaction is 10/10
Even though he didn’t seem entirely comfortable with conversing in English, that didn’t stop G-Dragon from having a ten-minute long conversation with a stadium full of fans. He talked about his age (“I’m 30 in Korean age. Yeah, can’t believe it huh?”) and his upcoming military enlistment, on coming back to Singapore (“Maybe two years? Maybe one and a half years?”). When one fan screamed “I love you!!!” halfway, he paused and blew her a kiss. And before launching into a performance of “Divina Commedia”, he mentioned that the song is about “what is reality and what is a dream?”, to which one fan screamed “YOU!”. The K-pop celeb chuckled, before winking at the crowd and said, “Thank you”.
On a more serious note, G-Dragon also talked about his latest EP, saying, “Kwon Ji Yong is a very personal project… Thank you, my fans, for understanding what I’m trying to say.”
He juggles his identities as a solo artiste and as one-fifth of Big Bang effortlessly
In typical boy band history, whenever someone goes solo, it’s usually because they’re trying to establish themselves outside of the band. Which is why G-Dragon’s career is such an anomaly. Not only does the general K-pop audience know him as the leader of Big Bang, they’re also familiar with his works as G-Dragon, the solo artiste as well as his side projects, namely GD X Taeyang and GD & TOP. Say what you will, but there’s no denying that G-Dragon is one busy K-pop celeb!