koda kumi hotel
When you think of Koda Kumi and hotels, the first thing that probably comes to mind is some kind of Sleep-Eazy Motel down in Flint, Michigan. As it turns out, KK’s taste is a little more sophisticated than that.

For her “Hotel” music video, Kumi’s taken a bath, put on some nice clothes, and booked the first class suite of the luxury resort from Crystal Kay’s “Forever” PV. Unfortunately, Crystal is no longer a guest in Hotel Paradise, as Koda had “that rain-dancing hippie” (her words, not mine) forcibly removed from the front lawn of the establishment so her view from the top floor penthouse wouldn’t be obstructed in any way.

The “Hotel” PV hits a perfect spot between KK’s fresher looks from hits like “I’ll Be There” and “In The Air,” and the crunk hip-hop trash of stuff like “Touchdown” and “Pop Diva.” She’s the classy guest who reads by the pool and gets a facial at the spa, but still knows how to throw down at night after hitting the hotel bar for a few cocktails.

The same can be said about the song, which manages to take KK’s outdated, low budget hip-pop sound and make it fun and refreshing for the first time in years. There’s even a splash of reggae-infused trap on the bridge, but it’s blended in seamlessly instead of acting as the garish unnecessary beat drop that you’d expect from KK.

I looked up the lyrics to “Hotel” earlier to try and figure out what the song was about, only to find out that more than half of it is already sung in English — I just couldn’t tell because Kumi slurs everything like a drunk obasan at a wedding reception.

Obviously that just adds to my love of “Hotel,” as I haven’t genuinely enjoyed a KK single this much since the lesbian love anthem “KO-SO-KO-SO.”

In summary, this all means that KK has now snatched Namie Amuro’s wig and crown on the following things: Current reigning Queen of Hip-Pawp, Most Fluent in Engrish, and Choice Celebrity MILF.

Yass, KK!

  • Johnnyyy

    Snatching Namie’s wig!? LMFAO. You wish. Namie has been the queen of Japan for the past 3-4 years, snatching both Kumi and Ayumi Hamaflop’s dirty, washed-up weaves. Those hoes can’t even sell an album anymore, their music is as dire as Britney’s Vegas performances, and they’re just as cheap as Nicki MInaj’s new single cover. Have you seen Ayumi’s new video!? No shady remarks needed.

    • Well Namie is still queen but KK just got in a temporary victory :)

      • Johnnyyy

        only until Namie releases her next groundbreaking smash, looking more dead than FFney, yet effortlessly slaying us with her lifeless expressions

        • lemonnnnz

          Koda slayed the scene with Japonesque. After that she’s been just letting Namie rip the scene.

          I don’t Namie’s appeal though, especially with all that really forced english.

          • FreakyFlyBri

            Same here, at least Kumi has personality in her music and videos. Namie has always bored me to tears. Team Kumi, all the way!

  • wunderkind17

    Jacques, are you busy? Are you going to review Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear? I think it’s a very great album. :)

    • I like the album but personally I prefer her old stuff which wasn’t as pop.

  • James Smith III

    I don’t think she’s snatched “amuro’s wig”; the song is nice though

  • This song is good :D
    I liked Ko So Ko So too, is there a reason why Japanese singles aren’t on YouTube but rather on stuff like dailymotion?

  • Josh Chinnery

    Hmm… I like the beat, but I can’t stand Kumi’s delivery on the verses. Homegirl sounds like she’s holding her nose as she sing/talk/rap/shits out the words and the effects don’t help none. At least this video is better than anything Ayu’s shit out in the last year XD