Now that 2NE1 is pretty much a done deal following Melty Face’s drug scandal, the youthful, stylish, talented, and all-natural baddest female CL is preparing for a promising future beyond the overrated girl group.
The fashion icon has just announced her plans to officially debut in the U.S. next Spring under the management of Tricycle Braun, best known as the monster behind Justine Bieber and Annabelle Grande.
Because all K-pop fans besides me are retarded, this news will probably be met with negativity and lame comparisons to the Wonder Girls will inevitably be made. Without being delulu, here’s a few reasons why why a U.S. C.L. will at the very least have more chance of succeeding than any other K-pop act in the States would.
1. Her rapping
After a couple of years of Nicki Minaj being the only working female rapper around, the femcee scene finally started going off this year. Haters might say that CL can’t rap (which is false), but neither can Iggy Azalea and she’s the biggest thing since Michael Fassbender’s dick right now. If Becky G and Cher Lloyd can have ‘rap’ hits, then so can CL.
2. Her race
Iggy Azalea is a white Australian with an ass full of silicone pretending to be a black woman from Georgia. Her music is atrocious, her rapping is even worse, and the entire idea of her is just fucking ridiculous — but she’s a superstar. One reason that she works is because she’s different; she doesn’t look like Nicki or Azealia, and there was a big gap in the market for attractive white people to release pop-rap crap. Normally I’d say that being Korean would hurt an artist in racist ass America, but in CL’s case I think it’ll work to her advantage since there aren’t any big Asian pop stars/rappers out right now. Nicki’s the black girl, Iggy’s the white girl, Becky G’s the Latino girl, and CL’s the Asian girl.
3. Her fashion
CL’s a style icon in Asia and a front row regular at Fashion Week’s across the globe. She’s even crossed over into the Western fashion world, appearing in commercials for Adidas Originals and landing features in popular style rags like Nylon and W. Half the reason Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea got popular is because their management hired stylist Jason Rembert to turn them into fashion ‘it’ girls, which got them their first mainstream media coverage and then snowballed into more music, modelling, and acting work. CL already has the fashion thing in the bag; she boasts connections with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Jeremy Scott, and if Scooter Braun’s smart he’ll milk it for all its worth just like Rita has. In other words, CL’s years of social butterflying around fashion events means that half the work to becoming a global star is already done.
4. Her connections
There’s literally nobody in K-pop that’s more well-connected than CL. Besides Scooter and the fashion friends I already mentioned, she’s already collaborated with the likes of Diplo, will.i.am, and Skrillex before. Homegirl isn’t going to have any trouble snagging the best beats for her solo album.
5. Her talent
CL is basically Rihanna’s fearless fashion (without the slutty edge, of course), the hip-pop-ness of Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce’s high-energy performances all rolled into one. She sings, she raps, she dances, and she looks like a fierce motherfucker while doing it. Anybody who denies that this woman is an absolute beast on stage that will easily chew up ya faves and spit them out is either a hater or just crazy with ebola.
2015 = Year of CL.