wassup showtime
Ever since they debuted last year as K-pop’s first self-proclaimed twerking girl group, Wa$$up have had a knack for making low budget regurgitations of American urban-pop sound surprisingly good.

Their self-titled single remains a fave of mine, while the catchy “Nom Nom Nom” was an incredibly fun follow-up; even the $2 “Hotter Than a Summer” was pretty solid.

The group’s new mini-album, Showtime, gives the girls a bigger budget than the food coupons they used to fund their last albums with, which results in their image receiving a spit ‘n’ polish and their music being elevated to the level of old Rihanna and Tinashe demos.

The addictive lead single, “Shut Up U,” puts Wa$$up in full bo$$ bitch mode as they deliver insult after insult over prickly electro-hop production to boyfriends that aren’t on their legendary level.

Please nuna, even if you call out to me, I won’t turn around,” they spit. “I have so many fans who want me, so many boys and the girls / You don’t even know what’s what as you wait every day / You’re a gold medal when it comes to being clingy.”

Work for me baby,” they command, “work for me baby, you got it.”

How’s that for girl power?

Elsewhere on the album, Wa$$up delve into Middle Eastern beats on “Showtime,” and do their best impression of DJ Mustard on “Stupid Liar.”

Rapper Nada’s solo track, “What Are You Looking At” is a bit of a YG clusterfuck, but the girls make up for it by showing their soft side on the vulnerable Drake’n’B-sounding “Hug Me.”

After listening to Showtime, it’s definitely time for everybody to move past seeing Wa$$up as novelty twerk tarts and start recognizing them as a legit girl group with more to offer than just gimmicks and booty. They’ve really carved out their own style and sound in the K-pop world, and best of all, they actually look like the bad girls they portray. When you see Wa$$up, you get the impression that they were turned down by every reputable agency in town because they lacked either talent, looks, or just didn’t fit the idol image, and then Mafia Records found them and taught them how to twerk. Kinda like 4L, except better.

Showtime is on iTunes and Spotify now.

  • Marhaebwa

    “Shut Up U” is all kinds of flawlessness. The video. The song. The production. The concept. The everything. Nada and Nari kill as per, and the album is actually quite strong for a rookie throwaway group. They’re looking for that break-in hit and they’re enter lower mid-tier territory.

    Also, YES “Shut Up U” sounds the same as “Rainbow” by f(Where’s Sulli), but guess what…SAME COMPOSER.
    Hello Mushroom’s “Sticky Sticky Semen” is essentially a Brave Brother recycle of Sistar’s “Alone” and AoSlay’s banger “Miniskirt (Is Short to Expose my Pussy)”…no one says shit about the mid/top tier groups, but same composer all the same. Smh.

  • Justy

    I love the fact that they kept their awkward “twerking” concept this whole time despite all the slut-shaming backlash they got from it. It’s actually the only reason why I’ve followed them since debut (and because of Queen Nada, of course), cuz even though they’re songs were catchy, they never stuck with me. But I’m loving this comeback. I can’t even get mad that “Shut Up U” is a regurgitation of f(x)’s “Rainbow” because they make it look so good.

  • Sunny

    my gurlz wa$$up made a flawless comeback <3

    and they're showing off my fav more this time (Wooju). I demand a sexy performance of Stupid Liar next!

  • Db

    I was blown away by Showtime! It’s definitely going to be one of the best mini albums of the year for me. It’s so polished and cohesive. As you said, they’re no longer using food stamps to fund their studio sessions and MVs. The upgrade in sound and visuals is just incredible.

    I really liked Nada’s solo, so it’s kinda disappointing to see it wasn’t your cup of tea. I don’t really see the similarities with the YG sound. I actually want to listen to this, which is not something I can say about what comes out of camp YG,except for the odd 2NE1 song very now and then.

  • I’m not sure how I feel. I mean, they’re still the Wassup I like (except when they released that horrible version of the even more horrible Danza Kuduro, then I wanted to go full 9/11 on them), but this is flopping so far, and it’s not getting them much attention (except for the ridiculous Islam or whatever controversy). They need to be more naughty if they want to stay relevant.

  • i actually like this mini and its even on my iphone. but i still don’t give a shit to them as a group. lol

  • KingBeaArthur

    I still don’t care one bit for this group, but “Shut Up U” kind of kills!

    • *remembers when I tried to tell you this and you rudely blew me off*

      *flash forward today and the song is slaying u*

      • KingBeaArthur

        B/c I didn’t/still don’t care about Wassup! And I checked out the mini: it was meh at best. “Shut Up U” was the only good song.

  • So much love for my Kweens!