4minute crazy
4minute has called their latest comeback a “reinvention,” but you could also say that the girls are simply getting back to basics. They spent the bulk of their career churning out fierce, club-friendly electro-pop hits, and only detoured for one brief year to test the waters with eclectic, weirdo bubblegum like “What’s Your Name?” and “Whatcha Doin’ Today.”

The group’s new single, “Crazy,” takes them right back to the dance floor, only this time they’re more influenced by hip-hop since autotuned electro-pop is soooo passé in 2015.

“Crazy” is the kind of ferocious, modern club banger that Western girl groups would release if Western girl groups were actually any good, which they aren’t.

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There’s a fair bit happening in “Crazy,” but everything still sounds seamless: there’s rapid trap snares and thick kick drums, sirens wail and synths bubble and burst, the pre-chorus builds like a commercial house music track, and there’s a demented horn/flute/IDK loop on the hook that’s more ferocious than every other horn-driven hook you’ve ever heard–American pop hits like “Problem” and “Talk Dirty” sound like pure child’s play compared to “Crazy.”

It is a fairly brainless song though (the lyrics in English and idiotic and generic), but 4minute’s searing attitude and an incredible music video make “Crazy” feel like the hottest, most bonkers fun club banger you ever heard in your damn life.

I mean, this MV is absolutely EVERYTHING. The choreography is killer, the on-trend styling is Rihanna level fresh and edgy, and 4minute’s charisma is beastly. Even Sohyun, f.k.a. Moonface, has somehow blossomed into this sexy badass queen–to the point that she almost outshone 4minute’s ace cards, HyunA and Jiyoon!

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Too bad the same can’t be said for Jihyun a.k.a. Other; the first time I watched “Crazy” I literally forgot (no joke) that she was even in the group until her solo part at the end came on. And despite the fact that she looked super hot and was given her own special moment to whisper and grind around like she’s Miss Golden Proportions Nara, she STILL managed to come off like a basic bitch who has no business being in a group as fierce as 4minute.

When I was taking screencaps of the group to use in this post, I actually had to try about ten times until I got a good one where Other didn’t look like an awkward flop. She looked so bad that I was scared that people reading Arcadey who had never heard of 4minute would be deterred from even opening the post because Other looked like such a dead-eyed cornball that they’d assume 4minute must be some wack try-hards like G-Dragon and Bobby.

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Other aside, the elephant in the room is just how YG the entire “Crazy” comeback is. Anybody who denies that this comeback is straight YG is one seriously biased 4NIA. The big difference is that “Crazy” is what most YG stuff would sound and look like if it wasn’t an overcooked nappy-headed mess. When G-Dragon puts out a record like this, he gets so fucking extra with it that it’s just noisy and annoying, and it’s a well-known fact that YG artists can’t dance for shit (at least by K-pop standards–they’d still clearly slay Fifth Harmony and Little Mix).

It’s about time that we got a sick YG-esque track that isn’t generic or overdone, and that’s performed by a group that’s actually attractive and knows how to dance.

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Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this. 4minute came and #PWNED everybody just like they always do. (Even their tired ass Brave Brothers anniversary single “Only Gained Weight” was better than most groups’ title tracks.) If only they’d give Other the A Pink Yookyung treatment, then their member number would match their name and they’d be one of the few group K-pop groups without a dud member to bring down the rest. (*Looks at Nine Muses’ Keumjo*)


  • KingBeaArthur

    That showcase performance… o_o me + floor! And then Jihyun brought it all to a complete standstill. I really want to give her the benefit of the doubt but she’s seriously hurting the group with her…nothing! I mean, Sohyun of all people is basically the star of this era!!! Get on your shit, girl or pull a Jiyoung and bounce.

    “Crazy” is a hit for me! The mini is the first album/mini from them I’ve loved from start to finish! And the four members of 4Minute were on top of their game in terms of fierceness & styling, minus Gayoon in her culottes. Points for the braided look though.

    The YG comparison is completely valid. This does sound like a YG song, and the mv does look like a YG mv. But the fact that 4Minute came out of nowhere and SCALPED YG with half the budget and a quarter of the fanfare proves YG are slipping majorly!

    #Team4Minute #evictOther #FxxkPerezHilton

    • i like the culottes! lol ksksksksks that said don’t u love gayoon’s finally got vocally interesting song parts again? i mean i love her, but after her shine in 2yoon cube just gave her underwhelming verses on 4minute singles.

  • j d

    Hey what do you think about them saying they’ve given up on male fans?
    So far as I know guys like their music and like their ass so whats the complaining about?

    • UncleFan

      4Minute hasn’t given up on anything…. those comments about having a lot of female fans are just their way of throwing shade on Apink.

  • Quang Phạm

    Their English pronunciation has improved a lot. Guess G.NA’s been doing a great job teaching English full time.

  • HELL YEAH SOHYUN!!

    *but wait….first: i LOVE LOVE that you always refer to H(i)V’s nara as miss golden propoprtions nara*

    as we discussed on twitter… JESUS CHRIST WHAT A COMEBACK! they slayed the hell out of 2NE1 and got them BJs (which i always read blow jobs instead of blackjacks) pressed and desperate all over the web! the arguments on asian junkie are hilarious!

    apart from hyuna, who’s an hors concours so she doesn’t need to be discussed just praised, sohyun is my queen for this comeback! the yellow weave made her look like a top class wink prostitute and those moves got her up on the list of female human beings i’d like to reincarnate as.

    it bears comment on how pussy hungry jiyoon looks and her performance hailed her to the l word’s level of classy and predator lesbian.

    as for jihyun…. i couldn’t agree more! my goodness the woman managed to shit on her solo! i mean where the fuck is she looking at? to the choreographer so she doesn’t forget her moves? why the hell is cube keeping this girl on this group?

  • Db

    Crazy will be the defining moment of 2015. Everything will be judged in relation to it. Nothing before it or after it will matter.

    Personally, Gayoon was the standout for me. Her parts are easily the best part of the song. That blazing fast drum beat gets me hyped every time. Jiyoon’s rap come in at a close second.

    Looks wise, it’s all about Hyuna and Jiyoon. That green hair is absolutely fantastic.

  • Marhaebwa

    This has slain my entire existence since it dropped.

    HyunA = Forever YASS.
    JiYoon = wrecking my bias list with her lesbian swag
    SoHyun = forever trying to be HyunA but I can deal
    GaYoon = you know, I’m gonna be controversial and say she is so basic to me…she can sing, YES, but so can SlayYoon – at least she can also rap and WERK.
    JiHyun = why da fuck is she the leader? I don’t care that she’s the oldest…I’m happy CUBE were like “let’s cut this bitch some slack and give her some shine”, but her Ryvita cracker voice casts one shadow over that shine. bye.

    CRAZY Chorus Dance >>>>>>>>>> CRAZY the song >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> YG’s entire discography

  • JammySmoochie

    Jiyoon is queen. Nothing else matters.

    Edit: How is it doing on the charts though? I want this comeback to be very successful commercially too.

    • JisForJoshiePoo

      THIS, THO!!!! I am not here for these chicks not only returning to their roots, but also slaying the absolute fuck out of post-IATB 2NE1, only to flop like Tiny-G with Miss You. I just cannot handle it.

  • I couldn’t agree more with what you said. One of the things I never expected to say was that a 4hyuna’s release would be one of the most relevant music moments in Kpop, anytime. Surprisingly, they’ve exceeded my expectations for this comeback, with all the songs in the minialbum (except for the ballad, don’t like them), and this year just became interesting because we’ll see how the rest of the groups will try to beat this release, and fail. YG and SM have nothing to do with this, by the way. Leave the ghetto stuff for 4minute from now on.

  • talinekae

    “If only they’d give Other the A Pink Yookyung treatment, then their member number would match their name and they’d be one of the few group K-pop groups without a dud member to bring down the rest.”

    YAAAAAS. I wish they have her the boot before this comeback :(((

  • Sunny

    i live for the YG drags in this article and you’ve stated my exact sentiment towards them. If YG had it their way, “Crazy” would have had 8 badly dressed dancers with rainbow afros twerking upside down or some shit. the formula has been done so much that its stale.

    i do disagree on one thing, Sohyun will always be the flop member of the group. At least the other useless member is pretty.

    not that i need to say it but song/MV is 10/10

  • UncleFan

    ““Crazy” is the kind of ferocious, modern club banger that Western girl
    groups would release if Western girl groups were actually any good,
    which they aren’t.”

    This is so true, I’ve edited my will to make sure this is engraved on my tombstone.

    “Jihyun…she looked super hot and was given her own special moment to whisper and grind…”

    BTW, Jacques, I’m glad to see Jihyun is finally growing on you!

    • Remove Jiflop from your gravatar!

  • JujuTruth

    Jihyun really is so basic and uninteresting that I don’t get how she still gets fans defending her. It’s even worse now that Cube actually tried and succeeded make the non Hyuna members shine on this album, so even with Cube’s greatest efforts she’s a hopeless case lol.

  • byoing~byoing.

    this post makes me happier than Kumjoo’s attempts at trying to play to the camera.
    http://puu.sh/fJTf5/31b5e8286b.jpg

    • Marhaebwa

      LOL leave KumJoopy alone. She’s trying y’all. It’s not hard trying to be modelled as Sera 2.0 but coming off as Sera 0.2. #PrayForKumJoopz

      • DKabre

        Poor thing, I bet Star Empire probably labelled her bunk bed as “UGLY SERA” too.

        • Db

          You guys are killing me here.

          My chest hurts from laughing so much.

          • hahahahahaha me too! but hey i feel sorry for the poor thing. she’s like an even unprettier lim of wonder girls. i almost feel like liking her now that everybody [me included] dislikes her. i have a thing for the underdog

        • Marhaebwa

          DEAAAAAAAAAAD LOOOOL!
          Sera’s like “Bitch if you want…”

    • Riley Biers

      LMFAOOOOOO omfg

    • I kinda wish she was a Gangnam unnie instead. They should have just pulled one of the girls from 4Ten.

  • png

    “Crazy” is one of the stronger songs to come out so far this year. It felt like Jihyun’s part was tacked on since the other 4 girls has parts throughout and song and the producer must have forgotten to include her though.
    Poor Keumjo…does this mean that you once accepted Eunji “I wanna be a soloist” as a member of the Divine 9 Jacques?

    • Eunji was by far my least fave but she was tall and skinny and matched the Nine Muses concept. My main issue with Kumjoop is mostly her height and build.

  • jizabel

    The Kumjo slander is much too much. Y’all are going to regret it when she unleashes her full skank-appeal next cumbaq. Mark my words. As for this lil bop, I wish it had gone to 2yoon instead tbh. It would’ve made up for the backwoods Deliverance-esque botched sonic abortion that was 24/7.

  • Riley Biers

    I’ve never seen so much basic in one group (excluding Queen Hyuna obv). Even Gayoon who is conventionally pretty has ZERO fucking charisma. The four members are so fucking talentless and basique I’m embarrassed that Hyuna has to associate with them at all

  • 364Leinad

    JIHYUN IS GOD! You just can’t handle her slayage you flop! She’s so fucking flawless that when it was her solo part she didn’t even take the drip out which was feeding her anesthetic for her latest plastic surgery procedure! A true #WWYF moment!

  • It’s been so long since I have been so hyped by a kpop video! Even the point dance movie is catchy and iconic. This is the song/dance I wish 2NE1 could pull off, but they can’t b/c the unnies would probably fall and hurt themselves.

    And Sohyun is coming for all the wigs, eyelashes, collagen injections, and padded bras. She is the new leader in hitmaker, and I love how she is battling for dominance w/ Youngji. Someone has to keep that rookie in check. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2gqnuh_4mfsubs-150123-hitmaker-season-2-e07_people?start=1065

  • Quang Phạm

    By the way, here is Ms. HyunAh briefly showing Other how to wear headphones properly at 0:45 and Other briefly missing high notes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ujiy8zlhA

  • Laetitia

    Yeah, the song may be great… but this article is so biased that the level of hypocrisy here just feels amazing. So the whole review is based on a comparison with YG… ok, it could have gone well if it was strictly facts, but let’s see : “YG artist can’t dance for shit” (“based on kpop standarts”). Well, Taeyang and G-Dragon can dance really well, Minzy can dance really well too, and I don’t even mention WINNER or iKON who actually dance so much better. It’s a fact.
    The whole rest of your article is just basically your opinion, so I won’t even discuss it. Honestly, to me their last very good song was “Volume up”, which I really loved btw. And 4MINUTE is 4MINUTE, they don’t become YG or anything else just because they try a baddass concept. YG does not owe badass concepts and don’t restrain themselves to it. 4M tend to do a versatile, rather good, pop music, which I like about them, but let’s be honest, talent-wise, you don’t even want to begin to compare them with YG artists.

  • Angela Rabuya

    Sohyun <3 Why everyone not really everyone maybe half or 1/8 saying Sohyun is trying hard and trying to be Hyunah ? Ughhhh. Btw 4minute ROCKS

  • PunkyHeartLESS

    This article was so badly written. I understand having an opinion and criticizing the group, but this just seemed like outwardly bashing, mainly on Jihyun. It’s not her fault she doesn’t stand out as much as the others. Whether she is or isn’t as noticed as the other members, in my opinion, she owns it whenever the camera is giving her attention. I forgot she was in the group when I first watched the video, but when her part came on I was like “Daaaaaaamn, get it girl!” I hate that she isn’t as noticed and I wish CUBE would put her out there as much as they do the others. Her voice is beautiful and she is gorgeous, far from basic, as this article says. I don’t think anything get anymore basic than the way this article was written. And this shouldn’t be compared to YG. YG doesn’t own the hip-hop concept. I’m tired of people comparing other groups to YG, whether good or bad. YG is its own thing, these groups are their own thing, just leave it at that.