Brown Eyed Girls‘ stans have known for a long time that the group’s agency, Nega Network, is in bad financial shape. However, it’s never been clearer that Nega doesn’t have a pot to piss in than it is right now while watching Miryo‘s no budget “Queen” comeback.

The teasers and artwork are so cheap that literally anybody could recreate them in Microsoft Paint or any free online photo editor, and the music video is just a no-frills studio with some curtains and props strung up. I’m positive that Miryo actually funded this comeback herself because Nega wasn’t willing (or able) to cough up the cash themselves.

“Queen,” produced by Rhymer (the man behind Jimin’s solo singles), is pure Miryo, for better or worse.

Everybody was surprised when her first solo album turned out to be full of glossy Western pop-rap instead of the edgy, hard spittin’ hip-hop we were all expecting from K-pop’s greatest girl group rapper, so “Queen” sounding like a frothier, kiddier take on DJ Mustard’s commercial club beats isn’t a shock.

Jimin did it much better, though. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rhymer is a personal friend of Miryo’s who sold her the “Queen” beat on the cheap and then Ga-In jumped on the hook as a favour.

Whether “Queen” is a good song or not isn’t my problem (let’s be real, Koreans LOVE simplistic mainstream hip-hop and “Queen” is exactly that), it’s the Blady budget and poor promotion that pisses me off.

Brown Eyed Girls’ official Twitter account has yet to even tweet about Miryo’s comeback, and the official music video’s only availability on YouTube is through BEG’s channel — not 1thek, kt music, or CJENMMUSIC. The latter likely means that Miryo couldn’t even secure a proper distribution deal for her single.

With female rappers now more popular than ever thanks to Unpretty Rapstar, now is the time that Miryo should be receiving the biggest push. Instead, “Queen” is tanking on Melon and Cheetah is about to come out and snatch the spot Miryo’s occupied for years.

It’s unrealistic to think that Nega would let BEG out of their contract, but if they wanted to do what was best for the group they would. Ga-In’s fortunate that her solo career is managed under a different agency, but the remaining artists on Nega’s roster are fucked.

LC9 never followed up promotions for their excellent debut, Narsha never released a second solo album, the Black Box era ended early due to lack of support, and BEG’s greatest hits album was treated like it was nothing. Nega did manage to launch LABOUM, but that was in partnership with NH Media who I’m sure footed the bill.

BEG is one of the top girl groups of the past decade in Korea, and the public still recognizes them as the top when it comes to talent. Why ruin that, Nega? The members aren’t getting any younger, they don’t have time for this shit and neither do the fans.

Now instead of anticipating BEG’s scheduled comeback later this year, I’m dreading it.

For further reading on Nega Network’s fuckery, take a look at this list of some of the agency’s screw ups over at One Hallyu

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  • lildarien

    Oh wow, I thought i’d accidentally stumbled onto a Tila Tequila video…

  • ICONI3

    I don’t have much to say..it’s been clear for a while that NN is having the same issue that After school talked about. The only issue is that NN is too afraid to admit it. I dont know if the members stay for loyalty or what, but I don’t understand. Also feelslike they burned their bridge with lee min soo too. It’s interesting how he continues to work with Gain, but had nothing to do with BEG since 2011. Gain is more vaible as a solo arist so BEG isn’t sometghing she needs, Narsha is more into acting and idk what’s up with JeA.

    • disqus_4Rn1256qw8

      JeA’s been writing music, and it’s all great. Lee Minsoo is awesome, I love every song he’s written for them (well, I guess their debut single isn’t as good) but as long as JeA/Candysound keeps composing for BEG I’m happy.

  • uuuuuggggggggghhhhhhhhh i am going to DIE if narsha enver has another solo my aro goddess

  • Db

    That opening verse is ear gratingly bad. The song gets better as it goes on but it feels like such an afterthought. This makes Hello Venus’ Wiggle Wiggle look like a masterpiece.

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  • GizmoGadgetry

    I dislike the song, but if this western pop/rap is more her style, then I can’t blame her for wanting to use it for her comeback (especially if she did front the bill herself). I just really hope that this next BEG comeback will have her perform more like she did in Black Box, that’s definitely the side of her that I prefer. Sigh. ):

    • I agree. The song isn’t my cup of tea even though I don’t hate it or anything (I do love the Jimin songs though), but I’m happy with her pursuing whatever style of music she wants for her solo promotions. I just wish she had the budget and support behind her. Her song should’ve been on the level or better than Jimin’s with full live promotions and a nice MV, not this cheap thing.

  • Sunny

    This is the kind of thing i prefer tbh. Not too over the top and kinda basic, i love it. A shame she couldn’t have a better video due to the company situation. How long till they get to leave? I hope soon.

  • KingBeaArthur

    I love Miryo, but this is just so bad.

  • Nicole Naeun

    Her mini album was honestly such good quality pop rap, it was very diverse that you won’t be bored with it but at the same time very cohesive that it doesn’t sound all over the place. And I don’t mind at all if that’s the direction she wants to do.

    As for this song though… sadly this song is not here nor there. It isn’t the fierce pop rap like Revenger, I can’t say it’s the fun pop rap like Dirty. It’s cute but it’s so underwhelming from someone like Narsha, and a title of “QUEEN”. This is not something a queen would release as a single. I’m appalled as to how bad Nega has been handling BEG.

    So to end this, #RIPNarsha2ndMiniAlbum

    • disqus_4Rn1256qw8

      If Narsha could release just one more song as good as Fantastic I could die happy.

  • All Tea & No Shade

    The other song DREAM is 100000% better than this crap!
    I want the Miryo from the Honey Family days! Spitting over pure hip hop beats!
    This makes me sooo damn nervous for BEG’s comeback!

  • disqus_4Rn1256qw8

    Dream is a lot better, it’s so smooth. And you don’t have to sit through the awkward MV. ^_^

    I’m not too worried about BEG’s comeback (maybe I should be?)… Their music’s been pretty consistently good for years, even if they’re releasing less of it these days. One of the things that gives me the most hope is how good all three of JeA’s compositions were on Black Box. Even Hush which got no MV or promotion whatsoever is a straight up sexy banger. I don’t have much hope of them making a lot of money, this could be their last album, but I’ll be pretty surprised if the music is bad.