Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: pH-1 – “X”, The Worst Mixtape

TITLE: “X”, THE WORST MIXTAPE

ARTIST: pH-1

LABEL: H1GHR MUSIC

RELEASED: May 8, 2020

When it comes to Korean rappers, there are many I can call my favorites. pH-1 has the pleasure of being in my top of the top. There is something about his delivery, message, and all around brand that I am here for. He’s now released a mixtape, and I’m actually surprised I never reviewed a KHH release before but here we go.

PACKITUP! – Title Track

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fuck y’all fake asses! That is basically what this song is saying over a sick ass beat. I’m here for the flow and the club worthy beat. Not sure who hurt my baby and made him go super dark for this MV but I’m here for it as well. It has always been his mixture of English and Korean lyrics with a New York rapper flow that made me fall for him. This song isn’t short of any witty lyrics and really gets his message across.

MEET N GREET (feat. Kid Milli)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s cool for a trap flow and beat. I tend to like his boom bap flows better but the addition of Kid Milli actually does this songs favors. I’m not a big fan of Kid Milli but this song gets fire the moment his verse comes in.

OKAY (feat. Simon Dominic, MUSHVENOM)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

DADDY! Enough of that, I like this one too. The beat isn’t vastly different from the one before it but the flow is tight and the hook is an ear worm. ‘Okay, okay okay okay’ And Simon… heart eyes.

BLAME MY CIRCLE (feat. JUSTHIS & Owen Ovadoz)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

When it first started I wasn’t really feeling it. But it’s definitely a grower than a shower. By the time chorus hits, I’m bouncing to the beat and singing along. The features here are alright. Could have done without.

TELÉFONO (feat. HAON, Woodie Gochild, Jay Park & Sik-K)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Exactly what you expect from a H1GHR music song. Not as fun as Iffy or Water but decent. No reinventing the wheel here. But I will say both HAON and Woodie’s flows have grown.

FRONTIN

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really REALLY liked this more than I expected. The smooth Neo-Soul beat transported me back in time and a nice summer vibe song. Look at Harry being all romantic.

ANYMORE (feat. ASH ISLAND)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I admit, I am not familiar with ASH ISLAND like everyone else. I didn’t know what to expect and I’m still not sure. This is definitely a song that you can add to the sad playlist. The beat is something I didn’t really expect from Gray. I don’t hate nor love it.

I CAN TELL (feat. BRADYSTREET & Verbal Jint)

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I don’t like it. Maybe it’s the autotune or the depressing beat. Just not my vibe at all.

MORAGO (feat. Blase & Coogie)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m obsessed with Coogie and when pH-1 and him collabed on the last album and I was living for Olaf. And my boys are back at it again! This song is fire. No clue what Morago means or what it is but it got me shaking my ass all up and down my hallway. Even Blase bringing the fire on his verse. Easily could have been the title track.

DRESSING ROOM

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another soul jam and I like it a lot. Kind of gives me the feelings that Christ did off his Island Kid EP but more mature. Even his little singing rap felt like a good mixture with the backing vocals on the track. Definitely one for the chill playlist

FINAL THOUGHTS

I don’t know how this is really a mixtape but whatever. It is a different side to pH-1 that we haven’t gotten. I like to call this the post-SMTM Harry. The 10 song “mixtape” is feature heavy but even without all the guests, pH-1’s lyrical skill is at the forefront. With the right producers and promotions, pH-1 is a force.

PRODUCTION : 4 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 4.5 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 4 / 5
OVERALL : 4.5 / 5


Least Favorite Track(s): I CAN TELL
Favorite Track(s): PACKITUP!, MORAGO

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Kono Otoko wa Jinsei Saidai no Ayamachidesu

This Guy Is The Biggest Mistake In My Life/Kono Otoko wa Jinsei Saidai no Ayamachidesu


Genre: Comedy, Romance,
Origin: Japan
Episodes: 10
Air-date: January 18, 2020 to March 21, 2020
Starring: Hayami Mokomichi as Amagi Kyoichi, Matsui Airi as Sato Yui, Tanaka Michiko as Mishima Sae, Irie Jingi as Natori So

Sato Yui is a dispatched contract worker at Amagi Pharmaceutical Company. Her pet has died and she feels deep sorrow over its death. One day, she drinks alone at a bar and shouts, with tears running down her face, “Develop medicine to bring back someone to life!” At that time, a man walks towards her. He makes a spiteful remark that there is no such medicine that can bring someone back to life. He also tells her to stop barking and to go home. Yui feels anger within herself and she trips him. She then leaves the bar. Yui is unaware that the man she tripped is Amagi Kyoichi and he is the CEO of Amagi Pharmaceutical Company.

The next day, Yui hears at work that the CEO is looking for her. When she gets to his office, she realizes the man she tripped in the bar is the CEO. She thinks that she might get fired, but he suddenly tells her to “Please treat me as a slave.”

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I swear that I have the uncanny ability to stumble upon the Japanese dramas with the most interesting concepts. I say the word interesting very loosely here. Haha. I was drawn to this drama because it boasted the premise of a D/s relationship in which the woman was the dominant. I should’ve probably took heed of the ratings on MDL, but I love to form my own opinions about things and well here we are…

What I Liked—This drama was pure ridiculous romantic comedy. It was fun and I genuinely cracked up in a variety of the scenes. I thought that the character Sato Yui was certainly something else. She represented the duality of her personality quite well. I believed in her annoyance with Kyoichi, but was still able to see how calm and sympathetic she was to the situations which required that. I think the actress did a really good job at making an otherwise dull and wishy-washy character, entertaining. The same can be said for the male lead’s portrayal of Kyoichi. I liked how easily believable it was that he was such a dominant figure in every aspect of his life with his arrogance, but submissive and masochistic towards Sato. I also found his expressions to be genuinely hilarious.

What I Didn’t Like—The execution of the story. This story was definitely a Tsundere female lead and a Yandere male lead. The problem was that we gained nothing from the ten episodes. As a viewer I felt like we ended back up exactly where we began. The addition of the professor and doctor was completely pointless in the story. I know it was supposed to let the leads recognize the depth of their feelings, but it fell flat imo. I also think that there could’ve been a stronger romantic chemistry between the leads. All the stalking and manipulation that Kyoichi was not romantic in the least. It was actually quite uncomfortable to watch. Especially considering the way the final episode ended. Idk I think Sato should’ve gotten a restraining order tbh.

So I guess overall this drama wasn’t too bad, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. I think there was a really good and solid potential to be something worthwhile there, but very poor execution. The humor of the leads does help to digest this a bit better though. I think that after knowing what happens, it would be easier to rewatch. I just really wish it was a bit more over the top and ridiculous—cut all the tortured soul crap.


Story: 6/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: N/A
Rewatch Value: 6/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Fave Song:  N/A

Monthly Roundup – May

May was cruising along with ease as a majority of us in the states worried about businesses reopening and going back to work in the middle of a pandemic. All that tension build up and shit it the fan. The last week as been extremely difficult for me and lazy unnie. To also have to see the blatant anti-blackness in the KPOP community that was always there was also a slap in the face. BLACK LIVES MATTER PERIOD.

So umm midway into doing my “now” thoughts on these songs, I realized that I am not in the frame of mind to truly express any now thoughts for a few songs. Like I said, the last week has been taxing and I really don’t even feel like addressing the plethora of idol controversies either. All in all, I would like people who can donate to causes to keep doing so even after everything dies down.


All By Myself

Taeyeon – Happy

Initial: Nothing much to the song. It gives a cozy feeling. I hope she’s doing well.

Now: I definitely didn’t listen to this after it was released lol. Cute song and video.

IU – Eight (feat Suga)

Initial: Cute song. Jieun looks so pretty. It’s very breezy and easy to listen to.

Now: So I heard the acoustic version and it is so much better.

BOL4 – Leo (feat Baekhyun)

Initial: Coffee shop music that does nothing for me. I really am not a fan of this girl’s voice at all. It’s just so lackluster.. At least Baekhyun sounds sexy like the bae he is.

Now:

Raiden X CHANYEOL – Yours (Feat. LeeHi, CHANGMO)

Initial: Lee Hi escaped the dungeon and already we’re hearing so much of her. Also I love Chanyeol. THAT’S MY BABY. I love this song and I’m not frontin’… it’s so good. OMG. they sound so goooood.

Now: This song is sooo good. I really do enjoy it alot.

pH-1 – PACKITUP!

Initial: I find it funny tbh. It has a nice beat and allll the shade lol. I mean he’s not wrong. Zico you have 24hrs to respond!

Now: He donated to BLM so I will give this song two more streams this month.

Baek Ji Young x Ong Seong Wu – Didn’t Say Anything.

Initial: Yas king go get that ballad promo!!! Sing bitchhhh! LOL. It’s a skip but like get itttttt.

Now: x2

BOL4 – Hug

Initial: Sounds like every BOL4 song ever.

Now: x3

SAAY – Don’t Know (feat. Punchnello)

Initial: When you’re in a chill vibe, SAAY is just right. She is hitting right now tbqh.

Now: Genuinely vibing with this tbh. It has helped to calm my vibes.

Woogie – Better (feat Golden)

Initial: Yeah… This the one yall. I DO DESERVE BETTER.

Now: Another song that I’ve been vibing with and enjoy listening to.

Crush – Mayday (feat Joy)

Initial: Crush is …. not very attractive. Joy on the other hand is so pretty. I think it’s time I forgive her for Tempted.

Now: I mean he’s still ugly and this song is so boring, but he also opened his pocket and donated to BLM so I guess one (1) more stream.

Yubin – Yaya (Me Time)

Initial: I had heard a snippet before I heard the full song and was like ehhhh, but like I’ve watched the MV so many times now that I like this so much. Hahaha. Yes. Like it is safe to say that this is the type of music she’s always wanted to release. I love that she is free now to do her thing. This song has such an infectious vibe.

Now: Yeah this is bopping for me. IDC. Unfortunate to think that I don’t quite feel free.

August D – Daechwita

Initial: Listen.. Yall know I am a messy bitch that lives for drama so I am always here for the rappers talking shit. The streets are saying that he was shading a certain ex member of a YG group. The streets are also saying that he copied another member of a YG group’s solo song concept a bit. Think about that. 😄

Now: No comment.

Minzy – Lovely

Initial: Minzy has been having such a hard time. I’m happy she was able to break her contract. Gives me a 2ne1 ballad feeling. Awww. Babies.

Now: x4

Baekhyun – Candy

Initial: The audacity of Baekhyun to just be existing and not giving me his cock is wild af. I don’t understand?????? Check out full review of album here.

Now: A bop. The album bops too.

Three’s A Crowd

Astro – Knock

Initial: I saw this and with all sincerity and no shade.. I really don’t know why I thought there were only five of them lmfao. Cha Eun Woo is very nice to stare at. The song is okay. Don’t like nor dislike it. No special emotions.

Now: Meh.

Nu’est – I’m In Trouble

Initial: I definitely started singing EXO’s Trouble when I saw the name lmfao .. Anyways. Song is okay. I think it might be a grower.

Now: x5

DAY6 – ZOMBIE

Initial: I accidentally played the english version first lol. Anyways this is nice. I am a little emotional listening to it. Soft rock is always good.

Now: I haven’t listened to the album yet and I want to because I dig this so much. Alsooooooooo.. Jae donated so giving it all the streams.

BVNDIT – Jungle

Initial: Cool was better.

Now: x 6

TXT – Can’t You See Me

Initial: I enjoy this so much more than anything else I have heard from them.. Is it because I don’t remember what the other songs sound like? Yes.. Your point?

Now: N/A

NCT 127 – Punch

Initial: At times I enjoy it. At times I’m bored so I guess that sums up my feelings on NCT as whole as well. Also what a terrible MV.

Now: N/A

D-Crunch – Pierrot

Initial: #Shrugs

Now: N/A

OnlyOneOf – Angel

Initial: In all honesty, I have never heard of this group before. They just autoplayed after D-Crunch … Hehehe. I like this song.. Do I like it because of them or because it is produced by Gray? Mm….

Now: N/A

Monsta X – Fantasia

Initial: At first I was like “oh god noise”, but like they look so fucking good in this MV.. Upon the third listen though, I’m feeling her. Okay, but like why does Shownu & Minhyuk look so fucking fine? COCK!!

Now: N/A

New Kidz On The Block

Natty – NineTeen

If you watch Sixteen and Idol School then you are well aware of who Natty is. She was a JYP trainee and is now under Swing Entertainment, I believe. I’ll be honest.. I do not see her as a soloist so hearing that she was doing a solo debut was quite interesting to me…So let’s see what’s good.

Initial: I am shocked. Her voice will take some getting used to, but I enjoy the stylistic choices. She is giving me Chungha vibes tbh. I wish her well.. Can’t wait to see a live performance. I really am enjoying the instrumental.

Now: N/A

Moon Jung Up – Headache (feat. Yunhway)

I don’t know anything about BAP. I mean I know like average, but I don’t care. So like they’re all free so they’re all here to terrorize us with solo songs.

Initial: This is actually a fun vibe. I am shock.. Granted I’m a little tipsy right now so we’ll see. I like Yunhway… who is she??

Now: N/A

Woo!Ah! – woo!ah! (Exclamation!)

So the problem with debuts is that I have to look into who these people are to give you all the tea, but I just don’t care enough…… This group is made entirely of people born after the year 2000.. I am shook.

Initial: This was almost a good song.. Almost. Maybe when I drink more we’ll see how I feel.

Now: N/A

Red Square – Color Full

Okay so this girl group is from About Entertainment (never heard of it) and they are five members. OOMF is always tweeting about them so I knew they recently debuted.

Initial: I was a bit turned off by the beginning, but as the song actually started I was pleasantly surprised. I like the funky vibe of it. The vocals also sound really good. I am interested in hearing more.

Now: N/A

Secret Number – Who Dis?

This group I am vaguely aware of because it has ex-YG trainees Jinny and Denise.. I have never heard of the company though.

Initial: I’m highkey mad.. I actually fucks with this. It’s kinda a serve. Ughhh…. I love the the sounds of the chorus so much. fuck.. w/e #ifyouknowyouknow

Now: N/A

Ryu Su Jeong – Tiger Eyez

I am not the biggest Lovelyz fan, but I do like Kei. I really didn’t know who sujeong was when I heard she was having a debut, but all of Woolim has super talented people.

Initial: This is giving me like a pure pop sound and I’m not mad about it. She’s kinda serving. Lemme listen to the mini album.

Now: N/A

Kim Wooseok – Red Moon

Another solo debut from a group that I don’t listen to and therefore don’t really care. I was just trying to include a penis in my debuts section tbh. Apparently he’s also a former member of X1..

Initial: The song itself isn’t bad at all, but watching the MV is such a turn off to me. Like the try hard sexy looks are sending me. The song is really something that I would definitely vibe to. Let’s check out the album.

Now: N/A



Asian Drama Bingo : May Check-In

The world is pretty much the same. Still working from home. Still social distancing. This is just how it is I guess.

Happy Hour is every hour in quarantine

Lazy Unnie’s Card

We don’t need to talk about my lack of drama watching. At least I’m on my second bingo card. Lucky I pushed through this one to make it happen.

  • Coffee Shop Scene – Meow, The Secret Boy

Sugar Baby’s Card

Yay! I wrote some reviews! I deserve a cookie. Hehehe. 😋


Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Meow, the Secret Boy

A graphic designer in her mid-twenties, Sol Ah harbors dreams of becoming a web-based comic author and has always had a love-hate relationship with cats. But Sol Ah’s life changes fast when she brings home a friendly feline. It turns out, however, that this is not any old cat. Named Hong Jo, he can take human form. Hong Jo becomes exceptionally fond of So Ah, and goes to great pains to hide his human identity from her. He soon proves that he will do anything that is required in order to stay near her. Will Hong Jo manage to keep his identity a secret? And what could be in store for this remarkable feline-human duo as their relationship deepens?

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  • Starring : Kim Myung Soo | Shin Ye Eun | Seo Ji Hoon | Yoon Ye Joo | Kang Hoon
  • Episodes : 24 (35. Min)
  • Aired : March 25 – April 30, 2020
  • Network : KBS2


There are times when I regret having any expectations. Usually I go into a drama blind because of these expectations. In the case of Meow, the Secret Boy my expectations failed me and I was left wishing I didn’t even start the burden of watching this show.

Let me rewind. On the outside it seems like a light fluffy drama about a cat who turns into a boy/man and falls for his owner. There are more fantasy aspects to this that should make it more endearing but I don’t think it adds anything. There are other elements that I assume are used to flush out the weak story, like mistaken identity, a small mystery plot that was introduced as fast as it was resolved, secondary leads and their lackluster love story. At times when the main couples bore me, I can at least rely on the secondary leads to provide some pull. Here was not the case.

Where did it all go wrong? I’m not entirely sure. In the beginning I was watching as it aired and was really enjoying all the scenes with the cat Hong Jo and his trying to be as human as possible. But that quickly became dull and the plot itself dry. The love triangle between Hong Jo, Sol Ah and Jae Sun that they presented to us felt weak and the way that information was trickled in felt contrived.

Only thing I was here for was Hong Jo. Not L playing the human version of the cat, the cat him or herself. I craved for scenes when the cat would be on screen because he was so fluffy and cute. What was also cute was when Hong Jo was in human form and he was trying to learn to be human. Him learning to read and drinking coffee, kinda cute. It helped that Jae Sun actually owned the coffee shop across from Sol Ah’s house. Speaking of Jae Sun, I wish he was better. He had the look down and all the material to cause some second lead syndrome but he was more lackluster than Hong Jo.

Lackluster is what I would sum this whole drama up as. If it was more ridiculous, maybe would I have given it a shot but it was no where on either end of the dramaworld spectrum.

Acting : 5/10
Story : 4/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 5.5/10
Recommended For : No one. Not even cat ladies.


Fave Song : ‘Again Spring’ by Kihyun

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Find Me In Your Memory

Find Me In Your Memory


Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 32
Air-date: March 18, 2020 to May
Starring: Kim Dong Wook as Lee Jung Hoon, Moon Ga Young as Yeo Ha Jin, Kim Seulgi as Yeo Ha Kyung, Cha Kwang Soo as Lee Dong Young, Gil Hae Yeon as Seo Mi Hyun

A love story between a man who remembers every second of his life and a woman who forgot her painful past.

Lee Jung-Hoon works as an anchorman at a broadcasting station. He has hyperthymesia, a condition that allows him to remember nearly every moment in his life. Meanwhile, Yeo Ha-Jin is a top actress. She has forgotten her past. Due to this, she lives as she pleases.

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I finished it! Are you surprised? I know I am! Not because it was bad or anything.. Rather the fact that I haven’t completed a korean drama since March…. I mean, I haven’t started many, but still. Anyways, this drama was actually a pleasant surprise overall. I didn’t think that I would find a drama with this theme to be interesting because I rarely have prior. There were things I enjoyed and things that I didn’t. Be warned that spoilers will be included below although I will try to keep it generally spoiler free.

Find Me In Your Memory has a very simple and easy to follow story. I found that what I liked where the story was concerned is the overall pacing of the various plot points. I was thankful that the little conflicts didn’t stretch out too long. The first half of the story was very thrilling to say the least. Here we had our male lead, who suffered with the memory of his dead first love who happens to have been the female lead’s best friend who she forgot all memories of to cope. I enjoyed the whole idea and concept of history repeating itself. Similar to how Seo Yeon (male lead’s dead first love) was stalked and kidnapped, Ha Jin had that similar experience and it was through the Jung Hoon that things were able to be settled. However, there was still the dark secret of the fact that Ha Jin does not remember Seo Yeon and that took us into the second half of the drama where things were not so engaging and thrilling.

The acting was very satisfying in many ways. I enjoyed each person’s delivery of their character even with the lack of depth for many. If I had to complain about something in particular, it would be that there wasn’t much personal growth for the characters. I wished that we were able to see and understand the motivation behind certain actions and the choices that were made. I can say with certainty that the only person I really understood well was Yeo Ha Jin. It just feels a little half done when characters do things but the motivation seems to be to get the story along.

It is without a doubt that the highlight of this drama is the chemistry between Ga Young and Dong Wook. It was hard to believe that there was 13 year gap between our leads. The main love story in this drama was a sweet one. I enjoyed that the entire concept behind it was showing support and growing together in love. The only thing that frustrated the hell out of me was the fact that the second breakup made no sense. I’m sorry, but like I said, second half of the drama, namely the last six episodes were a lot to get through because it was just stupid episode filler dumbshit. At least I am grateful we got to get all the kisses and see very cute couple moments between our leads. I also enjoyed the comic relief of the other two love lines. Ha Kyung and Il Kwon were very funny and cute in all their scenes together, but Hee Sang and Chul Woong had me rolling every second of the way.

I think I could go on for days about the little details and nuisances within this drama, but I will end it here. Overall, this was a nice, easy and predictable drama with really good chemistry. I do recommend this as something that can be a mindless watch. I believe I have said many times that a good cast chemistry can make up for an average script. The OST is also pretty solid AND the cinematography is actually so pretty, even the coloring of the scenes!


Story: 7/10
Acting: 8.5/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 6.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Fave Song:  A Memory In My Heart – Yangpa

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: The Love Lasts Two Minds

The Love Lasts Two Minds


Genre: Historical, Romance, Investigation
Origin: China
Episodes: 36
Air-date: Feb 21, 2020 – Mar 22, 2020
Starring: Chen Yuqi as Feng Mian Wan, Alan Yu as Jing Ci, Zhang Si Fan as Mu Bei Yan, Wang Yu as Xiao Lu, Kid Young as Zuo Yan Xi, Ma Yu as Princess Zhangle

Childhood friends Jing Ci and Feng Mian Wan went on their separate ways due to hatred. They met again after each had assumed a new identity and joined hands to solve crimes in order to keep the people safe.

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Sighs. Y’all know I love me some Yuqi and I love me some historical drama. This drama should’ve hit the mark with me, but it didn’t. It took way longer than it ever should have for me to finish this. I lost all focus in everything by the mid point. Warning: Light spoilers will be mentioned during this review.

The story was simple and expected from wuxia dramas. We had our leads, Jing Ci and Feng Mian Wan, who are childhood friends. It’s quite clear that these two love and care for each other. Jing Ci treats Mian Wan very well and is your typical tsundere male lead. A conflict happens where there is a switch of identity and they have to separate. Feng Mian Wan ends up swapping places with someone who looks exactly like her, but then she also suffers from amnesia along the way because plot. Of course to no one’s surprised it turns out that the reason the girls look alike is because they’re twins. Blah blah. Lots of conspiracy along the way, investigative shit and foolishness that was exhausting. The story itself was so poorly executed that the tropes felt even more tropey. Mian Wan was supposedly this ace detective but somehow she doesn’t know to not jump to conclusions? Also, how many times can we watch a story with the male lead having a terminal illness that is supposed to make him weak, yet he’s still somehow the strongest person on the show? Yeah… that’s sooooo believable.

Speaking of the male lead, he’s my main source of discontentment with this drama. I could deal with the poor dubbing of the characters and the immature antics and impulsive behaviors, but I could not deal with Alan Yu’s acting—or lack thereof. He is a fucking brick wall. No variation or feelings whatsoever. For someone who was so terminally ill, there was no difference between when he was sick or well. His expressions were the same all the way throughout. It’s one thing to have poor acting from the supporting casts in a drama, but when your female lead is so animated and you’re just standing there like a wall, it makes watching this drama tedious. I know everyone argues that it is supposed to be Jing Ci’s personality, but like ole boy was giving us nothing. His face was stiff as fuck like he got botox and didn’t want to ruin it by trying to move too much.

It is safe to say that Yuqi single handedly carried the drama on her back. If there was something I liked, it was how believable and distinctive she was between the roles. I also liked the overall cinematography and costume design because they truly had some beautiful scenes. The last scene especially was really beautiful to see. The romance was so-so all around even with the side characters. I do think she had more chemistry with Mu Bei Yan though.. Oops.

I cannot lie and say that I wasn’t disappointed and that I certainly wouldn’t recommend this for anyone to watch. Alas, let me finally close the book on this one and hope that And The Winner Is Love gives a lot more than this had to offer.


Story: 6/10
Acting: 7.5/10
Music: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Fave Song:  N/A

The Unnies’ Spin on The Playlist: BAEKHYUN – DELIGHT

TITLE: DELIGHT

ARTIST: BAEKHYUN

LABEL: SM Entertainment

RELEASED: May 25, 2020

It’s been a while since we’ve done a post like this. Of course we had to for soloist of the year, Byun Baekhyun. Baekyun is satisfying our sweet tooth with 7 new hoe anthems. And it’s been 10 months since we became Betcha elitist with his debut release of City Lights. Will we have another pack of bangers on our hands or is Baekhyun a hit it and quit it man?

(Lazy Unnie will be colored pink and Sugar Baby Unnie will be purple.)

CANDY – TITLE TRACK

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If I were to become a stripper in my post-covid career, this would be at the top of my playlist. It immediately makes my body want to do things it’s not used to. The synth beats plus Baekhyun’s melodic singing gives this song a groovy quality I’m loving. Listening to his bridge was like eating the sweetest of candies. Poprocks, Strawberry and Bubblegum to be precise. Now the MV. At first glance it gave me Jay Park All I Wanna Do vibes but that’s a complement because this didn’t need all the flash. Baekhyun’s visuals and that undercut are enough. It showed off Baekhyun’s dancing ability and definitely his more colorful charms. The song is him asking you to choose him. Based on this there is no question, I choose you Baekhyun-chu!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It’s a very straightforward song that could easily be any of the pop songs that you hear on the radio in America. It is a synth trap r&b song which is exactly the type of shit I eat up. The lazy flexing vibe is similar to Justin Bieber’s “Yummy” and I know that was the intention behind it. The last chorus after the bridge is easily my favorite part of the entire song. As for the music video, I just think it’s really unfair that Baekhyun is not spilling his seed in my guts.. Like excuse me sir? Why on earth does he look so damn fine? God really chooses favorites doesn’t he? I know that’s why he’s short. He had to be humbled. Byun Baekhyun you can be my candy all day every damn day. I finally understand why people become sisterwives.

R U RIDIN’?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The answer is yes! I am ridin Baekhyun! There is just something about his melodic voice layered over this chill trap beat. When it slows down in the prechorus and picks back up in the chorus, I’m living. The bridge didn’t give me the huge belting note I was expecting but the adlibs in the back distract me enough to not miss it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You know he’s talking about his dick right? Listen, I will ride you Baekhyun baby.. Absolutely will..No questions asked. So this is also a very straightforward song with a chill trap beat. There are no surprises throughout the song. It’s just what you see is what you get. His melodies are good, but nothing really stands out.

BUNGEE

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is where we find out that the B in R&B is now for Baekhyun. It’s mid tempo and has Baek singing in that higher register that we love from him. The bridge slows it down and gives me the Baekhyun belt I was waiting for in R U Ridin’. Thank you vocal gods. A track that now has a clear place on my chill playlist.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This song reminds me of UN Village a lot. This is such a soft song with a sweet and melody vibe. The layering on the pre chorus is really soothing and his high note in the bridge is worth noting. I love the underlying piano in the instrumental as it allows the song to rest snuggly in “coffee shop music” territory.

UNDERWATER

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the moment in the Baekhyun agenda when we reach the love making song. I’m starting to sense a theme with all these water references but where is he wrong? Baekhyun has the ability to make anyone feel a little damp with his vocals alone. The song is super dreamy and I find myself getting lost in it. By the end I’m like… ‘Where’s the rest?!’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Now listen to me… I am so emotional listening to this. It is so mesmerizing, His falsettos go straight down my spine. I love the reiterating of the doorknock throughout the song. This song is truly something magical. The lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of sinking deep underwater. Imagine listening to this high? Yeah.. That’s it.

POPPIN

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

You think this is Betcha part 2? Maybe or maybe not but either way I’m here for it. Hearing Baekhyun’s more lower and natural tone feels like it makes the lyrics hit harder and in a different way. I only got halfway through the song and I knew immediately that it was going to be an earworm with the hook of ‘Hey Now’. It is fun and up-tempo that makes it the perfect booty poppin treat. My only negative with it, is that it also ends abruptly. I feel like it could have gone on longer or wrapped up nicer.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A nice hip hop track that asks you to dance around. It has the same vibe as Betcha, although I do think that Betcha is the stronger of the two has it had better melodies and instrumental. Still, there’s nothing particularly amiss about this. I do enjoy the chorus as it sticks more than the rest of the song does. I do think it’s like a nice change of vibe after feeling like a sad hoe while listening to Underwater.

GHOST

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The one where Baekhyun meets ‘different R&B’. This song isn’t what I was expecting. It feels very genre blending with Funk notes mixed with a little island flair with some of the drum beats. But then it has an air of rock in there. What doesn’t change is Baekhyun’s ability to sing his way into your hearts. Immediately without me looking up the lyrics, I know this is a different type of song than the others. There is a pain and longing that the others don’t have. And I appreciate it. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

THIS. SONG. IS. EVERYTHING. Listen first of all baby, I would never ghost you baby. I love this alternative R&B sound. There is something about the synths and drums in this song that is just absolutely working for me. I immediately thought of Groove from Obsession album but in a more subdued form. Idk exactly what it is, but this song is absolutely hitting. The way I repeated it four times before I moved onto Love Again and then again after I finished Love Again. Yep. Yep.

LOVE AGAIN

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I love Colde. I love Baekhyun. So why wouldn’t I love the collaboration of the two? The answer is obvious and I do love it. Probably the closest we will get to a ballad off the album with the wistful R&B track. The acoustic guitar layered over the more hip-hop beat makes me feel like this song would work as an acoustic version and this full one. Just like with Ghost, this song has a different vibe but Baekhyun’s sweet vocals convey that message of longing.  

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

First of all, I would never have left you in the first place. This is a contemporary r&b song that Korea would eat all the way up. I am not surprised to see that it is charting so high. It has the vibe of driving around at night admiring the stars and thinking about your ex. Hehehe. It is very easy to listen to and I am really fond of the last 43 seconds of the song. It prevents it from being a forgettable track.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I just went on a love journey with Baehyun. He showed us his fun side with Candy and asking us to be his girlfriend to the end of the relationship with deeper more sorrow tones. Yes he’s our Dorky Mint but he can also just make you feel something. I honestly can go on and on about how amazing this mini is but I will say, lets stop with the minis. Give a full album. Baekhyun has already proven he can outsell anyone *coughs* EXO included *coughs*. Anyway, thank you for this summer ready tracks cause I will be blasting this until the next release. Lets get #Candy1stWin, kay? Kay.

Baekhyun didn’t disappoint at all. He’s the only man I trust and ever will. I am forever grateful that he is a kneegrow and will always serve me kneegrow music. I have officially forgiven the release with BB4 because he easily made up for it with this album. Also how DARE he name the album Delight with Sticky and Sweet version then all up in the MV looking like a snack and half and expect me not to want to get dicked down? Ugh. Please don’t go to the army.. You’re too sexy.

PRODUCTION : 4.5 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 4.5 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 5 / 5
OVERALL : 4.5 / 5

Least Favorite Track(s): NONE
Favorite Track(s):
Love Again | R U Ridin?

Concept: 4.5/5
Vocals: 5/5
Raps: N/A
Cohesiveness: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

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Whatcha Watchin’ – May 25th – The One About Netflix Party

Guess what? We’re still lazy as fuck and have no ambition when it comes to watching things. But we have been trying! We decided to watch a drama together through Netflix Party. It took us like 15 mins to get it working but in the end we managed to get it together.

Sugar Baby Unnie

If Covid doesn’t take me out then my allergies will. I suppose this is all the more reason to stay the fuck inside. God… what am I even watching? WHO KNOWS.

Dramas

My Love Enlighten Me: This drama is literally like bubblegum, sugar and everything indulgent and sweet! I love it so much y’all. I really didn’t expect to love everything about it, but I do. The chemistry between Leon and Eleanor is on a thousand.

Beautiful Reborn Flower: I haven’t stopped this mess yet.. Mainly it’s my “go to sleep” drama as shit is so dull. Literally a cure for my insomnia.

Extracurricular: If I wasn’t watching with Lazy Unnie I definitely would have stopped by the 15 minute mark. Thankfully within the last 10 minutes, I was like “okay.. i’m very interested.”

Good Casting: I am only mid-way into the second episode, but I am seeing things that I like very much. There’s a kind of refreshing vibe to it. We’ll see.

Dramas To Check Out Before Next Post

And The Winner Is Love: MY MOTHERFUCKING DRAMA FINALLY HAS AN AIRDATE AND I CAN’T EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS ONE.

Fake Princess: I am a simple woman, if Eleanor is in it, I will watch it. Also I really enjoy historical dramas that are centered around the female’s jounrney hehehe.

The Love Equations: I’ve heard this is pretty cute so I want to give it a try. I make no promises though.

Lazy Unnie

I feel like I’m doing better. Will I finish a drama by the end of the week?

Dramas

Extracurricular – This is the one that I started with Sugar Baby Unnie. Not gonna lie, I didn’t know what to expect. It was a little boring 3/4 of the way and I may have dozed off at some point. But by the end I’m intrigued. A teenage orphan who is also a pimp?! Genius? Dunno yet.

Oh My Baby – I wasn’t planning on starting this yet but something made me click. Kind of happy I did because the premise seems different. I like that the female lead is a bit older and her wants and needs are appropriate.

Meow, The Secret Boy – I’m about to drop this bitch but if I can make it to episode 20 I won’t. But that’s a big if.

The King – Eternal Monarch – I haven’t watched more than the last time but I think I might give it another shot of my time.

The Bride of Habaek – I started this with a friend and it’s pretty funny. I don’t know how invested I am in it but it’s a slow burn for me. Plus, I don’t like Krystal.

Varieties

Produce 101 season 2 – I started rewatching this with another friend because I had begged her to watch. My heart hurts all over again as I watch Wanna One form into the monster rookies they were. I also didn’t realize so many trainees had debuted with semi-successful groups since then. Good going guys

CHUANG 2020 – I haven’t watched a Chinese variety show since I tried at Idol Producer. I forgot how much product placement they have. Honestly, I’m just here for Zhong Fei Fei, Victoria and EXO-M interactions.

What’s On Deck?

When My Love Blooms – I legit know nothing about this other than Park Jinyoung being in it. One of the groups I belong to (Big up Konnect’d) is hosting a watch-a-long and I’m going to go into it with a clear plate.


Sugar Baby’s Take Two Review: Lawless Lawyer

Lawless Lawyer


Genre: Legal, Thriller
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: May 12, 2018 – Jul 1, 2018
Starring: Lee Joon Gi as Bong Sang Pil, Seo Ye Ji as Ha Jae Yi, Lee Hye Young as Cha Moon Sook, Choi Min Soo as Ahn Oh Joo

A “gangster lawyer” who doesn’t trust the law and feels free to use his fists. He takes advantage of loopholes in the law and boasts an excellent win rate. Other lawyers may consider the legal code sacred, but he considers it more of a tool “like an appliance user manual.” He fights against those in absolute power, standing all alone in the world, driven solely by the thought of avenging his mother.

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Yes.. At last.. Finally writing this review. Everyone who knows me personally knows that I have very few dramas that I will claim to be my favorites and when it comes to favorites they must be able to hold up to a second rewatch. I was nervous going into this one for a second watch because I was afraid that I ended up liking it a lot more than I would have because at the time it was the only drama keeping my attention. So how did Lawless Lawyer hold up for my second watch? Continue on….

This is my official second time watching this drama and I must say that I realized a few things that I had initially missed. The one thing that remained certain was that Seo Ye Ji and Lee Joon Gi had some bomb ass chemistry. The audience (ME) demands another season or another show with this pairing.. I think we’re being robbed in broad daylight if they do not meet up again. I see him doing another drama with Moon Chae Won and I want that for me. I am filing a petition who will join me?

The thing with this rewatch was that I noticed a lot more flaws in the plot than I did initially. It was also a lot more draggy than I remembered. I do think that a few secondary characters could have been fleshed out more and there were huge parts that were a bit inconsistent. Although the main villains were good the other intermediary bad guys were flawed. Another issue that I saw more clearly was the plot line of the mother’s return and working with Cha Moon Sook. Also why did the father suck so much? Anyways….. Other than those pitfalls the acting prowess of the team truly makes up for everything. A story is only as good as it’s actors and the actors showed the fuck out. I mean there are cases where you have a great script but the acting can cause everything to fall apart.

I still freaking loved hearing the theme song and OST. It got me so pumped and I enjoyed so many of the action scenes. The comic relief given of the whole Lawless crew was lovely. We need a second season fam. We really do. The cast chemistry is absolutely bonkers and that makes this something that I will rewatch time and time again. From this take two look at this drama it provided me with everything I needed to deem it a favorite.

  • Amazing Cast
  • Great Acting
  • EXCEPTIONAL CHEMISTRY ~
  • Multifaceted Villains
  • Flawed Characters
  • Good Action Scenes
  • Great OST

I mean honestly speaking, what more could a gal ask for? I GOT A FUCKING BED SCENE. THEY SMASHED.

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