Mar 21, 2016

    G-Dragon pops up in Baauer's LP


    RAPPER G-Dragon of K-pop boy band Big Bang has collaborated with Baauer, best known for his 2013 hit song Harlem Shake, for a song on the American producer's debut LP Aa, released on Friday.

    Temple, the ninth track on the album, features G-Dragon rapping in both Korean and English to a hypnotic melody, alongside British rapper M.I.A.

    This is the second time the two artists have collaborated on a song, following their joint track Coup D'Etat, which also featured American DJ Diplo, on G-Dragon's 2013 solo album.

    According to YG Entertainment, the K-pop idol's label, the collaboration was arranged by Teddy, the agency's main producer.

    Billboard magazine called the song "empowering and transnational" in a review on Thursday, adding that it explores "what music can be like when geographic boundaries are surpassed" and that the song "fits well with M.I.A. and G-Dragon's individualistic rap styles".

    The music video for Temple, released on YouTube on Wednesday, shows hazy digital graphics of an Asian-inspired temple.

    Other musicians featured on the Aa album include American hip-hop artists Pusha T and Future.

    G-Dragon's previous international collaboration was on world-class producer Skrillex's 2014 song Dirty Vibe, with Diplo and rapper CL of K-pop girl band 2NE1.