G-Dragon & Taeyang Combine Powers for Big, Booming Banger 'Good Boy'
The BIGBANG members prove they're at the top of the vocal, rap and dance game in one of the year's most epic club tracks.
G-Dragon and Taeyang are K-pop's only male soloists with Billboard 200 chart entries and now the superstars come together for a new single. Written and arranged by G-Dragon, "Good Boy" showcases the BIGBANG members' singing, rapping and dance skills in a big, booming package.
A swarm of percolating synths opens the track as the singer/rappers growl through a mostly English intro ahead of the first bass drop and punchy breakdown. Musically, "Good Boy" feels like DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" brought to the next level with the irresistible breakdown along with the added singing and rapping; a closer comparison might be calling it a 2.0 version of CL's "MTBD."
GD and Taeyang (aka GD X TAEYANG) are at the top of their vocal game as both straddle the line between singing and rapping throughout the track: G-Dragon jumps from hard-hitting verses to purring through the bridge while Taeyang's pre-chorus runs get quicker and quicker throughout each verse. Lyrically, the guys keep their mystique up by proclaiming their "good boy" status while boasting about their good looks, fresh clothes and love-making skills.
The music video shows the duo at the top of their dance game too. The singers' recent solo vids focused more on storylines (Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips," "1AM"; G-Dragon's "Who You?," "Crooked"), but this new visual shows they haven't missed a beat as they lead choreography inside an underground club filled with bubbles, barbers and partygoers dressed in neon clothes and makeup.
"Good Boy" is also used by YouTube to help kick off what will be a big online celebration for the upcoming YouTube Music Awards in March. It's also latest collaboration single to come out of the stars' record label, YG Entertainment, who also dropped "I'm Different," featuring teen acts Lee Hi and Suhyun of Akdong Musician days ago.
Save for his collaboration on Taeyang's latest solo album "Stay With Me," G-Dragon hasn't released any K-pop music this year. As one of the first K-pop acts to rank on Billboard's year-end World Albums chart -- along with Taeyang's Rise setting a new chart record for Korean solo singers -- could "Good Boy" be making a late play to be one of the scene's biggest hits this year? Given the guys' chart record, it looks probable.