But the "Lean On" beatmaker adds that there are two songs he worked on that more so reflect CL's pop side. The first, "Birthday," is half-delivered in Korean, while the other, "One," is described by Diplo as a "real pop, teenage-graduation kind of fun, kid record."
Diplo picked up on the struggle of labeling K-pop as one overarching genre, which seems to translate to CL's upcoming music. "K-pop is a weird term because K-pop has everything -- rap records, it's very pop-sounding, there are really boy-band sounding records. It’s going to be [labeled] K-pop because she's doing it, so it's going to be coming from another place and there's going to be Korean lyrics. But for the most part it's eclectic. She's very rap-leaning, she's very fashion forward. She's like the Nicki Minaj of that world."
He also gave insight to CL's buzz-gaining strategy, essentially doing away the idea of the 24-year-old's supposed "American debut" -- an overused term in K-pop industry. "I think CL's doing it the right way because she's coming through an underground channel," he added. "As opposed to just coming with one big record, do talk shows, and then people forget about her. She's developing and gaining fans from the ground up."