2015 may have belonged to BIGBANG, but the Korean boy band kept quiet throughout most of 2016. The quintet waited until year-end lists were in full swing before releasing their newest music, to complete last year’s MADE project album with the addition of three new songs: “Fxxk It,” “Girlfriend,” and the aptly-titled “Last Dance.”
The trio of songs dropped on Dec. 12, and brought MADE to a close on a sentimental note. Quirky mid-tempo “Fxxk It” and the melancholic “Last Dance” serve as singles, while “Girlfriend” -- the only non-single track released off of MADE -- is a mellow hip-hop throwback to the group’s early days. BIGBANG’s first studio album since 2008, MADE serves as a sendoff for member T.O.P, who will become the first member to enlist in South Korea’s mandatory military service in Feb., severing the quintet for years to come.
“Fxxk It,” co-written by G-Dragon and T.O.P, pulls heavily on BIGBANG’s international appeal and begins with Taeyang’s English-language lovelorn verse. The song quickly morphs into an electronic hip-hop track that blends an eclectic mix of horns, synths, and tropical beats, recalling the subtle chaos of last year’s “Bae Bae.” The swaggering title utilizes profanity atypical of Korea’s highly-censored entertainment industry, reflecting the band’s status in 2016: without any musical releases earlier this year BIGBANG came in at No.13 on Forbes’ list of highest paid celebrities under 30, surpassing artists including Ed Sheeran and Drake. Saying “Fxxk It” to everything is just natural for BIGBANG at this point of their lofty career.