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The Most Epic Collaboration Ever~
PSY just released his new song HANGOVER featuring the legendary Snoop Dogg. From Champion (2002)– a noraebang favorite for many of my Korean guy friends, to Gangnam Style (2012) to Gentleman (2013), PSY has had the same fun, free-spirited style for more than a decade.
However, I was never really his fan– until now.
In HANGOVER he’s cute, wacky, and someone I definitely want to party with the next time I go to Ktown or South Korea. In fact, I better put “Party with PSY” on my bucket list!
You can watch HANGOVER right here:
And, here’s what you need to know to understand the music video– scene by scene, because it’s packed with tons of Korean pop (and party) culture that you don’t want to miss!
분노의 양치질 (Teeth-brushing of Fury)
A famous scene from a drama starring Cha In Pyo~
This scene has been parodied by so many Korean comedians and Korean actors (and even actresses) that Cha In Pyo finally told Koreans how annoyed he was by the people who made fun of his acting.
I know it’s hard to believe, but here are just a few of the parodies that have pissed off the man who started it all:
Korean actress Sung Yu Ri’s Teeth-brushing of Fury~
Korean Actress Yoo In Na’s Teeth-brushing of Fury~
Even the Nation’s MC, Yoo Jae Suk, has parodied this scene!
The Nation’s MC (and Comedian) Yoo Jae Suk~
You can find more of this phenomenal parody online, featuring everyone from Korean kids to Korean idols to a cat owned by a Korean lady.
폭탄주 (Bomb Drink)
Poktanju is another crazy creation that came about as a result of the love that Korean’s have for drinking.
You can learn how to make your own, too, but I bet it won’t be as stacked as the one in HANGOVER!
However, someone should accept HANGOVER’s Domino Poktanju challenge…
Just not me!
편의점에서 먹기 (Eating at a Convenience Store)
Your very own restaurant serving millions of things you don’t really want to eat, except ramyun!
In America it’s really unheard of, but in South Korea it’s everywhere…
Eating at a convenience store!
Maybe it’s because Koreans like to do everything quickly (빨리 빨리!), but it sure is nice to be able to buy food, heat it up (if needed), and eat it just seconds later– especially if you really are hungover and on your way home at night!
When hunger strikes~
And, what Snoop Dogg is eating– 삼각 김밥, or triangle-shaped kim and rice, actually tastes pretty good and comes in tons of different flavors:
The yummy stuff is on the inside!
낮술 (Daytime Drinking)
“Daytime drinking is welcome”~
In the music video PSY and Snoop Dogg start drinking during the day, which is common in South Korea. If you haven’t done it, you should try it– no matter where you are.
In addition, you can even see some Korean drinking etiquette as PSY only uses one hand to pour some soju for Snoop Dogg. The cheek roll is also a very Korean thing to do, and as far as I know only Koreans do it, but maybe that will change after this video.
It’s while drinking during the day that PSY and Snoop Dogg meet the ahjummas, or older women, and then the REAL fun starts…
미용실 (Hair Salon)
But first, PSY has to go to the hair salon, or 미영실, to get his hair done.
There are hair salons everywhere in South Korea, but especially in high end red light districts like Nonhyun-dong where the girls not only need it but can afford it on a daily basis.
노래방 (Noraebang, or Korean-style Private Karaoke)
Finally, they’re at noraebang!
Noraebang is all about overly decorated rooms with cheesy wall-paper, flashing disco lights, and a set of tambourines ready for That Person who’s too turned up.
And of course, it’s also about singing songs and drinking drinks until not only do you sound good but the girls (or boys) you came with look good!
But first, you need to figure out how to use this stuff:
G-Dragon and CL
These are PSY’s Korean labelmates who both make a cameo in HANGOVER. Their company is called YG, and if you’re into Kpop then you already know about YG and these two Korean artists.
If you’re not, then it’s about time you found out about ‘em both!
G-Dragon of Big Bang
CL of 2NE1
Love their music and style!
Recently, CL was even compared to Rihanna by Dazed, but they really are two very different artists even though they are both fiercely feminine.
디스코팡팡 (Disco Pang Pang)
It looks safe enough…~
Until you get on and the ride starts!~
Okay, this is a crazy Korean ride that I would actually go on if I felt like puking up one of my meals, or dislocating my shoulder.
Yeah, no thanks!
사구 (Korean, No-Pocket Billiards)
Four Ball, or 사구– that’s sagu (sa means four), is an interesting game that I’ve never played before but have heard about from my Korean guy friends.
Of course, there’s also martial arts and jjajangmyun, Chinese black bean noodles, in HANGOVER. Those noodles were definitely delivered, which is a common way to get some grub wherever you happen to be whenever you’re in South Korea.
술 대결 (Drinking Battle)
A drinking battle between a couple in a Korean drama~
This is not just a Korean guy thing to do, or just a guy thing really!
Obviously, the goal is to see who can drink more, but when soju is involved things definitely get a little more dangerous…
Things also get dangerous at the end of HANGOVER thanks to one well tossed spoon!
Well, I hope you love PSY and HANGOVER as much as I do, especially now that you (hopefully) understand the Korean culture behind the crazy, cant-stop-watching scenes in the music video.