Agust D Confronts His Past Self in “Daechwita” – Seoulbeats

After announcement on Vlive that fans should forget about his second mixtape for a few months, BTS& # 39; S Suga Surprised us all when he dropped D-2 abruptly on May 22, 2020. To be fair Big hit entertainment had actually released a mysterious countdown starting with D-7 – except that the actual album had fallen on D-2. Another element of surprise that Suga planned himself. What a cheeky bastard.

D-2 is led by the title track "Daechwita", in which the August D. from 2020 faced the Agust D of 2016, which has now become king. "Daechiwta" is a visual and acoustic romp, which is driven by traditional Korean instruments and numerous references to historical events, a trap beat and Suga's aggressive self-confidence. and shows how far the idol artist has come since "Agust D".

But first, what is "Daechwita"? For noobs like me Wikipedia has the answer:

Daechwita (literally "great blowing and beating") is a genre of traditional Korean music consisting of military music played by wind and percussion instruments and generally played while marching.

The word "daechwita" is aptly used as a chorus of the song and becomes the victory song for Agust D. Given the definition, it may also symbolize a marching ARMY. The MV plays loosely in the Joseon era, with occasional modern elements. If you see it, you will be reminded immediately Mino"Fiancé", which also takes place in Joseon and in which Mino also portrays a king, but this is where the similarity ends. On the contrary, in order to properly appreciate “Daechwita”, one has to go back to August 2016 and “Agust D”.

In the MV, two Agust Ds compete against each other. We are first introduced to the blonde Agust D of the MV 2016. He has a visible scar and has fought his way to the throne and is now king. But he is a thing of the past and is appropriately designed as a Joseon ruler and lives in a royal palace. Next we meet today's Agust D, dressed in modern clothing and with access to modern items like a car. He also has the same scar and will challenge August D for the throne.

Aggression underlines a large part of the MV. Corpses lie in caskets around Agust D on the floor, heads (covered with jute) hang at an execution site while they watch an execution. Similarly, the current Agust D is walking in a meat market where citizens have ominous facial expressions – some even get into a fight (a funny appearance by Jin and Jungkook). In the texts, King Agust D orders:

Who is the king, who is the boss?
Everyone knows my name
These bastards who all talk
Cut off his head right away!

He also runs his thumb over his neck and leaves no doubt as to its meaning. The king ruthlessly walks towards the corpses in the palace, dances happily among kneeling black-robed court officials and grins over the heads of the execution site. He is a bully. No wonder that he is challenged. (By the way, let me mention a moment that one of the actors in black robes was actually paid to be entered by Suga – even in his deadly avatar as Agust D. Some people are very lucky.)

The challenge is raised in the execution area by the current Agust D, who is later captured and brought to the king's execution. But watch out, there is a twist! With a completely complete plot and excellent production, the MV resembles a short film. It is also worth noting that their weapons of choice in the last fight also represent the past and the present. While the tyrant king has a sword and demonstrates his skills with a sword dance, the current Agust D uses a weapon.

This is essentially a fun, cinematic theme about the new Mixtape D-2 that challenges the old Agust D. At the same time, Suga continues to maintain its dominance in much the same way as in “Agust D”. First, there is the fact that Suga's own former person, Agust D 2016, is king and no other person / artist. Second, the texts contain some pointers to real life. At a point where today's Agust D is running amok on the execution site and the tyrant is watching, Suga refers to “Bang Shi-Hyuk PD ", dancing like her (BTS) earnings, refuses to decline. At another point, he seems to be dissolving Show Me The Money and other such shows. It's a veiled hint of a talent show.

Calling myself a dog makes no sense
I was born a tiger, at least I'm not as weak as you are
A talent show with little shit
To be honest, I find it damn ridiculous

Thirdly, the texts and MV also take up the dominant themes of Agust D. For example, Show Me The Money is mentioned in "The Last". At another point in the MV, today's Suga strikingly puts on a watch and reminds the viewer of the Rolex also mentioned in "The Last". A similar statement as in the first two lines of the above quote can be found in "Give It To Me". Finally, Suga introduces new themes to maintain his dominance, including references to Joseon Kings (Gwanghae-gun), historical events (the "rice box"), and his own bragging rights:

I am so thankful that I am a genius
If you take drugs for such a small excuse, I'm sorry, you just have no talent

What makes the MV even funnier is the fact that it opens up space for other interpretations. Whether it's a social commentary on the oppressed underclass that clears those in power out of the way, or a metaphor for Suga passing many of the vulnerabilities he exposed in Agust D, such as the idol-rapper conflict and In "The Last" there is room for all kinds of theories.

If I had to complain at all, the claim of dominance in the texts & MV would be the same topic as that of "Agust D". However, the execution and presentation is so creative and so much fun that it hardly matters. In addition to the Sageuk-like MV and the plot, which was pointed out early, there is a funny scene with Bang PD's poster in addition to the above-mentioned cameo by Jin and Jungkook. It is also heartwarming to see that today's gang of Agust D has six members representing the six members of BTS and briefly a seventh, a woman who represents ARMY.

In terms of sound, the song shows how far Suga's skills as a songwriter and producer have come in the past four years. Big Hit's production is characterized by its attention to detail – and Suga has picked up on the tricks of the trade. For example, there is a shrill scream: "Cut off his head immediately!". While the song is said to use a trap beat, it uses a melodic gong effect, cymbals and percussion instruments to create movement, and tries out "Daechwita" from the National Gugak Center. Suga has been experimenting with traditional Korean instruments for some time (see: "Ddaeng" (2018), "Ugh" (MOTS: 7, 2020)), and this is by far his most sophisticated release.

In contrast to "Agust D", which is angrier, "Daechwita" is more fun. Amidst all the aggression and implicit violence, Suga offers a visual and acoustic experience that not only shows his growth as an artist and underpins his dominance again, but also laughter, a fun new look for the idol and the much-needed jubilation provides fans in this era the global pandemic.

(Wikipedia, YouTube; pictures about Big Hit Entertainment, text about doolsetbangtan)

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