Thursday, January 6, 2011

Got Nothin' On Jay Park


The name Jay Park may sound unfamiliar now, but he’s soon to be one of the most prominent international music artists out in the industry.

The ex-leader of the Korean music group, 2PM, resurfaced back into the music industry with his album, "Count On Me" released on July 13, 2010 and available on iTunes here. The album consists of three different covers of B.O.B.’s “Nothin’ On You” --- a Korean, English, and Subman & KYU Remixed version. Initially, Jay’s first rendition of B.O.B.’s song was actually a Youtube cover that featured him singing as well as rapping to his own lyrics. He then released the album version after the Youtube video showed huge success, reaching over two million views in less than 24 hours.

Although Jay intended the album to only be an introduction for his other upcoming projects, he still managed to display his musical ingenuity and talent throughout the song. The piece opens up with the same piano melody and lyrics found in the chorus of the original version, but it’s everything after the chorus that makes Jay’s version distinctive and original. Instead of just a simple drum beat supporting the piano melody, Jay decided to spice things up by adding some K-pop flavor, as well as his own. The stream of chords produced by the synthesizer made the song sound fuller and continuous, not really allowing the listener to clearly distinguish the transitions from verse to chorus, vice versa. This effect was very cool in that it simultaneously gave the song a techno, funk, and hip-hop groove. Rapping wasn’t a huge element in the song as it was in Youtube. Moreover, Jay used falsetto rather than powering his way up to the high notes. Throughout the song, the music had a warmer tone than the original which made it sound more of a wedding vow than a bold declaration of love.

Jay Park’s rendition of “Nothin’ On You” is full of various styles (R&B, funk, techno, hip-hop, etc.) that make it an original itself. His smooth voice and clever lyrics definitely makes this song catchy and easy to listen to. “Nothin’ On You” was a great opening to introduce his later works to come.


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Jay Park is soon to be a prominent international music artist ever since he released the album, “Count On Me” last July available on iTunes here. The album consists of a Korean, English, and remixed rendition of B.O.B.’s “Nothin’ On You.”

Although Jay intended the album to only be an introduction for his other upcoming projects, he still managed to display his musical ingenuity and talent by adding a K-Pop flavor to it, as well as his own. The stream of chords produced by the synthesizer gives the song a fuller melody and a techno, funk, and hip-hop groove to it. Although there wasn’t any rapping, Jay’s use of his voice gave the song a warmer tone than the original version. The song definitely incorporated a fusion of genres ( R&B, funk, techno, hip-hop) and provided a great introduction for his later works to come.

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Jay Park international popularity increased ever since he released the album, “Count On Me” last July available on iTunes here. The album consists of three different renditions of B.O.B.’s “Nothin’ On You.” Jay’s introductory album displays a variety of genres adding a K-Pop flavor to it, as well as his own.

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Twitter: Jay Park’s album “Count On Me” includes Jay’s versions of “Nothin’ On You” with a K-Pop and Jay twist to it. Available on iTunes!





1 comment:

  1. If there's anything I love more than watching Jay Park videos, it's reading about him <3
    Thank you thank you thank you for posting and making more people aware of this amazing artist!!!

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