CL The Baddest Female

CL “The Baddest Female” had definitely made her mark. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably have seen or at least heard about 2NE1’s front woman’s solo effort. The video and song is full of bass, high fashion and swag. 

MV Review

Summary of video: I felt the video tried too hard. I do know YG artists have a love and passion for hip hop (starting from their childhood) but they need to figure out to execute it better and not pick and choose what aspects of the culture they want to show.

Basically the issue is that she (or YG) felt that to show she was the “Baddest Female” was to show her in a “hood” setting instead of showing her in her natural setting i.e. Seoul, life in YG training etc. She is the baddest female of Seoul and she should have showed it instead of perpetrating another lifestyle that is worlds different from hers.

Summary of song: Overall I felt the song could’ve been carried out way to better showcase CL’s talent. The talking and auto-tune didn’t do her any justice. “The Baddest Female” would show she’s a top singer, rapper and fashionista. This song I feel only shows fashion. Nowhere did I see any proof of her talent being the “baddest in the game.”

I do adore the song though and jam to it on a daily. It has a great beat and it’s really great to dance to.

I know it might be a shocker to many that I’m not head over heels for the video since I adore CL (&2NE1) SO MUCH but I keep it real. And when you are a fan of an artist you give them love and constructive criticism. (Fan girling is only for kpop men with their shirts off. :D)

The Fashion

She wore 15 different outfits for the video so I decided to make collages of each. I also got too clip happy and ended up saving 45 stills from the video. (I guess I got a little too happy.)


I loved the black and white look here. The two toned pants and see through ruffled gloves were great to kick off the video. If you adore her nails as much as I do you can purchase the nail decals here.

I felt this look suited CL best. You can stunt like her in the GZB snapback here.

I’m really loving the eye patch.

Wow CL looked so adorable here! I would like to see her in this style every so often. This cute sweet look would contradict with the song and get people talking!
When did the South Central LA gang enter the building? When did Tae Tae break out of jail? And why did GD come out the dressing room with no pants on?

The baby is SO FREAKING ADORABLE. Oh my gosh.
Let me know how you liked the song and video in the comments! Also check out part 2 of this post in a few days for some fashion finds and CL style how to!
Credit: 2NE!

5 thoughts on “CL The Baddest Female”

  1. Grrl so I just tweeted you about this song but 140 words just isn't enough to vent about how I feel about this track.
    At first I watched it an was like.. Ok cute vid, cute clothes, mediocre lyrics. But then the more I watched it the more irked I got! Like I felt like the whole video wasn't her trying the be the baddest chic in town. it was about her trying to look like shes baddest girl who came outaa the hood! And that's what got me. SHES NOT FROM THE HOOD! And will never probably experience anything even close to it. So she's up in this video patting her weave, sitting on the stairs gettin her hair done, with shoes on the line, and kids playing double Dutch and it's like… What do you know about that life… NOTHING. And to be honest if you got just a taste of that life im sure she wouldn't think It was so fun and bright and bad ass.

    I could see if she was Doing her thing in a Korean like setting being a bad chic but grrl…you Ain't bout that life!!! ( excuse my split second ghetto outburst) . 
    Which brings me to my problem with YG. They claim the love the hip hop world and I know they do because of the amazing hip hop and r&b work they've done but it's like you have to respect and pay homage to the people and the culture you're replicating. It's not a joke, it's not a show. It's real life for some people, maybe not me but you get what I mean!
    I respect GD and Taeyang and Papa YG for their love of hip hop but if they truly love hip hop and r&b show it by paying homage to the roots of it. Be true to the culture of it and for goodness sake have a black person be a part of your creative team or maybe in a MV! Really show some love and support the hip hop and r&b culture of the world, dont make it a cliche joke.

    Sorry for rambling! I just needed to vent! What's your opinion on it?

  2. Valid points, and things I have never considered, but I have seen a few (definitely not enough, but then we aren't really their market) black people (mainly children) in a couple of kpop vids, one of them being GD's one of a kind.

    Anysnooch, I've only seen the video a couple of times, and after reading your post, I definitely agree. Had this been a Korean setting, it probably would have worked out better for her "baddest in the game" image.

  3. I don't see the problem with her video at all! I really like her song and the video I think the video fits with the song and the video is fun to watch. Maybe you guys are a little too sensitive to the whole "black" and "ghetto" part of it. Music is art so is a music video and you should be able to express yourself as you see fit. If you look up to someone your going to be influenced by them somewhat whether if you came from the "hood" or not. I mean you see something you like your going to want it and put your own spin on it.

    I don't get the whole "paying homage" thing! Last I checked nothing anyone does is unique to that one person! I remember I was listening to this well known artist and I would hear this song that I'd just loved and a few weeks/months later I'd hear that same song sang by another person but that person was from the 50s.

    The whole put a black person in the MV? Would it have made a difference in your eyes if a black person was in the video? Would having a black person in the video justify the "ghetto" or "hood" part of it? And the part with TY and GD isn't that the "ghetto" Hispanic look?

    Just remember hood/ghetto don't = Blacks

  4. Hello,
    Possibly your just responding to the comment above but in my post the word "black" is no where used. I purposely did that because it wasn't about being black. Just because someones black doesn't mean they're into hip hop etc. Hip Hop is one of many sub cultures that one can choose to be a part of. Also saying someone is being too sensitive "to their culture" is not the best thing to say to someone as it probably will offend them. We all must put ourselves in other peoples shoes and try to understand where they are coming from.

    For me, i LOVE YG obviously. Ive seen GD 8 times, 2ne1 5 times….so i think that shows how much I LOVE and appreciate their art and music. So for me (or others) to have the concerns that I do for this song and video really means they (YG) have gone to new territory. But on the contrary, unlike most people I saw nothing wrong with GD's OOAK. Many were up in arms about that video.

    In conclusion, I and others concern is about how the "hip hop subculture lifestyle" is being portrayed, not how black people are (as they're weren't any in the video anyway.) Even Simon and Martina from EatYourKimchi felt the exact same way about the video; That CL was trying to promote being a badass in the hood when shes never stepped foot in one. Heck I ain't never set foot in one! The issue is that she (or YG) felt that to show she was the "Baddest Female" was to show her in a "hood" setting instead of showing her in her natural setting i.e. Seoul, life in YG training. She is the baddest female in Seoul and she should have showed it. Instead of perpetrating another lifestyle that is worlds different from hers. Yes it's "just a video" but videos are powerful, pictures are powerful, and it conveys things that many will see in different lights.

    Anywho I thank you for your comment. It's good to have a discussion and hear others opinions. It keeps us healthy!
    Again thanks for your comment and have a good day.

  5. Hey OrangePop,
    Yes I do agree that it she did the video in a Korean setting (for this song since its about her being the Baddest in town) would have made much more sense and actually probably would have been better than this one.
    I could picture her in a LV or Chanel printed hanbok rapping while sitting on the floor. She could even have hip hop posters on her wall and a boom box to show that though she's Korean she was inspired by hip hop.
    Then another scene where she's pouring tea for elders (or it could be GD. Tae Tae & Teddy (lol) with Gold plated Tea cups and tea pots and then them sipping with their pinkys in the air. Something like that would have shown her culture and natural setting while showing how she's the baddest (and it would have been real cute and comical in a sense {kinda like OOAK})
    For the last scene She could have sat on the doorstep in Hongdae with all her peeps and shown the skyline of Seoul and indie players rockin it out on the street.

    Anywho these are just my ideas. 😀
    Actually this is kind of like how Psy does his videos. Its always in a Korean setting so he can show off his culture instead of trying to Westernize it to appeal to the masses.
    So hopefully she'll take note of that next time.

    Thanks for your comment hun! 😀

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