iKON keeps it going with the second of their released today.

While a better title for this song might have been Buzzin’everything else about this track is a win for this group.  The production, while falling a little more into the traditional YG electro-hop style, is a good fit for all of the energy that they are giving of through the lyrics and the visuals.  The lyrics are really good, comparing their energy and partying to bees and the way that buzz around; this is a metaphor that we have never seen before and it really works.  Again, there can be some things that are hard to unpack fully because of the cultural barriers, but everything still hangs together and English speakers might see some different meanings that still work as they read the translations.

What we are really loving is the improved balance of the group.  Every member gets their chance to shine as they are able to put out their unique singing/rapping styles instead of adhering to a kind of boiler plate style that allowed some members to stand out more than others.  The line distribution also seems to be better as well.  If they can manage to keep all of this up, YG might have just ensured the longevity of their latest monster.

Sidenote: Oh…2:22 is a little disturbing.

Translation courtesy of Kagasa.

Lyrics:
It’s your birthday
This is how we celebrate man
Uh get ‘em
Sunglasses necklace gold teeth

Ice clean
My style is blinding
Ya’II know the light surrounds us wherever we go
We’re like Medusa
Ya’II turn to stone when you see me
You aren’t my friends – get that spoon off (1)
I’m making money while I suck this honey (2)
Making money making money 100 bandz

When the sun begins to set
The show begins
Our bodies heating up hot like fire

This is how we celebrate
Pop the champagne
Flying up high light like a bee

A swarm of bees
Coming in like it’s our birthday (3)
We’re a swarm of bees
Buzzing like we’re sucking on honey
A swarm of bees
Coming in like it’s our birthday
We’re a swarm of bees
Let’s all
Go suck on the honey

Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz uh oh
Let’s go have a good time (4)
Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz uh oh
Let’s go have a good time

Turned the lights down low
But my body’s heating up
Burn it up and I’ll be your flame

Welcome to Neverland
I’ll be your Peter Pan
All the lonely people stick together
Be each other’s comfort

Where are we now
I don’t know know know yeah
‘till the sun comes up
Let’s go go go yeah

We’re flowers that bloom in the night yeah
Everyone stomp your feet yeah

When the sun begins to set
The show begins
Our bodies heating up hot like fire

This is how we celebrate
Pop the champagne
Flying up high light like a bee
A swarm of bees
Coming in like it’s our birthday
We’re a swarm of bees
Buzzing like we’re sucking on honey
A swarm of bees
Coming in like it’s our birthday
We’re a swarm of bees
Let’s all
Go suck on the honey

Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz uh oh
Let’s go have a good time
Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz uh oh
Let’s go have a good time

It’s going to be a long night
It’s far too early to go home
Empty your glasses
Keep this vibe up

Ay I’ve still got no elegance, that hasn’t changed (5)
I’m overflowing with good energy
You know what I mean
Ay there’s no tomorrow
It’s a little dangerous
Let’s sprint to the end, to the finale

A swarm of bees
Coming in like it’s our birthday
We’re a swarm of bees
Let’s all
Go suck on the honey

Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz uh oh
Let’s go have a good time
Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz uh oh
Let’s go have a good time

Translator’s note:
(1) “Putting a spoon on top of a completed meal” is to try to take advantage of someone else’s work by claiming credit.

(2) “Sucking honey” is a saying that means to “enjoy oneself” or to “kick back.” “Making money while sucking honey” is a common usage of it, meaning that one has an easy, enjoyable job.

(3) 벌떼 means “swarm of bees” which is pronounced similar to “birthday.” Wordplay is fun!

(4) Here, they’re actually singing “let’s go suck the honey” but it would be more accurate translated as “let’s go have a good time.”

(5) “I’ve got no elegance” was the first line of Hanbin’s rap in ‘DUMB & DUMBER.”

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