Almost two years after “Gangnam Style,” the K-Pop artist is back — in a splendid collaboration
No doubt we all remember Psy, the South Korean pop artist whose “Gangnam Style” infected every airwave on the planet for a few months in autumn 2012 — the music video, which recently surpassed 2 billion hits, is YouTube’s most viewed. Barring a brief burst of anti-American notoriety, the singer quickly and quietly faded into oblivion. But now he’s back, and he’s very drunk, and he’s rapping about it with Snoop Dogg.
The video for his latest track, “Hangover,” debuted online on Sunday. It’s delightful.
Some highlights: it begins with a shot of Psy, a married father of two, vomiting rather unceremoniously into a toilet before Snoop Dogg emerges from a bathtub behind him. Snoop dances in the tub for a brief moment — as one does — before exiting it to repeatedly slap the very ill Psy on the back, reminding him that the party, as the track’s chorus reiterates again and again, simply “ain’t over.”
Indeed it ain’t. After brushing their teeth together in synchronized rhythm, the two embark on a five-minute adventure that includes a riot in a Seoul seafood restaurant, what appears to be a drinking contest between the pop stars and two Korean aunties, and enough booze throughout to kill a small horse.
At one point, Psy bathes in a public fountain while Snoop waxes poetic in what may be a cry for help: “I can’t stop … I can’t quit; I wake up in the morning and do the same shit.”
The video, which is absolutely worth five minutes of your time, went live on YouTube on Sunday night after Psy and Snoop appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss it.
“For me, it was awesome, because I’ve always wanted to be in a martial-arts video,” Snoop said. Same, man.
By P. Nash Jenkins