BLACKPINK’s “Pink Venom” References A Famous Song That’s Making Us Feel Old As Heck

Once you hear it, you can’t unhear it.

BLACKPINK is finally back in your area with “Pink Venom,” a new hip-hop track that blends sweetness with power.


The “Pink Venom” music video showcases the members’ femme fatale aesthetics while taking viewers on a visually stunning ride. It also pays tribute to BLACKPINK’s past with clever homages to previous videos.

Hawk-eyed BLINKs spotted nods to “KILL THIS LOVE” MV, “Playing With Fire” MV, and more, but the song includes a few throwbacks too. In the first verse, Lisa sings, “one by one then two by two” to a familiar tune. Where have we heard it before?

Answer: “Pon De Replay” by Rihanna. She sings slightly different lyrics, “It goes one by one, even two by two” to a similar beat. BLACKPINK did not sample “Pon De Replay,” but rather used an interpolation; they recreated the original sound.

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“Pon De Replay” was all the rage when it was released in 2005, 17 years ago. Fun fact: This song is the same age as some 4th generation idols, including XG‘s two youngest members, Cocona and Maya!


Hear the songs side by side here…

…or check out the “Pink Venom” MV below.