It has been announced that American rapper Travis Scott, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, and Canadian music artist The Weeknd (also known as Abel Tesfaye) have teamed up for a collaboration single.
This already sounds like it has the potential to be a musical fusion of cultures. Yet, the track is also titled “KPOP,” which sounds a lot like the name of a popular music genre from South Korea.
“KPOP” will be the first single from Travis Scott’s new album UTOPIA. It drops on July 21.
Snippet here 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/qatlhwVZZ2
— HorizonHipHop (@HorizonHiphop) July 19, 2023
The announcement of the single’s title naturally caught the attention of K-Pop fans worldwide. It was met with many mixed reactions. A lot were negative due to The Weeknd’s participation since many have grown a strong dislike for him due to The Idol. Many K-Pop fans’ initial reactions were that the musicians chose to release a song called “KPOP” for clout.
Some had genuine speculations and theories on what “KPOP” would be like. Others were so curious that they planned to listen to it to find out the truth.
One common theory is that “KPOP” could be a diss track toward the music genre K-Pop. So, K-Pop fans have joked that it could potentially end fan wars and unify fandoms if Travis Scott, The Weeknd, and Bad Bunny say anything critical.
Yet, a few have wondered if it could just be a fun song with lots of wordplay, referencing K-Pop, including namedropping idol groups. So, K-Pop fans have guessed potential lyrics.
travis scott: they call me kpop the way i be rockin these new jeans (ITS LIT!!!) she suck on my neck till that shit black pink (YEAH!!)
the weeknd: 7 (g)s in my bank account girl why you i-dling / she fuck me so fancy let's do it twice darling https://t.co/n1d6hqrDWE
— marquis de salade (@cesareasion) July 20, 2023
Abel’s gonna sing some dumb shit about wanting a kpop girlie and Travis will be like
I want noodles and rice I want momo from twice I want Jennie and Lisa I want pineapple pizza idk https://t.co/pBkxxyWoU2
— Trish (@chenbotforhoh) July 20, 2023
Still, the popular response to the collaboration announcement for “KPOP” was that it could be a diss track. Netizens, including “locals” or non-fans, have mixed feelings about it, though.
Yet, Korean netizens were even more upset over the cover art for “KPOP” due to its resemblance to the Japanese flag. Read more below.