KPOP NOW – Big Hit clarifies that Suga sampled mass murderer Jim Jones in error

Source: STAR News

Big Hit has released statement to address BTS Suga‘s sampling of cult leader Jim Jones speech. 

In an interview with STAR News on the 31st, Big Hit official stated, “After confirming the issue, we immediately deleted it and re-released it. I apologize to those who were hurt or felt uncomfortable. It wasn’t Suga’s intention to use Jim Jones’ speech.  The vocal speech sample in the intro was selected by the producer who worked on the track without any particular intent. It was in consideration of the atmosphere of the entire song.”

He explained, “There was an error in the company’s internal selection and inspection process that led to release without realizing it was an inappropriate content sample. Big Hit checks for contents that can be problematic in society, culture, and history through its own process of inspecting various content from around the world but we’re experiencing limitations in understanding all situations and responding accordingly.”

He added, “I’m embarrassed and deeply responsible for the problems that the artist himself didn’t think about. I’ll learn from this case and take a closer look at the entire production process.”

Suga is under controversy for sampling controversial speech by cult leader and mass murderer Jim Jones‘ for this track ‘What Do You Think‘ from his mixtape D-2. Jim Jones, who founded the pseudo-religion of the people’s temple in the United States in 1950, is also a criminal who committed the “Johnstown Massacre” by forcing 900 believers (304 of them children) to commit suicide by poison.

  1. [+2,521, -267] It’s finally up. This is actually a big deal right now. Frankly, it was rash of him to include it. Please don’t hide behind the company like a certain someone. Acknowledge and apologize.
  2. [+1,976, -246] As you can see from Nate’s Pann, if you criticize BTS, you’ll be muzzledㅋㅋㅋ
  3. [+1,830, -210] Aigoo-ya..this is a bit much. He went too far this time.
  4. [+384, -20] Why are Koreans shielding him when black people are saying it made them uncomfortable
  5. [+344, -96] Not just this, he also said “he finished the mixtape thanks to the Corona..” and “luck brought to me by the Corona..”
  6. [+279, -14] I’ve seen a documentary on this and it’s actually quite horrifying. If Suga clarifies this I hope it’s an explanation everyone can understand. 
  7. [+249, -34] 풉 pfft..and he went around acting like he’s such an artist..he’s just another tryhard after all
  8. [+243, -15] Just as Korea is sensitive to Korea-Japan relations, there are groups, regions, or countries that are sensitive to this. If they keep making this much noise with controversies it won’t be long until BTS becomes a has-been. 
  1. [+1,828, -499] So all that hype that he was a “genius” was just media play because professional songwriters are the ones who actually do the album production
  2. [+1,478, -249]’s best he apologizes quickly
  3. [+1,171, -421] It’s better that he just admitted it quickly and apologized. I’m sure he was just as upset knowing they used it without his knowledge
  4. [+304, -39] BTS have never apologized personally for something themselves..they always hide behind Big Hitㅋㅋ. They cause trouble and hide behind their mothers skirt like a choding ㅋ
  5. [+295, -32] Even college students don’t make ppts [powerpoints] this bad… …no source, no voice actor check, just write it in because it syncs with the simple mood of a song. Is this the level of a world class idol?
  6. [+281, -31] He said it himself when he introduced the album right? Didn’t he say he felt proud because he worked so hard on it. Why is Big Hit apologizing and not him? If you truly see yourself as an artist and didn’t know then apologize personally yourself too. If you blame others that produced it, doesn’t that make everything you’ve said in the past hypocritical? 
  7. [+246, -24] Is he seriously saying he didn’t know the source of a voice sample included in his own mixtape? Stop with the nonsense ㅋㅋㅋ
  8. [+239, -22] I get it being a mistake but its a speech that went into your song. I don’t understand why you would put it in without checking the content source.;;
  9. [+172, -19] Does BTS ever apologize on their own? Once again Big Hit is apologizing on their behalf..
  10. [+159, -27] They’re starting to lose it too…BTS must be hitting their expiration date.

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KPOP NOW – BTS Suga under controversy for sampling mass murderer Jim Jones

BTS Suga is under controversy for sampling controversial cult leader Jim Jones for his new mixtape.

On the 29th, Suga did a live stream on V app and talked to fans about his new mixtape Agust D (D-2). While previewing the third track ‘What Do You Think‘,  a man is heard speaking in English before Suga begins the song. It turns out that the voice in question is an excerpt from a 1977 sermon by cult leader Jim Jones in Jonestown, a remote settlement in Guyana. Jim Jones directed a mass murder-suicide of 909 people with 304 of the fatalities being children. Jim Jones is also known to be close to North Korea and frequently shares North Korean propaganda with his followers. 

The sampled sermon at the beginning of Suga’s song states, “though you are dead, yet you shall live, and he that liveth and believeth shall never die.” 

The intro caused controversy online and and the hashtag “Jim Jones” began trending on Twitter worldwide. 

Netizens are in deep anger that Suga had sampled speech from such a controversial figure as the intro for his song and ARMY had knowingly shielded him. 

Fans stated that Jim Jones was anti-Korean and Suga had included the speech into the song for that very reason. ARMY explained that he used the controversial speech to make a point.

In the meantime, Big Hit has yet to make a statement to address the growing controversy. 

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KPOP NOW – Jang Geun Suk’s controversial comments to fans before enlistment catch attention

Source: My Daily

Jang Geun Suk’s (33) controversial comments to fans before enlistment are catching attention. 

The actor was discharged from social service on the 29th and greeted fans simply stating “Thank You.”

On the 30th, he posted several photos on Instagram for the first time after being discharged with a brief comment, “save a man”. He shared photos of what he had cooked as well as a black and white photo with one eye visible showing off his unique sensitivity. 

International fans welcomed him back writing, “Welcome back Oppa.”

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In the meantime, before his enlistment in 2018, Jang Geun Seuk shared his affectionate feelings to fans writing, “Hello” is a word you say when you’re happy to see someone you haven’t met in a long time and it’s also a word for when you feel regret when saying goodbye (hello and goodbye are the same in Korean). This time, unfortunately, its goodbye. I want to spend the next two years as a meaningful time in my life more than anything else. I don’t think I’ve ever rested for 27 years since making debut as a child, nor have I ever had time to myself Just remember, we’re resting briefly. Take care and don’t get sick. And I love you. And if you cheat on me, I’ll kill you.”

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  1. [+1,941, -14] If you cheat on me I’ll kill you ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  2. [+1,929, -20] Anyone looking would think he enlisted in active duty and got disconnected from society ㅋㅋㅋㅋ why make so much noise over a simple commuteㅋㅋㅋㅋ 
  3. [+1,678, -16] He really said if you cheat I’ll kill you? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Is he for real? 
  4. [+100, -1] This a$$hole that appealed to the public for his bipolar disorder kill someone?ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  5. [+83, -1] If you evade taxes we’ll kill you..
  6. [+77, -1] Ugh…so cringy;;;;;
  7. [+76, -0] “If you cheat on me I’ll kill you..” Isn’t that a line from that cheesy novel in the early 2000s?
  8. [+66, -2] He still hasn’t been able to get out of that Cyworld mentalityㅋㄱㅋㄱ
  9. [+52, -2] No matter how much interest he’s able to get from the public he still can’t salute properly
  10. [+48, -0] I’ll kill youㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I’m so scaredㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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KPOP NOW – [T/W] CNN reporter arrested on live broadcast while reporting on police brutality protests

**T/W** Article details violence and racist rhetoric 

Source: News1

A CNN reporter was arrested by police on live broadcast while reporting at a protest in Minneapolis.

In an exclusive report by CNN on the 29th, reporter Omar Jimenez, an 8 yr journalist, was arrested by police around 5:00am while reporting live on the protests in the area. The producer and camera reporters with him were also arrested. While cameras were rolling, Jimenez asked police why they were making the arrest and if they needed him and the camera crew to move to another location, but police  didn’t respond only stating, “just following orders.” 

As viewers watched, Jimenez was handcuffed on live broadcast and taken way from the protest site. Unlike Jimenez, another CNN reporter who was also on scene, a white journalist Josh Campbell was not arrested. Jimenez has a black mother and Colombian father. 

Jimenez was later released from police custody after a call to Minnesota Governor by the CNN President. After his release, Jimenez told viewers, “my only consolation is the fact that you were able to see the racial discrimination with your own eyes because it happened live on TV.”

Later, in a telephone interview, MN governor apologized for the arrest and stated, “I’m deeply sorry. The arrest is unacceptable.”

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  1. [+1,621, -67] Really uncivilized of them. They handcuffed a black reporter based on the color of his skin on live TV?…America is wild.
  2. [+1,231, -60] I get protesting racial discrimination and all but why plunder and loot innocent businesses and shops? That’s why you’re being treated like diminishes the memory of the dead.
  3. [+824, -107] To be honest, racism is wrong but there’s a reason why blacks are discriminated against. You can protest peacefully like our country without the need to rob stores and destroy a city like a gang. You can’t stop violence with violence.
  4. [+47, -3] They lost the cause the minute they started looting stores..
  5. [+43, -0] Why aren’t blacks this angry when Asian women or the elderly are discriminated similarly by whites? Lack of empathy.
  6. [+29, -2] Even if there’s a power outage in the middle of the night in Korea, we go to sleep. But in America, they flood the streets and loot stores with gunshots. The U.S has a weird history with inventing hip hop and rap music using looted electronics. In Korea, white=Asian>black>. But in America, White>Black>Orientals. Asians suffer the most from racism. Guys, your fantasies about America are all lies..
  7. [+25, -1] Reminds me of the L.A Riots..I’m truly afraid of blacks in America. Guys, be safe.
  8. [+24, -5]  ㅡㅡthe real face of America.

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KPOP NOW – Jo Kwon’s nail art and ulzzang visuals catch attention

Source: Herald Pop

2AM‘s Jo Kwon is showing off his ulzzang visuals. 

On the 27th, singer Jo Kwon posted three photos on Instagram with the caption, “Oh, practice ᄒᄒ뿌뿌.”

In the photos shared, Jo Kwon perfectly pulls off wearing a pink T-shirt and nail art creating a pure atmosphere. He showed off his blemish-free skin and pretty visuals and NU’EST Ren left a comment writing, “L – Lᄅ ᅮ Lᄋ ᄋ ᄋᄋ,” showing off their amazing friendship. 

In the meantime, Jo Kwon recently appeared on MBC’s variety program “Let Us Take Your Order.

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  1. [+3,773, -407] Just come out and live your life proudly. There’s no reason denying it anymore, its not cool.
  2. [+3,214, -445] He’s trans not gay…there’s a difference. He identifies and lives as a woman.
  3. [+2,489, -306] He’s gradually transitioning to a woman..hul~what’s wrong with him??
  4. [+246, -16] It’s so obvious. The only reason why he’s not coming out to the public is because the other side won’t let him. This is his way of indirectly expressing it. 
  5. [+236, -17 Just admit it. He looks so much like Kim Kisoo.
  6. [+236, -2] Why does it matter if he looks feminine. I like Jo Kwon because of he’s always so playful and active
  7. [+209, -24] Isn’t it time to coolly admit it at this point??!
  8. [+140, -20] He’s become more feminine since he came out of the army. He probably got a pedicure set too. 

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KPOP NOW – [T/W] BJ Han alleges Lee Yong-Dae’s ex wife forced her to have sex with CEO A

**T/W** Article details prostitution and sexual abuse

Source: Sports Kyunghyang

Afreeca BJ Han Mi-mo (Yoo Ah-ri) is accusing actress Byun Soo-mi (Han Soo Hyun) of arranging prostitution. 

According to an exclusive report by Kyunghyang on the 28th, BJ Han Mi-mo filed a complaint with the court against Byun Soo Mi on charges of violating the law on the punishment of prostitution and gambling. Han Mi-mo claimed that Byun Soo-mi, who she thought of as a close friend, forced her to have sex with entertainment CEO A in Manila, Philippines to pay for her gambling addiction. 

Han Mimo stated that actress Byun asked to help her with finding work and encouraged her to come to Manila. She stated, “I thought it was just a simple introduction to someone of the opposite sex but Byun Soo-mi’s coercion continued. She forced me to have sex with entertainment CEO A who repeatedly abused me and forced me to have sex with him. I only went to Manila to meet my friend who was in a difficult situation but it turned out that a completely different person bought the plane ticket. I didn’t go there for money or any other pretext. Now the public is calling me a “whore” and “snake” after reading a few articles but this is not the truth. I will post the evidence on Instagram later with explanations.”

Actress Byun Soo-Mi released a statement threatening legal action writing, “Han Mi mo is accusing me of something completely false. I only introduced her to a good person to help her out. I have already met with a lawyer and will respond to her false accusations and defamation.”

Byun Soo-mi is the ex-wife to former Badminton player Lee Yong-dae (Yonex). She began her acting career under the stage name Han Soo-hyun and made her debut in 2012 with movie “Arboretum.” She met Lee Yong-dae at an event in 2011 and got married after dating for six years. They announced a divorce after two years of marriage and one daughter together. At the time of divorce, rumors were circulating that Byun Soo-mi’s gambling led to their divorce. Byun Soo-mi is reportedly living in Manila with the daughter. 

In the meantime, Han Mi-mo reportedly submitted a Telegram conversation between actress Byun Soo-mi and entertainment CEO A to the prosecution. 

  1. [+3,572, -48] Lee Yong Dae was so good early on his career..until he met his trash wifeㅋ
  2. [+3,162, -41] Yongdae-ya, how did you meet such a garbage person like her and have a baby..ugh
  3. [+1,086, -50] Lee Yong Dae must’ve enjoyed himself while meeting up with her tooㅋㅋ birds of a featherㅋㅋ
  4. [+217, -0] I can’t believe someone with a daughter would do something like that..
  5. [+186, -11] He dated her for 6 years and didn’t know she was a low ranking prostitute? Lee Yong Dae must be the most upset one today…
  6. [+141, -1] Lee Yong Dae’s wife admitted herself she was addicted to’s not a rumor
  7. [+114, -2] Typical sex predator face 
  8. [+100, -1] There’s a reason why he divorced her so quickly after dating for 6 yearsㄷㄷ

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KPOP NOW – Jay Park donates $10,000 to Black Lives Matter

Rapper Jay Park (Park Jaebum) has donated $10,000 to a human rights group in anger over recent crackdown of black people in the U.S

Jay Park posted a photo of George Floyd, a black man that was killed due to over-suppression by US police and wrote, “Sick of making posts like this and sick of the same s*** happening over and over again. Me being inspired by black culture aside, me having black homies aside, just as a man and a human being…to think how helpless he felt and how inhuman he was treated…to think what if that was my dad, or uncle, or homie makes me sick to my stomach.”

Jay Park went on to express his anger writing, “Countless INNOCENT UNARMED people losing their lives and nobody taking responsibility or being help accountable. People in positions of power not doing anything to provoke change…all of it makes me sick…the whole system is corrupt. Can’t even begin to fathom how fed up the black community is with so many years of abuse.”

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On the same day, Jay stated on his Twitter account, “just donated 10k (~12.4 million KRW). Pray to God the truth prevails,” and posted a link to the human rights group. 

The link he posted was of a website of an organization that raised funds for the protection of black human rights. The group thanked Jay for his donation saying, “Thank you for your contribution.”

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Meanwhile, the FBI has fired the four police officers involved in the abuse after public criticism of the police’s excessive crackdown. However, the wave of protests by angry citizens has intensified, spreading from Minneapolis to other major cities such as Chicago and Houston.

  1. [+1,103, -82] This is what positive influence looks like. Really cool of Jay Park..seriously. 
  2. [+1,060, -72] Donating to Corona in Korea. Donating to black rights in America. Really cool of him. This is true swag 👍
  3. [+842, -68] And that’s how you spend money! So cool!
  4. [+44, -2] The real truth is Asians are more discriminated on in America more than blacks..
  5. [+26, -3] Are the hip hop tryhards watching?ㅋㅋ This is true swag..
  6. [+26, -16] As expected of Jay Park! Knows to take care of him home country and put in hard work in other countries too, making money and donating it. Meanwhile Giriboy is out here saying stupid nonsenseㅉㅉ tsk tsk
  7. [+22, -9] Very cool of Jay Park!!
  8. [+21, -4] Those paid black people are going to curse Asian people now..ugh
  9. [+18, -7] He’s a shining light  among hip hop tryhards causing scandals daily
  10. [+15, -9] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ the way Easterners are so prejudiced against black people..why is it so funny?

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KPOP NOW – Actors Lee Dong Gun and Jo Yoon Hee announce divorce

Actor/actress couple Lee Dong Gun and Jo Yoon Hee have reportedly filed for divorce. 

In an exclusive report by Dispatch on the 28th an acquaintance revealed, “They had too many differences. They came to this decision after lengthy discussions. They considered the custody of their child as the most important agenda in their settlement. Jo Yoon Hee will have custody of their daughter.”

According to Dispatch, the two stars are expected to bring the divorce to a settlement quietly soon. 

The couple met on the set of drama ‘The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop‘ and registered their marriage in May of 2017. They welcomed their first daughter in December that same year. 

  1. [+4,956, -67] Hul!!!
  2. [+5,334, -779] He went around acting like a hopeless romantic over her only to mess up Jo Yoon Hee’s rising actor career;;
  3. [+3,875, -80] Hul, why
  4. [+1,113, -28] Lee Dong Gun isn’t the marrying type. He should just stick to dating. 
  5. [+1,093, -27] What a waste for Jo Yoon Hee..she only married him because she was pregnantㅜㅜ
  6. [+1,073, -23] Reminds me of that episode where Lee Dong Gun forgot about their first wedding anniversary. Jo Yoon Hee spent it alone crying underneath the covers. 
  7. [+491, -15] Lee Dong Gun is an infamous casanova in the industry ㅋㅋ
  8. [+434, -12] Jo Yoon Hee find strength! Hopefully you’re able to get some good child support out of him. 

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KPOP NOW – S.E.S Shoo loses all her gambling debt lawsuits, tenants petition to ban her from TV

Source: Sports Chosun

S.E.S Shoo is facing a difficult situation after losing a series of lawsuits in court for gambling debts.

On the 27th, the Seoul District Court Judge Lee Dong Wook ruled in favor of the plaintiff A and asked Shoo to return 346 million won in borrowed funds. Shoo had borrowed gambling money from A who she met in Las Vegas in 2017 but failed to pay back the funds.

In addition, Shoo also lost the company lawsuit against tenants for unpaid deposits. One tenant revealed to MBC in March, “Shoo lost her company suit. Despite the court’s order to pay back interest and principal on the bank loan as well as litigation costs and lease payments, she has yet to make any payments nor apologize to tenants. Even though she owns three real estate properties under her mother’s name, she keeps saying she has no money. We are suffering everyday not only from the unpaid deposits but also from the Corona. We have filed a petition to ban Shoo’s appearance on TV and all media.”

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In the meantime, Shoo’s properties have been seized due to her gambling debts and she has notified tenants that she’s not able to pay back their deposits. 

  1. [+1,338, -9] Habitual criminal 
  2. [+1,271, -8] This is how scary gambling addiction is guys
  3. [+77, -0] Apparently she owns a large multi-family home in Ilsan. Why not sell it and pay back the debts? It looks like the victim shared some photos of her on an expensive yacht overseas too. She’s a psychopath
  4. [+74, -0] In the meantime she needs to make an attempt to pay back the debts..
  5. [+54, -0] Can people like her that gamble with their kids lives even be considered parents? 
  6. [+45, -0] Did she really take her to court and tried to argue that its illegal to gamble overseas just because she didn’t want to pay back the money she borrowed?ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ she’s trash. 
  7. [+40, -1] Sell your house and pay it back!!
  8. [+39, -0] She needs to be homeless on the streets just like the tenants she stole from!

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KPOP NOW – Pledis CEO Han found to have committed copyright fraud of IZ*ONE songs

Source: Dispatch

Dispatch has revealed proof of Pledis CEO Han Sung Soo’s alleged copyright fraud.

On the 26th, Dispatch revealed that they were able to confirm that lyricist “SO JAY” credited as composer on a total of 8 songs on IZ*ONE’s album is the wife of Pledis CEO Han Sung Soo.

Han Sung Soo’s wife had worked as a visual director for Pledis in the past but isn’t known to have any experience in composing music. According to Dispatch, Pledis CEO Han secretly registered her as the lyric composer in order to fraudulently receive royalty profits.

Dispatch confirmed with the Korea Music Copyright Association that composer “SO JAY” real name is Park XX joined the Association in November 2018. SO JAY is credited as composer only on IZ*ONE’s songs.

SO JAY has 8 copyrights registered as follows:

  1. “Memory” – Co-lyricist: SO JAY’s stake is 1.5 times higher than main composer Boombastic
  2. We Together” – The song was originally released for Produce 48’s final album in September 2018. So Jay wasn’t listed in the original version of the song. So Jay’s name was added to the credits in the re-release of the song in October 2018.
  3. “Violeta” – Heart*IZ
  4. Airplane” Heart*IZ
  5. “Destiny” – BLOOM IZ
  6. “Pink Blusher” – BLOOM*IZ –  SO JAY’s stake is 1.5 times higher than main composer Boombastic
  7. “Open Your Eyes” – BLOOM*IZ

An industry insider stated, “It seems he wanted to get royalties from the song as producer but was afraid CJ Ent wouldn’t approve. If he was confident, he wouldn’t have needed to use his wife’s name.” 

Another industry official stated, “There are hundreds of rookie composers fighting to get chose by agency superiors. Even if their songs get picked, they have to listen to what the superiors say.”

When confronted about the fraud, Pledis Entertainment official explained that CEO Han took part in composing the songs but listed himself under his wife’s pen name. But according to Dispatch, even if this is true, it means CEO Han was double-dipping in the profits as he was getting paid as main producer and receiving royalties as co-composer and lyricist.

CEO Han also retorted to the allegations stating, “I personally took part in the song production. But even then, it was careless of me to receive royalties under my wife’s name. I simply wanted to be recognized and paid for my efforts in the songs. I was thoughtless. I acted on greed and didn’t respect the position of producer. I’m sorry.”

In the meantime, Big Hit officially became the largest shareholder of Pledis on May 25th. CEO Han’s stake in the company is reportedly valued at 100 billion won (~$81 million).

  1. [+1,531, -10] Wow, a real trash ba$tard
  2. [+1,471, -15] As expected of Pledis ㅋㅋ
  3. [+1,301, -9] He’s trash but very smart. He needs to put in that same level of effort with his artists instead
  4. [+68, -8] I knew he was trash after what he did with After School in 7 years and Pristin in 2 years..
  5. [+58, -3] What happened to IZ*ONE is a comprehensive example of the level of corruption in the industry by adults who only care about their own interests
  6. [+43, -8] IZ*ONE has been involved in all types of manipulation since debut…first the vote riggings and now thisㅋㅋ
  7. [+43, -3] Why would a lyricist use an alias..
  8. [+40, -1] Are you sure he’s the only one that did thatㅋㅋㅋlet’s dig deeper and catch them all

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