Current Obsession: Gary Mr. Gae

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For this week, I’ll be jumping back a few months to one of my all-time faves: Kang Gary, whose first-ever solo album “Mr. Gae” dropped in January 2014. Perhaps best known for his regular cast appearance on variety show Running Man,  he is first and foremost a musician and rapper as one-half of the hip-hop duo LeeSsang. Sure I love his witty and suave character on K-variety, but it’s nice to know that one of the most respected people in the music business also gets the love and recognition that comes from one thing: hard work.

Gary – “XX몰라 (ZOTTO MOLA)” [ Download ]

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The Rapper: Gary (개리) Korean Name: Kang Hee-gun (강희건)

The Backstory: I first heard of LeeSsang back in late 2009, when the hip-hop group released their sixth album “Hexagonal,” which shot up to top the music charts in Korea. I definitely liked their sound and quickly realized that most of my favorite tracks was from LeeSsang. Naturally then, I started watching Running Man since its premiere in 2010, and loved Gary instantly for his witty and off-the-cuff remarks (and yes, I admit, for my eternal bias for Monday Couple as well).

Thus my love for the variety show compelled me to start writing about it here and over at Dramabeans for the past three years. Even through its ups and downs, my enjoyment for the show has remained generally the same, since at the end of the day variety shows are there to entertain its viewers, and Running Man certainly has achieved that both in Korea and abroad. In particular, however, my adoration for Gary grew as I watched him start out as a variety-shy man to a charming one whose memorable one-liners leave me laughing for hours on end.

Turning to the music, though, Gary is both a stellar and charismatic performer on-stage; I got the chance to see him perform in concert last January, and a few friends of mine and I couldn’t help but giggle at how amazingly awesome he is in a live performance. This is a man who takes his craft seriously and appreciates everything he’s been given—the road to success wasn’t easy, and he knows that his achievements are a result of hard work and a passion for the music. Then it should come as no surprise that his real-life personality is told to be much more reserved than what we see on-screen.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Gary recently, and I can attest to the fact that he is just as thoughtful and gracious as he is on TV. He’s a no-frills, laid-back, easygoing dude who will engage in conversation despite the fact that he’s completely jet-lagged. It’s nice to know that what you see on TV translates to who he is in person, and uh, might get distracted by the occasional squirrel across the street. Heh. He was kind enough to sign my LeeSsang hat, and the experience alone is something I’ll never forget.

If we ever cross paths again Gary Oppa (and you’re not as tired that time around), I’ll ask for a picture then.

The Song: It’s great to hear that all those years of hard work paid off to release a solo album. I hear that Gary is a complete professional when it comes to the music, which leads me to believe that he wouldn’t put anything out unless it was the absolute best he could offer. I love his off-beat rapping style and much prefer this “Zotto Mola” track (XX Mola means “know nothing at all”) than the “Shower Later” song. Hell, let’s be honest—I love everything about him.

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The Lyrics: (Korean from Naver Music and English from Kpoplyrics)

다른 여자 백 명 필요 없어 다 오오오오
오로지 너 나한텐 너만 있으면 돼
나는 너만 빼면 필요 없어 다 오오오오
오로지 너 나한텐 너만 있으면 돼

아무리 말해도 내 맘을 넌 조또 몰라
때때로 내 표현이 거칠어지면 넌 또 놀라
사랑이란 말로는 표현이 안돼
너란 여잔 그냥 말이 안돼 말이 안돼
아무리 말해도 내 맘을 넌 조또 몰라
때때로 내 표현이 거칠어지면 넌 또 놀라
그 어떤 여자와도 게임 안돼
너란 여잔 그냥 말이 안돼 말이 안돼

사랑한다고 백 번 말해도 성이 안차 감정이 끌어 오를 때면 난 니가 땡겨
난 너를 빼면 시체야 그 어느 때건 너만 있으면 웃음이 생겨
배신 사기 거짓 그런 추한 것들 속에서 넌 오로지 나만 챙겨
넌 내편 내꺼 또 아주 예뻐 그래서 너만 보면 난 헤퍼 자주 니 옷을 벗겨 미안
쨌든 너랑 섞여 이 세상을 사는 게 난 행복해
니 성격 행동 그 모든 것에 내 맘이 다 뺏겨

다른 여자 백 명 필요 없어 다 오오오오
오로지 너 나한텐 너만 있으면 돼
나는 너만 빼면 필요 없어 다 오오오오
오로지 너 나한텐 너만 있으면 돼

아무리 말해도 내 맘을 넌 조또 몰라
때때로 내 표현이 거칠어지면 넌 또 놀라
사랑이란 말로는 표현이 안돼
너란 여잔 그냥 말이 안돼 말이 안돼
아무리 말해도 내 맘을 넌 조또 몰라
때때로 내 표현이 거칠어지면 넌 또 놀라
그 어떤 여자와도 게임 안돼
너란 여잔 그냥 말이 안돼 말이 안돼

넌 내가 딱 바라던 여자 순수하면서 또 색기가
흘러 넘쳐 아주 독해 마치 데킬라
니 아름다움은 추상적인 작품 장 미쉘 바스키아
그림처럼 다채로워 자유로워 중독 돼 빠져들어
못 벗어나 너의 아름다움에 혹시 다음에
다른 놈 생기면 그 새낀 반 죽어 미안
그 만큼 난 니가 좋아 넌 꽃이야 허브 꽃
이유는 몰라 난 그냥 사랑에 서툰 놈
우리 그냥 필대로 사랑하자 저 먼 곳 어디라도 함께 가자
가끔 정 떨어질 땐 차라리 존나 싸우자
중요한 건 진흙탕이건 백 평짜리 집이건 너와 내가 사랑한다는 것
그것만 기억해 돈 걱정 사는 걱정 그런 건 다 그냥 접어
내가 알아서 잘 벌어 그냥 뚝방길이나 같이 걸어
어릴 적 나 살던 곳 둘이 같이 손잡고
한강 바람 사람 꽃 비둘기 노을 은빛 물결
그 모든 것들과 하나되자 서로의 품에 안겨

 

I don’t need one hundred other girls
I just need you, I just need you
Besides you, I don’t need anything else
I just need you, I just need you

No matter how much I tell you, you really don’t know my heart
Sometimes, if the way I express myself gets too rough, you get surprised
Love cannot be expressed with words
A girl like you does not make sense, does not make sense
No matter how much I tell you, you really don’t know my heart
Sometimes, if the way I express myself gets too rough, you get surprised
No other girl can compete with you
A girl like you does not make sense, does not make sense

It’s not enough even if I tell you I love you a hundred times
When my feelings rise up, you pull me
Without you, I’m just a corpse
When you’re here, I smile more than any other time
Among the betrayals, scams, lies and other bad things, you only care for me
You’re on my side, you’re mine, you’re so pretty
So I don’t last long when I’m with you, I take off your clothes often, sorry
Anyway, I’m so happy that I’m living in this world with you
Your personality, actions, everything steals my heart

I don’t need one hundred other girls
I just need you, I just need you
Besides you, I don’t need anything else
I just need you, I just need you

No matter how much I tell you, you really don’t know my heart
Sometimes, if the way I express myself gets too rough, you get surprised
Love cannot be expressed with words
A girl like you does not make sense, does not make sense
No matter how much I tell you, you really don’t know my heart
Sometimes, if the way I express myself gets too rough, you get surprised
No other girl can compete with you
A girl like you does not make sense, does not make sense

You’re just the kind of girl I wanted, innocent but overflowing with sex appeal
You’re so strong like tequila
You’re like a beautiful abstract work, like a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting
You’re colorful, you’re free, I’m addicted to you, I’ve fallen for you
I can’t escape from your beauty
If you meet someone else, that bastard will be half-dead, sorry
That’s how much I like you
You’re a flower, a herbal flower
I don’t know why but I’m just a guy who is clumsy when it comes to love
Let’s just love as we feel, let’s go together, however far it is
If our feels cool down sometimes, let’s just fight like crazy
The important thing is, whether it’s a dirt shack or a big house, you and I will be in love
Just remember that – worrying about money, about life, just throw all of that away
I’ll make enough for us so just walk with me
Let’s go to my childhood home, as we hold hands
Han River, the wind, people, flowers, birds, the sunset, the silvery water Let’s be one with all of those things as we’re in each other’s arms

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2 thoughts on “Current Obsession: Gary Mr. Gae

  1. ” You’re just the kind of girl I wanted, innocent but overflowing with sex appeal. ”
    ” You’re a flower ” RM ep 135 @ Question time bomb part
    ” Among the betrayals, scams, lies and other bad things, you only care for me
    You’re on my side, you’re mine, you’re so pretty ” The two RM who always team up.
    ” No matter how much I tell you, you really don’t know my heart. ” Very Mong Ji Hyo :3
    ” Just remember that – worrying about money. ” The GOLD she wants.. x3
    ( my head is in the clouds, no in the moon now.. xD )

    Is that song for Ji Hyo?? AAHHHH!!! So sweet! This is the reason why I fell in love with Gary oppa! 😉 And Ms. Gummimochi, you have met him in real life and his personality is what he shows in Running Man really? OHmeyged..! Love him more.!

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