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The Koda Kumi Rate: PART IV. All things come to an end, WINNER announced

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by evilsin, Jun 22, 2020.


Which short track / interlude if your favorite / deserves a full version?

  1. Introduction ~WALK OF MY LIFE~

    6 vote(s)
  2. Interlude ~Dance~

    1 vote(s)
  3. Introduction ~My music is designed from my DNA~

    1 vote(s)
  1. Me reacting to there being another tie:

    I’d swap out some of Outside tracks with a few of the eliminated ones but overall this top 20 is the definition of taste.
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  2. Yeah, overall you guys managed to show some taste with that Top20.
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  3. Oh, come on!

    puff is fucking fabulous!
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  4. “Some” being the key word.
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  5. [​IMG]
    Walk of my life entering top 10 as the only ballad left in this rate.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2020
  6. Bit late but just wanted to say I love the choreography for Money In My Bag and the outfits!
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  7. Oh, dangerous! Ah [x100]


    Average: 8,46
    Highest scorers: 10x6 (@Remorque, @Ana Raquel, @V3RYP05H, @RUNAWAY, @Yeziirl, @Music Is Death are y'all, like, okay?), 9x1 (@lalaclairi_)
    Lowest scorers: 6,5x2 (@Cutlery, @mi|kshake), 7x3 (@cookiedough, @Weslicious and @me!)
    My score: lookie above

    The race is getting tighter and tighter. Produced by Hi-yunk and Kumi herself and written by her as well, the track appeared on "DNA" as an album track. This is basically the second song she has ever produced after "Milk Tea", since all the other ones where she was listed as a producer were not in fact produced by her. It was also used for promo a little, as it was performed on a-nation that was held close to the album's release.

    How did this get so high and also got so many 10s? I'm honestly baffled, as I could never fully connect with the track. I do have to say that the production carries the whole thing, even though some parts of it remind me of the old MTV Russia vignettes. The way the instrumental warps and distorts is to my liking alright, so props to Kuu and her hubby for creating something fresh sounding at least in terms of her discography. Still, in other places this is just a repetitive mess. Due to the song being longer, it even sounds more repetitive than "WATCH OUT ~DNA~", which is something. Moreover Kuu sounds kinda out of it just like the melodies themselves, apart from maybe the very first verse, where the vocal effects made her sound somewhat sinister. Even the supposed catchy "nananana" parts didn't help and added to the repetitive nature of the track instead. In conclusion, I appreciate the sonic territory this ventured into, but in other respects it ultimately fails to impress.

    Lyrically the "dangerous" part both applies to Kuu herself and the obstacles we all have to knock down on our way to being a better self.

    No lame deception
    Believe in yourself and fight - that's my style
    Won't go easy on those guys, wow...

    (c) @otenkiame

    Don't go easy on me either, Kumi.

    @Cutlery (6,5) won't be polishing himself with this one anytime soon, "Well it feels like it was made to be a thumping, sleazy jam, but it doesn't do much for me."

    @otenkiame (8) loves a hard beat, "What a fun song! Love the way it starts up with the dogs barking then Kuu's sassy vocals before getting into a harder sound. It's a bit messy, but I live for the way that beat comes in every time for the hooks! I know it's nothing special, but songs with heavy beats just do it for me." The barking is such a weird detail though. Like, why?

    And lastly here is @Yeziirl (10) with more of his incoherent musings, "DANGELAAAAAAAAS! Dubstep in 2018-2019, when was it even released? Who fucking cares! So trashy (in a good way), perfect! I don’t even know what the heck she is saying throughout the chorus. “Dangerous my waifu let’s go?” Ok, gurl let’s go!"

    Apart from an a-nation outing, this one was used as the opening for the "DNA" tour.
  8. Ugh, another one of my 11 contenders is out. Hopefully one of the three left make it to the top.

    Also, that write up.... I always felt “Dangerous” was too short whereas “Watch Out” was too long. The variations and twists “Dangerous” throws are far more interesting to me than whatever “Watch Out” did. Anyways, I love the song. It’s a wicked bop and those are always my faves. Come through sinister Kuu.
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  9. Mess.
  10. High BPM and not much vocalfaggotry is a perfect track for me! Dangerous does both!

    Also, six 10s, when will your faves?
  11. The ties are attacking my faves I don't like them either!!!!!
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  12. How did Dangerous get Top 20?!
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  13. You just had to go and jinx it, didn't you?

    I am finally, I am finally free


    Average: 8,5
    Highest scorers: 10x5 (@Weslicious, @Sprockrooster, @Yeziirl, @Music Is Death, @RUNAWAY), 9x2 (@lalaclairi_ and @me!)
    Lowest scorers: 5x1 (@Ana Raquel dddd, of course!), 6x1 (@cookiedough)
    My score: looke above

    And thus the last ballad in the rate is leaving us. Just to remind you the last ballads in Parts I and II both left at #9, while Part III lost it at #27 or even #32, considering how broad your perception of a "ballad" is. Produced by Nick Carbone, Anthony Natoli, John Secolo (these three worked on the OST for the film "Bridge And Tunnel") and Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne's "Nobody's Fool" and "Why") and written by Kumi, the track served as a title track for Kumi's 12th studio album. Because of this, it got a hilarious music video, where Kumi is floating through the air in urban landscapes. I laughed out loud first time watching it. I still giggle.

    Fam, this is fabulous. I can even say it's probably in Top10 Kumi ballads. I just adore the fact, that it's a tad different in the usual approach to balladry. The ever-changing pace from slower in the intro to faster in verse then back to slower in the chorus is such a nice detail. It makes for a more engaging track compared to a standard piano ballad. Kumi's delivery is very passionate and emotive as it should be for a track like that. Moreover the beat and backing vocals fulfill the picture and we get a nicely crafted well-rounded end product. I didn't give this a perfect score mainly due to the fact that I wanted the chorus to have more of everything at least at the end of the song.

    Lyrics wise this one is about self-discovery and the ability to go forward.

    They kept saying "You're strong, aren't you?"
    But in front of the mirror
    my shoulders were always trembling, you know?
    There really isn't
    anyone who knows their true self

    (c) @otenkiame


    So basically @otenkiame (8) repeats my write-up, "Kuu's power ballad about her life. Gotta hand it to her, she switched things up with this ballad; it doesn't sound much like any other songs she has. She definitely went there by pouring out her heart about her life and it paid off. The small choir that comes at the end is much appreciated, too. Wish the choir had been a bit more powerful, though."

    @Yeziirl (10) feels the feels, "iconic, the whole album sounds really western and to be honest she succeeded in doing it better than most pop stars at that time. This track just gets more and more emotional as time passes and I think it has a perfect title. Verses sound so angelic and explode into a rush of touching emotions in a chorus!"

    Handclap happy @Music Is Death (10) is here to stan, "Oooo yes the piano melody! The handclaps, guitar, and drums! Perfect production elements coming together, and she sounds so good. The chorus! I wasn’t ready for that. What a perfect album closer, a gorgeous song while being a bop, and a perfect title track. Another amazing 11 contender."

    the track reminded @Sprockroster (10) about another famous balladeer, "Diane Warren will be proud her legacy is felt through in this tear-jerker." Have you heard Namie's "Wishing On The Same Star"?

    I wonder if @RUNAWAY's (10) wish has come true, "such a fantastic song, and another great closer. Absolutely in love with this song, and I hope it does well here." I mean, it could've been worse.

    The song received some traction live, as it was performed quite a few times and is still being performed from time to time.

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  14. *dramatically flies out of the rate*
  15. I've spent all of my evening trying to find a demo of the song that is going to be eliminated next, so no eliminations tonight unfortunately. Spoiler - I found it.
  16. Shit, is it WHO???
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  17. No, it's "W FACE".
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  18. Yas bitch, yas bitch, yas bitch, woo slay!
  19. Well, duh.

    Oh lady, guy, go


    Average: 8,53
    Highest scorers: 10x5 (@Weslicious, @Remorque, @V3RYP05H, @Ana Raquel and @Yeziirl), 9,5x1 (@Music Is Death)
    Lowest scorers: 5x1 (@lalaclairi_), 6x1 (@Sprockrooster)
    My score: 8

    "IT'S MY LIFE" is now officially the best track on "AND", because y'all decided so. Deservingly so, I'd say. Produced by Joacim Persson (Amuro Namie's "Golden Touch"), Sebastian Arman (Conchita Wurst's "Rise Like A Phoenix"), husband and wife Christopher Thornton and Diondria Thornton (Rick Ross' "Lamborghini Doors") and Ori Kaplan (Fifth Harmony's "Worth It") and written by Kumi, "WHO" appeared on the album as a newer track. This one has done some rounds, to tell you the truth. In 2016 the song was recorded by a Romanian singer Lariss and almost released as "Ladidadi". I'm saying "almost", because officially the track isn't available, probably due to the fact that Malta snatched it for their 2015 Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chukunyere. Her version was titled "Fast Life (Ladidadi)" and is available at the moment. Weirdly enough, Lariss' even has a video. I feel bad for the girl.

    The song is pretty good. It was an early highlight of the album for me, still with time it lost a bit of its polish. I think it loses a lot of steam by the second half, like it begs for a middle 8, alas there is none to be found. In other parts Kuu brings her best yolo swag when it comes to delivery and, honestly, I love it here, since the attitude is most welcome for an urban track like that. The chorus has one of the sweetest and catchiest melodies and I loved how Kumi commented on this one during the tour. Oh yes, did I mention she performed this right in front of my eyes? She most definitely did. Kuu said, that she knows that a lot of different people come to her shows and that not everyone of them are stans who know every single song of hers by heart, so she wanted to have a song, that would have an undeniable sing-along hook, that would make them feel included as well. She also hilariously depicted those people dancing in the crowd by themselves, dddd. Anyway, she then proceeded to teach us the part of the song that goes "dare, dare, dare" (meaning "who, who, who"), and when it came in the song, Jesus, the whole place was out of its mind screaming that word. Such an experience. I love this woman so freaking much.

    The message of this one, I guess, is of not caring about what others say.

    Wow, one round ahead, next turn next turn. If you're gonna turn no matter what,
    then you gotta take the noble path
    Who decided that? You said that, right, daddy?

    (c) @otenkiame

    Nobody called me "daddy" before, Kuu *blushes*

    The track was this close to getting a higher score from @otenkiame (8,5), "Right off the bat this track is giving me life with that heavy bass! I'm not sure if I'm that big a fan of what she does with her voice here, but when that bass drops with the saxophone, my bussy is poppin’. Yeah, this is the kinda bop that I want to hear more of! Give me that heavy bass!" Yeah, the beat is great.

    The attitude was everything @Cutlery (8,5) lived for, "It's solid, and once again I like it when Kuu gets all "who's stopping me? you?". Especially delivered energetically." She just sells it even if it is not perfect.

    @Yeziirl (10) is high on life or something... "yas wig on fire snatched in outer space when will yo faves! Damn that’s such a mood setter, whenever this plays I just want to go to sex shop, buy the biggest dildo and then insert it into my crush, you know! And after he is pleased with that, Imma just sit or twerk on his face. That describes this song’s atmosphere perfectly. Still mad it’s not a lead track and doesn’t have a ratchet music video with Kumi slapping bad bitches with a whip and than they are bowing down to her! she performed it like once on a live tour and that was a solo performance without any dancing which was kinda wack if I remember correctly… do this track some justice, please!" I'll be just slowly backing away, while saying that the performance was still very wholesome.

    Speaking of that performance, here it is in audio form. It's weird she didn't bring it out for at least the "DNA" tour, since her comment about it suggested she wanted more people to sing along to it. Oh well. The guitar instead of saxophone here sound quite lovely, don't you think?

    And speaking of the original versions, here they are.


    RUNAWAY Staff Member

    ANOTHER tie?! Shit....Koda Kumi rates are just cursed forever huh?
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