Spitting serious bars, slaying dance moves, and starting fires, CL is bringing some major heat with the release of her music video for Spicy.
While it may be received as a flaming trap hip-hop banger, one that immediately thrills with a rousing drum line, sexy swerves, and pace that builds with steady aggression, the lead track off the Alpha era of CL, Spicy, actually functions as a rousing re-introduction of sorts. You know, just in case anyone forgot. “She got the sauce, and it’s spicy,” says CL, laying down throughout the track why she has the energy, power, and chemistry. Far from being a song of self-service, however, it expands into an imprint of Asian pride, proving that even you are looking the most fly and rocking with the most fly.
Following the release of high-impact teasers, including that of a cherry red-haired CL, the music video for Spicy was dropped earlier today, and as expected, it was a blazing three minutes and twenty four seconds of striking visuals. Taking us to a mostly dark and gritty futuristic space, akin to that of the worlds built during her 2NE1, this glorious return shows CL in fine fighting form. From her perch on an intimidating John Malkovich-like bust (the award-winning actor lending his ominous voice to the track as well), to the slick dance breaks, and even the Pikachu car, the fire-cracker of a performer is making it very clear: she’s here to dominate even more.
The Alpha Is Rising
Going hard on all fronts, CL commands attention all throughout the expression of Spicy. With edgy, Matrix-inspired fashion to striking beauty looks, she is breathtaking in every scene. Compounded with her signature sass, there throbs a don’t-mess-with-me vibe that alludes to that self-actualized power that one holds. “Getting up higher / Making everything spice,” she drops. “Now put the fliers / We can never be stopped.”
In the Bauuer-produced, and Bonique, sokodomo, and CL-written track, the Spicy music video sees cameos from Lil Cherry and Omega Sapien, making it even more of a treat to watch. A party where everyone’s invited, this high-octane visual narrative will bring you to your feet and dance along, just as obviously, the single on its own has done.
All things considered, Spicy is a well-placed and well-executed beginning to a fiery new chapter to the supercharged career of CL. Ahead of the release of the second single in September and album in October, there will be enough beats, bass, and bad-ass to tide us over until the full rise of the Alpha that is CL. Watch out, she’s coming in hot, hot, hot.