This post is prewritten from Thursday, because by the time this is up I will be on a train halfway to Stockholm. I am going to see 4Minute live! This will be my first kpop concert, and I’m super duper excited about it, so it only makes sense that this opinionated profile is about 4Minute. I have to warn you though, I’m not super into them, so my comments might not be the most insightful.
Birth name: Nam Ji Hyun
Stage name: Jihyun
Birthday: January 9, 1990
Official height: 167 cm
Position: Vocalist, Leader, Visual
Comment: When you’re the leader of a group you have to be impressive on your own, but still not overshadow the other members. Most leaders in kpop do this fairly well, which I guess is why they’re the leaders, but Jihyun is a very strange choice for a leader to me. I think she’s the weakest singer in the group, and she just doesn’t stand out to me. It’s a very bad thing when I find myself wondering why the leader is even necessary. I don’t know 4Minute that well though, so she might very well have some great purpose, but I haven’t seen it.
I don’t think I know any other group with two visuals. Except for Boyfriend, that is, but those two are identical twins, so it doesn’t really count. It’s almost like they have one visual for sexiness, and then another one for cuteness. Which makes sense, so that was quite clever of them. If that was their reasoning, that is.
I don’t really know what to say, you guys. Jihyun really doesn’t interest me much.
Birth name: Kwon So Hyun
Stage name: Sohyun
Birthday: August 30, 1994
Official height: 162 cm
Position: Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae, Lead Dancer
Comment: Sohyun is such a cutie, and she’s growing into such a beautiful woman. If I was going to pick a “cute visual” it would have been her, not Jihyun. But since I don’t know if that was really the point of them having two visuals, that’s not really relevant…
I’ve never noticed Sohyun as a rapper, and I don’t think 4Minute has a need for another rapper. I do like how she’s developed as a singer though, and I’ve really noticed some improvement there.
I like her dancing. It’s hard for me to decide whose dancing I like better between her and Hyuna, because as dancers they’re incredible different. I love the cute spunky vibe she gives off when she dances though.
Birth name: Heo Ga Yoon
Stage name: Gayoon
Birthday: May 18, 1990
Official height: 165 cm
Position: Main Vocalist
Comment: When I finally learned all the names of the 4Minute members Gayoon was the one I was especially drawn to. For some reason I was dead set on not having Hyuna as my bias, and Gayoon seemed like a good choice. I like her voice a lot, even though I nowadays don’t think she’s the strongest singer in the group.
I think Gayoon’s really pretty, and a lot of the time I find her to be the prettiest in the group. I’ve never found anyone that’s agreed with me on that though. And I can somewhat understand that, Gayoon doesn’t always look like the conventional beauty she is in the picture I chose for her here. But I like that! I like people who are a little bit different, and I really like the mature vibe that her look gives off.
Birth name: Jeon Ji Yoon
Stage name: Jiyoon
Birthday: October 15, 1990
Official height: 165 cm
Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Comment: If someone told me to name the leader of 4Minute, Jiyoon would have been my first guess. She isn’t the member that’s the most in the spotlight, but she does really well and shines on her own.
Jiyoon’s is my favorite singing voice in the group. I really like Gayoon’s voice, and I love the way they harmonize together, but Jiyoon is a really impressive singer to me. Her high notes in ‘Volume Up’ were sick, and out of the two she seems to be the most stable live.
I prefer Jiyoon’s rapping over Hyuna’s any day of the week. It’s less childish and more hard-hitting.
Birth name: Kim Hyun Ah
Stage name: Hyuna
Birthday: June 6, 1992
Official height: 164 cm
Position: Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Visual
Comment: I didn’t want Hyuna as my bias. I’m not really sure why, but I guess it’s because I don’t really like her image, and I don’t think she’s a good singer nor a good rapper. So why is she my bias? Jiyoon is my favorite singer and my favorite rapper in the group, so why isn’t she my bias? I’m not really sure. I guess it’s because I’ve gone through a lot with Hyuna, so I can’t just throw her away.
I knew Hyuna and listened to ‘Change’ and ‘Bubble Pop’ before I had any idea what 4Minute was. I found her image (especially in the latter of those videos) weird and quite awkward, but I liked the songs, so I dealt with it. She was someone who I’d never say that I liked, ever. All she was to me was someone who made catchy songs.
I realized that she does have some kind of talent for rapping when I heard the song she did with Zico. Yes, he blew her out of the water, but she didn’t fail miserably, like I had expected her to do.
The first time I saw her as a part of Troublemaker I found her ridiculous. I loved the song, but what she did in that video was way too much, and we all know it.
I think the turning point for my relationship with Hyuna came when I saw the video for ‘Is it Poppin’?’. Until that point I hadn’t really found her sexy, nor that pretty, but in that video she blew me away. Hyuna in black hair and bangs is really hot, that’s just the truth.
In the latest Troublemaker promotions she seemed a lot more comfortable, and therefore sexier. I still think both she and Hyunseung are a lot sexier when they relax a bit though. (See this performance for reference. It really shows that smiles and playing around is sexier than intense stares)
I don’t mind Hyuna’s sexy image whatsoever, as long as she seems comfortable. And I do think she’s definitely come into it very well lately. I don’t think it’s the way she really is, because she seems quite adorable otherwise, but she pulls it off. She’s been hot during the latest promotions, in a quite effortless way.
It’s been a confused ride with me and Hyuna, but at the end of the day, she is the member that I care the most about, and ever since I found out that I really did get a ticket to the concert, she’s the one I’m the most excited to see. Just wait for me babe, I’ll be there.
I’m not really sure why I felt the need to write so much about my history with Hyuna, but that’s what I did, so deal with it! I really hope this concert will be as awesome as I hope, and I’m so damn excited!! This is the second kpop group to ever come to my little cold part of the world, and this time I’ll be there! I missed VIXX, but I’m not missing out on 4Minute!
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