EXO released "Monster" and I had to see if the teaser was a complete lie. If you liked the teaser, you're in for a treat.
When the song first started, I thought this was SM's rendition of YG's bullshit. The beginning of the song gives a false sense that "Monster" will be a yolo-swag trap fagfest as often put out by Big Bang and the like, but the chorus kicks in and song starts rocking. I didn't even think I'd ever say it, but here goes:
I like an EXO song.
There's only one thing I'd change about the song. The bridge before the rap needs to go. It slows the song when the song should be ramping up. The rap section does well at doing this. Hell, even the rap is good for idol standards (and like I've been saying a lot lately, thank God the rap sections are being contained in one longer section than appearing everywhere throughout the song). The dude didn't rap fast for yolo swag shit, but he was actually matching the increasingly faster beat. Usually too many idol rappers think that fast rapping is jjangbak without realizing they sound awful without going along with the beat.
While the song is good, I like the concept of the MV. These guys don't look like fucking fairies, so I can watch the MV without feeling like I need to attend a LGBTQOPJHRBSA (whatever the fuck they call it these days) event while donning a dress.
The concept of the MV deals with EXO rioting and fighting the man. However, with very little story to the MV, we don't know why they are rioting. Leave it to EXO-L's to come up with some whacky-ass reason for everything in the MV.
Here's my made-up bullshit:
The EXO members are rioting against the Korean netizens who have to bring up the Chinese defectors each and every time. The other members know that the lone Chinese guy left in the group (Lay) brings up up their visual game by over 9,000 and without him they'd look like they would belong in Akdong Musician. The Korean members are rioting to keep the Korean netizens in line so that Lay doesn't defect from the group. They even came out with a good song to make sure he doesn't feel like he's wasting his time promoting garbage like "Wolf" any longer.