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Jungkook’s new single with Jack Harlow gets mixed reactions due to the song’s ‘problematic’ lyrics

BTS member Jungkook has released his highly anticipated second digital single, “3D,” which features American singer and rapper, Jack Harlow. The single soon sparked controversy as the audiences noticed the message of the rap section of the song.

Jack Harlow’s verse that was tagged as ‘controversial’ reads:

“All my ABGs get cute for me
I had one girl (One girl), too boring
Two girls (Two girls), that was cool for me
Three girls, damn, dude’s horny
Four girls, okay, now you whorin'”

Apart from the explicit lyrics, what also stirred controversy was the use of “ABG,”  which refers to Asian Baby Girl/Gangster. This can instill stereotypes about Asian-American girls who are often raised in Western countries. This stereotype portrays them as studious, kind, and reserved but also rebellious, associated with gangs, having their hair dyed, having tattoos, and spending nights out with their significant other.

Big Hit Entertainment said that “3D” is about a desire to connect with someone. They commented, “The track is an R&B pop song characterized by a minimalistic arrangement, a strong rhythm, and an irresistibly catchy sound. It cleverly employs the concept of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd dimensions to express a desire for connection. Jack Harlow joins the track as a featured artist.”

Fans had mixed opinions about the song, with some expressing that the feature was unnecessary. Many of Jungkook’s fans loved the high-rhythmic and catchy lyrics that made them feel good. However, when the rap part started, they expressed feeling uncomfortable, claiming that it objectified women and was utterly misogynistic.

On the other hand, others defend Jungkook, saying that he shouldn’t be personally attacked just because some didn’t like the song/verse.

ARMYs who did not like the rapper’s part resorted to listening to the ‘alternate version’ instead. Many speculated that Big Hit and Jungkook released the said version of 3D as they were aware that some would prefer Jungkook’s version of the song.


The song “3D” reached the No. 1 spot in over 80 countries on the iTunes chart making it the fastest song in history to achieve this kind of feat.


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