Recently, Lee Chae Rin – better known as CL of popular K-pop group 2NE1 – has been on cloud nine while pursuing a music career in the United States. She killed it performing alongside Skrillex, Diplo, and will.i.am at the MDBP (Mad Decent Block Party) festival tour, followed by the release of her latest music video for “Doctor Pepper.” Summarized, CL is gaining the propaganda that builds the momentum she needs upon her EP release.
Now, CL will get even more traction for her solo career as a feature in Rolling Stone truly lifted her image up. According to the popular entertainment magazine, CL is one of the “10 New Artists You Need To Know.”
Rolling Stone‘s branding may be a bit over-the-top given the fact CL has no experience performing for the stereotypical American music preferences, but after her latest exploits, it is well-earned. There are two reasons for this too, in which the first is her manager being Scooter Braun, the man responsible for making Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande such popular acts. Second, CL doesn’t box herself into one specific style or label, something she claims for herself.
“I don’t actually like calling myself a rapper. I’m more a performer. I don’t like to box myself into anything, because I also sing and I love to dance; I do everything.”
CL’s statement is given much more cadence with how different her K-pop idol image in 2NE1 is compared to her image for her American solo career. In 2NE1, the songs she’d perform alongside Bom, Dara, and Minzy are considered more electronic, dance, electropop, or house music.
As a soloist, CL taps into a genre that is more American hip-hop. This is especially shown with her latest music video for “Doctor Pepper,” which is attached below.
There is surely a difference in styles. CL however does hope that by being so diverse, she’ll be able to represent Asian girls, as well as other K-pop idols, in the American music scene, as reported by KpopStarz.
“I would love to represent Asian girls and be an example of idol for girls [in the US]. That is my dream, but I don’t want that to be my main goal.”
Spin Magazine also featured CL too, specifically for her “Doctor Pepper” music video, claiming that CL firing off a tweet in the dark is more iconic with her than when most pop stars do it today.
As of now, CL’s American EP is yet to be given a release date. Technically, it is being kept under wraps, shrouded in tight-lip mystery. But given the track record of announcement to release time frame, CL’s EP may release as early as late this year to anytime next year.
[Image via Screen Capture of 2NE1’s Music Video for “I Am The Best”]