The problem with B.I. is he likes to please his superiors, and doesn’t know himself very well. He is very good at mimicry, mimicking Papa YG when he tells his opponent Junhyun “people like you don’t make it.” Mimicking Tablo, when he tells Tablo he wants to be on his team. Mimicking G Dragon, because he’s been told he may be the next G Dragon. Mimicking his friend Bobby whenever he gets into trouble on stage and adopts his gritty to-hell-with-it attitude. Summed up, the problem with B.I. is he isn’t a very good rapper. At least until he stops trying to play favorite son and figures himself out.
In episode 3, B.I. went up against Jin Junhyun, who hit the nail on the head when he said of B.I. “he has an agency behind him… It’s supposed to be fair, but I can’t help thinking about that.” Junhyun’s overall point is, there appears to be a level of favoritism involved in SMTM3. Before examining B.I.’s performance, and what was supposed to be his one-way ticket back to the YG building, Yook Jidam’s battle is a good example of where favoritism can at times cloud the judgment of the judges.
Even before entering the judging chamber, Ms. Jidam had on all her charm and pluck on display. It wasn’t all in vain. Although she forgot her lyrics two lines into her rap, she would still take the win. Her opponent, Jong Min Gyu initially watched as she helplessly flapped about the stage like a fish out of water, repeating 1, 2 , 3, at which he then jumped in to begin his round. As Min Gyu performed, quite flawlessly, Jidam suddenly cut him off having remembered her lyrics. Waiting for her to give him breathing space to finish his rap, Min Gyu watched helplessly as the DJ cut the beat.
Poor fella, he got a bad card. Jung Min Gyu was rapping against one of the youngest in the competition, a girl still in high school who wears her uniform to great effect, and is mentored by a rapper who is friends with some of he judges. He didn’t stand much of a chance. To her credit, Yook Jidam didn’t sit by, roll over and die. She had little to lose at that point, and chose to be bold. She grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat.
When Jidam was chosen, Min Gyu’s mouth dropped. Some of the judges, beginning with Swings, then Tablo, and finally The Quiett played coy and criticized both contestants for the mistake of one. Based on the televised comments, the only judge that likely didn’t vote for Yook Jidam was YDG “the least prejudiced of all the judges.”
Back to B.I., who got his rear-end kicked in, by his opponent Jin. Here, again the judges realizing the obvious that the favored son was going home, turned icy quiet, and decided to criticize both performers. Nonsense! Jin was on it, and B.I. off it.
It should all have ended there for B.I. But then, the show is an offshoot of the entrenched Kpop industry. Somehow episode 4 had B.I. before the judges again, in a runoff rap battle.
B.I. went up against J slow with the beat from Jay Z’s “Dirt off Your Shoulder.” Instead of flowing with the beat, B.I. proceeded to mimic G Dragon and Bobby entirely independent of the beat. To give him some credit, it is a hard beat to rap to.
When B.I. was being announced the winner, out of nowhere the producers chose to use trumpet blasts.
B.I. would later be eliminated in episode 6 on the August 14 broadcast of the show. Look out for our upcoming review.