On April 17, Minzy, the former member of 2NE1 held a showcase event for her solo album in Seoul. I attended the event, and you know, as it is her first ever solo album, she looked a little bit nervous but she showed great performance.
How do you like her title track “Ninano”? Well, “Ninano” is a trendy song based on Hip Hop, and yeah, it is basically similar to 2NE1’s songs. But it is very notable that Minzy represents the soul and massive talent of a true singer. Through the song, she does what she is able to do so well, proving she’s not only a great dancer but also a competent vocalist. You know, she had such a long hiatus as a member of 2NE1, and it seems like she really wanted to show that she can do tremendously well as a solo singer.
So, let’s see what Minzy talked about her first ever solo album and 2NE1.
Q. You released your first ever solo album. How do you feel?
Minzy: I’m very nervous, of course. But I know it’s a great opportunity for me, and I hope I will reach more fans.
Q. Did you have any difficulties when you were preparing for the album? Because it is your first ever album since you left YG and 2NE1 in 2016.
Minzy: I didn’t have any difficulties, but it was never easy to build futures of my own. And it’s true I felt pressured to meet the expectations of many people after leaving YG, but I’m sure it acted as a stimulus to me.
Q. So, what made you decide to leave YG and 2NE1?
Minzy: Because my contract with YG has expired. And I had to make a choice because I wanted to show new sides of me.
Q. How do you feel about YG now?
Minzy: Well, YG is like my hometown. I’ve learned singing and dancing there. YG helped me a lot, and I know YG made me who I am.
Q. How about Yang Hyunsuk?
Minzy: I’m sure he’s proud of me because I was just an elementary student when we met for the first time. He’ll support me a lot even though I don’t belong to YG any more.
Q. Do you still keep in touch with the 2NE1 members?
Minzy: Yeah, we contact each other often. Lately, they called me after watching “Sister’s slam dunk 2”.
Q. It seems like many fans were disappointed because you didn’t participate in singing 2NE1’s last song “Goodbye”.
Minzy: I know many fans were disappointed about it, and I was disappointed about it too. However, I just supported the members because it was the last song of 2NE1.
Q. How do you like your new agency?
Minzy: YG was very systematic and it had its own rules. Music Works, on the other hand, has a family-like atmosphere. We’re like family, and I’m really enjoying my life in Music Works because I can always share many of my views and opinions.
Q. It’s notable that Flowsik is featured in your title track as a rapper.
Minzy: After watching his performance with Bohyung of SPICA, I was charmed by his voice. I wanted to perform with him, and I contacted him.