I’ve been a huge Jackson Wang fan for a while. I say Jackson Wang as I’m not so much a Got7 fan but a fan of this singular adorable member. Remember the variety show Roommates when those of us who weren’t Got7 fans got a chance to learn about this bundle of energy? This mama’s boy who made us all cry for him? The one who made us non-Got7 fans give them another look to try and cram them into our favorites list because we knew it would make him happy? Yeah, that Jackson.
Well, let me tell you, that Jackson is all grown up and I think I might love older Jackson even more.
It started last year with the adorable video for one of his solo songs. You know the one, where he was a billionaire crime-fighter who protected his city from a lovesick crustation? No? Well, you should probably take care of that, right now.
While it had a more sophisticated sound, the premise and direction showed that this was still the cute Jackson we knew and loved. It made me start thinking off him in a relevant way again. However, it wasn’t until Bullet To The Heart, his release also from last year, where I really sat up and took notice of New Jackson. I loved the song so much that not only did it make my top 50 songs of 2020, if I had put them in order, it would actually make the top 10, possibly even the top 5. It was that realization where I knew I had to look at Jackson in a whole new light. Gone was the adorable puppy, and in his place was a man with maturity, pain, style, and talent. While he’s a rapper for Got7, really here, in his solo work where he sings in English is where he shines. And if you haven’t seen Bullet To the Heart, please do so now.
Are those adult feelings and emotions we see in there? I believe that they are and I love and am amazed by him all the more for it.
As Got7 just had a new release, I was afraid to think that it would be a while before we got to see more Jackson solo work. But I was wrong! (How quickly one forgets how fast these guys move.)
100 Ways is a catchy song I can, unfortunately, see being stuck in my head for days. It’s a little repetitive, and might not be as beautiful and gut-wrenching as Bullet To the Heart, the song is really pretty, and again showcases the mature Jackson I’m really becoming addicted to.
The video is coo-coo crazy and, having watched it at least 4 times, still have no idea what the video means, how it relates to the actual song itself, but turns out, dirty, serious Jackson is riveting enough to keep me here. I’m really hoping, once all this is over and we come out of self-containment, Jackson will tour, and if he does? I would absolutely fly to see that.
Jackson Wang – 100 Ways