After a five-year hiatus, Korean singer Psy returns with his ninth album, one studded with some of the biggest names in Korean pop music.
On Friday, the “Gangnam Style” rapper released the music video for “That That,” his long-awaited collab with BTS’ Suga. The song, which declares that the “pandemic’s over,” is about celebrating and getting back to “laughing, crying, living, loving.” The record, produced by Suga, is part of Psy’s album titled “Psy 9th,” which was also released Friday.
The “That That” music video features a unique Western theme, including Suga and Psy sporting striking cowboy outfits. The two are seen dancing to the tune’s catchy beat in and outside a saloon, along with an energetic group of backup dancers.
In a separate video titled “Best friends 16 years apart,” Psy shares what it was like working with the BTS rapper.
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“When meeting younger artists, I don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable. I don’t want to be someone who’s hard to approach. He just wasn’t my junior in the business, but also he truly feels like a friend,” Psy says. “It was hard to feel any age gap.”
For Suga, he mentions that he was initially nervous to work with someone older than him who is well respected in the music industry. Upon their collaboration, however, he says the experience “felt like working with a childhood friend” and that it made the songwriting process “much more fun.”
“We became besties in a way,” he adds.
In a separate video, Suga explains that he does not usually get close to anyone he works with because he is not the type to meet up in person. Psy, however, proved to be the opposite.
“He wanted to see me in person. While producing, we went back and forth a lot. I seriously didn’t expect to be dancing with Psy. I thought I was only writing a song,” Suga says.
“That That” is the lead single from Psy’s new album, which he released under his own label, P Nation, created in 2019. His previous albums had all been released under YG Entertainment, which he left in 2017.
The album also includes features by Epik High’s Tablo, Hwasa and members of his own label, Jessi and Crush.