When talking about K-pop, you must think of Bigbang. It’s not that universe Big Bang, and it is not the “Big Bang Theory.” It is one of the most famous K-pop bands in Korea. Or, I would like to say, it is the best one. GD stands for G-gragon, is the most famous one in the Bigbang. He is the Korean rapper, songwriter, producer and fashion icon. Imagine Justin Timberlake’s boy bander-turned-credible musician pedigree and Kanye West’s genre-bending artistic daredevilry, and you’ll get an idea of G-Dragon’s standing in K-pop — though his reach is expanding rapidly beyond Asia.
In the American music circle, many musicians mentioned that they would like to play music with GD. On his 2013 album, Coup d’Etat, G-Dragon included the song “Niliria,” which was inspired by a traditional Korean folk song with a similar name. Although he originally didn’t intend to bring on another voice for the track, he began to like the idea, as reported by Kpopstarz. The Big Bang leader explained how he chose Missy Elliott to work with him because he was looking for a female artist who wasn’t popular today, but “more of the past” to fit the antique feel of a folk song. (And of course, it also had to do with the fact that he is a fan of hers.) They mostly collaborated via phone and email, but performed together at the annual Korean culture and music convention, KCON, in 2013 in Los Angeles.