You do mostly hip hop music. Is there another genre that you would like to explore?
CL: “Hip hop is YG’s signature music genre. I listened to a lot of hip hop music when I was growing up. I think hip hop runs in me. Now, I’m trying out the pop genre. I think this may come across as something new to the fans.”
Are you going to make changes to you fierce style?
CL: “I’ll keep my fierce image. That is who I am. I’ve done a lot of genre as 2NE1. Even acoustic music. I don’t think I’ll be doing “THE BADDES FEMALE” kind of music all the time.”
How did other member react when you decided to go solo in the US?
CL: “They always support me. DARA is a big fan of CL (laughter). She even came to New York to come and monitor my concert.”
Does she tell you what you need to work on?
CL: “She has never said anything bad until now (laughter). She only congratulates me.”
Any touching words from her?
CL: “We don’t get to meet often. DARA came to see me during my US tour, and BOM sent a text. That was touching. And, we’re too close to say those things.”
BLACKPINK debuted, and they are referred to as the next 2NE1.
CL: “Seeing them reminds me of our old days. We used to work hard just like them.”
Do you sometimes give advices?
CL: “I’m not in a place to give advices. I’ve got things of my own to do.”
How do you feel when people call BLACKPINK as the next 2NE1?
CL: “When 2NE1 debuted, people called us the next BIGBANG. It’s only natural as we are on the same label. It means that we were that big of a group, so it doesn’t make me feel bad. And, 2NE1 and BLACKPINK have very different styles.”
You have a fierce image. What are you like in person?
CL: “I’m not wild or anything. I just go wild on the stage. The most important thing is to have a concept that matches the music. I only put on heavy makeup because I want to look pretty (laughter).”
So there is no chance that you would one day go for a pure and innocent image?
CL: “I don’t have double eyelids, so my nickname is ‘newborn baby’. I like looking pure and innocent. But the music I like doesn’t go with pure and innocent. You can’t really see me singing ‘FIRE’ in a frilly dress, can you (laughter)?”
When will you release an album in Korea?
CL: “I really miss my Korean fans. If possible, I want to release albums and do promotions in Korea and the US at the same time. I don’t intend to do music only in the US. That doesn’t mean I’ll only go back to Korea if I don’t get to release an album in the US. This is why I did a lot of pictorials these past two years. I wanted to communicate with my Korean fans through pictorials.”
Do you have plans to do collaborations with DARA?
CL: “That didn’t really cross my mind yet. I’ll think about it.”
Do you want to say a word to your fan club Blackjack?
CL: “’GOODBYE’ contains what we want to say to our fans. I just want them to know that 2NE1 is not gone. We’ll each be doing our thing. I’d like to thank our fans for their support. I really mean it.”
Is there something that you want to say for the last time as the leader of 2NE1?
CL: “I’d like to thank you our fans for their support. We have a lot of good memories thanks to our fans. Your love will give us strength to go on as solo musicians. I’ve got here and had fellow members thanks to 2NE1. The fact that we were all part of 2NE1 will always remain. We’ll each do our best hoping that, in 20 years time, we would be able to bring good news to our fans.”
What is your ultimate goal?
CL: “I’m interested in fashion as well as in music. But now, I want to focus on my album. Of course, I find many things fun, but I want to go on stage with good music. That is what I’m good at and what makes me happy. My goal is to work hard to show my fans what I’m good at.”