On July 15, 2023, during an episode of Dua Lipa’s podcast, “Dua Lipa: At Your Service,” Jennie, a member of the K-pop group Blackpink, opened up about feeling “restricted” within the Korean music industry.
She shared her struggles, particularly during her trainee days when she was assigned the position of a rapper. Jennie revealed that she often felt lost and frustrated as she couldn’t fully express certain aspects of herself.
“There was a second where I was denying myself in view of the possibility that I didn’t pick this way, that another person has picked for me. Subsequent to putting a hold on of work and paying attention to music as a rule, and afterward I really thought back to the recordings that I performed and when I was doing lives, to like truly see myself like getting a charge out of rapping in front of an audience, and that is the second where I acknowledged the way that, that is a piece of me.”
During the conversation, Dua Lipa brought up the Blackpink song “Tally,” which gained attention for its explicit lyrics. Interestingly, the song seemed to be one of Jennie’s favorites, despite struggling to perform it initially due to its content.
Jennie further made sense of, “Beginning my vocation in Korea as a K-pop craftsman has confined such countless sides of me where it wasn’t simply permitted to be shown in light of the fact that I’m a K-pop symbol, and I assume I was frightened likewise to communicate my thoughts. Furthermore, as things developed over the long run, I had the option to communicate my thoughts, and individuals would view it as breaking the limits as opposed to she’s accomplishing something that she’s not permitted to do and having the option to open another part for individuals that are beginning the business.”
She acknowledged the controversial nature of the song “Tally,” which marked one of the first times they used explicit language, and how she initially struggled to perform it confidently. In essence, Jennie’s appearance on Dua Lipa’s podcast provided valuable insights into the challenges she faced in the Korean music industry and her journey to finding self-acceptance and creative expression.