Another rapper made a "diss track" about this show:
It's weird Tymee is dissing the season she's not even in. The lyrics are generalized more toward the concept of the series, and she transitions into gender inequality issues the latter half of the rap. The only concrete diss she really says about UPRS3 is in an Instragram post
about how Giant Pink and Yuk Ji Dam are the only two "real" rappers this season.
We can still analyze some lines from her rap though, using the translation by Tymee subs
. As mentioned before, it is very abstract; perhaps some context is lost in translation.
"Jessi wannabes, everyone tries
As of August 2016, Jessi is the most well-known female rapper
in South Korea (second being Yoon Mi Rae and third, Yuk Ji Dam). This is likely attributed to her role on reality show Sister's Slam Dunk
Since this is a diss rap, I'll interpret this line as contestants not aspiring to be like Jessi but copying her character to try to become as popular as she. I would have thought this is targeting Yuk Ji Dam, since Jessi nurtured her in season 1 and her attitude in the current season is reminiscent of Jessi's, but Tymee clarified that Yuk Ji Dam is clear from this diss. I'm not sure who else in this season is trying to do this.
"Bitches calling themselves rappers, coming from the idol world
But I respect ZICO
One could argue there are indeed quite a few "idols" in this season: Euna Kim (former THE ARK), Janey (former GPBASIC), Ha Ju Yun (former Jewelry), Miryo (Brown Eyed Girls), Nada (WASSUP), and Jeon So Yeon (CUBE idol trainee). Though note that a majority of them are not really considered K-pop idols anymore.
For a rap about female discrimination, it's probably best not to discriminate against another group, i.e., idol rappers, here. Previous seasons of UPRS and even SMTM have both shown that such rappers do have the skill to compete with "hardcore" underground rappers.
It's random that ZICO is called out here, but it may just be because he was a producer on season 1. Though he is known as an underground rapper and producer, he certainly was popularized and gained idol status from being in the boy group Block B. One of their best charting songs "HER
" is a pop song, not hip hop/rap (source
I'm curious what Tymee thinks about other underground rappers that became idols like Park Kyung (Block B), LE (EXID), and even Miryo.
"Someone else wrote the lyrics for you
Pretending to be a rapper
You got busted
While possible, I'm not aware of anyone on the show ever being accused of having a ghostwriter, outside of baseless attacks in diss battles. UPRS even has same-day missions where contestants have to write lyrics hours before a performance, so I'd expect this to be rather difficult to pull off on a rap survival show.
"If you are real, take out a pen and paper, not lipstick
In the context of UPRS3, I would again think this is about Yuk Ji Dam, since the show does make it look like she's very conscious about her appearance, always checking her makeup and lipstick. This is Janey's recurring complaint toward Yuk Ji Dam as well. (See also their diss battle
"Popularity contest becoming cancer
This is an inherent problem with public voting itself. People tend to vote for their favorites, not the ones with the best skill in the pool of contestants.
There are shows that try to avoid this bias like King of the Masked Singer
(2015), which requires contestants to hide their identity for each performance (example
), and Girl Spirit
(2016), where the votes are counted from a panel of experienced artists and an audience of people who study music, which should better objectively rank each artist.
"Superbee, MyunDo, Show Me The Money 5 kids
If they dressed up as girls, they would rip you apart
This is a rather unfortunate and incorrect prediction. Half of the UPRS3 contestants ranked higher than MyunDo in the UPRS vs SMTM battle
. Giant Pink and Miryo were 2 and 4 points (from 219), respectively, away from first place. With so many UPRS contestants in the top 10, the male challengers did not crush the competition, as Tymee claimed they would.
Also note that season 2 had a similar outcome