In this highly anticipated single by the Korean K-Pop sensation, BLACKPINK, the group goes into overdrive on a dance bop. Much like the group’s name, BLACKPINK, two contrasting colors, this song “Pink Venom” aims at the same duality.
In a press release, BLACKPINK’s Jennie talked about the inspiration behind the new song;
Just like our album’s title is BORN PINK, we wanted to relay our identity in the song as much as we could. Since ‘pink’ and ‘venom’ have contradicting images, we thought they were kind of reminiscent of us… We are named BLACKPINK and contradiction is our charm — we wanted to show that. It’s pink venom, a lovely poison, it’s words that most express us.
“Pink Venom” is the second release from BLACKPINK’s upcoming second studio album ‘BORN PINK.’ The album is expected to release in September 2022. This is their follow-up project to their international debut album ‘THE ALBUM’ in 2020.
The music video for “Pink Venom” is claimed to be the highest budget video produced by YG Entertainment. Watch the music video below.
Listen to “Pink Venom” by BLACKPINK
BLACKPINK “Pink Venom” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
The song kicks off in the most notorious way;
Kick in the door, waving the coco
This line is a reference to the Notorious BIG’s 1995 song “Get Money” where the rapper sings “Kick in the door, waving .44.” While the Notorious BIG takes the gun route to assert his dominance, BLACKPINK uses their fashion, Coco Chanel. BLACKPINK’s Jennie is a brand ambassador for Coco Chanel since 2018.
BLACKPINK says they walk the talk and they talk the walk, too.
The next line “one by one, then two by two” is a direct interpolation of Rihanna’s 2005 hit “Pon De Replay.”
In the pre-chorus, BLACKPINK seems to be shouting out Taylor Swift, too. The lyric “look what you made us do” could be a reference to Taylor’s hit single “Look What You Made Me Do,” a dark fantasy about revenge, which aligns with the theme of “Pink Venom.”
The same section goes on to sing how venomous the touch of these girls is–like a poisonous flower that you cannot resist or like a fire that engulfs you while you are asleep.
This that pink venom…
Straight to ya dome
The second verse goes into more braggadocious lyrics on the luxury they have been able to afford thanks to their international success. They also pay homage to the movie character Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone), who is known to have black paint stripes on his body and carries guns.
Lisa also mentions her ambassadorship with the fashion brand CELINE.
In the bridge of the song, we hear the BLACKPINK ladies asking for all the smoke. They are in a position to be asking for the smoke right now in their careers.
This song goes straight into your dome/head just like the pink venom they are singing about. What do you think about the song? Drop a comment below.
Check out the complete lyrics on Genius.