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[MV & Album Review] BP RaNia - 'Start A Fire'

By AllK_Maknae   Sunday, January 1, 2017   37,836   2,432   51
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BP RaNia (formerly known as RaNia) are back with a brand new sound and brand new members in their comeback track "Start a Fire" off their mini album of the same name. Setting the stage ablaze with their jazzy sound, will the girls light things up or will their flame burn out?


SEE ALSO: Alex finally performs an entire song with the rest of BP RaNia


TRACKLIST:

1. Start a Fire

2. Make Me Ah

3. Killer (Remix)

4. Start a Fire (Eng Ver.)
 


The song is jazzy, fun, and uplifting with an edgy instrumental to add a little more power to this mid-tempo track. Lyrically, I'm impressed by how badass this song is. The song starts off with some deep rapping from Alexandra and breaks out into some mature-sounding vocals. Check out the fun song in the MV below!



The bridge and main instrumental have a unique horn and trumpet combo that stands out nicely, but the chorus does little for it. Despite the fact that "Start A Fire" really isn't that catchy and the refrain is lacking a solid hook, the lyrics speak some real truth.


With lines like, "Everyone knows that you're lying, But blowing smoke is a dangerous game," and,"Ya gotta big mouth, rumor has it, Spitting lies cause u got a bad habit, Heat it up I'm a show u what happens, Getcha ass out the kitchen," you can tell the girls mean business and have no time for any man's silly mind games.




Although Alexandra has a goal of being a singer, she is one hell of a rapper! Her lyrics were dope, her flow was flawless, and she maintained a great charisma to back up her sassy lines. I still find it odd that Alexandra isn't given any small parts to try in Korean, since the other members do sing in English, but she definitely helps carry the song in more ways than one.


The MV isn't terribly low budget, which leads me to believe the company still has enough money to try and push this newly revamped RaNia forward without it being a complete waste, but it was far from impressive. The MV doesn't have much of a story or contains anything revolutionary or new. The girls simply strut their stuff around Seoul and give off a light-hearted vibe while doing it. Nothing special. However, I dig the fashion sense with the short skirts, fur coats, and funky patterns - similar to RaNia's "Style."




The MV did a great job of introducing some of the new visuals but I felt like Alexandra Reed was a mere prop. She appears in the beginning, saying, "The new generation legends are back" - which makes me laugh because they are not legends, and from that moment on, she is nowhere to be seen except for her rap break in the end!


Alexandra is completely absent throughout a majority of the MV as she is nowhere to be seen during the dance breaks, throughout Seoul, or even in the multi-colored rooms. She appears for her rap and briefly in the end when the ladies bond over a glass of champagne. I'd be pretty embarrassed and annoyed if I were her.


The rest of the album doesn't offer anything different from their promotional track. "Make Me Ah" is upbeat and another mid-tempo track that boasts some sass. While the refrain is a bit more catchy, the song doesn't offer any different element or variety to spark our interest. Sadly, the song keeps to the same structure as the previous song with Alexandra simply rapping here and there, and the other members don't switch up their style much, either.


I did enjoy hearing the remixed version of "She's a Killer." Although it was great to hear, nothing beats the original and simply has me wanting to play that track more than the remix. The only impact it had was me saying, "Oh yeah - I forgot about this song!"


One delightful bit about the album is that it does feature a killer English version of "Start A Fire" that fans will enjoy very easily. Alexandra shines on both versions of the track either way.




Overall, 'Start A Fire' wasn't a big hit as BP RaNia would've liked it to be. The album was good and showcased the new member's vocals but it definitely isn't something original RaNia fans will welcome in so easily. The promotional track is the best track out of the album but BP RaNia will need to come back stronger and more revamped if they really want a new start. Maybe it was better the other members of RaNia left and joined EL8TE instead.


SCORE:


MV Production.......5
MV Concept............4
MV Relevance........4

Album Production..5

Album Concept.......5
Tracklisting..............5

Overall Score: 4.7

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    steadystrike Monday, January 2, 2017

    4.7 out of 5 ain't bad.

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    Bibianalt3 steadystrike Monday, January 2, 2017

    it's 4.7/10 lol

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    k_fierce Monday, January 2, 2017

    I just don't get why Alex is leader when saem is back in the group (under the new stage name Yina). Because if anything Alex looks like a feature than part of the group. She did injure her leg during the mv I believe. I read this a long time ago on her twitter so that's why she isn't dancing with them. But her presence isn't as commanding as I thought it would be in this mv.

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    S1C4L1CK4 Monday, January 2, 2017

    i hate that there's a black girl...gotta be honest

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    Whanch S1C4L1CK4 Monday, January 2, 2017

    Good thing no one asked for your honesty. And i just hate how CEOs want to take black culture but wont think twice in rejecting a few black faces. But i bet you werent saying "i hate there is black culture" when you were buying all of bts albums.

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    S1C4L1CK4 Whanch Monday, January 2, 2017

    i didnt buy even one BTS album....i only have girl albums so your statement is frivolous

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    Robert22 Monday, January 2, 2017

    I will always love RaNia!!! ❤🌟❤🌟

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    mikaay Monday, January 2, 2017

    I still love Rania, all the haters feel free to leave

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    zohliie Monday, January 2, 2017

    Look as a black KPOP stan, I have to say this. Alex, you're a gimmick, mmhkay? If all of KPOP can cover, produce and write songs in English, Spanish [Hey, EXO <3], Chinese, Japanese etc, you totally can freaking sing/rap in Korean but you won't. just like Jaden Smith--because you're trash in the US and everyone knows it, you're like 'I can make it in Korean because they like US and black culture so much, I'm basically a shoo-in.' nah, bruh the word for that is called appropriation NOT appreciation. If BTS can do American Hustle like and get their ass handed to them for not being authentic, but strive and promise to do better so can you. Stop using BP Rania as a footstool. And before somebody come at me with that 'she didn't have a visa mess', STOP IT because if you are accepted to work for a Korean company, you can get a work Visa. How do I know? Because how else do English teachers and American producers [Teddy Riley, Stereotypes etc] stay? I understand if she JUST started as a Hallyu star, but this isn't new. This is textbook gimmicky, token-ism. And I totally understand the initial reason for having her. No secret that 70% of international fans are not Asian or white and a good grip of US KPOP fans are black/hispanic so I'm all for representation but this is just hot ass garbage. She suppose to be the leader but she isn't in the choero or the video? She's the leader, but doesn't live in Korean? She's the leader but she doesn't speak Korean or attempt to? Her whole rap is in English [and it's trash???]. If Suho, Taeyeon, GD, Taeyong, Mino, Bobby etc wasn't available or in their respective groups [not being injured but just like in another country] would a MV even be shot???

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    Daxel zohliie Monday, January 2, 2017

    TF? So basically everything is Alex's fault, she choose not to be apart of the group, and she is the reason why she isn't rapping in Korean? Do you know anything about Korean agencies? They monitor and organize everything these women do. If they want her to rap in korean, she MUST rap in korean. If they wanted her to be in the dance, she would be in the dance. You don't know rather or not she is learning korean or not, so you coming at her is sad and pathetic.

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    MeniNova zohliie Monday, January 2, 2017

    I agree with you! All that you have said, I've been saying for a long time now. Now the Alex defenders are nowhere to be found.

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    zohliie Daxel Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    How long has RaNia been around, changing members like clothes and STILL Alex is below subpar? Of course I know how the agencies work, but you can obviously see that Alex is being dealt with kid gloves, they don't want to mistreat her like the other idols because she's the only one that matters [to them]. RaNia being a flop has a good amount to do with the fact that Alex is not being held to the same standard as everyone else. Everybody defending Alex when Alex isn't spectacular. You name a group, any group where the leader does nothing. not in the vid, cheoro or even speak the language. Go a head, I'll wait. My class doesn't start until 12PM.

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    Daxel zohliie Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    You're not making much sense... Seems like your issues with Alex is something else completely...

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    MeniNova zohliie Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Agree! SUPER DUPER AGREE!

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    alicehalf Monday, January 2, 2017

    I don't know but their voices sounds so off. And Alex is so outcast,I rarely see her with the other members... And I never heard her sing or rap in korean, she's here like a tourist or for the black quota.

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    mikaay alicehalf Monday, January 2, 2017

    You can see a video on their channel were she raps in korean a little

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    mesalina Monday, January 2, 2017

    I always wonder why people like Killer so much, it was one of the messiest song I've ever heard. Sadly I agree with everything else written on this review; the album wasn't that relevant at all, and the promotional track isn't that good either. We all hoped Alex would be featured as an actual member of the group, yet the company played us again by giving her a featuring member treatment. Disappointing...

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    sirip Sunday, January 1, 2017

    It's still better than Lotto.

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    CCA sirip Monday, January 2, 2017

    Yea Right. Lotto is a jam!

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    sirip CCA Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    It,s better than Transformer too.

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    xxkonxx Sunday, January 1, 2017

    The remix of 'Killer' fell soooooooooooo short especially when comparing it to the original.

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