On January 23, SM Entertainment released Jonghyun's posthumous album 'Poet | Artist'. Out of the 11 tracks in the new album, "Waffle" is garnering a lot of attention for its clever lyrics.
"Waffle" targets malicious comments and baseless rumors that spread online. Key lines of the song include,
According to fans, at Jonghyun's last solo concert, the idol explained that he was inspired to write "Waffle" after seeing a hashtag. The hashtag sign '#' resembles the pattern shape inside a waffle. The word 'waffle' also tends to mean, "speak or write, especially at great length, without saying anything important or useful." In Korean, waffle (wa-pul) sounds similar to 악플 (ak-pul) which means malicious comments.
Heard he has a nasty personality.
Heard they went crazy and flipped up the place
My friend's cousin's sunbae's friend's mother-in-law says she saw it
Overall, the song "Waffle" cleverly disses malicious comments and baseless rumors. In regards to the deep meaning behind "Waffle", netizens commented, "Hashtag, waffle, ak-pul... He's truly a genius. The best. I sincerely admire him", "I hope all the malicious commenters listen to this song. This song gave me goosebumps", "Jonghyun is really amazing. I really hope all the malicious commenters stop", "Wow the lyrics are so amazing... He's really a genius."