Dua Lipa Interviews Jennie Kim Of BLACKPINK: Listen
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The two pop stars explored the podcast’s theme of “bringing your culture to the world through music”. Jennie emphasised the hard work that has gone into BLACKPINK’s stardom, saying, “I love to tell people about the work ethic we have towards our job and how we go through such an intense training season to be able to drop an album. I spent six years before I put my first album out as BLACKPINK just training to be who I am right now”.
Though Jennie has become known as the rapper in BLACKPINK, she explained to Dua that the role was originally assigned to her because of her English language skills, rather than a long-held desire to rap. “I’ve never really said this anywhere, but I want to,” she said. “After our debut we did six songs where I would just rap and along the way I got confused, because the more I did music, the more I came to realise there is a big side of me that loves to sing and play with my vocals, but I never really had the chance to explore that (until later) because I got told that I should be a rapper.”
Dua went on to ask Jennie about the experience of headlining Coachella. “It was”, said Jennie “the most exciting and nerve-racking thing to happen in our lives. We really knew what it meant to be four girls from different worlds getting together in a group and being on a stage that we fantasised about.
“The set was a Korean roof called Hanok and we started by wearing traditional Korean dress called Hanbok – it was a short moment but we really wanted to bring our culture, especially to Coachella.”