Niliria

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"Niliria"
Single by G-Dragon featuring Missy Elliott
from the album Coup d'Etat
Released August 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011–2012
Genre
Length 2:52
Label YG Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
  • G-Dragon
  • Missy Elliott
Producer(s)
G-Dragon singles chronology
"MichiGO"
(2013)
"Niliria"
(2013)
"Coup d'Etat"
(2013)
"MichiGO"
(2013)
"Niliria"
(2013)
"Coup d'Etat"
(2013)
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"Without Me"
(2013) Without Me2013
"Niliria"
(2013) Niliria2013
"I Deserve It"
(2014) I Deserve It2014

"Niliria" is a song by K-pop musician G-Dragon, featuring American recording artist Missy Elliott from G-Dragon's second studio album, Coup d'Etat (2013). To date, it remains as one of the six songs from the album to enter the top ten on South Korea's Gaon Singles Chart.[1] On 2 December 2013, the song ranked number 32 on Complex's The 50 Best Songs of 2013.[2]

Background[edit]

Vocals for the song were recorded in 2011 via e-mail and telephone.[3][4] On 23 January 2013, Missy Elliott revealed via Twitter that she had worked with G-Dragon on the track alongside another titled "Chugalug," which was never released.[5] Both songs were chiefly produced by Teddy Park.[5] In June 2013, G-Dragon's label YG Entertainment released a statement discussing the making of the song and went in-depth of Elliott's involvement.[6] The label stated that the song "[broke] away from the convention with a hint of Korean taste," and added that "the tinge of a voice sample from [the] Korean traditional folk song 'Nilliliya' [made] it a one-of-a-kind, classy hip-hop track."[6] G-Dragon at first did not think about including Elliott during the early recording process because of the motive of using a traditional Korean folk song.[4] However, he felt a strong desire to feature "more of a past" female artist, and enlisted Elliott in the midst of it all because he was a fan of her work.[4]

Composition[edit]

"Niliria' is inspired by and samples a traditional Korean folk song of the same name, turning its beat into "a piece of booming club music," with "a few electro and 808 flourishes thrown in the mix."[2] The composition also includes "sirens and clattering hand percussion" and the vocals were described as "chopped-up".[7] The song's production was noted for being ethnic and surrealist, which drew comparisons to the work of Timbaland.[2]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed with Missy Elliott in Los Angeles, California at the KCON 2013 venue, M! Countdown: What's Up LA.[8] G-Dragon stated that performing with Elliott "was such an honor," and that he "learned a lot."[4] The Hollywood Reporter praised the performance, saying the rappers "with their combined corps of backup dancers, looked utterly comfortable onstage together."[9] Spin hailed the performance a "thrilling cross-continental pop moment."[7]

Charts[edit]

Charts (2013) Peak
position
Gaon Singles Chart (South Korea)[1] 9
Korea K-Pop Hot 100 (Billboard)[10] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Frederick, Brendan (2 December 2013). "32. G Dragon f/ Missy Elliott "Niliria" - The 50 Best Songs of 2013". Complex. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "(LOEN TV) Ask in a Box: G-Dragon (지드래곤)_Coup D'etat(쿠데타)" (YouTube video). LOEN Entertainment (in Korean). YouTube. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lent, Jesse (10 September 2013). "G-Dragon Explains Why Missy Elliott Was His First Choice For 'Niliria' Collaboration". KpopStarz.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Twitter / MissyElliott: @IFIWereMagneto it was 2 records..." Twitter. January 23, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "News About 'G-Dragon'". yg-life.com. YG Entertainment. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (August 30, 2013). "Watch Missy Elliott and G-Dragon Duet in Official 'Niliria' Live Video". Spin. Retrieved 2017-04-22. 
  8. ^ "G-Dragon 0829 M Countdown K-Con in LA 늴리리야 (ft. Missy Elliott)". YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Sun, Rebecca (August 23, 2013). "Missy Elliott's Buzzed-About K-Pop Duet Released (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ "G-Dragon - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 28 December 2013.