There is no other girl group in Kpop at the moment that uses occult symbols as consistently as 4minute. It is present in nearly all of their videos, promotional concept pictures, performances, outfits. Where you find 4minute, you are likely to find occult symbols similar to those used all across the globe.
One thing I need to make clear before this mega post begins:
Korea is still a conservative country in terms of it’s music style preference (at least compared to its western counterparts). ‘Innocent’ and ‘pure’ concepts still do better than ‘sexy’, ‘weird’ and ‘fierce’ concepts. Because of this fact, performers are generally more toned down in terms of crazy gimmicks. You will not find a Lady Gaga (in terms of wackiness) equivalent in South Korea.
This is one of many reasons why there isn’t as strong of an occult presence in KPOP (at least not overt). It’s more covert and hiden – like backmasking in songs etc.
4minute is an exception to this rule. Their company, Cube Entertainment, is out and proud with occult themes. In this mega post, we’ll explore them.
Note: It is important to clarify that I am an English speaker with no fluency in Korean or Japanese. This makes finding information about companies, associations and various events difficult. Keep in mind that most of all the information presented in this mega post was found through English sites.
Before we take a look at 4minute’s symbolism, let’s investigate their company which they are under: Cube Entertainment.
Although they have tried to distance themselves from JYP, it remains a fact that the major investor/shareholder of Cube (and its subsidiary A-Cube) is JYP. Therefore JYP Entertainment has control (at least financially) over what goes on at Cube. It’s not secret that many of the acts currently under CUBE banner were former JYP trainees (HyunA, Kikwang, G.NA ect.). I’ve already stated that JYP loves his occult themes as almost all his current artists have used them or continue to use them.
Another interesting fact is that CUBE is co-distributed by Universal Music Group Korea which is the Korean branch of the American music company. Do you see how no matter how far away you travel you can never really get away from the influence of American music and its symbolism?
I’ll begin with their latest Korean release, Mirror Mirror. We’ll look at the teasers for the video first.
Cube Entertainment described the concept in this way: “unlock themselves as they step through the doorway into their 20s, an age capable of keeping secrets.”
Step through the doorway is very similar to ‘stepping through the looking glass’ which is a term often used in MK Ultra. It means to dissociate from painful reality and step into a fantasy world free of pain and torture which usually plagues MK victims.
Now that we’ve looked at their music video, let’s have a look at their clothes. 4minute wears red,black, leopard almost all of the time. That color combination is occult if shown on a public scale like a music video, award show, all performances. You might like to wear those colors but you are not famous.
That ends my mega post on 4minute. There’s a lot more on them but I’m going to try and spread them out. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone.