Epik High – 뒷담화 (DweetDammHwa/Afterword) Lyrics and Translation

Album: High Society, 2nd Album
Release Date: July 26, 2004
Requested by: Daniel

Whew. What a request!

Actually, I’ve had this finished and on my computer for almost 4 months now. The reason why I didn’t release it was because I was hesitant about my abilities to accurately translate what Epik High was trying to say in this track. It’s a deeply personal and candid song about the music industry and the pressures they felt and I didn’t want to accidentally (with my incompetence) put words in their mouths. However, considering that this song was released 6 years ago and Epik High, well, Tablo, has come out saying that he has matured a lot and changed over the years, I think that a few mistakes here and there won’t be ‘putting words in their mouth’ as this song is probably not something they would write today in 2010.

WARNING: Lyrics should be rated R for tons of curse words.

Lyrics

아 씨바
내가 뭘 잘못햇는데 나한테 지랄이야 이 씨빠 새끼들아
어 뒤에서나한테 주둥이 나불거리는 씨뿌둥 쇠파이브같은 새끼들
좆만한 어린새끼들 이 개새끼들아 씨바새끼들아
니들이 나한테 씨발놈들 해준게 뭐있다고 씨발
까대고 지랄이야 개 씨뿌랄놈새끼야 이 씨발새끼야
확 시발놈 주겨버릴라 개 씨발새끼
어이 웃겨 씨발놈아 웃겨 개새끼야
이런 개 삽그릇 같은씨바 새끼
척추를 쓰즐러접어서 씨발놈
씨디장에 ABCD 순으로 넣어버릴라
이 씨바새끼 개새끼 확 개새끼야

[1절]
나는 에픽의 미쓰라
그 누가봐도 나 부러운 젊은이야
스물셋 나이가
믿겨지지 않게 많은 것을 얻으니
화려한 조명아래 두려움 없으니
도적같은 내가 시를 곱게 썼으니
놀려대지 머슴이 못 누릴 벼슬이라고
다들 그래서인지 몰라도 생각없는 벗들은
내게 한턱 쏘라고
싫다고 말하면 변했다고 욕하고
텅빈 지갑에 교통 카드는 다 쑈라고
힙합 논하기 좋아하는 양반들
또 나의 사랑 인생 열정마져 판단을 해
끝도 없는 토달기에 오늘도
갈대 같은 내맘 자포자기 손들고
하나 둘 벌써 5년 이 세상을 등져도
내손엔 mic와 투컷 & 타블로

아주 기묘한 이야기 뒷담화는 묻어 저승까지
아주 위험한 이야기 됫담까단 죽어 저승가지
shut up! 누가 뭐래도 내 멋대로 말한다
cuz I don’t give a fuck
shut up! 누가 뭐래도 내 뜻대로 살아가
cuz I don’t give a fuck

[2절]
나는 에픽의 타블로
결국 내 말대로
지도 한장으로 한국 힙합의 TOP으로
학벌로 계산적으로 밀어붙힌 PR 수단으로
대중의 눈에 선망과 반감의 대상으로
내 존재 내 손에서 벗어나 왜곡돼
가요계 변두리 상아탑에 구속돼
(대중과 매니아)
줄다리기 밧줄이 내 목을 매,
muthafucking haterz 나를 죽여도 부족해
삼도내 위에 힙합이란 배가 돛을 펴,
날 욕해봤자 당신의 혀가 노를 져
그만둬, 벌써 눈 부릅떳어 나…
다른 MC들의 손에 든 Brutus의 칼
잘 갈아봤자 꿰뚫을 수 없는 EPIK HIGH,
니가 존경하는 수많은 MC들의 대필자
mc와 rock star 경계선을 지워가,
그래 나 – 한국힙합 표준의 배신자

아주 기묘한 이야기 뒷담화는 묻어 저승까지
아주 위험한 이야기 됫담까단 죽어 저승가지
shut up! 누가 뭐래도 내 멋대로 말한다
cuz I don’t give a fuck
shut up! 누가 뭐래도 내 뜻대로 살아가
cuz I don’t give a fuck

너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 muthafucka
나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 muthafucka
너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 muthafucka
나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 muthafucka

Hiphop!
어, hiphop
좋은 사람도 많지만, 그 사람들 가운데서 굉장히 나쁜놈들, 못된놈들
나쁘신분들
소위말하는 개새끼들이 너무 많아서 개새끼들이 진짜 많아서
유명한사건, VIP사건.
중요한거는 우리는 그 사람이랑 같은 팀도 아니었는데
그 사람이랑 그 팀에서 있었던 일들 때문에 이유없이, 죄없이, 우리 앨범까지
우리가 1년 동안 빚지고 앨범 못 내고 그 말도 안되게 작은 숙소방에
그렇지, 남의 집 거대한 화장실 보다 작은 그 하나의 방
거대한 화장실도 아냐
에어콘과 선풍기 대신 냉장고를 사용했던 그 방
어, 냉장고에다 머리 쳐넣고
냉장고에 머리 쳐넣고 한 5분씩 주기적으로
그런 상황에서 가사를 썼다니까 진짜
몰라 사람들은 그런거 그냥 뚝딱하면 나오는줄알고
우리가 뭐 고생했다고 이렇게 푸념하는게 아니라 좀 알아달라는거야
어, 이 바닥이 진짜 장난아니게 더러운것 같애
호박씨 까지마
야, 에픽하이 1집 나오기 전에 우리가 이름없이 했던것들이 굉장히 많은데
아무도 모르잖아
그렇지?
강한 자만 이름을 낼수 있으니까 개새끼들아
씨발 새끼들
뭐 그런거 다 과거고 뭐 일단 바뀌어야될 부분이 있는것 같애
지금 음악, 음악이 바닥에서, 바닥에서나 음악을 듣는 사람, 사람이나
일단 바뀌어야 될 귀들이 많은데
딱 기본적으로 제일 바뀌어야 될게 듣는 귄것 같애 지금
어, 쪼금만 벗어나면 뭐라고 욕하고, 조금만 뭔갈 시도할 자세도 안되어있고
그렇지
당신들 발에 맞게 다 못 만들어줘. 우리는 우리 발에 맞는 음악 만들고
당신들이 좋아해주면 고맙습니다 라고 말할수 있는 입장까진 돼
아직도 막 장르따지고 언더 오버 따지고 막
어, 누구는 진짜 힙합, 가짜힙합
야! 씨발 사회를 도와 주지 않는 새끼들이 진짜 힙합하면 뭐해
어차피 지네 주머니 챙기는데, 그건 진짜가 아니지
그렇지
그리구… 우리갖고 자꾸 니네 무슨 인형처럼 만들려고 그러지마 어?
우리, 우리방 사는 사람인데 뭘 자꾸 뭐 갖다 붙이고 뭐
어떻게 해달라 저렇게 해달라 저것 맘에 안든다 따지고 들어
그렇게 그게 듣고 싶으면 니가 해
그니까 서로 피차 자기 할 일만 잘하면 되는거고 편하게 살자구… 어?
어, 평화
peace..
peace-

아주 기묘한 이야기 뒷담화는 묻어 저승까지
아주 위험한 이야기 됫담까단 죽어 저승가지
shut up! 누가 뭐래도 내 멋대로 말한다
cuz I don’t give a fuck
shut up! 누가 뭐래도 내 뜻대로 살아가
cuz I don’t give a fuck

너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 muthafucka
나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 muthafucka
너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 너 어깨 털어 muthafucka
나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 나 어깨 털어 muthafucka

Translation

Hey fucker,
What the hell did I do wrong to you that you’re complaining you fuckers?
You fucking bastards, flapping your mouths behind my back like fucking Swaefive(?) bastards
You young bastards, you sons of bitches, you fuckers
What the fuck did you fuckers ever do for me?
What the fuck is the problem, complaining fuckers.
I should just fucking kill you fucking bitches.
What, is this funny? You fuckers find this funny?
You dog like bastards
You fucking spineless bastards
I’ll name you fuckers in alphabetical order on the CD
You fuckers, you sons of bitches!

I’m Epic’s Mithra
A young man everyone should be envious of
I’m only twenty-three years old
but I’ve earned an unbelievable amount of things.
I have no fear under the bright spotlight
Though I look like a thief, I write delicate rhymes
I was teased, saying that it wasn’t something a country boy could attain
I don’t know if that’s why but now they say thoughtless words
like buy me dinner
If I say I don’t want to they get pissed and say I’ve changed
Saying that the bus pass in my empty wallet is all for show
These old people that like debating about hip hop
They judge my love, life and passion
The endless comments
Again my reed like heart is in despair, with hands raised
One, two, already five years, even if the world turns it’s back to me
In my hand there’s a mic and Tukutz and Tablo

An odd story, bury this afterword into the next world
A dangerous story, cracking open this afterword will get me killed into the next world
shut up! No matter what anyone says, I’ll say what I want
cuz I don’t give a fuck
shut up! No matter what anyone does I’ll live how I want
cuz I don’t give a fuck

I’m Epik’s Tablo
Like I said I would, with one map
here I am on the top of Korea’s music scene
Through many paths, calculations, and pushing PR schemes
Into the eyes of the public and winning the big prize
My existence is taken out of my hands and distorted
Those on the outskirts of the music scene circle me like sharks
(Mass mania)
The rope in this tug-of-war chokes me
Muthafucking haters, It’s not enough to kill me
On the River Styx, a boat called hip hop unfurls its sail
You can talk shit but that’ll only turn your tongue yellow
Cram it, my eyes are already wide open
Brutus’s knife held in the hands of other MCs
You can cut but you can’t penetrate Epik High
We’re the ghostwriters for so many of the MC’s you idolize
Bury the line between an MC and rock star
Thats right I – am modern Korean hip hop’s traitor.

An odd story, bury this afterword into the next world
A dangerous story, cracking open this afterword will get me killed into the next world
shut up! No matter what anyone says, I’ll say what I want
cuz I don’t give a fuck
shut up! No matter what anyone does I’ll live how I want
cuz I don’t give a fuck

Brush off your shoulders, brush off our shoulders, brush off your shoulders, muthafucka
I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders
muthafucka
Brush off your shoulders, brush off our shoulders, brush off your shoulders, muthafucka
I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders
muthafucka

Hiphop!
Yeah, hiphop
There are a lot of good people, but among them, there are also a lot of bad people, crappy people
Hateful people
There are so many fuckers, there are really so many motherfuckers
That famous incident, the VIP situation.
The important thing was that we weren’t even on the same team as that person
But because something happened between that person and his team, for no fault of our own, our album
That album that we spent a year getting in debt, unable to release that album, living in that unspeakably small apartment.
That’s right, that room smaller than anyone else’s master bathroom
Not even that big.
When we used a refrigerator instead of a fan or air conditioner
Yeah, we put our heads in the fridge
We put our heads in for 5 minutes to rest our voices
We wrote lyrics in that environment, for reals
People don’t know, they think that lyrics just fall out of our mouth
What we went through, hey, we’re not complaining, we’re just asking people to know
Yeah, this floor is getting hella dirty, no joke
don’t crack pumpkin seeds
Hey, We did so much nameless shit before epik high’s 1st album
But nobody knows
Right?
Because only the strong can make their name known bitches!
Fuckers
Well, that’s all in the past, but I think there are things that need to change
Music today, underground music, people who listen to underground music, people need to first change their ears
I think the most basic thing that needs to change is the taste of the listening ears
We deviate just a little and they talk shit, we’re not even in a position to experiment
Yeah
We can’t pander to you. We make music that fits us, and if you like it then thanks – it needs to be like that
But they still squabble over genre, under over, whatever
Oh! Who is real hip hop, fake hip hop
Hey! Fucker, what’s the point if those that don’t help society does real hip hop?
It all goes into their pockets anyway. That’s not real
That’s right
And…Stop trying to make us into your little toys, okay?
We, we live our lives and you stick shit all over us.
Saying do this, do that, I don’t like that
If you really want to hear something like that, you do it
So I’m saying that both of us should do our own jobs and do it well…okay?
Yeah, peace
Peace..
peace-

An odd story, bury this afterword into the next world
A dangerous story, cracking open this afterword will get me killed into the next world
shut up! No matter what anyone says, I’ll say what I want
cuz I don’t give a fuck
shut up! No matter what anyone does I’ll live how I want
cuz I don’t give a fuck

Brush off your shoulders, brush off our shoulders, brush off your shoulders, muthafucka
I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders
muthafucka
Brush off your shoulders, brush off our shoulders, brush off your shoulders, muthafucka
I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders, I brush my shoulders
muthafucka

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3 Responses to Epik High – 뒷담화 (DweetDammHwa/Afterword) Lyrics and Translation

  1. Rumiko says:

    I have always been curious about what this song is all about ever since I listened to it. Thanks a bunch and keep up the great work!🙂

  2. asdf says:

    awesome translation!

  3. ali says:

    “We make music that fits us, and if you like it then thanks”
    i agree with this so much. i don’t understand why would people spend their precious time, effort & brain cells on hating or disliking something. if you don’t like something, don’t listen to it, don’t follow it, don’t bother about it. why would you go out of your way to hate on something?

    that’s why i can’t say that i dislike a certain singer or group. if i don’t like your music, i won’t listen to it. do i dislike you? no. you’re just not my cup of tea.

    i digress lol so thank you for the translation! you’re awesome ^^

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