Speaking as an NCTzen, you don’t have to support or care for all the units and every single member, it’s perfectly understandable because 1. not everyone can keep up with them and their hellish activities and 2. every unit has different sounds and its not gonna be for everyone which again is perfectly fine, i for example don’t care too much about NCT Dream because they are younger than me and their music just doesn’t click with me. stop telling other people that they aren’t a “true Nctzen” if they don’t support every member and every unit and listen to all of their albums and watch all of their Vlives, as long as they aren’t being rude to other members and does no harm in general, we are all good.
I really like what Mark Lee said in one of 127’s American interviews. He said that although it’s handy and useful to be able for the group to communicate in English, at the end of the day, they’re a Kpop group, and they’re not trying to change or be anything they’re not to please anyone. I thought that was very important for him to say. Even though as a fandom we sometimes like to clown Mark for his entire existence, he’s very smart, and he’s very thoughtful. What he said needs to be heard and understand not just by NCTzens who always want the members speaking in English or to stop doing “weird” concepts, but by other Kpop fans who always want their faves to speak English or make English songs. It’s also refreshing to see a group acknowledge that they love and enjoy being in America but it’s not their main or biggest goal as artists. Especially when it seems like American domination is something a lot of people want for their favourite Korean groups.
I’d recently seen some people calling NCT a flop group because they debuted under a big 3 company, under the shadow of some very big names like EXO, yet they didn’t have the instant success that other rookie groups did, such a TXT debuting under BTS and ITZY debuted under Twice/JYP, and I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. In what way is NCT a flop group? I feel like now, with streaming and a large focus on trivial accomplishments via social media, many groups are being labeled as flops when they’re doing really well. NCT not having instant success, unlike ITZY and TXT is a result of people enjoying NCT because they like their music, not because they are fans of another bigger group or the company they came from. Anyone that thinks Big 3 privilege is somehow skipping over NCT, but working for other rookie groups is basically just acknowledging that everything NCT currently has, was worked for, and everything other younger groups have that greatly surpass NCT, is a result of nepotism. Plus the kind of success NCT does have would have been incredible within the kpop industry a few years ago. And after EXO, NCT had the largest physical album sales of any other SM act for 2018. They don’t need Exo-ls or anyone else to listen to their music out of pity or obligation. They’re doing fine.
It’s annoying when fans make fun of how English speaking members speak. On an IG live, I saw a couple comments that were making fun of how NCT’s Mark says “like” a lot and it must bother him and others to see that sorta thing.
Imho the reason why NCT doesnt seem to be as popular as other SMent’s group lies in their music, and not the amount of members and sub-units they have. Sm gives them the most lackluster songs ever and it seems as if composers had no inspiration while making them.
Kai and Lay from EXO and definitely some of K-POP’s best dancers, their dancing is absolutely amazing! Also, along with Taemin of SHINee and Ten of NCT, I haven’t seen anyone better. They’re facial expressions, charisma, even their rapping and voices, their movements- Absolutely amazing. Maybe I’m being biased, but I watched a Kai fancam of ‘TEMPO’ and tears came to my eyes. Amazing.
this is super late but i appreciate how the center position for nct’s black on black was distributed among several members instead of just the rap line – especially thankful for how they changed the choreo later on for sbs gayo and gave kun a center/front position
I love everyone in NCT, but Mark was never like, in my top 5 or anything. But I watched the video he uploaded of his 127 tour log, and I was so moved by what he said. I always knew Mark was great, but when watching that video, I felt almost close to tears because he was so genuinely, thoughtful, kind, and most importantly, humble. He has been working so hard for this, he writes every single day, he’d been promoting in several units at a time, he gets bullied by like half the band but he always has a smile on his face. And he always attributes his successes to his parents, God, and his fans. Like I know he won’t ever forget where he came from, and although I don’t know him personally, I’m honestly so proud of him. No matter what the future holds for him, it’ll be bright.
it honestly feels like sm has forgotten what nct’s concept was in the first place. like they were going so well in the start, two units in one year plus two nct u songs, but that energy kind of died out. i don’t mind that they used 2017 to expand on their current units, but the empathy album + how they literally robbed kun there didn’t cut it. we needed wayv sooner, and i kinda think we need another new unit (with existing members) already
Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I kind of feel like SM put Jungwoo in NCT 127 to replace Winwin, and not because 1+2+7 = 10. Like first of all, 10 is an even number but groups can do a lot more, and a lot better looking formations with uneven numbers. Second, I think this was always the plan since before the lucky 3 debuted. Kun debuted in January 2018 just to be locked in SM’s basement a whole year before properly debuting in January 2019. Lucas and Jungwoo were only involved in NCT U because Lucas was always going to be in WayV with Kun and Jungwoo was always going to replace WinWin in 127, but WayV needed to be conceptualized more before they made the announcement Jungwoo would be in 127. SM doesn’t just decide things on the fly; they’ve been a company longer than any other. They’re always steps ahead and I think they executed this exactly the way they wanted to. And honestly, everyone is in a permanent group now (excluding Dream), so I’m not mad about it.