Fact Check – The Power of Self-Assertion in Pop


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for NCT 127's Fact Check at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. Brushstrokes of Rebellion: NCT 127’s Artistic Defiance
  5. The Enigma Wrapped in Rhythm: Decoding the Unexplainable
  6. Glittering Lines of a Gem-like Craft
  7. Dancing on Canvases: Echoes of the Art Greats
  8. Sonic Liberation: Breaking Barriers with Beats

Lyrics

That’s in the vibe
Hold up (hold up, hold up)

Yeah
Iconic move, my motion
늘 뭔가 색다른 옷
전시해 soul, emotion
Bad kid with a strong ego
깎아내려 봐도 (glow)
싹 다 보란 듯이 GOAT (GOAT)
That’s my check, full with the facts
접어 의심, 그냥 보고 fact check (fact check)

띄워 question, question, question marks in everywhere
How you do that? 아마 그건 DNA
Monalisa never cry, don’t you see?
Tap, tap, you tappin’ all day
내 패는 stand, black jack (ah)

Check the facts, go check that
Check the facts, go check that
Check the stats, go check that
Check that, check that

Check the facts, go check that
Check the facts, go check that
Check the stats, go check that
Check that, check that (let’s go)

Ooh 난 불가사의
Check that, check that
Go ask the world and check that

Check that, check that (what?)
I’m fine 그냥 제패
난 프레임을 깨 like Banksy
또 한 번 저질러 get back, get back (oh)
걸어둬 날 루브르에
Next to the Lisa, Touché
이 시간이 살아 숨 쉬게 영원히

띄워 question, question, question marks in everywhere
I don’t answer 와서 직접 보게 해
어떻게 봐도 늘 빛나는 gem
깎아내려 봐, 더 정교해질 뿐야 babe (ah)

Check the facts, go check that
Check the facts, go check that
Check the stats, go check that
Check that, check that

Check the facts, go check that
Check the facts, go check that
Check the stats, go check that
Check that, check that (let’s go)

Ooh 난 불가사의
Check that, check that
Go ask the world and check that
Ooh 난 불가사의
Check that, check that
Go ask the world and check that

한계 따위 없어 난
날 끝없이 새겨 새롭게 피워내
Something different 모든 틀은 깨져
모든 시간 속에 우릴 숨 쉬게 할 테니까

그리 놀랍지도 않게 내가 태우던 밤
내가 발화점
Paint like Gogh 나를 담아낼 수 있게
더 뭐든 갈았지 no fake show
Ready or not (ready or not)
Do or we die, we ’bout to fly (whoa)
나를 믿어봐 더 take it slow
Come and check it 작품은 나

Check the facts, go check that
Check the facts, go check that
Check the stats, go check that
Check that, check that

Check the facts, go check that
Check the facts, go check that
Check the stats, go check that
Check that, check that (let’s go)

Ooh (ooh-ooh) 난 불가사의
Check that (check that), check that (ayy)
Go ask the world and check that
Ooh 난 불가사의 (we back)
Check that, check that (alright)
Go ask the world and check that

Full Lyrics

At the intersection of beats and bravado lies NCT 127’s ‘Fact Check’, an unapologetic anthem of self-assurance and a powerhouse of sonic confidence. The track doesn’t just navigate through the realm of pop; it carves its unique signature into the genre, inviting listeners to a reality where introspection and self-celebration collide.

An emblematic testament to NCT 127’s distinct artistry, ‘Fact Check’ intertwines intricate wordplay with a compelling demand for recognition. Each line is a brushstroke in a larger, vibrant portrait of artistic integrity and the relentless pursuit of individuality in a world brimming with questions and skepticism.

Brushstrokes of Rebellion: NCT 127’s Artistic Defiance

The song opens with a declaration of exceptionalism, likened to an ‘Iconic move, my motion,’ establishing from the outset that NCT 127’s trajectory is deliberate and unique. These ‘colorful clothes’ they don versus the ‘soul, emotion’ they exhibit symbolize a vivid juxtaposition of external perceptions against the more profound internal expressions of the group’s true selves.

Challenging the status quo, the lyrics canvas an image of resilience, akin to a ‘Bad kid with a strong ego,’ where the group acknowledges opposition but rises above it. The reference to themselves as ‘GOAT’ (Greatest of All Time) isn’t just self-praise but a dynamic assertion of carving out an omnipotent legacy, one that even doubt cannot tarnish.

The Enigma Wrapped in Rhythm: Decoding the Unexplainable

‘Fact Check’ revels in the enigmatic essence of its creators, branding NCT 127 as beings of fascination: ‘Ooh 난 불가사의’ translates to ‘Ooh, I’m a mystery.’ The parallel drawn to Mona Lisa, an enduring symbol of inscrutable allure, reinforces the groups’ enigmatic nature – inviting the world to perceive them not with preconceived notions, but with an open mind ready for amazement.

This invitation extends beyond mere fancy; it’s a challenge to the audience to ‘Check the facts, go check that.’ They’re telling us to delve deeper, to witness the magnetic pull of their aura and unravel the complexity that is often simplified or overlooked.

Glittering Lines of a Gem-like Craft

Memorable lines like ‘전시해 soul, emotion’ (display soul, emotion) and ‘어떻게 봐도 늘 빛나는 gem’ (no matter how you look, always shining gem) evoke a sense of pride in the intrinsic value of their craft. They saw themselves as gems – not losing their shine even when cut, but instead becoming more refined – symbolizing their evolution through hardship and criticism.

The ‘gem’ becomes an aggrandizing motif throughout this urban tableau, where the group’s artistry and inherent worth are both bulletproof and radiant, demanding recognition not as a desire but a given truth, evident to those who look closely enough.

Dancing on Canvases: Echoes of the Art Greats

The comparisons to art legends like Banksy, who is known for breaking the frame, and Van Gogh, renowned for his emotional intensity and posthumous recognition, ‘Fact Check’ contemplates the existence within frames—literal and metaphorical. The ambition to shatter constraints and to be immortalized like iconic artworks (‘걸어둬 날 루브르에’ – Hang me in the Louvre) is a bold declaration of the aspirations NCT 127 holds for their music and their legacy.

Furthermore, NCT 127’s insistence to ‘paint like Gogh’ is more than emulation; it’s an aspiration to encapsulate their raw, emotional essence in their work, to be both revolutionary and timeless, a feat only achieved by those who dare to differ and defy expectation.

Sonic Liberation: Breaking Barriers with Beats

‘한계 따위 없어 난’ (I have no such limits) – with these words, ‘Fact Check’ becomes an anthem of emancipation from limits, boundaries, and the mundane. The song itself seems to be a forge where NCT 127 hammers out a new narrative, one that breathes life into their existence across all timelines.

The chorus’s repetition, urging to ‘check the stats’, anchors the song’s narrative firmly in the realm of facts versus perception. In an era where misinformation can run rampant, ‘Fact Check’ leans into the raw data of NCT 127’s success – irrefutable evidence of their influence and the indelible mark they leave behind.

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