If online reports are to be believed, R.Tee & Anda’s What You Waiting For (뭘 기다리고 있어) is a song originally intended for BLACKPINK. That’s some pretty good press for Anda in particular. She’s already had a lengthy career, but her music has too often flown under the radar. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve written about her on this site. Hitching her wagon to YG subsidiary The Black Label was a smart move, and results in her most ear-catching single yet – even if it follows the dreaded “beat-drop-as-chorus” trend.
What You Waiting For adheres to a familiar template, throwing all its melodic heft into its verses and pre-drop build. Even so, there’s not much for pop melody lovers like myself to grab onto. The structure is repetitive, relying most strongly on Anda’s commanding performance. Luckily, she’s up to the task. Her vocals are more robust than ever before — brash and dominant and capable of twisting unimaginative melody lines into something quite magnetic.
She’s paired with producer R.Tee, who has also upped his game. I’ll never be a fan of song structures that throw so much attention towards one insistent instrumental flourish. However, What You Waiting For’s glitchy beat drop spawns addictive energy, enough to overcome the song’s reductive arrangement. At every corner, regurgitated tropical synths try to bring us off course. An uninspiring, slow-as-molasses bridge nearly undoes everything that came before it. And yet, the track comes out unscathed. Despite its worst instincts, this is a fun addition to 2019’s K-pop playlist.