Mudd the Student, a participant in “Show Me the Money 10,” used lyrics that seemed to be related to the late SHINee member Jonghyun, sparking controversy.
Mnet’s “Show Me the Money 10,” which aired on Nov 26th, showed Mudd The Student of the Greynoma team (Song Min-ho and Gray’s team) decorating the semi-final stage with his song called “Dissonance” featuring AKMU.
“Dissonance,” performed by Mudd The Student, is a song that expresses that not all beings that are dissonances of the world are wrong, but only different. Mudd The Student and Lee Chan-hyuk participated in writing the lyrics.
The parts that sparked controversy after the broadcast are “I’m like an elevator door”, “You breathed a sigh before ending your life” and “Phantom pain replaced the child-like mind”. Some netizens speculated that Mudd the Student wrote the lyrics with the late Jong-hyun, who passed away in 2017, in mind.
They gave grounds such as “Elevator” is a track in the album released in the year of Jong-hyun‘s death, “Phantom Pain” is a track in Jonghyun’s posthumous work and “Breathe” is a song that Jonghyun composed for singer Lee Hi.
Others claimed that Mudd the Student was referring to Kurt Cobain, who suddenly passed away in 1994, through the lyrics “My idol lived in a different era”.
Meanwhile, Mudd the Student was eliminated by a difference of 21 votes in the match against Koonta from team Yumdda x TOIL.