“Savage”, “straightforward”, and “wise”, BTS‘s Suga tells it like it’s. BTS are recognized for his or her wealthy lyrics that deal with a diverse vary of subjects. If leader RM depends on intricate wordplay and delightful imagery, Suga retains things simple, typically referring on to his personal experiences in his lyrics. In truth, a research of his lyrics reveals much of his own story.
Suga’s love for music is the first message to return throughout from his lyrics, most particularly from “First Love“, a title he dedicates to a piano that occupies a nook of his childhood residence. The music talks of his temporary break-up with the piano as young boy, and how proper it felt, when he found his means back to it.
I awkwardly caressed you again for a moment,
Although I used to be gone for a long time,
You acquired me once more, without any repulsion.
With out you, I’m nothing.
But how did the piano-loving rapper come to be an idol? The story continues in his 2016 mixtape, Agust D, which dwells extensively on his journey to stardom, and the sacrifices that include it. In “724128”, Suga recounts his audition with Massive Hit Entertainment, why he came to Seoul, and his life as a trainee.
I tried to do nicely making music in Daegu,
being the principal of a music academy or one thing,
these sorts of thoughts hit me.
At any price, I solely stay life once,
I’d higher attempt to be primary.
The primary I couldn’t obtain by way of research,
it seemed I’d earn it by means of music.
Round me, ten to at least one stated,
This moron is affected by bullshit illness again.
Everyone knows how that call labored out. From boys with a small company yearning for fulfillment of their cowl of J. Cole‘s “Born Sinner”, to international superstars at this time, BTS’s journey is a real rags-to-riches story.
Still I’m nothing totally different from a rural Daegu rapper,
But I wrote the word “pro” on prime of “amateur”.
Suga makes it clear it hasn’t been straightforward. Infinite practices, an accident throughout his trainee days, his deteriorating mental health — Suga’s lyrics in all probability reveal more than is taken into account “appropriate”. However he conveys them with a disarming sincerity. Collectively together with his emotive rap, Suga’s music is intimate and uncooked. He takes you inside his personal head, and while you’re there with him, you are feeling what he feels. Not everyone needs to be this near an artist — some want distance — but the experience of such artwork could be healing, when it touches the proper nerve.
The true masterpiece of the mixtape is “The Last”. The music is unique not because it addresses an artist’s wrestle with melancholy, however because Suga supplies specific situations from his life — akin to his mother and father’ go to with him to the psychiatrist or the day of a live performance when he hid within the toilet — to convey how very actual it’s. The track is designed to shock.
It was around 18 when my social phobia started,
Yeah that’s proper, around that time
my psychological state turned polluted,
Typically I’m afraid of myself,
Because of my self-hatred,
And the melancholy that came to play once more,
Min Yoongi is already lifeless (I killed him).
Outdoors the Okay-pop fandoms, idols are sometimes (wrongly) appeared down upon as manufactured, factory-produced performers, and not thought-about “authentic” artists. For Suga, the battle arises out of his lack of ability to reconcile his best of himself as a rapper together with his reality as an idol. He’s chained by his overwhelming greed for fulfillment. The music is split into two elements, with a “bridge” connecting the 2.
If my misfortune is your happiness,
then I’ll be sad.
If the target of your loathing is me,
then I’ll go up on the guillotine.
A guttural scream within the background is followed by a break in the lyrics. He accepts his fate as an idol and Min Yoon-gi, the individual and the rapper, walks as much as the guillotine. In return, Suga, who has tasted “sweetness and bitterness and even shit”, sees his goals come true before his very eyes.
The things I only imagined have gotten reality,
My childhood dream is in front of my eyes.
The taste of performing in front of only two individuals,
Now Tokyo Dome is in front of my nostril.
Nevertheless, three years have passed because the launch of Agust D, and maybe things have modified since then. In a Vlive pursuant to the release of Love Your self: Reply in 2018, Suga said that it was his concept to include choreography in the efficiency of his solo track “Seesaw”, as he is, in any case, an idol — indicating that he might have made peace together with his id as an idol.
With BTS’s large success reflected within the lyrics of their many conceited diss tracks, one would assume Suga has it all — “big house, big cars and big rings” as he says he needs, in BTS’s 2013 debut track “No More Dream“. His lyrics certainly suggest as much. In “Cypher pt. 4” he boasts,
Payday, paycheck, rolex on my wrist,
Click clack to the bang,
Click clack to the pow,
I’m so high, how dare you covet,
Even should you run up to it,
It’s too high for you to attain.
In “Agust D”, the title monitor off the mixtape, Suga goes so far as to say that his tongue — in other phrases, his rap — will “send you to Hong Kong”, slang for giving the listener an orgasm. The lyrics of this one aren’t pretty. I am not even positive what they imply:
A bum or a wack and I fack,
And I carve history on this floor,
Rappers so beat I all the time get to fats dick ’em.
However in a shocking show of vulnerability, Suga has continued to precise his worries in his lyrics. In “Sea”, a hidden monitor on 2017’s Love Your self: Her, he raps:
The desert that I was once afraid of turned the sea,
by our blood, sweat and tears.
But amongst all the happiness, what are these fears?
We know all too properly this place was originally a desert.
In “Home”, from 2019’s Map Of The Soul: Persona, he reiterates comparable thoughts:
The world thinks we personal the entire world,
Huge home, massive automobiles, massive rings,
If I own every thing I would like, it feels empty,
Unfamiliar feeling, that individual with every thing.
It’s inconceivable to miss the reference to the 2013 debut track.
Ever-wise, Suga acknowledges in songs like “Ddaeng” and “Never Mind” that removed from being discouraged, haters solely pushed him to succeed. He additionally thanks those that stood by his aspect, most notably his older brother whom he thanked in a “Skit” on the mixtape. Noting that he has had to give up many things he enjoys, and wear a mask at all times (“Outro: Her”), Suga is obvious concerning the worth of success.
The moral of the story that Suga tells via his lyrics is incredibly compelling: in case you work arduous, actually arduous, and persevere no matter what hardship comes your means, your goals are inside your grasp. Suga stresses on this expressly in multiple songs reminiscent of “Never Mind” and “Give It To Me”. In the latter, he says,
You ask me how I made it,
and I actually received nothin’ to say.
At the least I slept less and moved more than all of you,
it obtained me this far.
I don’t know the secret to success but,
however I do assume I find out about easy methods to fail.
Suga’s story, as advised via his own phrases, is a seductive one: It dares you to dream, to take that essential step outdoors your comfort zone. It dares you to comply with his instance to see when you too, can achieve as much as he has. Hardship definitely lies alongside the path but “Go ahead”, he says in “So What”,
9 out of ten worries are solely swamps in your head.
Unsurprisingly, all this concentrate on oneself, one’s own ache and following one’s goals is a bit of selfish. It is hanging how a lot of Suga’s lyricism revolves round himself — the all-consuming, egotistic, “I”. These lyrics are usually not about what he hopes to do for others, not even for his household, in contrast to a few of the different uncommon, comparable songs by different artists, corresponding to Mino‘s “Fear” or Ovan‘s “Happiness“. It’s self-centered and never completely admirable.
As an alternative, it’s brutally trustworthy. Suga’s concentrate on himself, his mental health, his greed, his personal lust for fulfillment — brazenly displayed for the world to see — is a mirror held up to the listener. Deeply cathartic, it may possibly resonate with, and draw out comparable emotions within the listener, thus leaving them free of that weight, if just for a short time.
It is the uncommon artist that can join with followers on this manner, and Suga’s brutal truthfully permits him to do so.
This isn’t to say that each one of Suga’s lyrics revolve around his personal story, but they definitely tend in the direction of the significant. Lee Sora‘s “Song Request” (prod. Tablo) is a dialog between a lady and the radio. While going via a hard time, she seeks consolation in the radio, or maybe in music, as she asks the DJ to play a track that may make her cry. The system responds gently, by way of Suga’s voice:
Yes, to somebody I’m spring, to a different winter,
I’m the top to someone and start to one other,
For somebody I’m happiness, for somebody I’m unhappiness,
A lullaby to someone and noise to another,
I’ll be with you at your delivery and your end,
Keep in mind we’re all the time collectively anyplace,
I’ll all the time console your life,
So simply lean on me and relaxation typically.
Who hasn’t had that second where they heard a track, and it took them them back to a specific moment, odor, sound, or feeling? Music has the facility to maneuver us, it could possibly take a brilliant day and make it sad, or a sad day, and make it glad. Suga’s poetic strains are an ode to the facility of music.
Additionally, Suga provides some variation to his rap, parts that make it a bit totally different in every music. Some experiments are extra profitable than others (I’m taking a look at you, “Boy With Luv”), but it’s fun to anticipate the variation each time. Fans also take pleasure in in search of the whispered “suga” that precedes his strains.
All this and extra, makes Min Yoon-gi one of many extra intriguing lyricists within the music business — a story-teller in guise of a musician and rapper. His character shines by way of his lyrics, whether it is his weak aspect or his daring, aggressive confidence. Suga’s lyrics are deceptive of their simplicity; and his image as a cute idol, the fandom’s “lil’ meow meow“, slightly misleading.
Regardless of choosing the trail of an idol business success, Suga has retained a uniqueness in his lyricism, a flavor that only he can deliver to music. And it, in turn, has introduced consolation to many. Even if he chooses to stop telling his story by way of his lyrics in the future, the songs already launched will in all probability proceed to offer comfort for a very long time to return.
(Vlive, YouTube     ; Pictures by way of BigHit Leisure, Naver X Dispatch, Twitter; Lyrics by way of BigHit Leisure, Super Sound Bugs and fan translators ashleygold25, Hamtaro Gasa, Jaeguchi and Jeonilysm)