BTS’ latest member to begin his mandatory military service in South Korea, J-Hope, has announced his farewell track with help from BIGHIT MUSIC.
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Following in the footsteps of the K-Pop group’s oldest member Jin, who also released a special farewell song for fans before his enlistment, J-Hope intends for his new song to serve as a “meaningful gift to everyone who supports [him].”
In the official message BIGHIT MUSIC states, “we are happy to inform you that BTS member J-Hope will be releasing a solo single ‘on the street.’ J-Hope wrote the track to share his candid feelings toward his fans. The title 'on the street' refers to J-Hope’s roots—street dance—from which his dream to become an artist began, and the path the artist and fans will continue to walk together. We hope that J-Hope’s ‘on the street’ serves as a meaningful gift to everyone who supports the artist. Please look forward to J-Hope’s new song!”
As mentioned in the single’s announcement, the track’s title refers to J-Hope’s roots in street dance. However it wasn’t until the teaser photos and 40-second music video trailer were dropped shortly after that the ARMY got more of a hint at what to expect.
Already a pleasantly unexpected surprise for fans, the last few moments of the trailer revealed that J-Hope’s idol, J. Cole, would be featured on “On The Street.”
A long time admirer of the rapper, J-Hope has been inspired by and has made references to him in BTS’ music, even recording their own version of J. Cole’s hit “Born Sinner” in 2013, which was officially released on BTS' PROOF album in 2022 re-titled as “Born Singer.”
After finally meeting his idol at Lollapalooza in 2022, J.Cole and J-Hope have made music together. The perfect send off single to release before his enlistment.
On the track J-Hope sings, “Every time I walk / Every time I run / Every time I move / As always, for us.” Later, he raps that “even my walk was made of your love and your faith." While J.Cole reflects on his career over several lengthy versus.
Check out the brand new track below.