LISTEN: BTS' RM, Suga, and J-Hope's ode to haters and doubters
MANILA, Philippines – "Billboard was thanks to you."
Fresh off making history at Billboard awards and charts, the rap line of Korean pop group BTS released a new hip-hop track – or a "diss track," if you will – addressing haters and doubters, as well as the fame and success that has come their way despite everything.
"Ddaeng" was released two days ahead of the group's 5th anniversary on Wednesday, June 13.
In the song, Suga, RM, and J-Hope poke fun and straight up brag (no need to be humble, boys) about their achievements thus far.
And what's not to be proud of? During the recent Billboard Awards, BTS snagged the Top Social Artist award for the 2nd consecutive year. They also performed during the ceremony – the first Korean act to do so.
BTS is also the first Korean artist to top the Billboard 200 chart with their album Love Yourself: Tear.
The Bangtan Boys typically produce their own songs and tracks. In fact, several of the members have released their own mixtapes of song covers.
Billboard noted that just like most BTS songs, "Ddaeng" has layers and layers of meaning.
"An onomatopoeic word that emulates the sound of a 'bell' that is comparable to 'ding' in English, 'ddaeng' often is used to represent a wrong answer. It also refers to a move in the Korean card game Go-Stop, also known as Hwatu, and is slang for good luck or fortune that occurs by chance," it said.
According to Billboard, BTS' rappers "frequently faced criticism from within South Korea's hip-hop scene for being run-of-the-mill idol rappers."
With the awards and records under their belts, we can't help but wonder what BTS' critics are thinking right now. – Rappler.com