Suga’s Surprise Solo Mixtape ‘D-2’ Is a Welcome Arrival for BTS Fans – Variety


BTS has shaken the music trade prior to now few years, constructing from South Korea success to worldwide phenomenon that may promote out stadiums in a matter of minutes. Which makes the discharge of “D-2,” a new mixtape by BTS’ Suga — below the title Agust D, his solo moniker — all of the extra welcome through the nice pause of 2020.

Suga tends to maintain a low-profile and steadily mentions that if he weren’t within the highlight, he would nonetheless wish to pursue music as a producer. “D-2” permits Suga that artistic outlet with out the strain that comes with a BTS challenge.

That goes for its rollout, too. Following a week of teasers on Large Hit Leisure’s Twitter account, eager followers seen a profile picture replace on Apple Music for Agust D, which prompted #AGUSTD2ISCOMING to climb to the highest trending matter on Twitter worldwide.

It’s a welcome return for Agust D. Listed below are 4 explanation why.

A surprisingly wild trip 

About 20 days previous to the mixtape drop, Suga said on a V Reside that followers shouldn’t wait for “Agust D 2” and “that the music won’t be launched anytime quickly.” Fans had been then given countdown pictures as teasers, which is commonplace within the Ok-Pop world. The artist sometimes begins from D-X and counts all the way down to D-2, D-1 all the way in which to D-Day, which might be the day of the discharge. Somewhat than releasing his second mixtape on D-Day, it dropped worldwide on D-2 as a substitute as a play on phrases of “Agust D 2.” In an interview with Billboard, Suga revealed that he got here up with this concept himself. “I didn’t wish to launch it on D-DAY, and in addition wasn’t glad with simply ‘Agust D 2.’ So I wished to launch it on D-2 to shock the individuals who had been ready for it to drop on D-DAY,” he mentioned.

As well as, there was a profile picture mixup on Apple Music forward of the mixtape drop. The picture for Agust D’s profile was swapped with an unseen picture of Suga that matched the silhouette within the countdown teasers, which is what prompted the worldwide Twitter development and fan anticipation. The rumors had been coated by Korean media, to which Large Hit Leisure responded, “The official content material can be launched in response to the official schedule. Please perceive that we can’t affirm something.”


Monitor quantity 2 on the mixtape, “Daechwita,” contains conventional Korean themes with a pattern from a pre-existing daechwita, a style of conventional Korean navy music and is often utilized in guard altering ceremony re-enactments. This isn’t the primary time BTS tapped into conventional themes, as “Idol” additionally options classical Korean instrumentation. Suga famous in an interview with TIME that he wished to include the theme of “daechwita” — “the music that’s performed through the ceremonial stroll of the King.”

Options from fellow BTS members 

About half-way via the mixtape is a observe titled “Unusual,” which followers instantly famous, options BTS chief RM’s voice. The duo had additionally collaborated on “Respect” from BTS’ final album, in addition to on a observe with Juice WRLD titled “All Evening.”

And RM isn’t the one BTS member featured on “D-2.” Within the music video for “Daechwita,” followers will acknowledge BTS members Jin and Jungkook taking part in sparring villagers combat as Suga walks into them. Contemplating BTS would have been finishing its US tour had been it not for  the coronavirus, seeing three members of the group collectively is a welcome shock.

Collaborations with a 123 of artists

Three different artists lend their abilities to “D-2”  — MAX, NiiHWa, and Kim Jong-wan. MAX is an American artist whose one hit into a budding profession with “Lights Down Low.” NiiHWa is a smaller title in South Korea with a number of albums below his belt, and has collaborated as a author for different Ok-pop acts like GOT7. Kim Jong Wan, who Suga cites as somebody he admires, is the frontman of Korean different rock band Nell and closes out the mixtape with “Expensive my pal.”


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