With the release of jack in the box On July 15, J-Hope, most famous for his work with BTS, became the first member of the group to release a full solo album as part of BTS’s “Chapter Two.”
The two music videos that accompany the tracks on the album – “MORE” and “Arson” – also encompass a dark aesthetic and a gritty narrative.
If you’re only familiar with BTS’s recent Billboard pop hits like “Dynamite” or “Butter,” or J-Hope’s reputation as a consistently cheerful and bright member of the group, jack in the box might surprise.
But, while being very fresh, jack in the box is also the natural culmination of J-Hope’s career to date; from his early dance roots to his decade in BTS and the solo projects he’s worked on in the past. Here’s a little look back at his journey so far…
J-Hope, whose real name is Jung Ho-seok but is often referred to as “Hobi” by BTS and fans, got his start in street dancing. He was part of an underground dance crew before joining Big Hit Entertainment as a trainee in 2010, when he was just 16 years old.
J-Hope was added to BTS as a rapper, joining RM and Suga (singers Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook were added soon after). During his time as a trainee, he performed on Jo Kwon’s song “Animal,” before finally debuting with BTS in 2013 with the album 2 cool 4 school and his first single “No more dreaming.”
As one of the group’s rappers, J-Hope participated in songwriting for the majority of BTS’s music early on, and also got involved in production. J-Hope also became the dance leader, playing a key role in the band’s impressive choreography and performances.
His dancing and rapping skills (not to mention the darker side) were showcased in J-Hope’s first solo song in BTS: 2016’s “Intro: Boy Meets Evil” from the group’s second studio album. wings.
Another important part of discovering J-Hope’s work (other than delving into, say, all of BTS’s discography) is the sub-unit songs he’s done within the group — especially with his fellow rappers RM and Suga.
But J-Hope’s most famous solo project before jack in the box was perhaps “Chicken Noodle Soup”, a collaboration with Becky G, in which he paid homage to his street dancing roots.
It’s the perfect time to catch up – J-Hope will be the headliner Lollapalooza this year, and it’s sure to be a performance that will have everyone talking.
What’s your favorite J-Hope track? Let us know in the comments!