BTS rappers RM, Suga and J-Hope jus' dropped another hip-hop banger today as part of the lead up to their fifth-anniversary on June 13. “Ddaeng” was co-produced by Suga and is a playful diss addressing how far the group has come despite the animosity its faced.
The trio rap about how BTS has unequivocally come out on top of the K-pop industry despite naysayers who put them down in the past. Early on in their career, the group's rappers frequently faced criticism from within South Korea's hip-hop scene for being run-of-the-mill idol rappers, a term they have since reclaimed (see the lyrics of Suga's "The Last").
"Billboard is all thanks to you, bae/No else is above us," drawls Suga.
“Ddaeng” is one of several tracks released as part of BTS’ 2018 Festa celebration. It follows remixes of singles and a cover song performed by Jin.
The reoccurring “bang” also may refer to the group’s Korean name Bangtan Sonyeondan, literally “bulletproof boy scouts.”