BTS 101: The Ultimate Starter Guide to K-Pop Sensation BTS
Come for the addictive music, mesmerizing dance moves, and flashy outfits,
Stay for their charming, adorable, and lovely personalities.
Curious about the talented boys everyone keeps buzzing about? This series will show you everything you need to know about the biggest band in the world. Everything from their songs to their pets- you’ll be a certified Bangtan Expert by the end. Let’s get started!
BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) is a seven-membered boy group from South Korea under BigHit Entertainment. Jin, Suga, RM, J-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook debuted as the Bangtan Boys on June 12, 2013 and since then have been paving their way to the top.
GET TO KNOW THE MEMBERS
Kim Namjoon, who goes by his stage name RM (formerly Rap Monster), is the leader and main rapper of BTS. He was born on September 12, 1994 in Ilsan-gu, South Korea. He’s known as the smart, reliable, and clumsy one who breaks everything he touches- especially records.
RM’s rap is both passionate and impactful. His incredible delivery and crazy good flow makes up his distinguishable style that makes him popular not only to ARMY’s, but to the rap community as well. Through his lyrics, RM expresses his profound ideas about life and the struggles and experiences of the youth today. You can tell that he means every word and puts great effort into improving his sound every time. His mix tape, titled RM, was released back in 2014, and includes songs like 농담 (NongDam) that show off his passion and raw emotion through his rap.
He’s also a huge part of the composition and production of their songs, and his magic touch definitely contributes to BTS’ skyrocket to success. Along with Suga, he helps produce great hits that connect to audiences worldwide and transcends differences in language and culture.
If you’re looking for recommendations on books, music, or movies, RM’s got your back. He regularly posts on Twitter about his new interests and even his ootd’s which he calls #KimDaily. He also like writing long messages comparing his love for ARMY’s to sunsets and deserts.
Being the only member who speaks fluent English, RM also guides his members during American or International interviews- which can get pretty chaotic. He takes care of the members and acts as their rock in good times and in bad.
Amidst all this seriousness, Namjoon can also be a fun-loving leader who will do anything to make his members and ARMY’s happy.
With his powerful rap, heartfelt words, and adorable dimples, it’s no question why this man is ruling the world.
Born on December 4, 1992 in Gwacheon, Kim Seokjin , AKA Jin, is the oldest of the group.
“Worldwide Handsome” is a nickname that he often goes by –and with good reason. He once trended in multiple Korean search engines and social media sites as the Car Door Guy, captivating the whole country with his stunning visuals just by coming out of a car. Later on, a similar phenomenon happened in an international scale as he went viral as the Third One from the Left on worldwide twitter after photos of BTS on the red carpet surfaced online.
But his god-tier looks aren’t all that there is to him. Seeing as he was street-casted because of his shining visuals, he did not have any background in singing or dancing. He endured countless hours of hard work to debut and get to where he is today- a world-class singer and performer. All his training has paid off and you can see his exponential progress era by era. Awake, his solo song, showcases the range and stability that his vocals possess. His voice is made of silk and adds a pure and wholesome vibe to BTS’s songs. Jin and RM are often teased by the other members for their lack of dancing skills, but in truth, they have hugely improved and have shown that they could keep up with the others time and time again.
Jin enjoys food and cooking for other members, and had his own eating show called Eat Jin. Despite being the oldest, he has a playful personality, and gets along with the younger members easily.He lightens up the mood with his dad jokes and hand kisses, and we all love him for it! There’s no better word to describe him- he’s leJINdary!
Suga, or Min Yoongi, was born on March 9, 1993 in Daegu. He’s a lead rapper of BTS and is also heavily involved in the production of their music. Back in 2016, he released his first mixtape titled Agust D, which is also the name he goes by as a solo rapper. The raps in his mixtape gained recognition due to his amazing delivery and impressive skills in composition. He was also praised for sharing his insight as someone who has experienced issues with mental health, a taboo topic in South Korea. His title track, which is also called Agust D, highlights his excellent flow and fast rapping style which wowed ARMY’s and non-ARMY’s alike.
Suga’s relationship with music is truly special to him. First Love is his solo song dedicated to his love for playing the piano and how music has pulled him through the darkest times of his life. The lyrics he writes convey true emotion –be it pain, joy, pride, and everything in between- which strikes a chord with their audiences and makes them deeply resonate with their songs. His writing and producing is definitely key to BTS’s music style and overall success. His work shows his unparalleled dedication and love for music.
While he might appear to be a tough and hardcore rapper onstage, offstage he’s a softie who likes to joke around with his members. His fans adore his blunt humor and the cuteness that naturally oozes out of him. Suga also cares a lot for his members but he never wants to make it obvious or show affection, which the members find completely endearing. His gummy smile and his cuteness are just too much to handle! But don’t let your guard down- Watch out for his unbeatable tongue technology!
Jung Hoseok, more known as J-hope, was born on February 18, 1994 in Gwangju. He is the main dancer and a lead rapper of the group.
BTS is widely recognized for their captivating dance routines, and J-hope is one to thank for guiding and supporting his members in this area. He is currently considered one of K-Pop’s best dancers because of his great skill and beautiful execution. The music video for Intro: Boy Meets Evil shows off his control and outstanding ability to perform intricate moves. He shows a different dance style in Mic Drop, presenting his talent in hip-hop which suggests his expertise in a diverse range of dance styles.
Before debuting, he had no experience in rap, but now, everyone anticipates his parts in BTS songs. Much like his dancing, J-hope’s rapping is also versatile and addicting. Anyone in the fandom can tell you that J-hope’s part in Save Me has saved them because of his delivery that leaves you amazed and your jaw on the floor. 1Verse, J-hope’s solo track, shows his sharp trap-style rapping that gets you so hyped you’ll surely want it on your work out playlist (or any playlist for that matter).
The members compare Hoseok to a charger because of the energy he exudes and gives off to the group. You’ll surely see him in interviews and variety shows either laughing out loud or making everyone else laugh out loud. The members adore him and see him as a great dance mentor, and an even greater friend who cares for them, and they care for in return.
He also has a hidden talent of playing the recorder with his nose- what more can you ask for? With his sense of humor and overflowing talent, this ball of sunshine will always light up the room and shine brightly wherever he goes.
Park Jimin was born on October 13, 1995 in Busan, South Korea. He’s both a lead singer and a lead dancer of BTS. He was a top student in his arts high school for contemporary dance, and this background definitely reflects in his performances after their debut.
Jimin is known for his fluid lines while dancing. It is clear in each performance that he doesn’t just do the choreography, he executes each move precisely with a unique feel that makes each stage breathtaking. The attractive energy that Jimin has draws all eyes and hearts to his brilliance when he performs.
Legend says that at the gates of heaven, you can hear Jimin’s voice resounding from the inside. His voice is light and has an ethereal vibe that is frequently compared to an angel’s. In Intro: Serendipity, Jimin sings with a delicate tone that makes you feel like you’re floating through the galaxy. You’ll get goosebumps just listening to his unearthly voice singing sweet melodies.
He’s often regarded as the member who’s good at taking care of all of his members. Matching his sweet voice, Jimin has a sensitive personality which makes him even lovelier- as if that was possible! He has a reserved aura during broadcasts, but still makes good effort to be entertaining to the crowd. ARMY’s and the members call him mochi for his cute cheeks, and you can’t help but smile at the sound of his bubbly laughter.
The BTS members regularly comment on how amazed they are of how hard Jimin works. His perseverance shines when he’s singing or dancing, and you can see that he’s always giving his all into every move and lyric. Jimin’s sublime dancing, otherworldly singing, and unmatched charm will certainly sweep you off your feet!
V, his real name Kim Taehyung, was born on December 30, 1995 in Daegu. He’s a lead singer of the group. Listening to V’s voice feels like smooth caramel and hot fudge. He has a deep tone laced with soul and emotion. His song, Stigma, best shows off his soulful voice and impressive range. His parts either give a husky, soothing tone or a powerful and strong sound that ties the songs up perfectly.
Taehyung has a magnetic stage presence that no can deny. He has a distinctive style when dancing –executing clean moves that he puts his heart into. His dancing has improved so drastically since their debut that he now gets the chance to be included in the dance line for some performances.
Besides singing and dancing, Taehyung is also a pro at being completely adorable and handsome at the same time. Scientists haven’t yet discovered how this is possible, and they marvel at how he can effortlessly switch between the two, and sometimes be both simultaneously.
V keeps an air of sophistication. He has a love for art and constantly shows his appreciation for paintings and photographs that he admires through his posts online. A man of expensive taste, V often sports Gucci clothing and accessories that probably cost more than an arm and a leg.
He’s also known to be very friendly. He has an unrivalled charisma that naturally attracts everyone to him. The BTS members all have a good relationship with V, seeing him as a reliable friend and brother that often initiates their crazy antics
He can be described as attractively unusual. All the contradictions in his personality give him a lot of dimension and a lot more to adore. Through all this, he’s still the same lovable and endearing Taehyung from the start.
Jeon Jungkook, born on September 1, 1997 in Busan, is the maknae, which means he’s the youngest member of the group. He’s also the main vocal and a lead dancer of BTS. The members and ARMY’s refer to him as the “Golden Maknae” for his ability to be amazing at whatever he does. Be it singing, dancing, rapping, sports, or even art, he’ll put in his best effort and excel at it naturally. Although he’s the youngest, he’s also the strongest one, and the older members often express their fear of his strength. You definitely want this guy on your team!
As the main singer of the most popular group in the world, Jungkook works hard to improve his vocals. His voice blends well with rap songs and ballads, and brings the unique BTS color to each of their songs. He has posted numerous covers of English songs which show off the wonderful control he has of his voice –hitting the right notes and touching everyone’s hearts with each lyric. His heavenly vocals are superb and only get better and better.
He is also a part of the BTS’ dance line. You can see the passion that radiates off of him on stage while he dances his heart out. Like with everything else, he gives his blood, sweat, and tears to be able to show a great performance every time for ARMY’s.
Seeing as he debuted at the age of 15, Jungkook was raised by his members. In Begin, Jungkook’s solo song, he expresses his gratitude to his older members that he has grown to depend on no matter what. It is amazing to see pictures comparing Jungkook from his debut to now and see how much he has changed. ARMY’s can’t help but be proud of BTS’ little brother who has endured a lot at his young age and to grow into the wonderful young man that he is today.
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