BTS J-Hope received good reviews from the leading American music magazine, Rolling Stone.
On May 13th, Rolling Stone announced that BTS will decorate the cover of the June magazine along with the published article titled, ‘The Triumph of BTS.’ On May 14th, they released an interview with J-Hope as the first runner of the digital cover story.
Rolling Stone introduced BTS J-Hope as ‘a rapper, dancer, songwriter and producer with dimple laughter, warm manners, and fierce stage presence.’ They praised him, saying, “He symbolizes the combination of BTS’ fundamental goodness and overwhelming talent.”
Through the pandemic period, BTS J-Hope said, “I could see how precious ordinary life is, and I thought a lot about myself.” He also said that he wanted to make ‘music that gives people comfort and hope.’
Rolling Stone asked how to keep the balance, referring to the ‘sadness after laughter’ in the lyrics. J-Hope said, “There is pressure as an artist, but I accept it as it is. Expressing this in music also seems to be comforting.”
Rolling Stone picked J-Hope’s ‘Outro: Ego’ as a related song. BTS J-Hope said, “It is a song about self-reflection and a song about my life. I will continue to challenge myself and believe in myself.”
Questions also followed about music work, which is the biggest concern of fans. Rolling Stone mentioned J-Hope’s mixtape ‘Hope World’ released in 2018. He said, “I achieved tremendous accomplishment as an artist.” Then, he was asked what is his best memory.
BTS J-Hope said, “It is a really pure and beautiful memory. Looking back at that time has a good effect on what you are doing now. I learned a lot and was able to find a way forward as an artist. Thank you for the likes of many people. In the future, I will try to show J-HOPE’s own music world.”
Regarding the second mixtape, “Nothing has been decided yet, but we are still working on it. The music style will not change significantly, but I think it will become more mature. I am going to put the story I really want to say,” BTS J-Hope said. It is raising the expectations of the fans.
Rolling Stone also expressed interest in the full version of the song ‘Blue Side,’ included in the ‘Hope World’ in March. J-Hope revealed the behind-the-scenes story, “I always had the idea of completing it, but I decided to make it two to four weeks before the presentation.”
Billboard of the United States reported on May 15th that fans are showing great interest in the second mixtape through an article containing the interviews between Rolling Stone and BTS J-Hope.
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