‘Outro: Ego,’ the final Comeback Trailer listed for Map Of The Soul: 7, has dropped, and it’s incredible. It’s filled with so much content to unpack; j-hope was the perfect person to embody this, and he smashed it!
The response to this release has been amazing.
To celebrate the release of the song, 7 hashtags and words trended worldwide. Though unintentional, it was rather apt for the upcoming album release Map Of The Soul: 7 on February 21st. Why is BTS so popular? Find out here.
‘Intro: Persona’ sampled ‘Intro: Skool Luv Affair,’ and ‘Interlude: Shadow’ sampled ‘Intro: O,RUL8!2’, so ARMY predicted ‘Outro: Ego’ could potentially follow this theme and go back to the beginning. The trailer for the debut album 2 Cool 4 Skool and the old school hip-hop style of this track would fit J-Hope perfectly! And it very well did!
With j-hope at its forefront,’Outro : Ego’ is an energetic pop genre song featuring African rhythm. The track samples the beats from the intro of BTS’ debut album 2 COOL 4 SKOOL released in June 2013.
The comeback trailer also features the debut trailer for ‘2 Cool 4 Skool‘ then flicks backwards through the BTS music videos over the past 7 years. It focuses on j-hope and stops on his first introduction at the start of their debut music video ‘No More Dream.’ It then fades into present day j-hope (Jung Hoseok) to start off the song ‘Outro: Ego.’
His image is in shadow at first, then flickers until he smiles, and the whole image brightens up. The tone of the music video could be reminiscent of J-Hope’s Hope World mixtape and the bright and colorful imagery in ‘Daydream’ (the title track for the mixtape) while still holding a deeper meaning.
On the surface, ‘Outro: Ego’ is like an explosion of his hopes and dreams in a seemingly perfect, utopian image. This pairs the lyrics with an underlying darkness, but also a hopeful tone. He doesn’t want to face reality and wants to pretend the darkness isn’t there and brushes it off even though it’s the elephant in the room. If he distracts himself enough, only the good things matter.
That’s right, I don’t care it’s all
Choices by my fate, so we’re here
Look ahead, the way is shinin’
Keep goin’ now
Lyrics from Outro: Ego
As J-Hope sings the lyrics ‘Trust Myself,’ he drives down a highway with signage behind him stating ‘Road To Myself, u-turn prohibited’. ARMY admire the attention to detail in the music video.
Four gods are referenced in the video with J-Hope’s face edited on them in a comedic way. Perhaps they are historical references as he sings ‘oh my god’ within the song.
There are some heartwarming moments within the video, including some nostalgic throwbacks to his childhood moments as he looks back at where he started and what his dreams were from his youth.
There are also some references to Kingsman, which J-Hope has cited as one of his favorite films.
In the track, j-hope sings how his path that led to BTS ‘j-hope’ hasn’t been easy, but nevertheless was chosen by fate and is willing to keep on that lane. In the comeback trailer, the lyrics of the song go over the last seven years since debut. Similarly, BTS’ contents are briefly visualized as if looking back at the past. At the end of the video, visual effects reach their heights as j-hope arrives at a huge, colorful city in which the artist’s current image is projected.
Map Of The Soul: 7 is out this month and we can’t wait! To stay up to date on all things BTS, click here.
Tickets for the North America leg of the Map Of The Soul Tour go on sale next week! Find out more about the World Tour here.
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