You can call them Bangtan Boys, BTS, Bulletproof Boy Scouts, or 방탄소년단 but there’s no denying that recently, boys groups that begin in the letter “B” have been making waves in the K-pop music industry. These boys are no different.

The Members

Jin
Name: Kim Seokjin (김석진)
Stage Name: Jin (진)
Birthday: December 4th, 1992
Position: Vocalist, Visual
Nicknames: Princess Jin, Pink Princess,
Blood Type: O
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 60 cm
Birthplace: Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do
Hobbies/Specialties: Cooking, Taking selcas
Random Facts:

  • Has an older brother
  • Has the habit of blinking his left eye when hungry
  • Favorite color is pink (hence the nicknames)
  • Likes Nintendo games

Suga
Name: Min Yoongi (민윤기)
Stage Name: Suga (슈가)
Birthday: March 9th, 1993
Position: Rapper
Nicknames: Motionless Min, Appa (Dad),
Blood Type: O
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 57 kg
Birthplace: Buk-gu, Daegu
Hobbies/Specialties: Writing music, making rhymes,
Random Facts:

  • Loves to eat any kind of meat
  • Self-proclaimed laziest member in the group
  • Loves to sleep
  • Has an older brother
  • During a “Open Your Heart” session, he complained that the  company’s CEO had promised that he would be part of a Hip-hop group that would not involve any choreography, “only rhythm would do” before being added to BTS (who has some of most complex choreography)
  • Has produced a short track for Weekly Idol’s Donnie and Coni

J-Hope
Name: Jung Hoseok (정호석)
Stage Name: J-Hope (제이홉)
Birthday: February 18th, 1994
Position: Rapper, Dancer
Nicknames: Hope
Blood Type: A
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 59 kg
Birthplace: Gwangju
Hobbies/Specialties: Dance, Sassy Faces
Random Facts:

  • His stage name was picked due to his usually bright and energetic personality
  • Was picked as one of the best in the group at girl group dances along with Jimin and Jongkook
  • Has an older sister
  • Has a habit of moving/dancing when there’s music
  • Likes legos

 
Rap Monster
Name: Kim Namjoon (김남준)
Stage Name: Rap Monster (랩몬스터)
Birthday: September 12th, 1994
Position: Leader & Rapper
Nicknames: Rap Mon, Leader Mon, God of Destruction
Blood Type: A
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Birthplace: Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do
Hobbies/Specialties: Searching the web, Writing music, English
Random Facts:

  • The God of Destruction who breaks thing everywhere he goes
  • Has a younger sister
  • Has proven himself as the best rapper in the group on Weekly Idol

 
Jimin
Name: Park Jimin (박지민)
Stage Name: Jimin (지민)
Birthday: October 13th, 1995
Position: Vocalist, Dancer
Nickname: Jiminnie, Minnie, Dooly, Bagel Boy
Blood Type: A
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Birthplace: Busan
Hobbies/Specialties: Aegyo (maybe), Dance,
Random Facts:

  • Was picked as one of the best in the group at girl group dances along with J-Hope and Jongkook
  • Has a habit of dancing/moving when there is music, regardless of time and place
  • Thinks he is the cutest member
  • Looks up to Big Bang’s TaeYang
  • He has no jams

 
V
Name: Kim Taehyung (김태형)
Stage Name: V (뷔)
Birthday: December 30th, 1995
Position: Vocalist
Nicknames: TaeTae, Blank Tae, Alien, Clown
Blood Type: AB
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Birthplace: Daegu
Hobbies/Specialties: looking for good songs that nobody knows about
Random Facts:

  • Has a younger sister and brother
  • Likes eating Japchae and any type of meat
  • Has the habit of biting his nails
  • Was the last member to be revealed
  • A fan once asked Rap Monster which member would most likely be the first to die during the zombie apocalypse and he responded “V of course”

 
Jongkook
Name: Jeon Jongkook (전정국)
Stage Name: Jongkook (전정국)
Birthday: September 1st, 1997
Position: Maknae, Vocalist, Rapper
Nicknames: Jungkookie, Kookie, GoldMak (Golden Maknae)
Blood Type: A
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Birthplace: Busan
Hobbies/Specialties: Dancing, Girl Group Dances, Drawing
Random Facts:

  • Has a habit of sniffling (due to rhinitis)
  • Is the best at girl group dances in the group (along with J-Hope and Jimin)
  • Has an older brother

 

About the Group

This 7-member boy group debuted under Big Hit Entertainment (a subsidiary label of JYP Entertainment and the same label that manages GLAM and that 2AM was under before most of the members switched back to JYP Entertainment) on June 12th, 2013 with “No More Dream” off of their first single album 2COOL 4SKOOL.

Jimin instantly became one of the most popular members as “that one member who shows off his abs”. As for me, my geeky side is showing as I chose V, the cute member that suddenly had dorky glasses in the middle of the music video, as my own bias.
On July 16th, the boys revealed a music video for their song “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2,” a continuation of a song that the group had written pre-debut. The song is a challenge to the music world with lyrics such as “all of you who become rappers because you can’t sing, the title rapper is a luxury to you” and “we go hard, we have no fear”.
Rap Monster stood out with his rap part, which had many an ARMY attempting (and failing horribly) to copy it. The young maknae also stood out with his part which translates to “I pulled all-nighters at the practice room instead of at school” and “while you all partied, I gave up sleep to live my dream”.

Only 3 months after their debut, on September 4th, the boys released the music video for “N.O”off of their first mini album “O!RUL8, 2?” The song is a hard-hitting anthem for students, calling them to rethink their lives. The studying and striving to be the best academically and hoping that it will lead to getting a “good job” and a nice house and a nice car: “Will these things really bring happiness?”
The music video is also very impressive, with the white, futuristic classroom and FANS GET TO SEE RAP MONSTER WITHOUT HIS SUNGLASSES for pretty much the first time ever. (Not entirely true, but close enough.) It was also extremely amusing to watch Taehyung kick the desk to the side after the room explodes, especially after one learns that he is actually one of the cutest and dorkiest member and is probably the least likely to win in a fight.
The choreography is also quite impressive, especially the Jimin-focused group choreography toward the end of the song that has Jimin doing flips and the back-up dancers/soldiers flying to the floor.

On February 11th, 2014, the boys released the music video for “Boy in Luv (상남자)” off of their second mini album SKOOL LUV AFFAIR, featuring the instrumental of their song “Just One Day (하루만)” in the beginning.

On April 6th, they released the music video for the least intense song that they have promoted since their debut less than one year before. The pop ballad “Just One Day (하루만)” is soft and calming, but still upbeat and shows off the rappers.

As amazing as the song was, it was the “appeal version” of their dance practice video that was what captured the fans’ hearts. It’s difficult not to laugh at the boys’ exaggerated movement, as well as at Taehyung sitting to the side trying his absolute hardest (and failing) not to laugh at his fellow members.

Recently, BTS have been releasing episodes of their reality series,  “American Hustle Life”, following when the boys went to LA.  It is perhaps the cutest and funniest thing you will ever watch. In the series, the boys form an… interesting and unique… relationship with their hip-hop mentors.
One of the mentors, Tony, has increasingly been shipped with Bangtan member Jimin by ARMYs, and the ship was approved by the man himself through his twitter account.
#jony
After that bit of adorableness, we move back to the dark, intense, and (unnecessarily) sexy.
They recently made their comeback with their first full album “Dark & Wild” with the main track “Danger”. The album was solid with Rap Monster, Suga, and J-Hope’s names sprinkled through the credits.
The music video for “Danger” was released on August 19th, and it was obviously created to kill as many fan girls as humanly possible with a single music video. Also, I personally believe that it is a clear sign that the stylists know what they’re doing when you can take Princess Jin, adorkable alien V, and Bagel Boy Jimin, all of whom pretty much look cute no matter what they do (even when they’re just sitting/standing there) and you make them look sexy and dangerous.
I swear, their existence on Earth alone is not safe for fan girls. Approach this music video with extreme caution.


 

Why You Should LOVE These Guys~

Lately, there has been a rise in the number of boy groups that have their cool, hip-hop image and upbeat songs, but I feel like BTS is a group that you don’t just ‘get’ into, but you FALL into, and when you fall,  you fall hard.
These guys have been talented and amazing since pre-debut. I have met fans who have been following them since before their debut, having found their pre-debut tracks, which is incredibly impressive.
As a college student who was and still is struggling to find where I belong, I connected to the boys since their debut song. I’m an Asian-American child with an Asian mom and grandmother, both whom, though they have been becoming a little more accepting, are the kind that believe I need to be a doctor or lawyer to live a happy successful life, while instead I’m enjoying K-pop, music, dancing, and writing. Writing, drawing, and learning languages are probably some of the happiest moments in my life. I’m not especially good at them, but I enjoy it.
Their debut song “No More Dream” really is like the perfect student’s anthem. It reminds me of my favourite American 90s songs that were my anthems in middle school and high school, like Simple Plan’s “Welcome to My Life” and My Chemical Romance’s “Famous Last Words”.
Then, their song “N.O” set the bar even higher. It was an amazing song and became an anthem that I had on replay for days. This is a song that you don’t even have to be a student to appreciate, because whether you’re a kid or an adult, there are just some days where you just want to scream “NO”.
On top of being amazing artists that can pull off intense concepts and difficult choreographies on stage, the seven members are all just complete dorks that make you want to throw them across the room (in the most loving way possible, of course).
The boys also seem to share a fairly close relationship with their company’s CEO with even Suga calling the CEO out on a promise he had made pre-debut that did not hold. He has promised that Suga would be a part of a hip-hop group like 1TYM that only needed to be talented in rapping and rhythm and he would not need to work on choreography. However, BTS’s choreography is anything but simple:

This is how the boys act right before their special stage and yes, these are the same sexy guys from the “Danger” Music video. I swear they are:

On top of being adorable, still manage to show their talents at the same time. Somehow.

I would post so many more videos to try to show you how these boys brighten up my day every single day. They are talented. They are weird. They make me laugh. They make me want to throw them across the room. These boys are my babies, and I can’t express how much they mean to me.
 


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Written by Jenga, Japako Music USA Writer and Rep//@Japako_Jenga
 

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