BTS’ J-Hope has released “MORE,” his first single from his upcoming solo album Jack In The Box.
The track showcases a darker side to the Korean rapper’s artistry, eschewing the bright sounds and aesthetics he is often associated with in favor of rock riffs and a shouting rap delivery in parts.
According to a press release, the song “manifest[s] his flame-like aspirations and pure passion to escape the box and show the world what more he can offer.” It acts as one of the key anchors conveying the core message that penetrates the whole of Jack In The Box.
In an accompanying music video, J-Hope is seen taking delivery of a box before opening up a labyrinth of different rooms and corridors, from offices to dark, disheveled spaces where he fronts a live band.
Jack In The Box marks the star’s first solo album, following his debut mixtape Hope World, which arrived in 2018. It will be released digitally on July 15 and via Weverse Albums on July 29. The Weverse Albums app allows users to download the album, photos, and more via a QR code.
Just weeks after Jack In The Box is shared with the world, J-Hope will make history when he becomes the first South Korean artist to headline a main stage at a US festival. The rapper will top the bill on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2022 on July 31.
Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that BTS will perform a concert for the 2030 World Expo in Busan, while the group’s anthology album Proof scored them their sixth No.1 record on the Billboard 200. The release featured some of the band’s biggest hits, demos, and previously unreleased songs, as well as the new tracks “Yet To Come,” “Run BTS,” and “For Youth.”