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iKON’s Bobby breaks out solo with ‘Love and Fall’

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Updated : September 14 2017

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Fighting against the prejudice of the bombastic rapper as tough and rough, Bobby of K-pop act iKON embarked on a solo career with his first self-produced full-length album “Love and Fall” to show fans he is capable of much more.

“Due to my husky voice, the image of Bobby has been cemented as a fierce hip-hop artist. But I wanted to prove that I have mellow and emotional sides as well,” said the artist during an interview in Seoul on Thursday.

“I know that my previous works were not exactly bedtime lullabies. But I tried to make songs that are not jarring, comfortable enough to be heard before hitting the sack,” he added.

The 10-track album, featuring Bobby as both producer and lyricist, is led by double lead tracks “I Love You” and “Runaway.” While they differ in musical styles and themes, the two songs are woven into a tapestry called “youth.”

The singer explained that “Runaway,” an upbeat yet emotional track, ponders about a “departure from ordinary life,” a reference to his teenage years spent training in a studio while his peers enjoyed their younger days in karaoke rooms and traveling.

“I somewhat felt jealous of my friends back then, especially when they sent me pictures outside the studio, and I still feel wistful that I couldn’t spend more time with them. But I don’t regret it because what I wanted the most was music,” said the 22-year-old singer.

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(YG Entertainment)

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He went on to shyly spill that his best shot at escaping his pedestrian life was buying instant food from a nearby convenience store without telling agency staff.

For his romantic tracks “I Love You” and “In Love,” he watched films like “The Notebook” and “La La Land” to tap into his emotions.

“I deeply emphasized with how those movies beautifully depicted a couple slowly growing apart over time, while still loving each other passionately,” Bobby said.

Asked his thoughts about an iKON fan group’s recent announcement that they would boycott all goods produced by YG Entertainment, claiming the label has mistreated both iKON and its fans, Bobby said, “We take the boycott as our fans’ thirst for our activities, as well as a message that we should try harder. IKON is also responsible for the clash between our fans and the agency, maybe because we
haven’t done well enough.”

iKON released the long-awaited album “New Kinds: Begin” in May, but it hasn’t done well on music charts.

“I’d like to ask fans to wait for us a little bit more, as we are doing our best to make up for the recent controversy as soon as possible,” Bobby said, perhaps a hint that iKON may be gearing up for a comeback this fall.

The Korean-American singer debuted as a solo artist in September last year with “Holup.” He became well known to the public after winning the third season of Mnet’s rap competition “Show Me the Money” as part of Illionaire with rapper Dok2 and The Quiett in May 2014. In October 2014, he featured on Epik High‘s single “Born Hater” alongside Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I and Song Min-ho.

“Love and Fall,” released Thursday evening, has topped iTunes album charts in 22 countries, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Finland and Chile, as of Friday morning.



By Hong Dam-young (lotus@heraldcorp.com)


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