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BTS 방탄소년단 - MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 'Outro : Ego' Comeback Trailer

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2020. 2. 2.

BTS Releases Second Comeback Trailer “Outro: EGO"

After much anticipation, BTS has finally released the second comeback trailer for Map of the Soul: 7 in the form of “Outro: Ego” and it’s a bop. As soon as the clocks struck 12AM in Korea on February 3, the colorful song and video, featuring rapper and dance leader J-Hope, dropped on Big Hit’s YouTube channel.

With an upbeat cadence and tongue-in-cheek visuals, “Outro: Ego” may be vastly different from "Interlude: Shadow" in form but it continues the personal, self-referential, and retrospective narrative the group has been presenting so far in this comeback. This is made evident from the very first second of the video, which kicks off with visuals taken straight from BTS’s very own debut trailer from 2013 and continues going over snippets from BTS’s past videos until J-Hope’s silhouette takes center stage.

I go back every day / To me of yesterday / To the life of giving up / I let myself go away / But in this world, you know / There are truths unchanged / Time rushes ever forward / There’s no ifs, buts, or maybes,” he unapologetically raps, referencing his own journey with BTS.

While singing about his trajectory in Bangtan, J-Hope, whose real name is Jung Hoseok, embarks on a literal journey down memory lane aboard a red car. The car’s license plate, “BTS 13613,” a nod to BTS’s debut date, won’t go unnoticed to any ARMY.

In the song, the rapper also grapples with his personas — looking at life as Jung Hoseok and J-Hope. Featuring pictures from his childhood, we see him ponder about his beginnings in dance and examining his decision to follow his dream. “Life not of J-Hope but Jeong Ho-Seok flashes by / It must have been full of regret with no hope till I die / My dancing was chasing ghosts / Blaming my dream, asking why I live and breathe,” the translation of the official lyrics reads.

J-Hope acknowledges the ups and downs in the road, ultimately accepting his “fate” as a symbol of hope. “Seven years of anguish come out finally / Oppressions all resolved / Into my heart come answers from my most trusted / only one hope, only one soul,” he sings.

Prior to the song’s release, ARMYs started trending hashtags such as #EgoIsComing, #EgoIsHere, #CheckYourEgo, #EgoComebackTrailer, and #EgoByJhope, to celebrate the drop. J-Hope’s “Outro: Ego” joins RM’s “Intro: Persona” and Suga’s "Interlude: Shadow" — each rapper’s story seemingly correlating to a Jungian archetype — as the three comeback trailers for the MOTS era. As ARMYs had predicted, BTS again samples its own discography in the song. “Intro: Persona” sampled "Intro: Skool Luv Affair." “Interlude: Shadow” did the same with “INTRO: O!RUL8,2?” and, continuing the pattern, “Outro: Ego” includes samples from “2 Cool 4 Skool.”

Following "Interlude: Shadow" and "Black Swan," “Ego” constitutes the third release off BTS’s upcoming studio album, Map of the Soul: 7, which will be out on February 21.

Before then though, the septet will release the still-unnamed lead single for the album. “It’s been seven years since our debut and we have seven members here,” RM told James Corden earlier this week about the album. “Seven is a really special number for us and we’ve practiced so hard for these tracks and the dance routines. So please stay tuned for the album.”

Outro: EGO

매일 돌아가 본다고 그때의 나로 포기를 선택한 삶으로 날 놓아본다고
But 세상에는 있지변하지 않는 몆 진실 시간은 앞으로 흐른다는 것
방향은 없단 것 까마득한 잊을만하면 생각나 그 시절
악마의 손길과 운명의 recall 궁금해 아직도 왜 다시 불렀는지도
매일 ask me, guess it, 채찍, repeat oh
변할 건 없다며 결국 또 걱정을 억지로 잠궈, close
‘How much love? How much joy?’ 커피 한 잔 주며 stay calm, alone
그래 I don’t care, 전부 내 운명의 선택, so we’re here
내 앞을 봐, the way is shinin’ Keep goin’ now (Ready set and begin)
그 길로, 길로, 길로 Wherever my way 오직 Ego Ego Ego Just trust myself
(2 Cool, 2 Cool 4 Skool)
문득 스쳐가는 j-hope이 아닌 정호석의 삶 희망이란 없고 후회만 가득했겠지 till I die
(2 Cool, 2 Cool 4 Skool)
춤은 뜬 구름을 잡을 뿐 나의 꿈을 탓할 뿐 살아 숨쉬는 거에 의문을
Oh my God (God, God, God)
Uh time goes by 7년의 걱정이 드디어 입 밖으로
모두 해소되는 핍박 가장 믿던 그들의 답은 내 심장으로
‘하나뿐인 hope, 하나뿐인 soul’ ‘하나뿐인 smile, 하나뿐인 너’
세상 끝 진실에 확실해진 답 변하지 않는 그 어떤 나, right
이제 I don’t care, 전부 내 운명의 선택, so we’re here
내 앞을 봐, the way is shinin’ Keep goin’ now (Ready set and begin)
그 길로, 길로, 길로 Wherever my way 오직 Ego Ego Ego Just trust myself
믿는 대로 가는 대로 운명이 됐고 중심이 됐어
힘든 대로 또 슬픈 대로 위로가 됐고 날 알게 됐어
Map of the Soul, Map of the All That’s my Ego, that's my Ego
Map of the Soul, Map of the All That’s my Ego, that's my Ego

Credits:  Director: YooJeong Ko 1st AD: Yena Kang 2nd AD: Jihye Yoon, Guzza(Lumpens) DOP: HanGyeol Lee Focus puller: JooYoung Ha 2nd: SeoHee Seo DIT: DaeWoong Jang 3rd: SeoIn Jae Gaffer: HyunSuk Song (Real lighting) Lighting Crew: TaeHee Lee, JungHyun Choi, HyunJoo Kim, HyoShin Kim, JunHee Min, NamGi Lee, YoungHwan Park Jimmy Jib: YoungJung Kim, HyunIn Kim, MinHyuk Go Art Director: Bona Kim, Jinsil Park (MU:E) Assistant Art team: YeonJi Bae, Jinyun Kim Art-team Manager: ilho Heo VFX: SecondFloor Supervisor: DY.B 3D Artist: Jaejin.D, Jieun.H FX Artist: Daeyoung.B 2D Compositor: Sungkyu.Y, Dongil.H Project Manager: Pure.K Typography Design: Sunny Studio Illustrator: HELLDOG Visual Creative: Nu Kim, Sabinne Cheon, Lee Sun Kyoung, Kim Ga Eun, Lee Min Gyu Artist Management: Kim Shin Gyu, An Da Sol

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