I honestly can’t comprehend why a person would judge someone else and make conclusions about them based on their hair.
I have come across some people who are calling e'dawn a crackhead based on his hairstyle since triple h, 365 fresh. His hair was styled the way it is to fit the concept and his character in the MV. So for someone to call him a crackhead because of this is disgusting.
His hair is just hair, it doesn’t reflect his personality or behavior. The character in the MV is fictional and in no way a reflection of him as a person.
To those who are calling him a crackhead, please stop, it’s not cool and it definitely isn’t funny.
WINGS is unlike any album BTS has ever released. It’s dark, it’s raw, and it’s personal.
Bangtan have always been preoccupied with youth and growing up. Their albums seem to go in this order, starting with their teen years (“2 Cool 4 Skool,” Dark & Wild, and “O!RUL8,2?”) followed by The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1 and 2, and now, WINGS. In the earlier albums, BTS act invincible. They adopted a tough, gangster-like persona; they wore gold chains and oversized clothing. If you just look at the “Danger” era compared to that of HYYH, you can see how much they’ve changed–physically, mentally, lyrically. So it goes without saying that their image and personality is growing, evolving—and that it’s being reflected in everything they do, especially through their music.
Now, it’s important to remember that much of this is fictional, to an extent. MVs like I NEED U and RUN, for example, expressed BTS’s desire to be young forever, to escape responsibility and avoid adulthood. During the HYYH era, this “Neverland” mentality was something BTS was obviously grappling with, hence their devotion to the album, producing not one but two parts (HYYH Pt. 1 and 2.) But they did this through a storyline (and a rather complicated one at that.) Of course, it wasn’t real–V didn’t stab his father in real life, nor did J-hope overdose on pills. It’s just a vessel to express a theme of vanishing youth, a message from BTS that running from one’s destiny, one responsibilities, only leads to ruin. The art form was for entertainment. The group’s message, however, was real.
But WINGS is different. BTS released 7 short films leading up to WINGS’ release, and has 7 individual tracks, each starring one member. That’s why it doesn’t make sense to compare and contrast them, or say that each short film, or each song, is part of just one entity (like a number of theories were suggesting after the short films were released.) That ignores the individuality that defines BTS. Every member is different, like each of us. They have their own insecurities, their own strengths and weaknesses. And that’s why they approached this album differently. WINGS gives each member of BTS a voice, for each member is on their own individualized journey (in the MV storylines, and in life.) So they each needed their own song–it’s their personalized canvas, their means of telling their own stories. And because of this feature, WINGS is unlike any KPOP album on the market today.
But what is BTS trying to tell us this time? The message is different, that much is certain: the themes are darker, the short films almost sinister. But also, it’s so much more personal. I’ll go into more detail in another post and give each member’s track and short film the attention it deserves, but the underlying message is likely that BTS has grown up. They’re no longer innocent–they’re adults, literally (Jungkook, the maknae, is now considered a legal adult in Korea.) And with adulthood comes temptation, comes a potential for sin and a pull towards evil…which each member experiences in different ways. This is why they each get their own song, their own voice. Yes, each member is trying to break free, to spread their wings and escape temptation to become the person they want to be, but for each member (just like each person on this planet) there is a personal obstacle that holds them back. No one journey is the same. So, not one song can express this theme, this concept, like BTS has done in the past. This isn’t like I NEED U or RUN. In WINGS, each member needs their own track, their own voice, to tell their own story.
Of course, the theatrical side of this era is also intriguing–how do the storylines from I NEED U and RUN connect to BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS, for example? (Something I will post later, and will link here when it’s been added.) But focus on the lyrics. Focus on what each member is saying. Not only are they entertaining us by telling a story, but they’re giving us an insight into their lives–where they are at this point in time, what they worry about and what they struggle with, what tempts them, what scares them about themselves…
That is what’s so special about this WINGS album: not only are they exposing a very vulnerable part of themselves, but this time, it’s not just a few writers (usually Rap Monster or Suga) telling a story. This time, every member speaks. You don’t see that happening in KPOP, where everything is scripted, where members get a line or two, at most, per song. This album is truly special. We’re learning more about the boys, who they are, their temptations, and who they want to become.
It’s truly a gift, something KPOP has not yet seen. So let’s give each member’s personal story the attention it deserves.