korean traditional drumming

Himchan's role in B.A.P

There is something that I want to talk about. I lot of people, when talking about B.A.P and each members, always comments on their talents individually, which is great, because yes, they are truly talented, but when it’s Himchan’s turn, it’s always “He is the mood maker, the one that keeps B.A.P together” and other similar things to that. 

This statement is true! Himchan is indeed a really important person in the relation of B.A.P. BUT HE’S NOT ONLY THAT IN B.A.P!!

I feel like going into another One Shot era when “fans” started saying Himchan brings nothing to B.A.P and should just leave. This only piss me of. So here is some things about Himchan that most people don’t realize or forget.

1. The second leader

This is not even questionable. Himchan IS the second leader in B.A.P. The members themselves say it. When Yongguk when on hiatus, all BABYz knew that Himchan would be the one to take the lead. Yongguk also often said that without Himchan, it would be more difficult for him. And even when Yongguk is there, Himchan takes the role of the leader along with him. 

2. Music Genius

It’s no secret that Himchan can play a lot of different instruments (piano, violin, drum, guitar, and many korean instrument). He started at a very young age and later entered a University program in korean traditional music in the drum specialisation. He is known for playing janggu. 

3. Singing and rapping abilities

Yes, he is not Daehyun nor Yongguk. But the people saying he can’t sing or rap must be deaf or just hating on him. Seriously, this man is amazing and can do anything. His voice is a blessing, maybe my favorite one in B.A.P (I’m not even joking!). Just go listen to Skydive or Wake me up live. I truly hope that one day we will get a Himchan solo song so that people can see how much talent this man has. He is not in B.A.P for nothing! 

4. Amazing performer

I saw B.A.P three times in my life, 2 times in New York and once in Toronto. Each time, I’ve been super impress by how B.A.P are amazing performer, even though it’s not a surprise for everyone. Himchan is no exception! B.A.P is not the group that goes “Ok, we just do our songs and that’s it”. They are more the “Let’s perform this show like it’s our last one” type of group. And honestly, they are not a lot of kpop groups (even outside kpop) that does that. Just go to one of their concert, you’ll understand!

5. His love for everyone

Himchan is full of love. For his members, for his fans. He’s playfull, caring, modest and I could go on forever. He puts other before himself. Remember how he is always encouraging Jongup and Zelo to speak more on TV? Yeah. Remember how he always make sure that everyone eats well? Yeah. Remember how he always takes pictures of BABYz all around the world and then post them? Yeah. He keeps every pictures because he wants to keep those memories, like we keep pictures of B.A.P on our phones and computer. I have many more exemple, but it would be too long.

There is also many reasons why Himchan is a beautiful human being, but I wanted to focus on the reasons why he is essential to B.A.P. Feel free to had more! I wanted to put the more important one.

-protectkimhimchan

B.A.P Himchan - Debut Story

In his first year in college, Himchan ended up being casted by an entertainment company that specialized for actors and started playing a series of minor roles.

“I think I spent my time actively while I was a minor actor partaking in ads and even appeared in a cell phone CF featuring celebrities like seniors T-Ara and Yoon Siyoon. Of course, you can’t see my face though (laughs).
Also in 2011, I appeared in the music video for senior Jung Seulgi. I was even a protagonist for an independent film.”

“In 2011, with the recommendation of TS Entertainment’s current recruiter for actors and in seeing the family-like atmosphere alongside meeting the CEO, I decided to sign with them right away and became thus a trainee . I don’t think I’ll come to regret this decision and I find it fate (laughs).”

However, Himchan wasn’t skilled in dancing or singing from the start. Himchan having only played gukak [T/N: Traditional Korean drum with two sides], dancing or singing was very new to him.

“All I remember is that I would get in trouble because I couldn’t sing or dance. Because I only played instruments, it was hard to maneuver my body.
I knew that practice was the only road to save myself so I practiced endlessly and there were about 30 peers who were practicing to become a member of B.A.P. It was indeed an intense survival game in which I survived.”

Despite the rigorous competition, what was a big strength to him was same-aged leader Bang Yongguk who as an underground rapper was also experiencing at that time a lot of hardships in dancing.

“At first, Yongguk and I lived in a dorm together and I thought that was the most fun. I was able to tell Yongguk openly about all my troubles (laughs).
Yongguk? He’s a friend who has upright values and in meeting Yongguk, I think I changed a lot too.”

Bang Yongguk and Himchan, the two depended on one another and began overcoming the obstacle of their trainee years.

Of course, there were many times when they wanted to give up but all of a sudden, the two same-aged friends became the two dependable eldest members of B.A.P.

“My dream? Invading the universe haha. Also, I want to be able to be with the members of B.A.P for a long time.
Of course, with our fans too (laughs). With how much obstacles I’ve faced to make a debut, I want to promote just as hard and I’ll continue to become a Himchan who never loses his roots.”

[LYRICS] BTS Cypher 4 by BTS

Korean

이름 이름 Sorry bae
발음 발음 Sorry bae
딕션 딕션 딕션 Sorry bae
Oh face not an idol Sorry bae
숨쉬고 있어서 I’m sorry bae
너무 건강해서 I’m sorry bae
방송합니다 I’m sorry bae
Errthing errthing errthing
Sorry bae
지금 내가 내는 소리 bae
누군가에겐 개소리 bae
까는 패턴 좀 바꾸지 bae
지루해질라캐 boring bae
이젠 니가 안 미워
이젠 니가 안 미워 sorry bae
북이 돼줄게 걍 쎄게 치고 말어
그래 해보자 사물놀이 bae
난 괴물 너무 길어 꼬리 bae
어차피 넌 날 쏘지 bae
그럴 바엔 편해 동물원이 bae
너도 원하잖아 씹을거리 bae
니가 날 싫어해도 YOU KNOW ME
니가 날 싫어해도 YOU KNOW ME
무플보단 악플이 좋아
난 널 몰라
BUT YOU KNOW MY NAME

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
Brr

I wanna get 잠 time
쉴 틈 없이 받는 spotlight
Ahh you wanna be my life
굶주린 놈들은 내 총알받이나 해
곱게 접해 내 멋대로 도배된
무대로 연행 다 결백 Okay
But 만족 못해 절대 여기에
나 올라 저 위에 높게 높게 높게
그래 방식은 다르지
곱씹어도 가는 길
한 땀씩 바느질
못 할 거면 매듭지어
이젠 안 돼 가능이
포기라는 발음이
I love ma rule 내 bro들과 하는 일
그들만의 리그의 플레이어
난 그 위 감독이 될 테니
다 될 대로해
1VERSE에 이어
난 더 큰 그림을 그릴 테니
평생 그 위치에서 쭉 외쳐봐라
Dream come true
명예와 부는 그게 아냐 you
다 결국 내 발바닥 츄
클릭해 난 cat 다 mouse
골라 X 쳐 like KAWS
난 내년 입주 ma house
에서 내 brick과 high five
눈뜨고 봐라 내 야망
귀 대고 들어라
처음이자 마지막이 될 말

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
Brr

Back back to the basic microphone check
Call me 뱁새 혹은 쎈캐
그래 rap game에 난 대인배
되게 해이해졌던
rap man들을 갱생하는 게
내 첫 번째의 계획 hashtag
Sucka betta run
인스타 속 gang gang
그건 걔 인생이고
내 인생은 뭐 매일매일
Payday paycheck
손목 위엔 ROLEX
Click clack to the bang bang
Click clack to the pow
I’m so high 어딜 넘봐
니가 도움닫기를 해도
손 닿기엔 높아
꽤나 먼 차이 절대 못 봐
너의 똥차들의 콩깍지를
몽땅 벗겨놓은 다음
죄다 농락한 뒤

송장이 된 면상 위를 so fly
Click clack to the bang
you and you
쉽게 얻은 게 하나도 없음에
늘 감사하네
니 인생이 어중간한 게
왜 내 탓이야
계속 그렇게 살아줘 적당하게
미안한데 앞으로
난 더 벌 건데 지켜봐줘
부디 제발 건강하게

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
Brr

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
brr

English

Name Name Sorry bae
Pronunciation Pronunciation Sorry bae
Diction Diction Diction Sorry bae
Oh face not an idol Sorry bae
I’m sorry bae because I’m breathing
I’m sorry bae because I’m so healthy
I’m sorry bae I’m broadcasting
Errthing errthing errthing
Sorry bae
The sound I’m making right now, bae
Is all dog noise to someone, bae*
You should change your bashing pattern, bae
It’ll start to get boring, boring bae
I don’t dislike you anymore
I don’t dislike you anymore, sorry bae
I’ll be the drum, just hit me hard
Let’s just try it, samulnori**, bae
I’m a monster, my tail is too long, bae
You’ll shoot me anyway, bae
In that case, a zoo would be more comfortable, bae
You want it too, something to chew on, bae
Even if you don’t like me, YOU KNOW ME
Even if you don’t like me, YOU KNOW ME
I like hate comments more than no comments
I don’t know you
BUT YOU KNOW MY NAME

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
Brr

I wanna get sleep time
Without a chance to rest, we’re receiving spotlight
Ahh you wanna be my life
Those who are starving, just be my human shield
Contacted softly and got spammed on my accord
Haul to the stage all innocent okay
But I can’t be satisfied just being here
I’m climbing up there, high high high
That’s right, my method is different
I take on the road no matter what
Sewing stich by stich
If you’re not able, put an end to it
There is no possibility
Of pronouncing “failure”
I love ma rule, the work that I do with my bros
Players in a league of their own
I’ll become the supervisor above them
So come what may
Following 1VERSE
I’ll draw a bigger picture
For the rest of your life, continue screaming from that position
Dream come true
Honor and wealth isn’t that you
Everyone chu on my foot sole after all***
Click, I’m cat, everyone’s mouse
I choose and put an X like KAWS
I move in next year ma house
And high five with my brick
Open your eyes and look at my ambition
Lean in your ears and listen
This will be the first and final words

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
Brr

Back back to the basic microphone check
Call me a crow tit or badass
Yes in this rap game, I’m the generous one
To rehabilitate the rap men
Who began to slack
Is my first plan hashtag
Sucka betta run
Gang gang in insta
That’s their life
My life is just day by day
Payday paycheck
Rolex on my wrist
Click clack to the bang bang
Click clack to the pow
I’m so high how dare you covet
Even if you run up to it
It’s too high for you to reach
The difference is pretty big, you can’t see it
After shattering your delusions
About your shitty cars
And once everyone’s done toying with them

So fly above your face that became a corpse
Click clack to the bang
you and you
I’m always thankful,
For not earning anything so easily
Why is it my fault,
That your life is noncommittal
Keep on living like that vaguely
Sorry but continue to look because I’m gonna earn more from now
By all means please healthily

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
Brr

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself
brr

(T/N: *Nonsense
       **Traditional Korean performance with drums
      ***Kissing the sole of his foot)

Trans cr; Jessie, Emily, Hyeeun @ bts-trans
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