[Writer's Choice] Artist Highlight: B.A.P

Yumi Kim , June 20, 2018, 4:57 p.m.


B.A.P FORMED IN 2012 UNDER TS ENTERTAINMENT. THE MEMBERS INCLUDE YONGGUK, HIMCHAN, DAEHYUN, YOUNGJAE, JONGUP, AND ZELO. B.A.P MADE THEIR DEBUT WITH SINGLE “WARRIOR” ON JANUARY 26, 2012 FOLLOWING WITH EP ‘WARRIOR’ IN FEBRUARY 2012.

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FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, B.A.P ACRONYM FOR “BEST ABSOLUTE PERFECT”, SET OUT AS A GROUP AIMING FOR THE TOP. SINCE THEN, B.A.P HAS LANDED MULTIPLE TIMES ON ALBUM CHARTS AND HAVE RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS, BOTH IN KOREA AND INTERNATIONALLY. B.A.P IS HIGHLY RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR AGGRESSIVE, HIP HOP-INFLUENCED MUSICAL STYLE. MANY OF THEIR SONGS ARE MORE OF A TOUGHER STYLE THAN MOST K-POP GROUPS.

ALTHOUGH THEY ALSO HAVE A SOFT AND CHEERFUL SIDE, HEARD ON SINGLES LIKE “COFFEE SHOP” AND FUNKY “FEEL SO GOOD”. WITH BANG YONGGUK’S DEEP-VOICED RAPPING, ZELO’S HIGH TONE RAPPING, YOUNGJAE’S SOOTHING VOICE, DAEHYUN’S INCREDIBLE HIGH NOTES, HIMCHAN’S STRONG STAGE PRESENCE, AND JONGUP’S KILLER DANCE MOVES, THE MEMBERS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO B.A.P’S UNIQUE SOUND AND BALANCE.

THE GROUP’S LEADER, BANG YONGGUK, IS MOST NOTABLE FOR SPURRING B.A.P’S STYLE LARGELY IN PART OF HIS EXPERIENCE IN AN UNDERGROUND KOREAN HIP-HOP CREW. BANG YONGGUK HAS CREATED LYRICS  AND ARRANGED NUMEROUS OF B.A.P’S SONGS. AFTER TWO YEARS OF NON STOP SINGLE RELEASES AND TOURS, THE MEMBERS FILED A JOINT LAWSUIT AGAINST TS ENTERTAINMENT IN NOVEMBER 2014.

AFTER A LONG BATTLE, AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AND THE BOYS RELEASED “YOUNG, WILD & FREE”. ALTHOUGH B.A.P HAS BEEN AROUND FOR ONLY 5 YEARS, THEY HAVE RELEASED OVER 20 SINGLES, 11 EPS, AND 5 FULL ALBUMS.

B.A.P USES A STORY LINE THAT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD USING BUNNIES AS THEIR MASCOTS.



JUST LIKE OTHER GROUPS UTILIZE FANTASTICAL NARRATIVES, B.A.P’S STORY REVOLVES AROUND COMING FROM ANOTHER PLANET WHICH PERFECTLY EXPLAINS THEIR UNIQUE TALENT AND OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD PRESENCE.



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