J-Hope releases “More”, his first official solo single

SEOUL, July 01 (Yonhap) — J-Hope, rapper and dancer from K-pop supergroup BTS, released his highly anticipated official solo debut single “More” on Friday.

The song was released digitally through the Weverse Album app at 1 p.m., to be the band’s first official solo track.

This followed the band’s announcement last month that they would be taking a break from major band activities to focus on solo projects as they embarked on the second chapter of their career.

The tune will be included on J-Hope’s upcoming solo album, “Jack in the Box,” which will be released on July 15.

The rapper-dancer released his first unofficial solo mixtape, “Hope World”, in 2018, which ranked 38th on the Billboard 200 in the United States and “Chicken Noodle Soup”, a collaborative single with the American singer-actor Becky G in 2019.

“Jack in the Box” represents J-Hope’s bold aspirations to break the mold and grow further, the band’s agency Big Hit Music said in a statement.

“More,” one of the songs that best conveys the album’s key message, according to the agency, is an old-school hip-hop song that combines heavy drum beats and guitar tones.

J-Hope boldly proclaims he wants “more” in the song brimming with dark, intense and edgy sounds.

The song’s music video was also uploaded to YouTube at the time of the song’s release.

It starts with the singer opening a box delivered by someone. He then sings and exudes his various charms moving between several rooms, which represent his inner side, wearing black and white costumes of a jester concept and matching accessories.

The song follows the release a week ago of bandmate Jungkook’s “Left and Right,” a collaborative single with American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth.