On September 11, 2013, BTS released a their first 10 track mini-album titled O!RUL8,2?. While the title is quite the mouthful, the album did really well, ranking 55th on Gaon’s year end chart.
Normally, I’m not a fan of introductory songs, but Rap Monster really brings it to the table with “Intro: O!RUL8, 2?”, with a long portion in english and a great following rap about the importance of living life to the fullest. A deep topic for a group to cover, but it was well done.
“N.O” is a hardcore song that makes the boys seem like they’re going for a badass appearance. With more of a hip-hop feel to the song, there’s no doubt that they have the skills to pull it off. The video is less focused on the dancing, since it has far less complex moves when compared to their later pieces, and more of a focus on the story behind the song. Not only that, but a choreographed dance fight? You’ve certainly got my attention.
“We On” goes from a rap only song to a vocal mix with a haunting harmony playing in the background. According to the translation, the song is really focused on expressing their feelings for their haters and the hypocrites that didn’t think they could succeed. It’s great they could make a song to call them out that sounds so good!
Moving more into the R&B side of things, “If I Ruled the World” doesn’t have the same stage presence as the other songs on the track list, but it does have a catchy section when they say “Everybody say Hey-o-e-oh-oh!”. “Coffee” is a sad, love song, with a coffee-shop feel to it (irony).
“BTS Cypher Pt. 1” is a wonderful showcase of the groups rapping skills, while expanding on the message from “We On”. “Attack On Bangtan” is such a catchy piece. With a great beat and catchy, repetitive chorus lines, it’s no doubt one of the best songs on the album. The album winds down with “Satoori Rap”, featuring the local dialect of each of the boys; Rap Monster brings Seoul’s dialect, Suga brings Daegu Province’s, and J-Hope brings Gwanji’s dialect. Even without understanding, you can pick out slight differences between each of the verses they rap. The “Outro: Luv In Skool” combines a few of the tracks together in a last ditch ‘this is what we brought’ effort (a successful one at that).