BTS RM And His Lyrical Wordplay Tricks: Ddaeng, Cypher Pt 2, How Rappers Wield Pens Like Swords
Like his other members, BTS Leader RM (real name Kim Namjoon) has a magnetic duality. If you catch him on the band’s variety show Run BTS, in In The Soop, he’s from his father figure to his six screaming kids, screaming kids wreaking havoc in the kitchen. back and forth between becoming one of his.
And you see him on stage. The goofy crab lover doesn’t exist in the moment, the performer in him takes his place, sometimes just walking to the middle of the stage while he raps is enough to get the point across. No breathtaking choreography required. Whether he’s a spoon or a mic he’s a drop, his hand gestures do it all. RM hits hardest with his quiet, soft, deadly verses, a rapline balance between Suga’s rage and J-Hope’s aggression. RM will stare at you until you have no choice but to listen. It is this flame that is captured by his penmanship.
Aside from his powerful stage presence, rapping skills and leading one of the world’s biggest boy bands, RM has one more weapon in his arsenal. Swing your pen like a sword. He’s always been an aspiring poet, so it’s not entirely surprising, but he’s gotten more sinister in his lyrics over the years. Trivia for man: love verses. The line reads:I am just a man, man, man, you erode all my sharp edges and you make me love, love, love…” He takes advantage of the visual similarity of the Korean characters in the two words person (Sa-ram) and love (Sa-rang). In the Korean alphabet, ‘m’ is represented by a rectangular shape and ‘ng’ is represented by a circular shape. So when a “sharp edge” of a rectangle is “eroded” it becomes a circle. That is, one becomes love. Subtly without unnecessary explanation, RM explains his idea of love and the soft effect it has on people. Like We Are Bulletproof Pt 2, Love Maze, and Heartbeat, it’s a little wordplay, but still quirky and clever.
For a while, RM confused international ARMY with his song Seoul Town Road remixed with Lil Nas X. they read:
I put the Homis in my bag
Have you heard of it?
Homis made of steel, from Korea, they’re the Beast
ride on the farm
grab all the corn
we make money with my homi in your backyard
ARMYs were puzzled. Where does “homies” fit in the original song about farming? But as many Koreans have explained, the real word here is homi. This is a Korean tool for steel farming.
The song that RM seems to be having the most fun is called Ddaeng. Her Ddaeng, made with rap lines full of traditional Korean instrumentals, hates those who denounced his BTS in the Korean hip-hop scene. After Suga and J-Hope subdued their anger, RM stepped in rather soft-spoken, changing the context, from doorbells to quiz buzzers, while probing the meaning of Ddaeng, an onomatopoeic word with multiple meanings in Korean. I mess around. His verse alone, dripping with sarcasm, has more than seven of his meanings in Den, replacing other phonetically similar-sounding words such as: Olten (meaning silly in Korean), and tan (English, things).
The lyrics I read are Register calculation sound, den (bell)
Freezeden (game) that I loved when I was a child
I am ding dong (correct sound), you are den (wrong)
Morning face (swelling) after eating ramen den
Den also means tang, which is a Korean description of ‘swelling’. This is what I want to tell people who don’t like RM. In the second half of the stanza, the word matches perfectly with the English slang “do your thang”.
RM’s creative wordplay to contain haters and trolls knows no bounds. In Cypher Pt 2: Triptych, RM says the line, “This is the kingdom. I am the king. You fools.” “Dum” means “dumb” in English (a rather sharp way of blaming someone you don’t like), while “dam” in Korean means a giveaway, something you don’t need. To his haters, they are interchangeable in his kingdom. I will never forget his cold rage at his jokes. The joke is a grim stream of consciousness, shattering all naysayers with the most blatant profanity RM is known to use. I knew full well that it wasn’t.
Another popular trick was the song Dis-ease. As he says, there are lines that at first seem perplexing. “I am sick”. However, here RM is meant to mean the word sick in several senses. The first meaning is literal, sickness. The second is 일 in Korean, which means work. However, 일 also has the meaning of 1. This is a way of saying that RM has become one with his job and has a powerful reputation that makes him sick.
RM’s wordplay and biting sarcasm aren’t limited to his lyrics, they can be witnessed in the hilarious Run BTS episodes and in potentially controversial interviews when closing out key questions. I can do it. Despite his young age, Jungkook is well-respected, especially among his youngest (brother) son, who once admitted that he only joined the band for RM.
There’s a lot of hope for his solo album, and it’s still to come. Just as RM has expressed a range of emotions over the last few years, the album should be something that ARMYs can ponder for a long time.
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