BTS’s J-Hope who just released his latest single titled ‘On the Street,’ featuring J. Cole talked about collaborating with the American rapper and more in an exclusive interview with Variety.
When asked about how the star felt realizing his dream collaboration, J-Hope replied, “To be honest, it still feels unreal. It’s such an honor. Looking back, we’ve gone through so much to make this happen and it wasn’t always easy. If you listen to J. Cole’s verse, you can see how he really put his whole soul into it to tell the story of his life and true feelings within. It took a long time to work on it, and when I finally heard his verse, I was deeply moved.”
“I also put in a lot of effort to convey my genuine feelings. If you watched my documentary film, [Disney+’s] “j-hope IN THE BOX,” you can tell how hard I tried to speak out of my heart even with my lack of English [while meeting him at Lollapalooza]. As I’m a big fan who full-heartedly supports J. Cole, I think my sincerity reached him. The whole process was such an invaluable experience,” he added.
When asked about the intent behind the whistle sound in the song, the singer said, “Actually, you might find it funny but it doesn’t really have any special meaning. [Laughs] In a way, you could say the song began with me whistling as I often whistle the melodies of the songs I listen to. I was home dwelling on what kind of music to make and I just randomly blew a whistle and that just became the melody for ‘on the street (with J. Cole).’ I instantly liked it, recorded it, and worked on the song with my producer. It came to me naturally, so I hope listeners would feel the same way about the song.”
J-Hope talks about his future plans
When asked about what he’s hoping for himself in the future, the star replied, “Just stay healthy. Both physically and mentally. That’s the way you can keep moving forward. This is the only thing I hope for myself. I’ve always thought that there is nothing inevitable in life, but I’ve learned that sometimes there are things that you really have to accept as fate. I want to be able to enjoy what comes to me by fate as well.”
‘On the Street’ music video and song are now available to stream on all platforms.