The new year began with an auspicious start for K-pop when both GOT7’s JB and BTS’s Rap Monster each released new music through SoundCloud on Jan. 1, continuing a trend of K-pop idols showcasing their artistry through less traditional release routes.
Rap Monster (Kim Namjoon) uploaded the melancholic “Always” to BTS’s official SoundCloud account on New Year’s Day in South Korea. The song is a synth-infused reflection over the way life has turned out, "If I ever meet God, I would tell him this/That life is coffee that I never ordered." On the band’s official blog, Rap Monster revealed he recorded the song in 2016 while facing hard times and used those emotions as inspiration.
“Always” is the first non-album solo release from Rap Monster since 2015’s RM mixtape, although he had a solo on last year’s record-breaking Wings.