Twenty-five years after Seo Taiji & Boys’ “Nan Arayo” ignited Korea’s pop music scene, frontman Seo turned to K-pop group of the moment BTS to remake the act’s 1995 classic “Come Back Home.”
In anticipation of Seo’s 25th anniversary in the industry, the boy band released an updated version of the hard-hitting, gangster rap single. BTS’ “Come Back Home” reworked the song by adding new lyrics and expanding the original melody to include a more lyrical vibe while still maintaining its originally intensely dark feeling.
BTS reworked the song’s message to emulate similarly inspirational messages that they’ve expressed in other tracks, emphasizing both life’s hardships and the need to overcome those bad times: "I feel suffocated in my life/ What is blocking my life is my fear towards tomorrow," raps J-Hope in a grating voice reminiscent of the original. Rap Monster responds, rapping in a swaggering tone during the pre-chorus, "Because we are still young there's a decent future/ Now wipe those cold tears and come back home."