BTS' J-Hope Fronts 'Map of the Soul: 7' Comeback Trailer 'Outro: Ego'

Today (Feb. 2), BTS released the latest song off their upcoming Map of the Soul: 7 album, J-Hope’s solo track “Outro: Ego.”

A funky track typical of the star’s bright and infectious style as a soloist, most prominently seen on his 2018 Hope World mixtape, “Outro: Ego” follows the prior releases of Suga’sInterlude: Shadow” and the album’s first single, “Black Swan.” 

The new song was released through a music video today that kicks off by referencing the intro track and debut trailer for BTS' very first album, 2013's 2 Cool 4 Skool, and features J-Hope ruminating on the choices that, while not always easy, have led him to where he is now as a member of BTS, seven years since the act’s debut on June 13, 2013. 

"Now I don't care, it's all choices by my fate so we're here/ look ahead, the way is shinin' / keep going now,” he proclaims during the chorus. 

Throughout the track and video -- which incorporates many visual nods to previously released BTS contents -- the artist reflects on his career, and the decisions and hardship he’s faced, including the dichotomy between his stage persona and his birth identity, Jeong Ho-seok. "Outro: Ego" ultimately ends with his declaration of self and ego as he appears within a colorful city “in which the artist’s current image is projected,” as per a press release about the song.

"Shadow" and "Ego" are two elements of Jungian psychoanalysis as laid out by Jung's Map of the Soul by Murray Stein, a book associated with the BTS album series that kicked off with last year's Billboard 200 chart-topper Map of the Soul: Persona.

BTS will release Map of the Soul: 7 on Feb. 21.