Any fan of B.A.P knows their name is derived from an acronym for “Best Absolute Perfect,” but what music does the K-pop boy band consider the “B.A.P”? When the sextet was in New York to kick off the U.S. leg of their B.A.P Live on Earth 2014 Continent Tour, Billboard found out about the most meaningful music for each member.
B.A.P Discusses Stateside Love, Busy Schedule at World Tour Kickoff
+ Backstage With B.A.P in NYC
Over the weekend, the B.A.P boys performed two shows in Australia, hitting the fourth continent (so far) in their truly global world tour. With such busy schedules, learn about — and listen to — the music that inspires and keeps the group going below.
Miles Davis, “So What” – Yongguk (B.A.P’s Leader, Rapper, Songwriter)
“I really feel like this song took music to a whole nother level for me.”
Chris Brown, “With You” – Jongup (Dancer, Vocalist)
“When I first started to explore Chris Brown, this is the song that he released really got to me. It’s really the song that made me dream about becoming an artist and a musician.”
Musiq SoulChild, “Love” – Youngjae (Vocalist)
“It’s the track that got me inspired to want to explore music more. It’s probably the most meaningful song to me.”
Stevie Wonder, “Lately” – Daehyun (Vocalist)
“‘Lately’ is the song I loved even when I first started singing and I still love today. It continues to challenge me when I listen to that song now.”
Eminem, “Lose Yourself” – Zelo (Rapper, Dancer)
“After I really started taking on the rap role in the group, I really started exploring that space and Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ became my inspiration.”
B.A.P, “Warrior” – Himchan (Vocalist)
“Not only is ‘Warrior’ our debut song, but it’s the song the six of us formed together. So, the ‘Best Absolute Perfect’ song is probably that song.”
“‘Warrior’ is the song the six of us formed together.” -B.A.P’s Himchan
Don’t miss Billboard’s interview with B.A.P at their world tour kickoff here.