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’s “Interlude: 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.