An ambient, lilting tune, “SUGA’s Interlude” features Halsey and Suga pairing off as they reflect on the difficulties of achieving their goals and dreams.
“I’ve been trying all my life/ to separate the time in between the having it all and giving it up,” sings Halsey melodically in the refrain over ambient synths. “I wonder what’s in store if I don’t love it anymore.”
“Though I, full of dreams, grew to achieve all my dreams,” ruminates Suga, as per fan translation. “I live out my days with the parallel belief that dreams are in fact better when just kept as dreams/That my leap would not be my fall/ I trust that your convictions, efforts, faith, and greed are not filthy things.”
Fans quickly pointed out the similarity between one line from the rapper and those from the Suga-penned “Tomorrow” off of BTS’ 2014 album Skool Luv Affair. In the new song, he says, “The dawn before the sun rises is darker than anything but don’t ever forget that the stars you want only rise in the darkness,” paralleling “Tomorrow”‘s, “Because the dawn right before the sunrise is the darkest, you, in the future, never forget yourself of now.”
Because the dawn right before the sunrise is the darkest, you, in the future, never forget yourself of now
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Following the release of “SUGA’s Interlude,” a variety of hashtags related to the release trended worldwide.
Along with her collaboration with Suga, Halsey also released a music video for her song “Finally // beautiful stranger” today.
Manic is set to be released in full on Jan. 17. In the meantime, take a listen to “Finally // beautiful stranger” and “SUGA’s Interlude” below.