Korean Artists RM And Balming Tiger To Drop Collab Next Month
BTS Army and alternative K-pop fans, get ready to mark your calendars. Rapper RM from the K-pop group BTS is collaborating with up-and-coming alternative group Balming Tiger on the track “SEXY NUKIM.” On Wednesday, BTS’s official Twitter account announced the collaboration. Immediately, fans began discussing what the song might sound like across social media platforms. Little information is known about the track, but based on the range of genres covered by both RM and Balming Tiger, listeners can expect an interesting blend of musical genres.
SEXY NUKIM (feat. RM of BTS) — Balming Tiger
2022.09.01.#SEXYNUKIM #섹시느낌 #RM @balmingtiger pic.twitter.com/qjj9UYk6rl
— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) August 24, 2022
RM’s Hip-Hop Journey
Like his other rapline counterparts, Suga and J-Hope, RM, birth name Kim Namjoon, is no stranger to hip-hop or success. His released his self-titled mixtape in 2015. The mixtape made Spin Magazine’s “50 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2015.” RM shows homage to his influences on this mixtape as it contains samples from J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T, J. Dilla, and Run The Jewels. For his second mixtape, he switched to a more lyrically introspective, lo-fi hip-hop sound with 2018’s, mono. The project, met with positive reviews, peaked at №26 on the Billboard 200. Two years after its release, the album peaked at №1 on iTunes in 101 countries — a record only topped by BTS member, V.
His other accomplishments include working with and receiving a seal of approval from rap icons Warren G and Wale. But BTS fans know Namjoon as a multifaceted artist inside and outside the studio. Last year, he became the youngest and second most credited artist in K-pop, according to the Korean Music Copyright Association. However, he is also well known in the art scene and was a featured guest on Intersections: The Art Basel Podcast. In addition to his “SEXY NUKIM” feature, the rapper’s debut photography book Me, Myself, and RM: Entirety is set to come out later this year. The rapper has been teasing the photo book all month via Instagram.
The Cross-Genre Appeal Of Balming Tiger
Balming Tiger’s music transcends genre. The group formed in 2018, and currently has 8 members. They are: rapper Omega Sapien, DJ Abyss, and singer-songwriters Mudd the Student, Wnjn, and Sogumm. Balming Tiger also has several directors including: San Yawn, Jan’Qui, and Lee Suho, and editor, Henson. In an interview with TMRW Magazine, Sogumm said they’re more of an art collective than a standard band. Omega Sapien said the hype around Korean media helped grow their fan base. They may not be the biggest act in the world, but their unique approach to music and visuals continues to draw people in.
Inspired by other Korean artists and collectives, Balming Tiger’s approach to music matches RM’s interest in hip-hop and art. Fans of both acts are sure to love the new song dropping next Thursday, September 1.
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