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BTS’s Suga Agust D Daechwita

An Interfusion of Korea’s Past and Present & Inner Flow

On May 22, BTS Suga under his alias August D alias dropped his second mixtape ‘D-2” along with the music video of his lead single ”Daechwita”, which has already got over 5.8 M views. After four years of his first album ”Agust D”, the comeback of Min Yoon-gi alter ego shows why he is still the king: talented versatility through thought-provoking lyrics.

An Interfusion of Korea’s Past and Present Flow

Plot: A humble Korean villager portrayed by Suga plots with his gang in an attempt to take down the tyrannical king who is also portrayed by Suga.

Being the name of the second track, the word Daechwita also refers to a traditional Korean music genre born in the late Joseon Dynasty used to be performed at royal processions and was characterized by the inclusion of wind instruments and percussion instruments. It is currently used on special occasions and for military purposes. In an interview for Time Magazine Suga that the military genre was already on his mind while working on the track:

 “The first thought I had was that I wanted to sample the music that is played during the ceremonial walk of the King, so naturally, Korean elements ended up being an essential component to the track as well as the music video.” Suga for Time Magazine

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The cinematic visual landscapes along the in the traditional wind instruments mixed with the hip-hop beats highlights the mix of the Korean culture, both the former and modern times; and if the contrast between tradition and trendsetting were not enough, one physical feature of the tyrannical king portrayed by Suga also depicts contradistinction between former and latter: the scar on the right eye since.

In South Korean culture a king cannot have any marks on his skin as otherwise he would not be considered fit to occupy the throne, yet the fact that the kink proudly shows the scar on his face is proof of his strength, showing he is capable of achieving his dreams and greatest ambitions.

Challenge Yourself: An Inner Battle For Your Dreams


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In a behind-the-scenes video of Daechwita from BANGTANTV, Suga mentions that ”The Agust D from four years ago has become a king, but he is in conflict with another Agust D.” Delving into the song lyrics, Daechwita could be a representation of Suga’s constant battle between artist and idol. A humble villager/artist challenging the glittery world of the flashy king/idol (remember “Interlude: Shadow”).

Another connotation could be Suga’s perpetual confrontation between the thriving courage risen on his journey to be on the top (humble beginning), and the emptiness that comes once reaching it and having everything he wants (the flashy king), immerse in a constant cycle that shows that the top is just another step in the long stair of success defined by the reinvention of oneself.

Agust D ”D-2” through its 10 thought-provoking tracks prove once again Suga’s talent and versatility, showing the king is still alive. You can listen D-2 on Spotify and Apple Music.

Daechwita | Album: D-2 

Lyrics

Yeah
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita

[Verse 1]

Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
It’s shining, it’s shining, my crown is shining
Don’t forget, don’t forget, don’t forget the days gone by
We supah fly, we supah fly, private jets, we so fly
Yeah, uh, born a slave but now a king
Berserk tiger, Gwanghae flow
I rose out of a creek to become a dragon
That’s the way I live
Sorry, don’t you worry
I have lots to lose too
Shove the past into a rice chest
I’m about to dine on what I know is mine
It makes no sense to call me a dog
I was born as a tiger, I’m not a fragile pill-popper like you
The little shits putting on a kids show
Honestly, I find it fucking outrageous
Kill them all, I’ve got no manners
Bastard, yeah you, with no exceptions
Flexing, I got none, I don’t need it
Who’s the king, who’s the boss?
Everybody knows my name
Those bastards who only talk shit
Off with their heads

[Chorus]


Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita Daechwita (Yeah), daechwita (Yeah)

Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita

[Verse 2]

Hit it big then I’ll hop on a jet, this country’s too small to hold me in
Ooh, who says time is money? My time is worth more than that
Tic tok, in the face of those Seonbi bastards I spit
Revenues keep going up-up-up-up-up-up and up
Everyday, Bang PD goes dance-dance-dance-dance-dance-dance-dance
I’m so thankful I’m a genius
To be popping pills ’cause of that, how incredibly pitiful?
I got everything I wanted, what more will satisfy me?
I wanted clothes, clothes, then money, money, then goals, goals, what’s next?
Yeah, what’s next? Here comes my reality check, there’s nowhere higher
I only looked up and now I want to look down and put my feet on the ground
I’m a king, I’m a boss, make sure to engrave my name
Those bastards who only talk shit, beat them up now

I’m a king, I’m a boss, everybody knows my name
Those bastards who only talk shit, off with their heads

[Chorus]
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita (Yeah), daechwita (Yeah)
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita
Daechwita, daechwita, let it ring, daechwita

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