First of all, this is to all the members, especially Kim Hanbin (B.I) that I’m going to talk about.
Fyi except one of two songs that iKON received as gift, for lyrics, composition, producing, recording, album producing, sometimes until choreography are all being taken care of by Hanbin (sometimes making choreo with other members).
Beside that he also participated alot in PSY’s songs, Blackpink’s Whistle, Winner’s Empty, Epik High’s Born Hater, etc.
Hanbin at the age of 12 did his music broadcast with the name of Indian Boy together with MC Mong. And finally at 18 years he got the chance to debut under YG.
I dont know how hard it might have been for Hanbin when joining survival show. How much the pressure when his 18 year self was being told to do song producing, choreography, until recording as the leader of the group. But the debut was failed (After losing from WIN).
After that B.I was afraid of being thrown away from YG. He wrote songs all day long in the basement. He thought that he couldnt let his hard working members down. But a year later, he was shooting Mix&Match. With a new pressure of losing a member who has been training for 4-5 years, a hell like survival started.
And finally, he debuted with iKON.
Hanbin really loves and enjoys music. I can see that. His grades (as in achievements) were good right after debut but got lower after it. People see it positively now but he must have gotten a lot of pressure in front of YG. On his solo song he said ‘I wouldn’t do music if it was only for the charts’. Even though he said that, I know that he has many burdens on him. “I don’t need good achievements and I don’t have music apps on my phone” he said. Especially after the success of Love Scenario, there’ll be more burden.
I can’t even imagine the feelings of Hanbin whose hard work got recognition through song writer award and SOTY.
Rough and free but let’s go slowly and last long.
I won’t forget that I met you guys [iKON] in my life. I’m jealous of the you who has dreams. I respect the you who tries so hard. It was difficult for me to see you struggling but it is my pleasure to see the bright you now.
Me as a human won’t stop trying. iKON, and then Hanbin, your youth is my youth, I want you to know that you have to have fun with it. We [iKONICs] will stay behind you so don’t worry about falling behind, and freely do your music. I will always support you, and congrats for today.
– From, an iKONIC