I would like to give out a big shout out to the KiST team. Everyone on the team tries their best to provide quality subtitles as fast as possible and I am always grateful for their dedication and efforts, Thank you! This time, KiST will be focusing on Bobby’s Japanese promos and this is the first of (hopefully – YGEX don’t let us down) many more promos for our boy, Bobby. Below are the usual links to be able to watch the video!
Let me just tell you, you do NOT want to miss out. Bobby was adorable as always and we were finally able to hear him preform some of his new tracks from Love and Fall like Swim and the fan dedicated song, Fireworks. I would suggest to make a cup of tea or coffee, bring a snack, and get ready to enjoy the next hour of your day with Bobby ❤
iKON’s Kim Bobby thrilled fans with the first live performances of tracks from his hotly anticipated debut album, Love and Fall as part of promotions for the album’s Japan release.
Though the album was originally released in South Korea on September 14th 2017 it took till November 29th for fans to be able to see more than a single promotional stage for the album’s title tracks due to YGE choosing to skip a promotional cycle for the album which was released while iKON was still actually on an extended Dome Tour in Japan.
Bobby’s live performance of tracks from Love and Fall were broadcasted on the popular Japanese video site/web channel Nico Nico.
The live included interactions with an MC during which Bobby answered questions about the album, played games, thanked fans for coming and mysteriously asked them to anticipate iKON’s next activity.
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Bobby’s stage itself was very simple featuring just the artist and a mic yet the atmosphere was full of Bobby’s excitement for a live performance and the intensity of his passion for music.
(All screens captured from @iamsocalicious video)
His set list included:
I love you,
Love and Fall was a surprising album for even the oldest and staunchest Bobby fans/iKONICs not just because after 3 years of waiting people had given up hope it would ever be released – but because the idol who was most famous as the young power rapper who won SMTM3 took a risk and did what no one expected by releasing a personal and heartfelt and mostly vocalist album!
Bobby sang his heart out and touched fans with the beauty and sincerity of his lyrics and the heart they revealed.
This made getting to see him perform tracks from this album even more special for fans and Bobby did not disappoint with his electric performance.
We apologise that this is late but we had a LOT of thoughts!
Earlier today the Video Teaser for “Runaway,” the second title track on Kim Bobby’s first solo album “Love and Fall” was released by YGE making an emotional mess out of all of us.
We knew this album was going to be an intimate look at not so much Bobby the stage eating monster rapper but at Kim Jiwon the artist behind him ~ knowing and seeing, however, are two different things.
From the Teaser’s opening with a Biblical verse, essentially a cry for help that is also a reflection of Bobby’s deeply spiritual side, you realize immediately that we are getting access to a Bobby we’ve only seen glimpses of from behind the scenes.
From Bobby perched high on an overpass in his adopted hometown of Fairfax, VA, a pair of sneakers dangling beside him which we later see engulfed in flames – to Bobby running in slow motion through an overlapping image of himself and cars with lighted headlights literally rain down above him – The Runaway teaser packs an emotional as well as visually stunning wallop for something that’s just 32 seconds long.
Strong images of alienation, solitude and even desperation followed by the refrain of wanting to run away in Bobby’s soulful, raspy vocal accompanied by simple guitar chords leaves you with a melancholic feeling and a desire for more that is perfect for the incoming colder seasons.
It had a big impact on our team and as can be imagined it has had a big impact on fans.
Anyone can relate to the story of Runaway. I don’t think there is anyone who has not felt at some point overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities and wanted to get away from it all even if it’s just for a little bit.
Anyone who knows Bobby’s journey from a lonely 14 yr old who came to Korea on his own to pursue his dreams and save his family from financial struggle – anyone who has watched his fights, his failures, his victories and his continuing struggle can understand why Bobby would sometimes want to run away.
It’s not even his first time writing about how hopeless the quest and heavy the burden is of the path he chose.
After yesterday’s unintentional sticker spoiler YGE has officially issued Bobby’s Love and Fall track list and it is a doozy.
We are getting two title tracks, I love you and Runway and 8 more songs. So come 14th September we get to enjoy 10 songs in total. Bobby himself has written lyrics and co-composed all 10 tracks on his album thus truly telling his story.
Working with Bobby we have old trusted producers Choice37 and Kang Uk Jin and some new names Diggy and Millennium.
Track list had some surprises for us, especially song Secret as it has featuring by iKON’s Donghyuk and trainee Katie Kim of Kpopstar fame. Donghyuk even participated in writing lyrics and another trainee Choi Raesung aka Millennium arranged the song and participated in composition. Truly YG young blood track.
Another featuring artist is Mino on song Up, which is rumored Mobb track that we allegedly got a glimpse of during Mobb promotions.
YG LIFE web site posted the announcement of Bobby’s solo album coming out on September 14th, only a day before iKON’s debut anniversary. Needless to say this news spread among the iKONICS like wildfire as this was somewhat unexpected but welcome surprise. After all we have been waiting for this for three years.
For those who don’t know (there isn’t anyone like that) Bobby won SMTM season 3 in 2014 while still only a trainee at YG Entertainment. His rise to the top was a rocky one, but in true Bobby fashion he overcame all obstacles to win in the end. Only idol rapper to do so. His fans have been waiting for his solo album since then.
SMTM3 PRIZE THAT BOBBY WON: – 100,000 US DOLLARS – OPPORTUNITY TO RELEASE AN ALBUM – CONCERT DAEEEEEEBAKKKK!!!pic.twitter.com/LgA2xOtqGZ
New crew is credited on his new album including new stylists and make up artists bringing us a whole new look. I for one cannot wait to see what new facets of Bobby we get to enjoy in his first solo album and hopefully during album’s full promotions.
Bobby’s solo article is up on Naver, go show our boy some love!