Agust D is back to top the charts and take no prisoners. BTS’s Min Yoongi (stage name SUGA and alter ego Agust D) surprised the industry and the fans as he released his highly awaited second mix tape.



In August 2016, Suga released his first mixtape, Agust D in which, the rapper-songwriter rawly reflected on his career and life, taking on the identity of Agust D and frankly sharing his musical identity as an individual with the world just as his band was at the precipice of its career. Fast forward to 2020 and BTS is on top of the world as they break records on the worldwide charts including the US with their latest album releases Love Yourself: Answer, Map of the Soul: Persona and Map of the Soul: 7.

On Friday May 22, Suga released the MV for the lead track to D-2, “Daechwita,” which incorporates traditional Korean military instrumentals blending it into modern hip-hop sounds. While the track speaks of his rise to the top of the industry as the king of rap in Korea, the accompanying video tells the history of Korean culture itself depicting two of him, a king and a pauper.

The song behind referencing the height of fame to which BTS has climbed as they’re so fly they company now has a private jet just for the group to travel when touring so as to avoid paparazzi at the airports. This is followed by the allusion to their former poverty in the industry to now being kings. In the lyrics “ born a slave but now a king
Berserk tiger Gwanghae flow” Yoongi is referencing fifteenth Joseon dynasty king who was originally not allowed to be king due to being the son of a concubine but rose to the throne by proving his leadership capabilities. The second line of the bar references the film Masquerade which seems to have inspired the MV as in it we see twins being depicted. Yoongi as the blond king and Suga as the raven haired pauper. The scar on his face is also of note as before anyone who had a scar was not deemed acceptable to be king but here we see Yoongi at the top bearing his scar proudly.

The refer exes to the Joseong era continue when Yoongi raps “Shove the past into a rice chest” as he’s alluding to the story of the crowned prince Sado who was sentenced to be executed but since he was a royal he wasn’t allowed to have a traditional execution and was locked in a rice chest instead, tied up while begging for his life. In the video we see Yoongi tied up in rope, on his knees in front of a king (who is also Yoongi) which could be a metaphorical representation of his feelings regarding his past self and where he stands now at the top as a successful rapper and producer.

Yoongi goes onto reference tracks from Map of the Soul: 7 by saying “I only looked up and now I want to look down and put my feet on the ground.” A nod to “Interlude: Shadow” were he states he doesn’t want to shine or fly. It’s Yoongi’s way of accepting his fame while making sure he will stay humble even as his rise in the industry continues.

The rest of the album reflects Yoongi’s present state of mind while also depicting his growth and travel from where he was in 2016. From the reflective “Moonlight” which starts off the journey of D-2 to the soul wrenching closing ballad “Dear my friend” where he mourns the loss of a friend due to him going down a dark path, to the collaboration with bandmate, Kim Namjoon aka RM, “Strange” where they ponder on the current state of things amidst the pandemic we see different sides of Min Yoongi. Whether he’s Yoongi, Suga or Agust D one thing is certain, he’s not holding back.

In an interview with Billboard he stated that there isn’t a real difference between himself and his personas; “You could say there is and there isn’t [a difference]. “Me” and “Me” and “Me.” They are different and the same.” He also discussed the inspiration for the lead track “Daechwita.” “It all started with the ceremonial walk of the King. Daechwita is played during the military march and I was inspired to sample its beat, and since the track includes a lot of traditional Korean musical elements, it made sense to also shoot the music video on Korean historical filming sites. It wasn’t necessarily my intention to purposefully include Korean aspects. It was more a natural process that had interesting ideas spring up along the way.”

D-2 is currently #1 on the iTunes Charts as well as taking over the top 10 singles charts. This even though the album is also available to stream for free on SoundCloud and available through Dropbox. Yoongi also becomes the third Korean soloist to reach #1 on the US and UK charts joining his music mates, RM and J-Hope.

The album is available to stream on TikTok, Apple Music and available to buy on iTunes.

Chorus]
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita

[Verse 2]
Hit this town then cut and run in a jet
This country’s too small to hold me in yet
Woo, who says time is money
My time is worth more than that
Tic tok, got a stick up your ass
I’m about to spit in your face
Revenues keep going up-up-up-up-up-up and up
Everyday, Bang PD keeps dancing on-on-on-on-on-on and on
I’m so thankful I’m a genius
That’s your excuse for popping pills, cry me a river you just got no skills
I got everything I wanted, what more’ll make me feel contented
I wanted clothes clothes, then money money, then goal goal now 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
Remember my name
All shit-talk they got no game
Off with their heads
I’m a king, I’m a boss
You all know my name
All shit-talk they got no game
Off with their heads

Chorus]
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita
Daechwita Daechwita play it loud Daechwita

[Verse 2]
Hit this town then cut and run in a jet
This country’s too small to hold me in yet
Woo, who says time is money
My time is worth more than that
Tic tok, got a stick up your ass
I’m about to spit in your face
Revenues keep going up-up-up-up-up-up and up
Everyday, Bang PD keeps dancing on-on-on-on-on-on and on
I’m so thankful I’m a genius
That’s your excuse for popping pills, cry me a river you just got no skills
I got everything I wanted, what more’ll make me feel contented
I wanted clothes clothes, then money money, then goal goal now 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
Remember my name
All shit-talk they got no game
Off with their heads
I’m a king, I’m a boss
You all know my name
All shit-talk they got no game
Off with their heads

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