I’m anticipating the magical experience that’ll be the BTS Proof album release tomorrow. It’s exciting because each member had to pick two songs, and while Proof mixes all our favourite old BTS songs, we still get three new ones. I wanted to remind myself why each BTS member chose their two songs for the album, so I rewatched the BTS Proof of Inspiration videos — the seven-part short video series named after each band member — for the millionth time. To help juggle your memory, here’s a reminder of each member’s thought process behind their song choice.
Proof of V
In Proof of V, he spoke about choosing Singularity because of his struggles, eventual acceptance of his idol self, V and the person he is to his friends and family, Taeheyung. He also chose 00:00 because it signifies a new day void of all the problems from the day before. Who doesn’t need a reset like that? Everyone, say thank you, V!
Proof of Jin
Jin chose to include Moon because just like Earth and the moon are inseparable, that’s how inseparable he is from BTS Army, and he did not lie. For Jamais vu, Jin mentioned a part of the song about how when he gets exhausted, all he has to think about is the BTS fandom, Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth (ARMY), and he feels better. It’s great that he feels this way, especially since they regularly save our lives. Please, who is cutting onions?
Proof of Jimin
Jimin wanted Filter and Friends in the album to show how he might have come across as colourless instead of colourful in a bid to show different sides of himself. But Jimin knows that ARMY will always be here to remind him about his essence and keep him centred. Ah yes, cue the waterworks.
Proof of Jung Kook
Jung Kook added Euphoria and Dimple to the album, which is fitting because of his explanation. Jung Kook spoke about how much he loves to sing and dance and how glad he gets when people react positively to his performances. His Proof is in our smiles and joy; how can we not stan?
Proof of RM
RM went for a more serious vibe, choosing Intro: persona and Stay for the album. In his video, he spoke about his different personas and how he has come to love them, realising they’re all him. RM also made a pun about how the members of BTS and ARMY have “Stay” ed through all his personas, and It’s the cutest thing. Someone tell him that we’re not going anywhere.
Proof of Suga
Trust Suga to pick two songs in a completely different style. He chose Trivia: Seesaw, a calm song and BTS Cypher PT3: Killer, a very energetic song. With Suga, music is about exploring challenges and executing your great ideas. In a few minutes, Proof of Suga encourages us to take risks, push the limits and enjoy all the many joys of life.
Proof of J-hope
J-hope’s addition to the album is Outro: Her and Ego. He chose Her because of the misunderstood interpretation of the song and how it’s still valid. And I could relate to how ego makes people hide parts of themselves from others. J-hope explained that coming to a place where he could accept himself was easy because the members and ARMY accepted all of him.
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