BTS’ highly anticipated collaboration with Steve Aoki and Desiigner is here! The “MIC Drop Remix” is the groups first release since performing at the American Music Awards, after the release date was pushed back a week to November 24.
Aoki and Desiigner both met BTS in May, Desiigner in Las Vegas at the Billboard Music awards and Aoki in Los Angeles. Since then all three artists hinted at a potential collab on social media. The creative marriage makes sense; both artists are known for high-energy, high-intensity music.
— Pretender Aoki (@steveaoki) November 24, 2017
— Desiigner (@LifeOfDesiigner) November 24, 2017
The track is a remix of a B-side of the same name from the group’s “Love Yourself: Her” album. It’s original rendition is a hip-hop-heavy track the members penned to address nonconstructive critiques of them online. “You thought I was going down, but I’m fine sorry,” Suga raps. “My bad, Billboard. My bad, worldwide. I’m sorry, mom. Your son is killing it.” The song is riddled with similar lyrics from all the members, announcing that they have earned the hype around their name.
Desiigner’s verse isn’t present in the music video version, but by no means is the verse anything to sneeze at. Desiigner puts his all into it, adding his unique flare and wordplay to the track. Fans speculate his verse isn’t included in the music video due to its rating — the video is suitable for ages 12 and up while Desiigner’s verse is geared toward an older teenage demographic. However, fans shouldn’t be discouraged. The complete song, including Desiigner’s controversial verse, is available in all its glory for those who stream or download it.
The song has gone on to break a number of records, including reaching number one on the U.S. iTunes charts, and is the first by a K-pop act to do so, surpassing Psy‘s “Gangnam Style,” which peaked at number two. This success comes on the heels of the group’s first television performance during the American Music Awards.