Listen: Drunken Tiger Drops Collaboration With BTS’s RM + Tiger JK Talks About How RM Impressed Him
Tiger JK has released his final album under the name Drunken Tiger, which features a collaboration with BTS’s RM!
Drunken Tiger’s 10th studio album “X: Rebirth of Tiger JK” was released on November 14. It consists of two CDs with a total of 24 tracks and six skits, and featuring artists include RM, SEVENTEEN’s Vernon, Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, SECHSKIES’s Eun Ji Won, and Defconn.
At a listening session for the album on November 14 in Seoul, Tiger JK talked about working with RM on the song “Timeless.” The two artists previously collaborated on a track by Tiger JK’s unit MFBTY in 2015, and Tiger JK described their new track “Timeless” as a traditional hip hop song that’s one of the most unique and original tracks on the album, saying it could be composer Loptimist’s best track.
“When I was starting something new when I made the unit group MFBTY, RM began coming to Uijeongbu [a city in Gyeonggi province] to talk about hip hop,” he said. “He was very interested in hip hop, and Bang Shi Hyuk had also said it would be good if we worked together. That’s when we became friends.”
He shared that RM was the very first artist that he asked to feature on the album. “RM is very busy, but he’s passionate about music and so we chose the track together,” said Tiger JK. He stated that although they could have done a softer song, they chose to do “Timeless” because they wanted to try doing something they both liked without being concerned about success on the charts.
When asked what RM is like as an artist, Tiger JK said that he’d had a bit of prejudice at first when he first got the call from Bang Shi Hyuk, clarifying that it wasn’t a prejudice against idol rappers but rather because he hadn’t heard RM often before. He went on to explain how RM had completely changed his preconceived notions.
He said, “I realized while we were talking about the music we like and recording in the studio that he clearly has his own color. RM’s understanding of the track and the way he writes lyrics reminded me of our time as underground rappers. I felt his sincerity and passion. He’s simply talented.”
Check out a lyrics video for Drunken Tiger’s “Timeless” featuring RM below!
You can also watch the music video for Drunken Tiger’s title track “Mantra” here!