iKONICs (as iKON fans are lovingly known) are in for a treat!
YG Entertainment has announced that iKON’s rapper Bobby (바비) will be making his solo debut soon. The K-Pop boy group was also recently in town for their debut concert, “iKONCERT 2016 Showtime Tour in Kuala Lumpur”.
In addition to the announcement, YG took to YG-Life (their official blog) and social media to share Bobby’s first teaser along with the hashtag “SEP2016“. Though no release date has been confirmed yet, it might be safe to say that the idol will be making his debut in September. It’s also unsure whether WINNER’s Mino will be featured in his album as they recently wrapped up their MV filming at Itaewon, Seoul.
The rapper can be seen donning a shiny, olive green shirt and light-coloured hair while the words “COMING SOON” is written across the photo.
Bobby, real name Kim Jiwon, grew up in Virginia, US. Prior to his idol group debut, he won USD 100,000 in Mnet’s “Show Me The Money 3” (2014), a rap survival program, as part of team “Illionaire” alongside legendary K-rapper Dok2 and The Quiett of Illionaire Records.
Then in September 2015, iKON made their explosive debut on 15th September 2015 with their first digital single, “My Type” (취향저격) after YG Entertainment’s idol group survival projects “Who is Next: WIN” (2013) and “Mix & Match” (2014).
UPDATE (30th August, 2:30pm):
YG Entertainment has released 2 more teaser photos of Bobby!
The photos are similar to his first teaser, with orange borders decorating the sides of the main photos. While Bobby was dressed in an olive green shirt in the photo released yesterday, today’s teasers saw the rapper going shirtless.
Several indecipherable English sentences were also written on the photos, and fans are speculating that it could be lyrics to his upcoming tracks.
UPDATE (2nd September, 10:20am):
We have a release date for Bobby’s solo debut!
It’s gonna be on 7th September, a day before WINNER Mino’s solo debut. This is an unprecedented situation for YG Entertainment, with 2 solo artistes debuting back-to-back. It makes things more interesting, as fans are now more hyped up for the 2 rookie rappers’ collaboration.
Along with the unveiling of the debut date, the entertainment company also teased fans with a photo. Bobby can be seen gazing sultrily into the camera while dressed in a flowery shirt.
Take a look at it here:
Are you excited for Bobby’s solo debut? What kind of sounds do you think he’ll produce? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below :)