Korean rapper B.I drops half album ‘Cosmos’

Published November 12, 2021, 10:22 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Korean rapper and singer-songwriter B.I (aka Kim Hanbin) released “Cosmos” on Nov. 11, his first solo half album.

He also dropped the music video for “Cosmos” on Nov. 11, which has accumulated 1.28 million views as of writing.

B.I (131Label)

“Cosmos, the title of this half album, is the name of a flower but it also means ‘universe.’ I have always liked the word ‘unchanged’ more than the word ‘forever,’ because I once believed that things didn’t last forever,” said B.I who participated in all the writing and composing throughout the album.

He added; “Your love, which is impossible to put into words, was what kept me alive even during the hard times. So now I want to love you forever. What is your cosmos? You are my cosmos.”

“Cosmos,” containing seven tracks, explores the kind of love that makes one dream about eternity and allows a person to give everything without anything in return. This is the story about the times when unadulterated love filled the universe, and of different forms of love-fueled passions.

B.I drew inspiration for the lyrics for “Alive” from German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who once said “A ship sailing far away cannot go quietly without encountering wind waves. Wind waves are always the friends of the advancing one’s. There is rather life’s joy in hardship. What a monotonous voyage without a wind wave! The more hardships I suffer, the more my heart beats.”

The title track “Cosmos” is a song about eternal love, which stands out on its own with a more rock heavy sound.

Recently, B.I partnered up with major media LiveXLive for his first online solo concert with Pink Sweat$, Afgan, Epik High, and Destiny Rogers, resulting in multiple worldwide Twitter trends.

“Remember Me,” a song from B.I’s previous album released in June, has recently reentered the melon charts within the top 100.

About “Cosmos,” B.I said, “I wrote the song wishing that it could provide comfort to those that listen to it. Everyone has their own struggles whether it be with relationships, work, family, loneliness. As much as it can seem difficult at the time, there is a beach in the distance. To remember that every chapter that closes just means that a new chapter is about to begin.”